Saturday, January 8, 2011

Defiance - A Great Place To Live

As Mayor of Defiance, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the official City of Defiance Web Site. 
Defiance is a community nestled in the northwest corner of Ohio with an estimated population of 17,000. We are located 55 miles southwest of Toledo, Ohio, and 45 miles east of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The City of Defiance was recognized for the seventh consecutive year by Site Selection Magazine as one of the Top 100 small towns in the United States. The City of Defiance serves as the county seat for Defiance County. Ours is a strong mayor/strong council type of government. 
With the ongoing Fort to Port project which consists of the widening of U.S. Route 24 from Ft. Wayne Indiana to Toledo, Ohio, the City of Defiance is experiencing a growth in the development of its community. In 2007, the City had over $19.8 million dollars in construction projects either completed or underway. The City’s continued growth in 2007 can be viewed below in my State of the City address. 

The number of new businesses to the area demonstrates the progress being made in our City. The U.S. 24 expansion includes the development of three interchanges for the roadway within the City limits and 3 under/over passes as well. The City is also in the development stages of widening the St. Rt. 66 bridge as it crosses U.S. 24. This $12 million project is being completed in coordination with ODOT District 1 and is expected to begin in 2009 with completion in 2010. 

Since the passing of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the establishment of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program in 1972, local governments and industries throughout the Maumee River Basin have been mandated to eliminate pollutants to their water and sewer. 

We support the clean air and water acts but it must be affordable. The combined effects of aging infrastructure, diminished federal funding, increasingly burdensome regulations and increasing population have increased our burdens. Local governments have provided 95% of the funding for clean water in recent years.

Several communities have joined to form the Maumee River Basin Partnership of Local Governments (MRBPLG) as a partnership of local governments. Their goal is to publicize and expose the magnitude of the financial burden that these water and sewer quality directives imposed on all of us and to secure federal funding that will allow communities to effectively address these issues without bankrupting our local cities. If you would like to contact your local representative regarding these mandates, please see this sample letter and contact information (.doc). 

Defiance is proud to be the home town of 2006 Indianapolis 500 Champion Sam Hornish Jr., LA Dodges pitcher Chad Billingsley and minor league players Jonathon Niese and Chad Reineke. 

The City of Defiance’s Home Page serves as a link to valuable government information, activities, and services by division. Each division profile contains an educational background to help citizens and students learn how our form of government works. 

Please use this site not only to learn about the governmental activities within Defiance, but also to find out how to communicate with the proper personnel within City government.

Mayor Robert Armstrong
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