A Note from the Mayor

On behalf of the Village Council, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year as we welcome the first quarter of 2017! Van Buren remains a community that we are proud to call home. As a Village, we value our past, cherish our present, and work together to thoughtfully plan for the future. We would like to continue to recognize remarkable Van Buren citizens and our local   businesses for helping to shine a positive light on our community.  I want to thank Adam Still, Carlson Stearns, Eric Stearns, and Greg Ayers for volunteering their time and equipment to hang and remove the  snowflakes over the holidays as well as replacing the weathered Van Buren Local School banners. 

Items that Council continues to be focused on outside the budget and normal Village Operations:

1. Property Improvements: 

We want to continue 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 such as the lack of lawn maintenance,  un-operated       vehicles, trash/junk, and dilapidated structures will be a top priority.  To reinforce the need to  maintain the desired appeal, the Village Council has adopted Ordinance No. 2016 - 790.  The new village ordinance is included in the newsletter. The Village is planning to implement this new         ordinance as soon as possible.  Should you have any questions, they can be submitted to www.vanburenohio.org under “contact us” tab, contact the Village Council via email at VanBurenOH@Gmail.com or call our designed Council member (see Page 8). 


2. 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. If you do not know if your sidewalks are out of  compliance, please contact the Van Buren Zoning Inspector. During the past Trick or Treat celebration, Council was informed that one family, with has a special needs  child was  unable to participate because of  unsafe sidewalks in the Village. The Village Council believes this is totally unacceptable.


3. Safety Action Plan Presentation:

The Village of Van Buren held a Home Safety Seminar on January 10. The Village     partnered with the     Hancock County Sheriff's Office to learn about our rights in protecting yourself inside and outside the home. The title of the Home Safety Seminar was "Your Safety, Your Responsibility."  Topics included:  Self-defense in public, Self-defense in the home (castle doctrine), Home   safety  action plans, and Improve the security of your home.  The handout that was presented at the seminar is included in the newsletter.The Village would like to thank Sgt.   Michael Cortez for taking the time out of his busy schedule to 
educate the residents of the Village of Van Buren and the surrounding area. 

During the public meeting, Hancock County Michael Heldman showed us a new safety device that will be added to every door in the Van  Buren Local School and all other schools across Hancock County. The      device is called the boot, as shown in the photo, and would help prevent entry into a classroom in the event of an emergency. To use it, you grab the metal plate, drop it in the slot on the door, and you then have an instant layer of protection to keep people out. "Being in charge of all the safety of all the people in the county, I feel it's very important we protect the children from today's society and what may   happen," said Sheriff  Heldman. It will cost the district nearly $420,000 to put the boot on more than 1,800 doors across the    district. The goal is to have them installed by the end of the school year.  Fundraising by schools across the county will help foot the bill. If you are    interested in making a  contribution, a form is included in the newsletter. 

Captured below is the 2016 Hancock County Sheriff’s statistics for the Village of Van Buren.




YEAR 2016  


TIME: (hours)                       171

INCIDENTS                          6

CRASHES                             1

CITATIONS                           29

PAPER SERVICE                  0


SCHOOL W/T                       12

BANK W/T                            0

BUSINESS W/T                     1

BAR W/T                                1

MEETINGS                            1

As you can see, the data is telling us that we are averaging one issue every two months. The Sheriff Department informed Council that we have the lowest number of “Incidents” in Hancock County. I believe this is greatly due to our 171 additional hours patrols. However, if you see anyone or anything that might be suspicious, please call the Sheriff department immediately. 

4. Southeast Sewer Replacement Project: 

Council is waiting to hear about the Phase 2 grant for the  Southeast Sewer Replacement Project. Both Phase 1 and Phase 2 will be submitted to the contractor together for a more economical bid. 

5. Village Council Meetings: 

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

6. Planning Commission: 

Held the 2th Tuesday of the following months: February, April, June, August, October and December at 6:30 p.m. in the Van Buren High School Community Room.

7. Communication: 

Please follow the Village of Van Buren on Facebook by going to https://www.facebook.com/VillageofVanBuren and “Like” our page in order to receive all the latest news, events, and alerts happening in the Village. You can also find a link to our Facebook page from the Village Website at www.vanburenohio.org. 

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

Mayor of the Village of Van Buren