Village of Delta Recognized for Economic Development and Job Creation Efforts

An article in the April 2021 edition of the Toledo Business Journal (TBJ) announced that the State of Ohio led the nation for new economic development in projects per capita for the second consecutive year.  The article stated, “Site Selection, a corporate real estate economic development magazine, ranked Ohio number one in its Governor’s Cup 2020 state economic and business attraction rankings for bringing more new corporate facility projects than any other state in the nation.  Ohio also ranked number two among the nation for total projects overall.”

Pictured in the article was an aerial view of an expansion construction project in progress at North Star BlueScope Steel’s mill in Delta.  “The Village of Delta received a plaque from the State of Ohio Jobs Ohio for our efforts and activities in economic development,” announced Delta Village Administrator Brad Peebles at the April 5th Village Council meeting.  “One of the more significant projects in the state in 2020 was the North Star expansion with their extension of more than $500 million dollars was about the same as their initial investment 26 years ago at $500 million dollars.  It does play a significant role in the state’s being recognized in the top of (economic) development.”

 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine was quoted in the TBJ on the ranking.  “Ohio continues to attract new corporate facilities and businesses to invest here,” he said.  “In Ohio, we have a strong business community that will work along side new companies who are looking to invest and utilize our skilled workforce.”

In other Council business, Mr. Peebles, in his Administrator’s Report, informed the Council that his office continues to work through the USDA loan/grant program learning part of the new stipulations may be tied to Low to Moderate Income (LMI) Level status.  “We are learning with the 2020 census data yet to be released publicly that Delta will no longer be classified as an LMI community.  This may prohibit our being qualified to take advantage of the program,” the report states.

Morlock Paving submitted the lowest and winning bid for the Wood Street resurfacing project and a contract has been forwarded to the company.  Based on the pricing, the decision has been made to use asphalt instead of tar and chip to resurface the alley between Wood and Madison Streets parallel to Main Street.  Knowing the asphalt will have a longer life expectancy, draft legislation to prohibit vehicles greater than 6,000 pounds in the alley will be presented.

The Street Department has started cleaning and inspecting storm water catch basins throughout town.  This has not been a regular practice in the past it is hopeful this effort will reduce possible surface flooding in the event of a heavy rain event.  This will also allow the department to be proactive in basin repairs before they deteriorate to the point of replacement.

The next Council meeting will take place on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

Pictured:  Delta Mayor Frank Wilton with Economic Development Recognition Plaque

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