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Van Wert, OH

Seen it coming

I actually looked at quite a few more currencies than you suggested and came up with 3 that possibly reflect where jobs will likely go. The Chinese Yuan has consistently shown growth and lacked the instability of the other currencies. The Mexican Peso dropped 40% and the Russian Ruple dropped 60%, both mostly since 2014. Canada's currency approached parity with the US Dollar until 2014, at which point it began drifting towards previous levels. Most of the other currencies tracked with each other, except for the Japanese Yen, which has had MANY Quantitative Easings, and still tracks close to the dollar in terms of value. http://www.oretek. com/images/currenc ies.png As it relates to Ohio, well, we've been in decline for a good 2 decades, most notably since the early part of the century. That Carrier moved to Mexico was no surprise, and that Eaton is shifting a lot of their work to Mexico isn't either. I've heard two rumors, neither of which being substantiated and should be considered as such. 1) That they were closing, and 2) that they were planning on making Eaton a distribution hub, reducing employees to about 300. These are only rumors and should be treated as such without any basis in facts.  (Thursday | post #13)

Van Wert, OH

Seen it coming

IF Eaton leaves Van Wert, I doubt seriously that they will be concerning themselves with the interpersonal struggles within the workforce. More than 2/3rds of the reasoning behind their plant closures in the states had to do with 'poor currency conversion' than actual loss in sales. GBPUSD=X on yahoo finance is probably a good indicator of that. Brexit (Great Britain leaving the EU), at least in the short term, didn't help. Just the referendum alone knocked it down by $0.13 in conversion, which could influence their decision further. At its peak, the British pound was worth $2.08 in 2008, and today it's under $1.32 per pound. Whether or not Eaton leaves, it's probably not a bad idea to consider what new products can be made in this community and as new companies are formed, to strongly discourage sales of companies to foreign firms.  (Thursday | post #7)

Van Wert, OH

New Sports Complex

I don't know if it's any consolation, but simply looking at the tags on the vehicle license plates could confirm that the ratio of city employees to those who live outside the city limits is pretty low. Not that loss of employment is a good thing, but I don't think the losses to the people of the city will be nearly as bad as it could be. The worst hit will be local government, because it will represent a loss of corporate revenue and employee revenue, not to mention the depletion of the local economy's money supply. The newer tax code taxes unemployment income as well, so there will be a slight buffer for city government, at least until unemployment income runs out. At that point, hopefully we wont have to put up with news articles saying everything is wonderful because unemployment is down.  (Monday Jul 25 | post #79)

Van Wert, OH

fire

According to the independent: "Van Wert firefighters were out Sunday night to battle a fire at a city duplex at 230-232 South Ave. The American Red Cross Disaster Team also responded to the house fire, which occurred sometime after 9 p.m. on Sunday. Also called to the scene was AEP to shut off power to the building. The duplex left two families without a home, and two adults and seven children were assisted with relocation by the Red Cross. "  (Monday Jul 25 | post #5)

Van Wert, OH

wondering

"time4utomove onag ain" Given the sheer number of properties with problems, I'm suggesting that we pick battles to fight and let time sort out the rest. When Chet's properties became the center of focus, I supplied materials so he could fix the roof of one property and suggested that he let go of 2 of the properties. So did others. His stubbornness to not give up the other two properties did have an effect on my willingness to help further, but given age and health conditions, I'd argue against pushing things. This particular problem will be sorted out in due course, as have many properties in town, once they were auctioned off or sold. It's probably a good idea to allocate funds for demolition so that when the properties are acquired, they can be dealt with promptly.  (Monday Jul 25 | post #17)

Van Wert, OH

New Sports Complex

Early in this discussion, Kirby corrected me on whether school tax money could be used for extra-curricular projects. Basically, it can't. Given the amount of resources that have the necessary money to work with, the next possible source could be the Wind turbine PILOT money. If this is the resource that's being tapped into, it wouldn't hurt to get a legal opinion on its use for extra curricular projects, just to be safe.  (Sunday Jul 24 | post #72)

Van Wert, OH

wondering

I noticed leaving out the word NOT but didn't think an immediate correction was necessary. The main point was stated clearly. As for any out of state contacts, as far as I know, no one other than Chet is listed as a property owner, but the mailing address is his daughter. The last time I spoke with her, her decision was to not pay the property taxes so they could get legally seized for back taxes. I would suggest a bit of patience is all that's required. His brother died recently, as did his wife. When his number comes up, no one in the family has any claim on the properties leaving it to probate to handle the disposition, assuming they aren't seized first. In the mean time, I think letting an old man have what little is left of his life in peace is in order.  (Sunday Jul 24 | post #11)

Van Wert, OH

New Sports Complex

Blaming the people for this is ridiculously stupid. Instead of blaming people for the roads, why not spend the time questioning how the politicians manage to mismanage $0.58/gallon in gas taxes, which, btw, are supposed to be used to maintain roads and some infrastructure.  (Sunday Jul 24 | post #66)

Van Wert, OH

wondering

That's the building the new owner requested additional parking for. That property had a $160K+ lien on, which mean nobody could do anything to the property until it went up for sheriff's sale. Personally, I'm glad it's going to be restored.  (Sunday Jul 24 | post #9)

Van Wert, OH

wondering

I wasn't adamant about it being a problem. I am against creating unnecessary stress on an elderly individual nearing end of life. It'll get handled soon enough in probate. As for the vape stuff, while it wasn't something I was personally too keen on, I did provide resources and advice on the mixing process to 2 different individuals totaling over $1300.00. Now that it's just my daughter and I, well, things are significantly better, financially. I'm still looking forward to more ideas that will help people help themselves.  (Sunday Jul 24 | post #8)

Van Wert, OH

New Sports Complex

While that may well be the marketing argument, it would probably be a good idea to ask people directly why they moved here. Their reasons would likely include the exact opposite of what you're claiming. The neighbor south of me moved here and worked out of town because housing costs were so low. We moved here because housing costs are so low, in fact, more than $100 less per month than I was paying in Columbus for a 3 bedroom, 10 years ago. Wouldn't it be really nice if we could somehow manage to create new economic base careers in city, increasing the demand and value on housing? As for Sales and Marketing, I have to say I like what Bill Hicks had to say about that profession in his last recorded show (Revelations on Netflix). I don't think people are going to be all eager to hear a sales pitch when they're thinking about how to feed their families.  (Sunday Jul 24 | post #62)

Van Wert, OH

New Sports Complex

First, a simple bit of logic here. Identification of a problem requires at least looking at what you call the negatives. Refusal to look at the negatives doesn't suggest competency. For example, when I was in school, we had metal shop, wood shop, and auto shop. Lacking those types of classes, maybe the private sector could fill in the gaps, by offering tours of their facilities to students, with the hopes of sparking enough curiosity to start the process of learning a particular trade. Even before seeking out formal training, there are many online resources that could also guide the process along, such as Khan Academy and other free online services. Most of my own education has been purpose driven, informal, and self-taught. (aka autodidacticism yea, say that 3 times fast). Maybe, instead of just teaching kids to regurgitate information, we could be teaching kids to seek out their own path and define their own curriculum to that end, and to not allow themselves to be limited based on established constructs. Dragging a popular slogan local, Making Van Wert Great again begins with those of us with talent being available and willing to guide future talent onto the path(s) they've chosen.  (Sunday Jul 24 | post #57)

Van Wert, OH

wondering

Minor correction, Northwest corner of crawford/market.  (Saturday Jul 23 | post #4)

Van Wert, OH

wondering

The economics are rough all around, even for property owners. Even the former Mayor had to sell off a portion of his building because he didn't have the resources to fix it, for example. On the positive, it's one less building with a high potential of a partial collapse. Also worthy of note, the old pet shop on West main looks like it's getting much needed work, and the building on the southwest corner of Lincoln/Main is as well. In one council meeting, I also heard the building on the north west corner of Crawford and Market is being restored and they're asking for parking spaces. This particular building had a huge lien on it, which I believe was satisfied when it was seized. There's also the old Merit Shoes/Sassy's pets building that has been restored. Overall, even before all of the fuss was being made over city ordinances, I'd have to say there's been considerable progress downtown. Of all of the buildings, the Home Guard building will require 40 times what it was purchased for just to demolish it. What I have to wonder is whether or not the owner knew there was contamination at the time of purchase and if there are grants or state/federal funds available to deal with an issue like that. Another building yet to receive any mention is the old burned out Times-Bulletin building as well as the severely neglected upper floors of many of the buildings downtown. In one sense, I can clearly see why the neglect happened, simply because of fire safety regulations being too costly to upgrade, but that's only for buildings with 3 or more stories. http://www.thevwin dependent.com/news /2016/07/vw-offici als-cracking-down- on-neglected-city- properties/#more-7 8316  (Saturday Jul 23 | post #3)

Van Wert, OH

New Sports Complex

I have no clue... Of course I do. Most of Ohio was hit heavily by China's entrance into the World Trade Organization in the early part of this century, but Van Wert has the distinction of losing businesses prior, due to NAFTA. Manufacturing is one part of what would be considered economic base, careers that bring money into the community, whereas service sector jobs circulate what money is in the local economy. Companies that import goods work against both sectors, sucking money out of the community as well as reducing American jobs. http://www.oretek. com/images/recover y.png Onto "We", and what I meant by "We", as I don't depend on the local economy for my survival, you're right, I can't include myself into that group of people. I can, however recognize that in terms of median income, this county is the 3rd poorest in the North West quadrant of Ohio, with Crawford and Hardin being the only two poorer. On very rare occasions in the past few years, I've only experienced a hint of what it feels to be hot dog poor. During those times, and during times when people think about raising taxes, I think about the hardships the people of this city are already going through and have been, paycheck after paycheck. That description fits more than half of the people in this city and is a reflection of my own childhood, growing up in poverty.  (Saturday Jul 23 | post #50)

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