A Note from the Mayor

The official first day of fall is here and the trees are already starting to turn into vibrant    orange, red, and  yellow colors. Many of us are looking forward to the cooler temperatures and the fall season. 

Council continues to be focusing on:

1. Budget: The Village is starting to create the 2018 budget. We take our responsibility to be good stewards very seriously. As good stewards of the community, our focus will remain on sustaining the Village’s long-term financial stability while continuing to deliver high quality services to our residents.  However, a few  programs are being evaluated for  longevity. 

2. Property Improvements: We want to provide a beautiful community with attractive    housing and commercial structures. We also want to provide a clean, well-maintained       Village in which to live, work, and play. Nuisance items that the Village will be focusing on are lack of lawn maintenance, un-operated vehicles, trash/junk, and dilapidated structures. 

3. Sidewalk Safety: Because of the liability associated with unsafe sidewalk conditions to the     homeowner, the Village needs you to maintain your sidewalks. All sidewalks need to be in           compliance by the end of 2017. At the 2016 Trick or Treat celebration, Council was            informed that one family, whom has a special needs  child, was  unable to participate         because of  unsafe sidewalks in the Village. The Village Council believes this is   totally      unacceptable. Please do wait to address this safety concern. If you do not know if your    sidewalks are in compliance, please contact the Van Buren Zoning Inspector.

4. Council and Board Members: To date, two candidates have pulled and filed papers to run for the four Village Council seats that are available. Incumbent candidates are Keith     Brenneman and Natalie Walters. Councilman David Sheets and Brent Schroeder will not be seeking re-election. I am now accepting applications for those who wish to serve on Council beginning January 1. Additionally, I  am accepting applications for those who wish to serve on Planning & Zoning Board beginning February 1. Please call me at 419-299-3234 if you have the interest in serving the Village of Van Buren by November 1 for these positions.

Again, I wish to thank the citizens of Van Buren for allowing me the privilege of serving you.  

May God continue to bless our Village!  

Edward D. May


Note from the Zoning Inspector

When planning a new project, please consider the application time for zoning approval before starting.  Should you need a copy of the Zoning Code and Land Use Plan, please call Van Buren’s Zoning Inspector Mike   Julien at 419-208-9009, email him at cmjulien@yahoo, or visit the Village’s website at http://vanburenohio.org.
Routine neighborhood checks are being done to identify zoning and safety  issues.  It is our goal to improve the quality of life for Van Buren residents and to enforce the zoning codes as adopted.  We want to provide a beautiful    community with attractive housing and commercial structures.  We also want to provide a clean, well-maintained Village in which to live, work, or play.  
Let’s all take pride in our neighborhoods… do your part to help make Van    Buren beautiful!  If you would like to report a violation or concern, please feel free to call your designated Council Representative or Zoning Inspector. 

To protect our water, sewer, and gas lines the Village and Arlington Natural Gas Co. need you to call the Ohio Utility Protection Service (OUPS
) at 1-800-362-2764 or 811 before you dig. Also, you can use the     e-dig website. This is an easy online homeowner dig request for non-

mergency single address locations. With just the click of a mouse, homeowners can    enter single address locates via the e-dig program. 

This service is free and your local utility company will identify these lines for you.  It is also required by law to call; otherwise, you may be responsible for damages to the water, sewer, gas lines, and/or other underground structures. 


For your safety you should walk away immediately and take steps to clear the area to protect yourself. Do not try to repair or stop a leak yourself or use  anything that might create a spark, such as a cell phone.

If a substance starts releasing into the air, such as natural gas, immediately call 9-1-1. 

South Side Storm Sewer Replacement– Phase 1

The South Side Storm Sewer Replacement Project is moving ahead nicely. The Village received a grant for Phase 1 of 3  and submitted Phase 2 of 3 in September. The Village of Van Buren has awarded the contract for Phase 1 to Cash Services out of Northwood Ohio.  Construction is proposed to start early 2018 and completed by mid-summer.

South Side Storm Sewer Replacement– Phase 2

Village of Van Buren has submitted Phase 2 in September with hopes to start construction in 2019 and completed by mid-summer of 2020.


Fall & Winter Events/Reminders

Village Trick-or-Treat Night
October 26, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Please leave your porch light on if you are going to participate.

Planning on doing some fall cleaning in your yard?  Do you know the proper way to get rid of your yard waste?  The Village and the State of Ohio has strict guidelines about open burning.  As a result, the Village will be sponsoring a yard waste pickup on Saturday November 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The purpose of this pickup is to showcase Van Buren as a well-maintained community.  Please have your yard waste ready by Friday, November 3rd.  All items must be placed at the rear of the property along the alleys. The following  yard wastes that will be removed are: tree limbs or branches, bagged leaves, bagged grass clippings, and shrub branches.  Listed are items that will not be considered for pickup: anything with dirt or not bagged, newspapers, plastic containers, glass, magazines, and other recycling items.  Please remember this ONLY addresses yard waste.  

Leaf collection for the Village will begin Saturday, November 4th and leaves will be picked up three times during the month of November. The timing of the three times a month will be dictated by the amount of leaves that have been raked to ensure that it is a full day of pick-up.  Leaves must be raked to the front of your home on the grass near the curb for removal by a leaf vacuum machine. Please do not rake leaves into the street and please make sure there are only leaves in the pile. Hidden debris may damage the equipment. Please note that bagged leaves and grass clippings will not be picked up during leaf collection. If leafs are raked into the street, the resident could be subject to a fine under the Ohio Revised Code. This item will be enforced due to our recent plugged storm sewer lines. If you are interested in receiving truckloads of leaves to use as mulch, you can have them delivered by calling Greg Ayers at 419-722-7732. Deliveries will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

Fall & Winter Events/Reminders

Mother nature might be responsible for snow that is deposited, but you, as a             homeowner or tenant, are responsible for removing it! For the safety of visitors to your home and also as a courtesy to your neighbors, please remove ice and snow from your sidewalks within 24 hours of snowfall. When shoveling your driveways, DO NOT     shovel, plow, or blow snow onto the Village Streets. This delays the process of clearing the street and will cause the snow to be pushed back into the apron of your driveway when the snow plow passes. There is no parking on Village streets after 2 inches of snowfall. The Village plow requires that all streets are clear of vehicles to ensure that every street is plowed and passable. The Hancock County Sheriff Department will be placing a greater emphasize on this ordinance during this winter season.  

Village Monthly Meetings

Village Council Meeting; Held the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Van Buren High School Community Room.

Planning Commission : Held the 2th Tuesday for the months of  February, April, June, August, November at 6:30 p.m. in the Van Buren High School Community Room. 

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