By Patrick Troyer

Education specialist

Paulding SWCD

In our modern world, we are used to having “an app for that” to find out any information we could possibly want, pay bills, or even playing a game. What if there was a “guide for that”? Now, I am sure you are likely scratching your head by now wondering where I am going with this but stick with me!

Have you ever wanted to know who you could contact if you had some drainage problems? There’s a guide for that. Perhaps erosion or water pollution issues? There’s a guide for that. Maybe you wanted to know about the laws governing burning, zoning, nutrient management or trespassing. There’s a guide for that. Are you a new homeowner who is wanting to know what kind of things you should know about a property before you buy or build a home? There’s a guide for that. Maybe you already own a home and want to know some tips and tricks of keeping your home and property in tip-top shape such as drainage, soils, septic systems, etc. There’s a guide for that.

Maybe now you can see where I am going with the focus of this week’s column. In what has been a long time in the making, the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District is excited to be releasing an informative landowner resource known as the Paulding County Homeowner’s Guide First Edition.

This 30-page guide can be obtained digitally on the Paulding SWCD website www.pauldingswcd.org under “Landowner Resources”, via email to paulding@pauldingswcd.org, or at the Paulding SWCD office, 900 Fairground Drive in Paulding, between our regular business hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Information contained in this guide is believed to be current up to the time of publication. Below is the introduction to all the information contained in the Paulding County Homeowner Guide First Edition.

Paulding County is truly a place where memories are made and just about everyone is known on a first name basis. We are a county that is primarily rural and has an economy dependent on agriculture whether it be cash crops, community gardens, or livestock operations. Our county has a rich history and vast array of natural treasures for people of all ages to learn about, enjoy, and protect. As people move from towns to the country, there seems to be a difference in opinion between the homeowner and the farmer who cares for the land. It takes both parties working together to inform each other of ways of living and helping one another out when needed.

Becoming a homeowner is a big step to take in life and there is a lot that goes into building a home and preparing the site in the right manner or even knowing about your home before you make a purchase if a structure is already there. There is so much to know such as soils, sewage, water supply, erosion, floodplains, basement construction, and it is hard to know where to find the resources to build or maintain your home.

This guide serves to ease that transition into homeownership and provide the local (city, county and township) resources that will help answer all your questions as well as to know what to expect when it comes to living in the country. Find resources on our local school systems, recycling opportunities, attracting wildlife to your backyard, knowing whether you are in a floodplain or not, and so much more.

Owning a home is something to be proud of and something that should have a smooth ride. Let this guide help to ease the transition if you are a new homeowner or keeping your home in good shape for many years to come.

The Paulding County Homeowner’s Guide First Edition is broken up into the following three sections:

• Section I – Understanding the Laws Around You (Purpose of Burning Laws, Drainage, Slow Moving Vehicles, Trespassing, Zoning, Nutrient Management)

• Section II – Before You Buy (Soils, Watersheds, Sewage, Water Supply, Drainage Characteristics, Regulations/ Legal Requirements, Assessments, Features of the Community)

• Section III – After you Build (Controlling erosion, Are you in the floodplain?, Basement wet or flooded?, Physical Changes to the Property, Understanding & Managing your Septic System, Attracting Wildlife to your Backyard, Managing your Household Waste).

Additional sections are included on Creating Harmony in the Countryside, which talks about how being a good steward of the land takes the whole effort of the community whether it be a farmer or the average homeowner and how together we all can do our part to preserve and protect the resources of the county we all call home.

Another section looks at Ohio’s Right to Farm Laws to help explain protections to the agricultural industry.

In each section, there is a box on the top of the page with agency contacts that can provide help on the respective topics. Agency titles are abbreviated in this box with a reference section appearing at the beginning of the guide.

Not sure of some of the terms that are being used throughout the guide? You will find a glossary section at the end of the guide to help provide clarification on terms that are being used.

Just about anything you want to know about living in Paulding County can be found in this guide and if not, the agencies which could answer any additional questions have their contact information contained in the guide.

Even though we might always hear “There’s an app for that,” now you know there is “A guide for that!” So, what are you waiting for? Have you downloaded or picked up your Paulding County Homeowner’s Guide First Edition? Together, we can truly make Paulding County “A Place Where Memories Are Made!”