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Antwerp ACDC reviews year at general meeting

By STEVE MAJOR

Correspondent

ANTWERP – The Antwerp Community Development Committee is a group of concerned residents helping to make Antwerp a better place to live and do business. At the annual general meeting last Tuesday night, highlights of 2010 were reviewed and ideas for the future considered.

ACDC conducted or supported many activities in Antwerp and Paulding County, including: paid for the appraisal of the railroad depot property; supported the Paulding Annual Business/Industry Banquet; donated to the Antwerp Baseball Association; donated to the Day in the Park; donated for display banners and flags in Antwerp; donated to the United Way of Paulding County; supported the first annual Antwerp Rib Fest; supported the Big Boys Toys car show; held two corn hole and a washer tournaments; sponsored a fund-raising golf tournament; purchased shrubs and bushes for a village beautification project; and conducted a winter garage sale.

In addition, ACDC has purchased the first of four entrance signs for the village. This first sign will be installed soon on the south side of the village. One more of the signs will be purchased yet this year, with the plan to buy and install two additional signs in 2011.

The signs will enhance the road entrances to the village and let visitors know that they are entering a proud community.

The signs cost $1,100 each and they will be installed by the village.

Another planned project for 2011 is to help improve the access to Archer Field for disabled fans.

Financially, as of Nov. 30, ACDC had a total of $16,907 in three bank accounts. In the regular account there is a balance of $7,232. The Rock, Roll & Remember (Antwerp Alumni event) account has $7,232, as well. Lastly, $2,443 is held in the Wabash Depot Restoration account.

One of the guest speakers at the meeting was John Bry, a certified main street manager, currently working as the director of the Nobel County Visitors Bureau, in Indiana.

Bry spoke about the Main Street Approach, which is a nationwide movement to restore and revitalize downtowns. Bry said that four key points for this are design, organization, promotion and economic restructuring.

With ACDC and other community positives, Bry thought that Antwerp has some important pieces in place for the village to undergo further successful downtown revitalization and village development.

Also speaking at the meeting was Paulding County Engineer Travis McGarvey. He spoke about the planned implementation of a bike trail along the old U.S. 24, which has been turned over to county responsibility and is designated County Road 424.

This upcoming summer, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will resurface and restripe CR 424 through Paulding County. As this was being planned, ACDC suggested to the county that a bike trail be considered. After studying this idea, the county and ODOT determined that there was sufficient width along the road way to provide for a bike trail.

Thus, as part of the resurfacing and restriping, a five-foot wide bike trail will be added along the north side of the westbound lane throughout the county. In addition, the bike trail will be extended into to Defiance County as well as part of resurfacing of the same road.

Preliminary contacts have been made with the Indiana Department of Transportation how the bike trail could be extended further into the Hoosier State.