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  • 8/13/2019 Paulding County Progress January 15, 2014


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    CountyElection boardclosing five days

    PAULDING ThePaulding County Board ofElections office is closedJan. 14-17 for OAEOConference.

    The office also is closedJan. 20 in observance of

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day.Feb. 5 by 4 p.m. is thefiling deadline for declara-tion of candidacy for parti-san candidates and localquestions and issues for theMay 6 Primary Election.

    Council to meetANTWERP Antwerp

    Village will hold itsJanuary council meeting at5:30 p.m. today, Jan. 15,at the town hall.

    Wiffleball event

    for WT baseballHAVILAND OnSaturday, Feb. 8, the WayneTrace baseball team willhost an indoor wiffleballtournament at Wayne TraceHigh School.

    The tournament is around-robin formatted tour-nament consisting of seven-person teams. All partici-pants must be high schoolage or older. Entry fee is$140 per team and includesa T-shirt for all team mem-bers. More information re-garding the tournament, in-cluding the registration

    form, can be found by visit-ing the Wayne Trace base-ball Facebook page, or byvisiting

    Balcony level seating andconcessions will be avail-able for participants andspectators. All proceeds goto the Wayne Trace baseballteam.

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    VOL. 139 NO. 21 PAULDING, OHIO 419-399-4015 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2014 ONE DOLLAR USPS 423620


    future brings us challengesthat we all need to face to-gether and head on with a pos-itive attitude and energeticspirit.

    The ODCs main objectiveis to immortalize Paulding

    By NANCY WHITAKERProgress Staff Writer

    PAULDING The John

    Paulding Historical Societywill hold its annual meeting at2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at themuseum, located across fromthe Paulding CountyFairgrounds.

    The keynote speaker will beDamien A. Morales, execu-tive director of the OakwoodDevelopment Company.Morales will share what theupcoming year will bring andwhat direction the OakwoodDevelopment plans on takingto highlight the strengths ofPaulding County.

    He is a degreed sociologistfrom the University of Texas

    and has spent the past eightyears assisting franchisors inreplicating their businessmodels across the country.

    Im humbled to share ourdevelopment plan with theleaders of the Paulding com-munity, Morales said. The

    Countys rich tradition andmerge it with our fast movingworld, avoiding at all costs,

    sacrificing the countysunique personna.

    JPHS president Kim Suttonsaid, I hope everyone willcome out and listen to whatDamien has to say about hisvision for the county.

    He is like a breath of freshair with his enthusiasm andhis positive attitude on whatPaulding County has to offer.

    Everyone is welcome to at-tend the annual membershipmeeting as it is an event which

    brings together members,friends and family to share inthe excitement of a brand newyear.

    For more information onthe meeting or speaker, callKim Sutton at 419-399-2388.

    For more information aboutthe historical society, visit itswebsite at orvisit their Facebook page.

    By JIM LANGHAMFeature Writer

    A big snow event is muchmore than snow removal forlocal street workers saidPaulding street supervisorJerry Smith and village ad-ministrator Harry Wiebe re-garding the recent mega stormwhich dumped between 10and 12 inches on the commu-nity and surrounding county.

    We have to deal with watermain breaks, service lines andother stuff besides snow re-moval, said Smith. Thereare calls coming into the utili-ty office concerning watershutoffs, water leaks andsewer problems.

    Unlike some larger com-munities that have a dedicatedstaff, this is a small communi-ty with a larger spectrum ofresponsibility. I do not enjoysnowstorms, said Smith.

    Wiebe said that one of theconcerns city officials shared

    going into last weekendsmassive snowstorm was exist-ing piles of snow still in exis-tence from several inches ofsnow that had fallen the previ-ous week.

    We were wondering howthis predicted big storm wasgoing to add to what was al-ready there, said Wiebe.

    Although most plowing andsnow removal was taken careof by local plowers, KauserTrucking assisted in removinglarger piles that needed to behauled out of the village.

    One of their truck driverstold me that they hauled out100 loads, said Smith.There was a lot of snow.

    The village crew did anexcellent job in maintainingroad access, Wiebe said.

    Smith noted that local offi-cials used 30 tons of salt anddrew from 56 hours of over-

    By JIM LANGHAMFeature Writer

    The recent snowstorm that sweptthrough Paulding County last weekleft county officials with 444.75 lesstons of grit and lots of manpowerhours exhausted into the extensive

    plowing and clearing demanded bythe event.

    Aaron Timm, superintendent of thePaulding County Engineers Office,

    said that workers combined 600 to 700tons of salt with number nine stone toarrive at the formula normally used forcounty roads.

    Right now, we have a three-yearsupply of salt on hand, at least for

    what we would normally expect, saidTimm.

    According to Timm, local docu-mentation for the long-term address-ing of the recent snow event actually

    began on Jan. 2, when local officialsasked for a full callout to addresswinds and light snow all day. On Jan.3, most roads were cleaned up fromthe light snow that had fallen on thatday.

    Saturday, Jan. 4, local officials de-cided not to run, but rather prepare forthe predicted large event that was pre-dicted to strike the area on Sunday.

    Although the snow started a littlelater than anticipated, things started to

    pick up by noon on Sunday. At 1 p.m.,a 12-truck team began to role in an at-tempt to stay ahead of the increasingsnowstorm. Timm said that with 322combined miles to cover, each routeaveraged 27 miles per route. Plowswere eventually pulled at 8 p.m. onSunday evening.

    On Monday, in spite of the moder-ate drifting going on, workers re-sponded to a full callout at 3 a.m. and

    came off the roads at 5 p.m.Tuesday, we told the drivers to

    start at 7 a.m., said Timm. Tuesdaywas a 12-hour day; the last truck camein at 8 p.m.

    Once again on Wednesday, there

    was a full callout at 3 a.m. Once roadswere in better condition, machinerywas redirected to push snow back.

    Timm said that last week wasrounded out by running eight trucks togrit roads and especially intersectionson Thursday and four trucks to dotouch up on Friday.

    Obviously when things start outthis way, we have to keep a closewatch to see what will happen, even if

    it is only watching for patchy ice orscattered snow on the roads, ob-served Timm. We are grateful for thecooperation of the public in staying in

    Snow event takes lots of grit for road workers

    See CLEANUP,page 2A

    See CREWS,page 2A



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    Staff Photo/Paulding County Progress

    MOUNTAINS OF SNOW Last weeks winter storm dumpednearly a foot of snow on the area. Around the courthousesquare, clearing the roads meant huge piles of the white stuff,which nearly buried light posts.

    Big snowstorm

    means more than

    snow removal

    for village crews

    Top 10 online stories of 2013By MELINDA KRICK

    Progress EditorListed below are the top 10 viewed stories

    read on the Progress website,, during the past year. The number

    of pageviews was calculated by GoogleAnalytics. See the website to view stories intheir entirety.

    The total number of hits was current as ofDec. 31, 2013.

    During 2013, our website received 100,975visits with 252,475 pageviews the most sincewe first launched our website. The peak numberof visits on a given day was 2,180 on Oct. 17; the

    previous high was 2,029 on Feb. 5.Most of the top stories were breaking news,

    published prior to the regular Wednesday publi-cation date of the Progress. Three of the