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Member Highlight
Middleton Township

Middleton Township in Wood County is a mostly rural area with growing population. The township is about 32 square miles, located south of Perrysburg and bordered to the west by the Maumee River. The largest municipality is the Village of Haskins. Most of the population of 4,454 (including 1,200 in Haskins) commute to Toledo or Bowling Green for work although there are some employers in the area. Principle Business Enterprises, Inc. is in unincorporated Dunbridge and Newell Rubbermaid is building a new 363,000-square-foot distribution facility for Calphalon products at SR 25 south of SR 582.

The township is proud to point to a state-of-the-art EMS facility that is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with dedicated volunteers. Township Trustee Penny Getz says, “Our township office may be antiquated, but the EMS facility is completely up to date. We have a great group of people.”

The township has been a long-time member of TMACOG. Township Trustee and TMACOG board member Getz says, “At TMACOG, a little township trustee gets the same respect as every member. We are listened to and contribute to councils and committees.”

Getz says that Middleton trustees are staying on top of transportation issues. “We are charged with road maintenance. Maintaining the safety of our roads is upmost in our minds.” The township has 53 miles of roads to plow and mow.

To remain current on other issues affecting her township, Getz also serves on the Stormwater Coalition and the Environmental Council. “Cities and townships alike, we all keep running into the same problems,” she said. “Middleton Township is going to keep growing, and we can learn from what other members have experienced. I often learn something from the person sitting next to me [at meetings] that I can take back to discuss with my fellow trustees,” said Getz. The other Middleton Township Trustees are Jim Bostdorff and Fred Vetter. Also elected is the Fiscal Officer, Laurie Limes.

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