Village Council Approves Tax Abatement for CSP

Delays decision on projects for Neighborhood Revitalization Grant……………………………………………………….

by Sue Miklovic

At last Tuesday evening’s  meeting, the Village Council members were in total support of giving CSP a (property tax) tax break, as it learned of their plans to expand the facility on Poe Road. The company is planning to add 100 new jobs while completing a nearly $30 million, 70,000 square foot expansion project at it’s North Baltimore facility.

Village Administrator Allyson Murray stated, “That is an estimated $5000 per year” (for 15 years) This is wonderful news for the North Baltimore community and we wish to support the expansion.”

Wade Gottschalk, Wood County Economic Development Director shares information with the North Baltimore Village Council
Mike Ellerbrock of CSP was on hand to answer questions

Wood County Economic Development Director Wade Gottschalk said, “This is a really big success story here” pointing out that the facility almost closed a few years ago, then added several new jobs last year, and now is planning this major expansion. The abatement will be for the expanded building (5-$6 million) only, not all the machinery.

The Village Planning Commission approved a zoning change for a small tract of land just north of the current CSP facility that Ms. Murray said, “Was an oversight at some time many decades ago” Council gave a first reading to an ordinance allowing the change and set the date(June 5th at 5:00pm) for a mandatory public hearing.

In other business last Tuesday, village resident Jeff Miklovic spoke during the “public participation” portion of the meeting. He inquired why the list of projects being presented to council for approval included some projects that had not been on the list of “Top Choices” compiled at the most recent Neighborhood Revitalization Grant Public Participation meetings, including fencing at the park, and removing dilapidated houses in the village. “I understand people being concerned about this, but why use public funds to fix a private-property problem?” Council decided to discuss this further and move forward at a special meeting on May 8, which will follow the already scheduled Committee of the Whole meeting.

Other discussions at the meeting:

-New (to the village) ambulance has arrived–“It just needs to be North Baltimore-ized” said the Mayor.

-Councilman Ty Carles has received complaints of about 30 feral cats in the vicinity of Water Street and Main Street. “They are defecating all over” he said. The Mayor said she will see if there is anything they can do besides having them picked up and spayed/neutered.

-AEP has asked for an easement through village owned property, north of the tracks and east of Poe Road.

-The administrator is responsible for paying the villages bills and expenses until a new Finance Officer is hired.

-Councilman Aaron Patterson mentioned the possibility of turning the tennis court into an additional basketball court.

-Legal Counsel Joel Kuhlman informed the council you can not assess people who live outside of the village limits for drainage of water.

-Henry Township wants the village to assist in the cost of paving Quarry Road since it is partially in the village.

-The Mayor reminded everyone that the Council only meets twice a month during June, July, and August

Celebrate Ohio’s Educators During Teacher Appreciation Week with #OhioLovesTeachers and Daily Celebration Themes

Thanks to all of Ohio’s teachers for everything you do to make a difference in the lives of students!…………..

Teacher Appreciation Week is this week, and we invite you to help us thank Ohio’s remarkable educators by sharing a story of a teacher or teacher team using #OhioLovesTeachers on Twitter and Instagram.

Ohio has more than 1.7 million K-12 public school students. That amounts to, at least, 1.7 million daily aha moments in classrooms across the state inspired by Ohio’s teachers. Each moment’s architect deserves time in the spotlight.

Print this #OhioLovesTeachers shout-out banner, write a message in the blank area using the prompts below and take a photo with a teacher who inspires and challenges you.

Click here to download and print the #OhioLovesTeachers shout-out banner!
Click here to download and print the #OhioLovesTeachers shout-out banner!

Each day next week we’ll ask you to share based on a theme. Choose one, a couple or all five! Teachers and district/school leaders may wish to distribute these shout-out banners to students, staff and even fellow educators.

  • Monday — Celebration Selfies: To kick-off our week of celebrating Ohio’s educators, let’s share some selfies! Using the shout-out banner, take a photo with an inspiring teacher and tell us what makes them great.
  • Tuesday — Wise Words: A lesson saved is a lesson learned! Recall a quote, saying or lesson from a favorite teacher. It may be witty, humorous, inspiring or all three. Share this wisdom on the shout-out banner, and then share with us!
  • Wednesday — Inspiration Flow Chart: Of course, teachers inspire us all. But, who inspires our teachers? Interview your favorite teacher and ask them to share theirpersonal inspiration.
  • Thursday — Kindness Boomerang: Each day teachers inspire, create, motivate and heal. In the spirit of teachers’ never-ending kindness, perform a kind act for a teacher. Snap a photo of the moment, tag the teacher/school/district and share with us!
  • Friday — Lifelong Learning Journey: Teachers give us the maps on our lifelong learning journey. Where are you headed?Students:Using the shout-out banner, share your post-graduation goals and how a teacher helped you explore new possibilities on your lifelong learning journey. All of Ohio:You are already there! Tell us about a teacher from your K-12 years who gave you the directions to find success.
  • Keep it going! — Teaching is magical: Ta-da! Educators have a special way of making knowledge *appear* in our heads. Continue using #OhioLovesTeachers throughout the year to shine a spotlight on the incredible educators in your life. District and school leaders can use it to highlight staff that go the extra mile. Parents and students can use it to tell the world about the teachers inspiring them to reach greatness. Teachers can use it to recognize other educators who amaze them. Every aha moment deserves a cheer! Share with us on Twitter and Instagram, and feel free to use the shout-out banner all year long, too!

To share any or all of these celebration prompts, simply post a picture or video with your story using #OhioLovesTeachers and tag @OHEducation on Twitter and Instagram. The Department will share your Twitter and Instagram posts through its social media channels. Thanks for helping us promote the great things happening in Ohio’s classrooms.

Thanks to all of Ohio’s teachers for everything you do to make a difference in the lives of students!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week from all of us at the Ohio Department of Education!

Click here to learn more!

After Prom Committee Appreciates the Support

The 2018 NBHS After Prom Committee would like to thank the following for their support and contributions to make this year’s After Prom very successful to provide a safe and fun place for the kids to go after prom this year.

The 2018 NBHS After Prom Committee would like to thank the following for their support and contributions to make this year’s After Prom very successful to provide a safe and fun place for the kids to go after prom this year.

American Legion Post #539
Hosler-Cobin Insurance Agency
Keystone Foods/Equity
Hancock-Wood Co-Op
L08 Salon
NB Custom Cuts
NB Fire Dept
Dawn’s Flower Shop
Mak & Ali’s Pizza
Reineke Family Dealerships
Shirley’s Popcorn
Poggemeyer Design Group
Birch Run Golf Course
Huntington Bank
Millstream Area Credit Union
Crossroads Cafe
NB Daily Queen
THANK YOU. We couldn’t have done it without your support.

Village Reminder for Grass Clippings

You must blow your grass clippings back into your yard – NOT into the streets/gutters!


No person shall sweep into or deposit in any gutter, street, or other public place within the Village, the accumulation of litter from any building or lot or from any public or private sidewalk or driveway.  Persons owning or occupying property shall keep the sidewalk in front of their premises free from litter.

An excessive amount of yard clippings in the roadway leads to a blockage in the Village catch basins.  This blockage costs the Village thousands of dollars to remove, which we as taxpayers are ultimately responsible for.  This is a public notice to request the removal of yard clippings from the roadway.  If you fail to comply with this request in the future, enforcement action will be taken.  As a Village we aspire to keep the roadways and sidewalks as clean as possible.  We appreciate your assistance in helping us keep our roadways clean.  We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

NB Village Administrator Report – May 1 2018

The May 1, 2018 North Baltimore, Ohio Village Administrator Report from Allyson Murray, Village Administrator

May 1, 2018
North Baltimore, Ohio
Village Administrator Report
Allyson Murray, Village Administrator

1. Meeting Review

• Mar 30 – Meeting with CES Engineering at Village Office at 9:30am
• Apr 17 – Village Council Meeting at 5:30pm at Village Hall
• Apr 17 – RCAP Training Seminar in Alliance Ohio 8:00am-4:00pm
• Apr 18 – Tree City USA Awards Luncheon in Upper Sandusky Ohio 9:00-3:00
• Apr 18 – RCAP Training Seminar in Alliance Ohio 8:00am-4:00pm
• Apr 23 – Pesticide Exam for DPW Workers OSU Extension in BG 1:00pm

2. Upcoming Meetings:

• Apr 30 – Wood County Opioid Crisis Awareness Program 8:00am-3:00pm Maumee
• Apr 30 – North Baltimore Planning Commission Meeting @ 5:30pm Village Hall
• May 1 – Wood County Safety Council Meeting @ 7:30am Wood County Hospital
• May 1 – North Baltimore Village Council Meeting @ 5:30pm Village Hall

3. Neighborhood Revitalization Grant– Village Administration and staff met on Tuesday April 24 to discussion all options that the citizens listed as projects they felt were needed in the community should we be awarded the grant. This was not an easy task, and several hours were spent evaluating each project. The village needs to identify no less than 3 and no more than 4 projects they would like to include in the final grant application. We are aiming for projects to equal close to $450,000 that will make an impact in the community. Ordinance #2018- 12 is on the agenda tonight for an emergency reading so we can get the application in to the county and state before the deadline.

4. Community Development Block Grant Application- The Village is eligible every 2 years to submit an application for a Community Development Block Grant. Each county in the state received a specified amount of grant money to be distributed to selected projects. The village would like to submit an application for ADA parking spots at each shelter house location in the Village Park. This project was identified as part of the NRG possible projects and due to its impact on accessibility in our park it is a good candidate for CDBG funding. We also had several citizens speak on the need for handicapped accessible parking near the shelter houses in the park at our public meetings for NRG.

The estimated cost of the project follows;

The Village would be responsible for 25% match or approximately $4000. The monies would come from the Park Fund 204 which has the following;

Beginning balance: 52,942.97
GF transfer: 38,500.00
Total 2018 funds avail: 91,442.97

If council wishes to pursue this project and provide ADA/Handicapped Accessible Parking spaces in front of each shelter house in the village park, we will need to pass Ordinance # 2018-13 as an emergency tonight so that we can get our application in by the May 15 deadline.

5. AEP Request for Easement– Ohio Power, a unit of American Electric Power has approached the village requesting an easement through village owned property located north of the railroad tracks and east of Poe Road. The information on this request is included in the council packet.

6. Financial Officer Posting –We said good-bye last Friday April 27, 2018 to Chris Kirk our financial officer since 2012 and we have advertised in The Courier, The Sentinel-Tribune, BGSU Career Center, Owens Community College Career Center and The deadline for applications is May 4, 2018 at 4:00pm and any interested parties should sent a resume to

7. CSP Tax Abatement – Continental Structural Plastics plant in North Baltimore has announced a thirty million dollar expansion project and the creation of 100 new additional jobs at the North Baltimore facility. Wade Gottschalk, the director of Wood County Economic Development will be at the council meeting on May 1, 2018 to talk to council about the tax abatement being offered to Continental Structural Plastics for this expansion. This is wonderful news for the North Baltimore community and wish to support this expansion. Ordinance #2018-14 to accept this agreement will be on the agenda for an emergency reading Tuesday night.

8. CSP Request for Zoning Change – Continental Structural Plastics has filed a “request for change of zoning application” with the village. Due to some oversight at some date many decades ago the northern most portion of the CSP property is zoned R-2 Medium Density Residential and the rest of the property is zoned M-2 General Industrial. Obviously it makes sense that the entire property should be zoned M-2 General Industrial. In order to make that change, a request for change of zoning application was presented to the North Baltimore Village Planning Commission. The Planning Commission will meet on Monday April 30, 2018 at 5:30pm at which time I am anticipating them accepting the request for change of zoning application for CSP and forwarding it council to be heard at the council meeting on May 1, 2018.

Ordinance 2018-11 is on the council agenda for a first reading to begin the process of changing the zoning to the corrected M-2 General Industrial designation. Any zoning change must have all three readings and also hold a public meeting to address any concerns from neighboring property owners. The public meeting for the CSP zoning change is scheduled for Tuesday June 5, 2018 at 5:00pm. The council will have the opportunity at this meeting to hear any issues the public may bring forth with regard to changing the zoning at the CSP property. Immediately following the public hearing the council will meet in the regularly scheduled council meeting and can have the third reading on Ordinance # 2018-11 to change the zoning to M-2 General Industrial.

The application and map of the proposed property and change is included in the council packet.

9. Henry Township Paving Request – In June of 2017 Henry Township approached the village wishing to pave Quarry Road and asking that the village work with them to get this accomplished since half of Quarry Road is within the village limits. No action was taken on this issue since Henry Township was unable to get bidders on the project within the estimates they anticipated at that time.

Henry Township reached out to me last week with a request to work with them to pave Quarry Road and Mitchell Road this year. The estimates on the costs associated with this are included in the council packet. More discussion will take place on this subject at the May COTW meeting on May 8, 2018.

Michelle Stratton, RN, Named BVHS Associate of the Year

Michelle Stratton, RN, Named BVHS Associate of the Year and Nominated for the Ohio Health Care Worker of the Year Award

Michelle Stratton, RN, Named BVHS Associate of the Year and Nominated for the Ohio Health Care Worker of the Year Award

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has named Michelle Stratton, RN, the BVHS Associate of the Year and has been nominated for the Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award, presented by the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA).