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.
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.....
Recently, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released the 2016 National Heroin Threat Assessment Summary. The report outlines the expanding public health crisis afflicting America due to the use and abuse of heroin and other opioid drugs. Some key facts:
- The number of people reporting current heroin use nearly tripled between 2007 (161,000) and 2014 (435,000).
- Deaths due to synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and its analogues, increased 79 percent from 2013 to 2014.
- Deaths involving heroin more than tripled between 2010 (3,036) and 2014 (10,574) – a rate faster than other illicit drugs.
New to this year’s summary is information on a recent phenomenon—fentanyl disguised as prescription pills—something allegedly responsible for the death of many area overdose victims. Motivated by enormous profit potential, traffickers are exploiting high consumer demand for illicit prescription painkillers, tranquilizers, and sedatives by producing inexpensive counterfeits containing fentanyl that can be sold on the street.
“We tend to overuse words such as ‘unprecedented’ and ‘horrific,’ but the death and destruction connected to heroin and opioids is indeed unprecedented and horrific,” said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “The problem is enormous and growing, and all of our citizens need to wake up to these facts.”
The 2016 National Heroin Threat Assessment Summary can be viewed online.
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...