Oct 29

A Moment with the Mayor for November 2, 2019

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 12:02 PM by Cathy Porchowsky

Moment with the Mayor for November 2, 2019

Once again, it’s that time of year when the Wadsworth community truly shines. As the holiday season begins, the Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 9th Annual Come Home for the Holidays Shop Local program. With the support and sponsorship of the Wadsworth Post Newspaper, shoppers are once again asked to save their receipts from purchases made in the 44281 Wadsworth zip code for the entire month of November. Then, during the first week of December, (December 2-6), the Wadsworth Public Library will host a receipt exchange - one raffle ticket for one receipt, with a $5.00 minimum spent per receipt. Library exchange hours that week will be: Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Finally, at a new location this year, the prizes will be displayed at Summa Health Center, Founder’s Hall Cafeteria, on Saturday, December 7, so that the community may place their raffle tickets for those items they would like to win.  The drawing will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. that morning at Founder’s Hall. A free family Breakfast with Santa from 8:00 – 10:00 will also be available before the prize drawing. Everyone in attendance at the prize drawing will receive a special raffle ticket to win one of five $50 cash prizes donated by Advanced Insurance Designs, Inc. Those who are unable to attend the prize drawing may take their tickets to the library for gift card prizes that will be mailed later to the winners.   Come Home for the Holidays is truly a heart-warming community event, bringing together many people and businesses - the Wadsworth Post, the Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, Wadsworth Public Library, Summa Health, the City of Wadsworth, Advanced Insurance Designs, Inc. and many area businesses, gracious volunteers, and an engaged community to make it all happen. So, save those receipts and then come out to enjoy a wonderful holiday event, created especially for the entire Wadsworth community.

Until next week…….


Oct 29

A Moment with the Mayor for October 26, 2019

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 12:01 PM by Cathy Porchowsky

Moment with the Mayor for October 26, 2019

Veterans Day

On behalf of the Wadsworth community, thank you to all veterans and to those who currently serve in our military.  We are so grateful for your courage and your commitment.  The freedoms that we enjoy are made possible by your service.   I invite all residents to attend the Veterans Day parade, which will take place on Monday, November 11, 2019. The parade will step off in front of the VFW downtown at 10:50 a.m.  Though it is a short parade, it is a meaningful way to honor and remember the brave men and women who have defended our country and who continue to do so, today.  If you have a moment, please take time to stop downtown and join us.

Transfer Station Holiday Hours

The Transfer Station will be closed on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019, but trash pick-up will remain on the same schedule.

No Shave November

The Wadsworth Police Department is honored to take part in its third-annual 'No Shave November Campaign” for 2019 where beards can be grown in the months of November and December for a donation fee of $30.00 per month.  Female employees may choose to participate by displaying some type of visible cancer awareness item on their uniforms. Proceeds raised during this year’s event will be donated to the Austin Lupercio family. Austin is a 35-year old Wadsworth resident and military veteran who was diagnosed in 2018 with a rare aggressive brain cancer and given a one percent chance of survival. Austin served five years in the army and completed two tours, one in Korea and the second in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006-2008. He was stationed in Fort Drum, New York, as a part of the 10th Mountain Division and retired at the rank of Sergeant. After his service, he married his wife Amanda and began living in Wadsworth. They planned to start a family, but unfortunately Austin and Amanda lost twin boys Declan and Kody Lupercio in December 2016. Austin and Amanda tried again the following year but lost their unborn child on Easter 2018.  Later in the year, Austin and Amanda received more devastating news in November when Austin was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a rare and aggressive brain cancer. He has since been undergoing intensive chemotherapy and radiation. The Wadsworth Fraternal Order of Police is going to donate, in addition and in accordance with, funds that are raised by City employees. The Wadsworth Police Department invites anyone who would like to donate to do so by directing funds to the Wadsworth FOP Lodge 45 (check memo line, “No Shave November”). The donations can be mailed or dropped off at Wadsworth City Hall, 120 Maple Street, Attention: Police Department or Officer Joe Rose.  Our hearts and prayers are with Austin and his family during this very difficult time.

AMP Awards

I am proud to report that the City of Wadsworth Electric Department was honored for its achievements during the past year at the 2019 American Municipal Power (AMP)/ Ohio Municipal Electric Association (OMEA) Annual Conference.  A Public Power Promotion Honorable Mention was awarded to the City in recognition of the Light Up Navajo Initiative and the work of the four Wadsworth electric department crew members who volunteered to work toward the initiative. The City also received a Safety Commendation in the Transmission and Distribution category, in recognition of less than one percent time lost due to reportable accidents or injuries. Finally, a commendation was awarded to the City for mutual aid offered to other communities that included Painesville, Ohio for storm damage, and Shelby, Ohio following a tornado. Congratulations all!

Until next week….

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