Feb 06

Moment with the Mayor for February 2, 2019

Posted on February 6, 2019 at 3:05 PM by Cathy Porchowsky

Moment with the Mayor for February 2, 2019                 

C.H.I.P. Program

Applications for owner-occupied home rehabilitation are currently being accepted through Wednesday, February 6, 2019 through the C.H.I.P (Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program).  Application packets are available at Wadsworth City Hall in the Building and Planning Department or the Medina County Administration Building, 120 West Washington Street #3B, Medina, OH.    However, completed applications may not be dropped off at City Hall.  Once an application has been completed and all required supporting documentation complied, applicants will need to contact Malinda Freeman at Ohio Regional Development Corp., (330-410-6581) to schedule an appointment to have the application and supporting documents reviewed and verified.  The application, list of required supporting documents and filing instructions are included in the application packet.  Programs funded through the CDBG CHIP and Allocation programs are not "home beautification" programs. The projects that are generally eligible for financial assistance include roof repairs; furnaces; hot water tanks; structural deficiencies (porches, stairs, etc.); electrical panels and plumbing and similar building code violations and threats to safety. Cosmetic improvements (i.e. new cabinets, carpeting, etc.) are generally not eligible for assistance. Each application will be reviewed to ensure that the repairs being requested meet program goals. Rental properties are not eligible for this program. Please note that all home repairs and improvements funded through these grants are income-based, and designed to improve housing conditions for low- and moderate-income homeowners. If your household income exceeds the amounts shown on the table for Medina County, you do not qualify for any housing grant assistance. Use this link for more information:  https://www.wadsworthcity.com/421/Grant-Programs.  Applications will be accepted and processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Property Tax Bills

Medina County Treasurer John Burke announced that first half property tax bills were mailed and payments are due Friday, February 8, 2019. Taxpayers can pay online by ACH electronic check, credit card or PayPal accounts. Or, payments with a credit card can be made by phone at 1.888.607.8389. Checks are also acceptable. Tax payments which are mailed MUST be postmarked no later than the February 8th due date to avoid a 5% penalty; payment made after February 19th will be assessed a 10% penalty. For questions, please call the Medina County Treasurer’s office at 330.725.9748

Until next week……
Mayor Robin Laubaugh

 

 

 

Feb 06

Moment with the Mayor for January 26, 2019

Posted on February 6, 2019 at 3:03 PM by Cathy Porchowsky

Moment with the Mayor for January 26, 2019

Last week, I began sharing the City’s accomplishments in 2018.  To continue, in the area of public safety, we worked to bring a 16-bed inpatient treatment facility operating at the Wadsworth-Rittman Health Center.  We continue to work with the Wadsworth Drug Free Coalition to continue raising addiction awareness within the community.  State funding was secured and approved for railroad crossing lights and gates improvements at Silvercrest Extension and E. Bergey St., with construction anticipated sometime this year.  Updated flashing crosswalk signs were installed at the Silvercreek Road and Longbrook Drive to improve pedestrian safety.  A residential speed awareness and enforcement program was developed and 24 program-based temporary speed sign placements were completed last year.  The City initiated new ODOT traffic signal installation at College and SR57, and two EMS squads were up-fitted with Automatic Vehicle Locators, with two more squad installations anticipated this year.  The Safer Schools Program was initiated and an additional School Resource Officer was placed in the Wadsworth City Schools.  Lastly, additional City parking lot security cameras were installed.  To be continued……

Welcome Additions!

Last week, I was happy to have taken part in the swearing-in ceremony of 5 part-time volunteer firefighters and the promotional swearing-in of a new sergeant in our police department. Although I have been involved in many of these in the past, this was the first time I had the opportunity to welcome 5 new employees to the same department at once!   It was exciting, with family members and members of the fire department in attendance at this special occasion for Alec Vallant, Spencer Heppner, Christopher Kaye, Marcus Moore and Pat Cingel as they were sworn in.   Later in the day, when Detective Dawn Schimenos was sworn in as our newest Police Sergeant, I could see the pride and happiness on the faces of the family and individuals from the police department.  Congratulations to all! 

Winter Storm

As you know, the weather this last week has been challenging for all of us.  Because weather forecasts often change many times during a storm, we found it particularly helpful to take advantage of social media to keep you updated periodically on the efforts being made during the storm. To access this information in future, please friend “City of Wadsworth-City Hall” on Facebook.  I want to thank all the employees who have worked tirelessly to clear the roads, sidewalks and parking lots to make it safer for all of us.  Multiple departments worked together to provide the best service possible and to take care of other emergencies that were caused by the severe weather.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during these weather events.

Until next week……
Mayor Robin Laubaugh

Feb 06

A Moment with the Mayor for January 19, 2019

Posted on February 6, 2019 at 3:00 PM by Cathy Porchowsky

Moment with the Mayor for January 19, 2019

2018 Accomplishments

During January and February, I like to share the City’s accomplishments for the previous year and the goals that have been set for the present year.  I will begin with the Finance department’s accomplishments.  For the third year, they have received the Auditor of State Award with Distinction, based on filing a CAFR

(Comprehensive Annual Financial Report), timely financial reports in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and a clean audit report with no weaknesses, citations, or significant deficiencies.  This is not an easy accomplishment.  In fact, only 5% of the municipalities achieve this honor.   They also received the Government Finance Officers Associations’ Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 2017 for the tenth year I a row.  And in 2018, they implemented a purchase card program for the City that has begun to decrease costs and increase efficiency in the payment processes and vendor maintenance costs.  To be continued next week…..

 

Marian's Closet

We are so fortunate to have so many organizations in the community that care for those in need.  One such organization is Marian’s Closet. According to the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce, Marian’s Closet has had a year of upward momentum in 2018, serving over 15,000 individuals from approximately 5000 families from in and around the Wadsworth community. Those numbers reflect a 22% increase from the previous year. From their small store, they distributed over 135,000 items - a direct result of generous donors, for which they are very thankful.  And volunteers logged over 7500 hours that were essential in fulfilling their mission.  The organization kicked off their first annual campaign, Friends of the Closet, to increase awareness of their services by utilizing several media outlets - Wadsworth Community Radio, The Summit 91.3, The Trading Post, and The Akron Beacon Journal.  If you would like to volunteer or donate in any way, please contact them at 330.336.3642, by mail at P.O. Box 841 Wadsworth, OH 44282, or in person at 154 East Street, Wadsworth.

 

Until next week…….
Mayor Robin Laubaugh