Village of Walbridge
The Village of Walbridge in northeast Wood County has a population of about 3,000. Transportation resources are an important part of the village’s success. Commuting is convenient for residents with easy access to I-280 and the turnpike. There is also a busy public airport at Metcalf Field. From the initial days of the village, railroads have been important to the economy. The Toledo and Ohio River Railroad really established the village when it came through in 1870 although the village was not incorporated until 1913. Currently, Walbridge still has a lot of rail traffic and CSX has a large rail yard there. The annual village celebration is called “Rally by the Rails” and celebrates the historical connections of trains to the village’s development.
Walbridge has had a close association with TMACOG. Long time Walbridge Mayor Forrest Scarberry was the TMACOG chair in1990-1991. During his time in Walbridge, Scarberry was influential in constructing Railway Park as well as the village library. Present mayor Dan Wilczynski also participates in TMACOG. He said, “Membership in TMACOG has provided us a place to turn for help when we encounter problems that may at first seem too big for us to handle such as developing a stormwater management plan. Additionally the TMACOG organization puts us in contact with people that we may not have ever known and we all know that things get done by working together with others. TMACOG provides us an easy avenue to meet and work with others to accomplish goals for our community.”