Trick or Treat in the City of Wadsworth is Monday, October 31
6:00 -8:00 p.m.
INCOME TAX COMPLIANCE PROGRAM NOTICE
RITA has initiated a non-filer compliance program and letters were recently mailed out. The letter instructs you to respond directly to them, via email or fax. You may also call them at 800-860-7482 if you have questions regarding the letter. For more information, please click the green button to the right and visit the Income Tax page.
High Street Widening Project
The High Street Widening Project is an expansion project along State Route 94. Its main objectives are safety and access management along the corridor and to improve the flow of traffic through the area. This will be accomplished by widening the road and bridge over I 76, constructing corridors to reach businesses, constructing a median in the road, adding traffic signals, and constructing a pedestrian and bicycle path. The project is estimated to begin Spring 2016 and end Fall of 2017.
Please go to http://www.wadsworthcity.com/the-city/home/high-street-project.html for up-to-date information on the project.
New Rate for the 2016-17 Gas Aggregation Program is $2.97 per Mcf
The City of Wadsworth announces that the rate for City of Wadsworth residents and businesses participating in its gas aggregation program for the coming year has been set at a fixed rate of $2.97 per MCF. "We are particularly pleased to be able to offer our residents a fixed rate that is 8% less than last year's," said Director of Public Service Robert Patrick. Details on the program may be found at the link below:
City of Wadsworth Water
A few customers have wondered if the problems in Flint, MI could happen here. The short answer is no. Our water supply does not have issues and we add an additive (Zinc Orthophosphate) to our treated water to prevent corrosion in our distribution system and your interior plumbing. Our Water Plant is monitored 24/7 by licensed operators who monitor the water for various corrosion indicators on a continuous basis. Since 1992, the city has been required by the Environmental Protection Agency to test for lead and copper in homes and we have never had a violation. For more information, please see the Water Treatment Plant's webpage by clicking here.
Downtown Plan Development
The City of Wadsworth, Downtown Wadsworth and the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce have initiated the process to create a Visioning Plan for Downtown Wadsworth. The planning process will engage the community and local leaders in an inclusive discussion about Downtown. The visioning process helps residents, organizations, business owners, and stakeholders of the Downtown to coordinate efforts and identify their ideas and plans for the future. It is the vision of what a community wants to become and the steps needed to realize that vision.
Keep track of the projects progress and participate in idea generating activities by visiting the projects website at www.downtownwadsworth2016.com.
Heroin and Opiate Awareness Campaign
LET'S KEEP TALKING.....
Born from pain and concern, the Wadsworth Drug Free Community Coalition (WDFCC) is dedicated to fighting the drug epidemic. With drug overdoses nearly doubling in Wadsworth from 2014 (23 overdoses, 4 fatal) to 2015 (42 overdoses, 6 fatal) -- and on the rise this year (39 overdoses, as of 8/30/16, and 4 fatal) – parents, school and community leaders, recovering addicts, and others decided it was time to take action.
Nick Bianco, a recovering addict who is deeply committed to helping people get their lives back, has brought a unique service from New England to our area. Wadsworth Recovery Connection (WRC) is a volunteer-based, non-professional phone service working to connect Wadsworth residents and surrounding communities with addiction recovery services anywhere in the United States. The line 330-334-5026 is staffed by passionate volunteers, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“People who are struggling can call us up and we will help them find a treatment option that best suits their needs,” explained Bianco. “It can be very difficult and overwhelming to find help, especially when someone is beat up from addiction. Since we don't have any residential treatment in Medina County, it only seemed natural to try and fill the gap by establishing Wadsworth Recovery Connection. Our goal is to lessen the burden on the person suffering.”
WRC is strictly funded by donations and operates under Wadsworth United Methodist Church.
“We just want to help give people a fighting chance. With the severe shortage of resources, as well as the severe drain on what resources we do have, area residents are left with less than average opportunities to find recovery. We hope to balance those odds,” said Bianco. “Our goal is to help save children, fathers, and mothers. We believe that everyone deserves a shot at recovery, and their family members deserve it too. Hopefully, we'll save some lives.”
“Wadsworth has actively engaged private sector treatment providers and encouraged investment in our community to aid in the availability and types of addiction and treatment services available to those in need,” said Matt Hiscock, the city's public safety director. “City and school officials have partnered to increase awareness and education about addiction and drug abuse issues by meeting with more than 30 separate addiction treatment services groups, producing the first community resource guide, applying for grants, assisting with bringing the LCADA Way (an outpatient addiction treatment center) to Wadsworth and more.”
A website is in the works for Wadsworth Recovery Connection, where donations will be accepted and more information will be available about the service and its mission. Future goals Bianco has for WRC include raising money to pay for transportation to and from treatment centers for those who can't afford it, creating a scholarship fund, as well as covering operating expenses.
Clean Ohio Trails Fund Grant
The City of Wadsworth announces it has been awarded funding in the amount of $372,185 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Clean Ohio Trails Fund, which will allow the City to construct a trail that could ultimately connect to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
For more information, Click Here.
The City of Wadsworth offers the quaintness of a small town, coupled with the sophistication of a community that is progressive enough to offer its own municipally-owned electric utility and high-speed internet and cable services. Residents' activities center around the strong Wadsworth City Schools, which are rated 'Excellent with Distinction' in the State; churches; and numerous civic organizations, including a very active Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Wadsworth organization. The City is a delightful mix of families who have been part of the community for several generations, younger families who have chosen to 'move back home' to Wadsworth, and new families who have only recently discovered this special city. Continued...