Defiance County Commissioners, in partnership with Lit Communities, LLC, is proud to announce a county wide survey that will be available to all Defiance County residents on April 27, 2022. The survey is designed to assess residential and business internet connectivity services and demand for broadband access that could be built throughout Defiance County, including a fiber optic network. It will ask questions regarding the respondent's current service, price, speed, reliability, and how they currently use their networks, as well as what types of services they would like to see offered through a network. Resident and business input will help to inform new strategies designed to improve broadband access and reliability for all Defiance County citizens.
Residents who are at least 16 years of age are eligible to participate in the survey until October 2022. Interested residents can access the survey at https://defiancefiber.servicezones.net The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.
Those that can complete the survey from their home or business address directly are strongly encouraged to do so. When participants take the survey from their home address, there is an optional speed test component that will help planners more accurately map current accessibility and speed thresholds across the community. Prices listed in the survey are meant as a placeholder. Accordingly, different survey participants may be asked to respond to different theoretical thresholds.
Broadband expansion and internet connectivity for the residents and businesses in Defiance County has been a priority for the Defiance County Commissioners’ Office for many years. Due to the diligent efforts of previous Commissioners, a strategy was developed to utilize a portion of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to conduct a broadband internet study and to distribute a survey. The Defiance County Broadband Internet study will allow the Commissioners to research additional options to provide citizens with the broadband services they need to complete their everyday activities (work, school, and access to healthcare).
This survey will also assist in identifying areas of the County that could be considered “unserved/underserved” and allow the County and local internet providers to be able to have access to grant services and funding for the expansion of internet services to these areas. Currently, these designations are based upon a map by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Speed test data gathered from the survey will be used to request that the FCC maps be changed to accurately reflect current available services.
Defiance County Commissioners are encouraging all residents of Defiance County to take the survey and help the County understand, address, and prioritize local internet connectivity, speed, and affordability issues. Businesses and homes in Defiance County have long struggled with inadequate internet connectivity in addition to unreliable speeds and service. Citizen input collected through this survey is being overlayed with local infrastructure data to help planners identify the best paths, partners, public and private capital, and near-term opportunities that can be leveraged for additional infrastructure development.
Defiance County Commissioner David Kern said. “By taking this survey, everyone is helping us to create a plan that we can all feel confident will meet our community’s unique needs. The County wants to do everything it can to enhance connectivity throughout the area and this study will help us determine our next steps.”
Defiance County residents and local businesses will have until the beginning of October to share their feedback but planning efforts will begin as soon as actionable patterns begin to emerge from the community response. After taking the survey, all Defiance County residents are encouraged to ask their friends and neighbors to do the same.
CHIP HOUSING CONSORTIUM
DEFIANCE COUNTY - PAULDING COUNTY - CITY OF DEFIANCE
PY 2022 COMMUNITY HOUSING IMPACT & PRESERVATION- LEAD ABATEMENT PROGRAM
The Ohio Department of Development’s Office of Community Development is has partnered with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to make funds available for the Community Housing Impact & Preservation - Lead Abatement Program (CHIP-LAP). The CHIP-LAP Program will include funding for Equipment and/or Lead-Abatement activity costs associated with eliminating lead-based paint hazards in homes receiving CHIP Program Assistance.
Defiance County is the lead entity in the Maumee Valley South CHIP Consortium (MVSCC), which includes Defiance County, Paulding County and the City of Defiance. Defiance County submitted an application for CHIP funds on June 22, 2022 for funding on behalf of the MVSCC. Defiance County intends to apply for CHIP-LAP funds, with the application deadline of September 28, 2022.
The Public Hearings for the CHIP-LAP Program will be held as follows:
Monday, September 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in the Defiance County Commissioner’s Chambers located at 500 Court Street, Suite A, Defiance OH 43512.
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 11 a.m. in the Paulding County Commissioner’s Chambers located at 451 McDonald Pike, Suite E, Paulding OH 45879.
The public hearing gives citizens the opportunity to review and comment on the CHIP-LAP activities. Citizens are encouraged to attend any or all meetings listed above to express their views and comments on the Maumee Valley South CHIP Consortium Program application. If a participant will need auxiliary aids (interpreter, brail, or taped materials, listening device, other) due to a disability, please contact Maumee Valley Planning Organization prior to the meeting date at 419-784-3882 in order to ensure that your needs will be accommodated. The Defiance and Paulding Commissioner’s Chambers are accessible.
NOTICE INTERNET AUCTION
Notice is hereby given that the Defiance County Board of Commissioners will periodically dispose of personal property that is unneeded, obsolete or unfit for the use for which it was acquired through the use of an internet auction. This may include motor vehicles, road machinery, equipment, tools or supplies. The Board has contracted with GovDeals, Inc to conduct the auctions on their behalf. A link is provided on the County’s website, www.defiance-county.com, under Surplus Auction Items.
BY ORDER OF:
DEFIANCE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
500 COURT STREET, SUITE A; DEFIANCE, OHIO 43512