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Paulding County Progress
By BILL SHERRYCorrespondent
PAULDING – PauldingVillage Council held a specialsession and a regular sessionMonday, May 20.The business of the specialmeeting was to approve thefiscal officer’s certification of notes totaling $1,040,000 to beissued for various projects,namely; the village water-works project, the villagesewer system, 12-inch sanitarysewer on Road 144 (Gasser Road), and improving NorthCherry Street, North Driveand other roads and streets inthe village.Council voted unanimouslyto suspend the rules, declare anemergency and then votedunanimously in favor of thenotes.Council then held its regular session at 6:30 p.m.Pool manager Kelly Gastontold council that the pool is al-most ready to go and is sched-uled to open June 3. She saidthey are still doing somecleaning and minor mainte-nance work, but things are onschedule.Gaston also commented thatshe had seven new people onthe front desk and all the life-guard spots are filled with ex-perienced people.Council declared an emer-gency and suspended therules, both by a majority vote,then unanimously approvedthree resolutions to place levyrenewals on the November ballot:•Resolution 1275-13 tosubmit a 1-mill renewal recre-ation levy on the ballot•Resolution 1276-13 for a1-mill renewal fire levy•Resolution 1277-13 tosubmit a 2.0-mill renewal for current expenses.Association is opposed to re- placing EMA directors withcounty sheriffs because specif-ic knowledge and a neutralstance is needed for the successof this position.“It is truly a stand-alone jobthat needs to relate/interfacewell with elected officials,agency administrators, and allresponse disciplines. It is not acommand position but one of all-hazards education, plan-ning and coordination for theentire county.“This position needs to re-main credential based as not to be a detriment to disaster re-sponse.”
Commissioners, prosecutor seekconsensus
Meanwhile, the PauldingCounty commissioners andProsecutor Joe Burkard aremaking visits to each villagecouncil and township meetingto get them to sign off and dis-solve Paulding County’s cur-rent EMA board. This wasdeemed necessary to legallydissolve the board.The document that commis-sioners are asking the 12 town-ships and 11 villages to sign istwo sentences long and givesno explanation, other than “...ithas become necessary tochange the method” of provid-ing EMA services.The commissioners have notreleased any plan for a pro- posed new organization.Haviland Mayor RichardBowers told the
that acommissioner had visited their council meeting last Mondaynight.According to Bowers, hiscouncil members were toldthat current EMA director Randy Shaffer is retiring.Bowers said he signed thedocument, and then when hegot home read the article in thenewspaper that reported thatthe commissioners had givenShaffer three options. Theywere to resign, retire or befired. Bowers thought hiscouncil members were not toldthe full story. He said he planned to contact theHaviland village solicitor.Shaffer tells the
hehas no plans to retire.It appears that the 1989agreement required villagesand townships to adopt an offi-cial resolution to enter into theEMA agreement; however, thesame political subdivisions arenot being asked to pass anylegislation now to terminatethe agreement.In other meetings, PayneCouncil and Antwerp Council
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tabled sign-ing the document, whilePaulding and Oakwood may-ors have added their signa-tures.In a press conference onMay 6, the commissioners saidthat if they don’t receive themajority signatures neededfrom political subdivisions,they have the authority to formtheir own EMA board. Then,all the townships and villageswould have to be responsiblefor their own disaster plans anddirectors. Due to the cost andcomplexity of meeting EMArequirements, this essentiallywould force the governmentalentities to join the commission-ers’ group.
The EMA director is notonly in charge of the localEMA, but also the local LEPCand HAZMAT response team.Shaffer, who has been direc-tor since 1995, was told thatthe commissioners had beenapproached by citizens andfirst responders about an “on-going situation,” but they re-fused to elaborate, saying theycould not discuss what wassaid in executive session.The county EMA director ishired by the seven-member EMA executive committee,not by the county commission-ers.On May 9, the
pre-sented the commissioners witha request, under Ohio RecordsLaw, for copies of any and allcomplaints received by thecounty regarding EMA serviceor activities over the past 12months. The
also re-quested copies of complaintsregarding the dog warden’s of-fice for the same time period.On May 17, this office contact-ed the commissioners’ officefor a status update and was toldclerk Nola Ginter had beenworking on the request andwould contact the newspaper office.Yet, as of press timeTuesday, no records of anykind had been released to the
and no call was re-ceived.
Supporters of dog wardenGeorgia Dyson have a copy of a prosecutor’s opinion fromButler County, Ohio, dated2008, addressing “questionsrelating to whether the board of county commissioners maytransfer the dog warden’s of-fice, and the responsibility for enforcing dog laws, to thesheriff’s office.” The opinion isstates that “...commissionersmay not appoint the sheriff toserve as the dog warden, evenif the sheriff is willing to as-sume those responsibilities.”Further, “...our conclusion isthat the board of county com-missioners has the sole andnondelegable duty to employ,as necessary, deputy dog war-dens and to fix their compensa-tion.”County Prosecutor JoeBurkard was sent a copy of thisopinion and asked for com-ment. He also was asked for acopy of his opinion issued onthe subject to the commission-ers.Burkard responded by fax:“I am not able to provide thatinformation to you. The infor-mation that you are requestingis privileged information be-tween an attorney and aclient.”a shock; I want to learn to ac-cept what they said. But I con-tinue to ask for the gift of time,” said LaFountain. “It is agood thing that I can still bearound other people.“We know there is no cureyet, but who knows what thefuture may bring,” observedLaFountain. “I do know thatGod loves me. He has givenme my wife, Sue, who is myfaithful caregiver. We’ve beenmarried 45 wonderful years.“We have our loving daugh-ter, Angie, and three awesomegrandchildren. Each day Godgives me is a gift,” addedLaFountain. “I want to thank all of those who support theRelay and all of the volunteerswho work tirelessly to makeour Relay such a success.”chemo drugs.“One treatment lowered my platelets to zero and the other caused severe reactions,” con-tinued LaFountain.“It was touch and go for awhile, but the chemo treat-ments were doing their job inkilling the cancer cells, so thechemo treatments continuedfor four months. Eventuallythe reactions got so bad thatthey had to stop the treat-ments.”One of LaFountain’s biggestconcerns was that there would be a relapse. Once he arrivedhome, he was in isolation for awhile because he had no im-mune system left.“It took time to build it back up; I also have neuropathy inmy feet now and that has lim-ited my activities,” LaFountainsaid. “I have many people praying for me and I strongly believe in God’s healing power. I have a wonderful andsupportive family, friends andchurch community. God hasanswered all of my prayersand has pulled me though.“This year the cancer cellsare showing up again, but theyassure me there are lots morechemo combinations they cantry when I need them again,”LaFountain said. “They alsofeel that since I went so long before the cancer went active,that I might go a few years be-fore I need more chemo treat-ments.”LaFountain said that one of the most difficult things at this point is the fact that he can’t domuch without getting tired.“This is hard. The first timewe were there (OSU), theysaid that this will definitelyshorten the lifespan,”LaFountain said. “It was quite10 a.m. Monday at OakwoodElementary School. The thirdgraders will present the pro-gram, which is titled “InService of Our Country.” Thestudents honor each war thathas been fought and also each branch of the military.They will parade to the park where a short service will beheld and “Taps” will be played. Following anAmerican Legion 21-gunsalute, there will be an arch of flags to the river where those present will drop flowers intothe river in honor of the veter-ans. The public is welcome to participate. Refreshments will be served at the park follow-ing the ceremonies.
– MemorialDay services will be held at 11a.m. Monday at Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. TheVeterans of Foreign Wars Post#587 will conduct the service.Following the ceremony, hotdogs, chips and pop will beserved at Post 587.
– The annualMemorial Day events will behosted by American LegionPost 297. A parade begins at9:30 a.m. that will line up atthe Divine Mercy CatholicChurch and march to thePayne American Legion. At10 a.m., a memorial servicewill be held at LehmanCemetery; a noon lunch will be served to veterans and their families. Bring a covered dishand place settings; meat will be provided by the post.Our veterans fought for therights and liberties we enjoyeach day. Memorial Day givesour citizens an opportunity toshow appreciation for their sacrifices (some giving the ul-timate sacrifice) by takingtime from our holiday week-end to pay special tribute.ate new readers’ and to intro-duce youth to the joy of booksand the library. I am excitedto see what our team will do,”she says.Molitor will also be respon-sible for collection manage-ment of the children’s depart-ment, including acquisition,marketing and weeding. And,she plans on providing a more public view of the youth serv-ices program via social mediamarketing.Molitor was born in FortWayne and graduated fromWayne Trace High School in2001. At Vantage Career Center, she studied EarlyChildhood Education andDesktop Publishing. She isthe daughter Harry Molitor Jr.and Robin and granddaughter of Harry Molitor Sr. and thelate Dorothy Molitor, LendellBurk and the late BarbaraBurk.The Paulding CountyCarnegie Library serves a predominately rural popula-tion through the main historicCarnegie library in Paulding; branches in the villages of Antwerp, Oakwood andPayne; and a Bookmobile thattravels throughout the county providing library service tocommunities, head start pro-grams, preschools and assist-ed living facilities.PAULDING – SaraMolitor, previously the branch manager of the PayneBranch Library, has been pro-moted to head of youth serv-ices for the main historicCarnegie library in Paulding.Molitor has been with thelibrary on and off since 1999,hiring in as a teenage pageand then a library clerk beforeshe was hired full-time as themanager of the library’s sec-ond oldest branch.A 2013 graduate of Leadership In Action, she fol-lows Anissa Williamson, whohas chosen a new career pathafter serving 16 years with thelibrary.“Sara will balance our out-standing, award-winningyouth services team,” re-marked Susan Pieper, librarydirector. “She brings years of experience in managing a branch library where she wasresponsible for not only themanagement of the branchcollection, but also for pro-gramming for youth andadults.”Molitor says, “I am excitedto take this new position of head of youth services. Ienjoy working with childrenof all ages and hope to bringsome different ideas to thePaulding County CarnegieLibrary.”She has a 10-year-old son,Jayden, and knows firsthandhow important reading andaccess to information is for children.Molitor, leading an experi-enced team, will be responsi- ble for administering the de- partment’s many programs,including Battle of the Books,summer reading program,Fall Extravaganza, specialevents and more.“I am excited to work withKirk and Jonne. We are allhere for the same goal to ‘cre-
Sara Molitor has been named head of youth services for Paulding County Carnegie Library system.
Library has new youth services team leader
Antwerp Council says no to new EMA structure
By JOE SHOUSECorrespondent
ANTWERP – It was the AntwerpVillage Council’s turn to hear fromProsecuting Attorney Joe Burkardand Commissioner Roy Klopfen-stein concerning major changeswithin the Emergency ManagementAgency (EMA).Currently, commissioners aretraveling the county to speak withvillage and township boards andcouncils seeking their support todissolve the county EMA and placeit under the jurisdiction of the sher-iff’s office. Included in the visits isopportunity for a question and an-swer time to help gain a greater un-derstanding for the proposedchanges. However, the ultimate pur- pose is to have villages and town-ships sign off to end PauldingCounty’s current EMA agreement.Following the brief presentation by Burkard and Klopfenstein,Mayor Tom Van Vlerah said, “Wewant to hold off a vote until we seethe plan on paper.” Later in the dis-cussion Van Vlerah, still seeking ananswer asked again, “Can we getsomething in writing?”Klopfenstein responded, “That’s afair request and yes, I will try to getsomething to you.”Councilman Ken Reinhart fol-lowed up by asking, “You say thereare issues with the current EMA.What are they?” Klopfenstein saidthere were personnel issues and get-ting things done in a timely manner.After listening to the presentation,Councilman Larry Ryan said, “Idon’t think you guys have done your work. You don’t have a plan. All Ihear is, trust me, this is going to begreat.”Finally, Ryan said to Burkard,“Joe, you’re a lawyer; if we vote yesand we find out your plan fails or goes wrong, will we get sued?”Burkard’s responded, “I defer.”Fiscal Officer Loretta Baker asked two questions of concern.One, is this new change going tosave the county money? And, is itgoing to be a better service?Concerning it being a cost-cuttingmeasure, Klopfenstein said, “I don’tthink so.”At the close, council agreed not tosign the proposed EMA agreementand in the meantime requested awritten plan from the commission-ers detailing what the new proposalwill include and how it will affecttheir village.Village administrator Sara Keeranupdated the council concerning sev-eral projects. Keeran reported thevillage received $42,485 from thedepot grant on May 3 for prior engi-neering costs.Related to the depot, the new gasline has been installed and willallow the new gas furnace to be in-stalled in the next couple of weeks.The first phase of the Safe Routesto School sidewalk project is beingcompleted at this time. The newsidewalk is located from the “S”curve on East Canal Street to KroosDrive.Council heard the swing set at the park has been reset in new concretefooters. As weather permits the ex-isting mulch and mud will be re-moved and new mulch installed.The shelter house roofs and therestroom roof have been replacedwith green metal roofing. The wallsof the park shed were covered withwhite metal.Council heard from Antwerp resi-dent Oley McMichael who wasseeking council consideration for some type of reimbursement for thecost of a $900 water tap he had in-stalled on his Daggett Street proper-ty. Due to the construction of a du- plex in the area, only one of the twooriginal water lines could be locat-ed, causing McMichael to install an-other meter. Council agreed to sendMcMichael’s request to the utilitycommittee for advisement.In other business:•Council approved the annual premium payment of $27,414 for li-ability insurance.•Council was informed they willreceive a Worker’s Compensationrebate for $23,770.•EMS had 27 runs for themonth.•Police Chief George Clemensreported that his department re-ceived 131 calls for service.•Council heard the second read-ing of Ordinance No. 2013-15 relat-ing to maintenance and energy costestimates in determining whether toexpend public funds for public im- provement projects including con-struction, renovation and remodel-ing of public structures.•Ordinance No. 2013-16 author-izing the amendment that allows for the change of the original appropri-ations amount to a new amount for seven different funds. The motion passed unanimously.•The first reading of Resolution No. 2013-03 relating to the renewalof the police levy this fall.•Council unanimously agreed toOrdinance No. 2013-17 calling for the continued services of Melanie L.Farr as solicitor at the rate of $120 per hour.•The first reading of Ordinance No. 2013-18 was presented thatcalls for a fund to be provided for the prompt repair or removal of structures damaged by fire withinthe village.County Sheriff’s Office andare proud to say that this arrestand investigation was a jointeffort by Antwerp Police andthe sheriff’s department.”Butler is trained in this typeof drug bust and was the one to put on his gear and go insidethe residence to confiscate andclean up the meth lab contents.Clemens went on to say thathe appreciated the cooperationof everyone. It was well pastmidnight when the bust wascompleted.The investigation is ongoingand may lead to other arrests,Clemens said.Also assisting was the BCII,the Antwerp Fire Departmentand the Antwerp EMS.
Pool to open June 3