TONIGHT. PAULDING VILLAGE COUNCIL MEETING. ATTENDANCE REQUESTED.

PLEASE ATTEND THE COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT AT THE VILLAGE OFFICES IF YOU

ARE CONCERNED AS MUCH OF MANY OF THE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY ARE

ABOUT THE RECENT ACTIONS OF THE MAYOR, HE SHOULD RESIGN, AND THE INABILITY

OF THE ADMINISTRATION TO EMPLOYEE A NEW ADMINISTRATOR. WE NEED SOME

MATURE GROWNUPS IN THE CONVERSATION.

 

 

Paulding Progress Reports ODOT Resurfacing Project In Paulding

 

US 127 repaving in Paulding to begin soon
Melinda Krick, Editor
Thursday, August 11, 2016 5:45 PM
From Paulding Progress Website

PAULDING – Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 in Lima said lateThursday that paving on U.S. 127 in Paulding will likely begin the week of Aug. 22.

 

Gerken Paving of Napoleon won the bid for for paving portions of U.S. 127 and Ohio 111 in Paulding.

Many residents and motorists have been complaining about the rough condition of 127 (North Williams Street) since crews completed a sewer separation project on the thoroughfare late last year.

The project description, included in ODOT’s construction list for 2016, specifies the location as U.S. 127 from Jackson Street to Garfield Avenue, and on Ohio 111 from Cherry Street to U.S. 127. Work is to include performing necessary pavement repairs, resurfacing with asphalt concrete, constructing curb ramps and placing pavement markings.

Traffic is to be maintained during construction.
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Ohio Ethics Commission

Investigation
Our Investigation section is responsible for investigating alleged violations of the Ohio Ethics Law and related statutes and refers cases supported by substantial evidence for prosecution or alternative resolution.

You may contact an Ethics Commission Special Investigator at (614) 466-7090 to determine whether or not your allegation falls within the authority of the Commission, as defined in Ohio’s Ethics Law. Once this determination is made, the Investigator will mail to you an Allegation Form to be completed and returned to the Commission.

The Investigative Process
Penalties for Violation
I. Financial Disclosure

Failing to file a financial disclosure statement in violation of R.C. section 102.02(C) is a fourth-degree misdemeanor criminal offense, punishable by a fine of up to $250 and/or a maximum of 30 days in jail. See R.C. sections 102.99(A); 2929.21. In addition, the Ethics Commission is required to assess a late filing fee equal to $10 per day, up to a maximum late fee of $250. See R.C. section 102.02(F).

Filing a false financial disclosure statement in violation of R.C. section 102.02(D) is a first-degree misdemeanor criminal offense, punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and/or a maximum of 6 months in jail. See R.C. sections 102.99(A); 2929.21.

II. Conflict of Interest

Violations of R.C. sections 102.03, 102.04 and 102.07 are first-degree misdemeanor criminal offenses, punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and/or a maximum of 6 months in jail. See R.C. sections 102.99(B); 2929.21.

III. Unlawful Interest in a Public Contract

Violations of R.C. sections 2921.42(A)(1) and 2921.42(A)(2) are fourth-degree felony criminal offenses, punishable by a fine of up to $5000 and/or a maximum of 18 months in prison. See R.C. sections 2921.42(E); 2929.14; 2929.18.

Violations of R.C. sections 2921.42(A)(3) through (A)(5) are first degree misdemeanor criminal offenses, punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and/or a maximum of 6 months in jail. See R.C. sections 2921.42(E); 2929.21.

IV. Soliciting or Receiving Improper Compensation

Violations of R.C. section 2921.43 are first-degree misdemeanor criminal offenses, punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and/or a maximum of 6 months in jail. See R.C. sections 2921.43(D); 2929.21.

In addition, a public servant who is convicted of a violation of R.C. section 2921.43 is disqualified from holding any public office, employment, or position of trust in this state for a period of seven years from the date of conviction. See R.C. section 2921.43(E).

Ohio Ethics Commission Authority

Building A Vibrant Community

Vibrant Downtowns Key to Community Development
August 4, 2016 at 10:39am by Caitlin Jones

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Prior to World War II, many communities in the U.S. were centered around downtowns for living, shopping, entertainment and work. The quintessential downtown was typically home to a bank, a post office, government offices, a library, clothing stores, a music store, a cinema, a grocery and a diner. Most of the buildings offered apartments on the second, third and fourth floors. Downtowns were the hearts of communities.

Since the post-war suburban boom, downtowns have changed and continue to evolve. With the emergence of shopping centers, malls, one-stop shops and improved transportation, many of the small businesses lining the downtown streets have been forced to close. Downtowns all over America lost that spark that made them special, some turning into local government offices, some with a few shops and a lot of boarded buildings. In some places, they have been completely abandoned as neglect and apathy took over. In the age of 70 mile per hour highways, constant sales and advertising, Internet shopping, and an always-on-the-go mindset, the glory days of downtowns are lost on many.

Many communities, however, have not given up on the importance of downtowns in community development. Many of these communities have joined Main Street America, an organization dedicated to revitalizing downtowns in a way that does not damage the historic integrity while ensuring economic vitality. Many communities in Ohio including Cleveland, Delaware, Greenville, Medina, Portsmouth, Van Wert, Wooster and others have become accredited Main Street America programs. The Main Street Approach is used by member programs to provide structure and stability to the revitalization efforts of downtowns. The approach includes inputs, transformative strategies and outputs.

Jeff Speck, an urban planner and designer, has determined that the singular factor of community success is walkability, which is best accomplished in the downtown area of communities. In his 2012 book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, Speck writes, “The General Theory of Walkabilty explains how, to be favored, a walk has to satisfy four main conditions: it must be useful, safe, comfortable, and interesting.” Speck explains how decisions have long-lasting and far-reaching effects and what decisions need to be made to have such effects on downtowns.

Communities across the nation have seen the positive impacts a thriving downtown has on community development. If you believe your downtown could use a little TLC, suggest to your community development leaders consider strategies for revitalizing your downtown.

Revitalizing downtowns is not a ‘flavor of the month’ experiment, but rather a proven means to developing communities and stimulating local business. Additionally, revitalizing downtowns into walkable community areas will improve community health.

Check out Speck’s books and his TED Talk, contact Main Street America, and be sure to look over the variety of ready-to-use tools created by OSU Extension, UWEX, and University of Minnesota Extension that can be used to create vibrant downtowns.

Caitlin Jones is the Program Coordinator for OSU Extension Community Development in Van Wert County & the Maumee Valley EERA.

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Abuse Of Power Grounds For Recall Election

Abuse of power

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Abuse of power, in the form of “malfeasance in office” or “official misconduct,” is the commission of an unlawful act, done in an official capacity, which affects the performance of official duties. Malfeasance in office is often grounds for a for cause removal of an elected official by statute or recall election. Abuse of power can also mean a person using the power they have for their own personal gain.

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PAULDING VILLAGE COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT, JULY 18, 2016

The Paulding Village Council will meet today, July 18, 2016.

Suggest if you are concerned about the recent happenings that you attend the meeting and voice your questions.  A participative government is more efficient and more responsible.

I believe most citizens have been alienated by local government and not included in the conversation.  We need more transparency from our local officials.

Now, citizens may feel if they say anything, even village employees and council members included, they will be subject to retribution and retaliation.

 

 

What are some signs that a small town is dying?

Written by Criss Roberts – writer & traveler

https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-signs-that-a-small-town-is-dying

1) The very first sign will be when the school closes. No children = no school.

2) The grocery store will follow. Locals will drive 10 miles to save 12 cents at a larger discount store. The local service station will try to accommodate with more prepackaged food and a RedBox.

3) Retail is next. What remains will be a beauty salon and a resale shop. The resale shop will close. The beauty salon remains until the owner’s death.
The downtown is now a row of boarded up buildings.

4) Housing is occupied by senior citizens on assistances. Younger families have moved to be near a school. Empty houses are either abandoned or rented for little $. There will be a growing drug problem and at least one fire from a meth lab explosion.

5) Churches can not support their pastors or repair their facilities. The ruling body does not offer enough help and they begin to close as their congregants age and move/die. An evangelical church from the nearest larger city will consider opening a storefront branch in one of the boarded-up businesses, but ultimately decide there aren’t enough souls to save.

6) No one runs for city government because no one wants the job.

7) Near the end, the only business in town is the tavern and a gas station which charges too much for gas. The gas station will close. The tavern remains.
There will always be a tavern.

Citizens Need To Be Included In the Conversation – Not excluded & Alienated

Preface: now is a critical time for Paulding . Get involved, participative government makes for a responsible and effective government. Attend Village Council meetings and other Board meetings.

SMALL TOWNS, BIG DREAMS: Do you have what it takes?
June 2, 2016 at 10:07am by Myra Moss
Many small towns want to improve their current condition for a number of reasons. What we often hear from residents and leaders is: “We are tired of our “best and brightest” leaving the area for college and never returning because we have no jobs/careers for them,” or “Our retired residents have to seek appropriate housing in other communities because there isn’t any here,” or “The youth that remain are not “work ready” and opioid use among them has become a real problem.” Some of these towns have existing community or economic development plans that, while they might offer viable solutions, were never fully implemented (the old “the plan sits on the shelf” complaint).

So, what’s a town to do? Here are some suggestions based on my experience working with many communities throughout Ohio:

Overcome fractured goals by building inclusion into your community’s dialogue about the future:
If you are a local leader, have you discovered your residents’ vision of the future? I use the word “discover” because, chances are your residents already have a picture of what they would like your town to be. And, although there may be some divergent views, there is also a core set of beliefs and desires that can lead to consensus to set major goals. The task of local leadership then becomes setting the stage for open and inclusionary dialogue about the future. Inclusion is important. By reaching out to all sectors of the community to include their desires and hopes, a shared vision of the future can be discovered.

Engage a broad range of residents in both planning and implementation:
When residents are engaged in determining their community’s future, they become invested in results and clearly discover their place in making the plan a reality. By taking actions every day through their workplace, community organizations, leadership roles, businesses and their own personal life, they work individually and collectively to achieve success. Time spent engaging residents results in less time spent “selling” the plan to the community, leading to faster implementation. When the community is engaged throughout the process, there develops a much larger base of volunteers to draw upon to move goals forward.

Identify outcomes you want to achieve, and develop indicators of success to use in measuring progress toward reaching these outcomes:
A community plan is a living document. It is important to monitor progress toward reaching goals and modify strategies as needed. Indicators of success developed during planning and goal setting are used to stay on track with plan implementation and make changes as needed. An indicator should be easy to understand, relevant and measurable. It should be widely shared with the community, with progress reported at least annually. Indicators provide a way for residents and organizations to see the results of their contribution toward community goals.

An example of how this inclusionary focus may play out in a community is as follows:

Together the community sets a vision and goal of retaining youth that receive post-secondary degrees.
During the inclusionary planning process an objective is established to expand job opportunities in the medical field.
Using an inclusionary method to establish indicators helps various sectors of the community discover their roles in reaching the shared vision and implementing objectives.
So as an example, perhaps the high school career counselor presents medical careers as possible paths to pursue. Economic developers accept the development of a business park for medical industries. Builders identify construction of senior housing alternatives like condos and assisted living. Medical providers participate in local job fairs.

By building inclusion into community planning at every stage of the process, from development to implementation, big dreams can be achieved by small towns.

(Submitted by Myra Moss, Associate Professor and Extension Educator, Heart of Ohio EERA)

Paulding’s ordinance for junk and junk vehicles

Paulding Community Blog

As with any legal document changes are adopted and the infomation in this document should be verified with the Village Office as being current.  I believe there is a amendment to this ordinace as to the monetary penalties.

ORDINANCE NO. 841-82 (Note Section III Amended to 3 Days.) AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE DEPOSIT, STORAGE, MAINTENANCE, OR COLLECTION OF JUNK OR JUNK MOTOR VEHICLES ON ANY PREMISS, VILLAGE STREETS, ALLEY RIGHT-OF-WAY. OR OTHERWISE WITHIN THE VILLAGE OF PAULDING, OHIO, EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED. WHEREAS, the Council of the Village of Paulding deems it necessary and appropriate to prohibit the deposit, storage, maintenance, or collection of unlicensed, inoperable vehicles and equipment, and junk or junk motor vehicles within the Village of Paulding in order to protect and promote the general health and welfare of the residents of the Village; now, therefore, I. DEFINITIONS: That for the purposes of this ordinance, the terms “junk”…

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