Village of Metamora
The small Village of Metamora is in northeastern Fulton County, right on the Ohio/Michigan border. Like many smaller community in northwest Ohio, the village is growing. The population was 627 in 2010, an increase of 11.4 percent since 2000.
For a small village, Metamora has a couple of larger employers including Parker Hannifin Corporation which makes motion and control technologies, and APC Construction.
Although this year’s extreme weather was hard on the farms in the area, local businesses are holding their own, said Council Member Cheryl Geer. Farley’s Tavern, a relatively new spot in town, is thriving. Locals have their designated tables at the Country Charm diner. Other village businesses include a cabinet shop and Loar’s Auto Repair which is Mayor Gary Loar’s day job. Most village administrators have regular day jobs and the fire department – a partnership with Amboy Township– is all-volunteer. The fire house hosts the Halloween party for village children every year. “We have something just about every month,” says Geer.
Students attend Evergreen schools, a district that serves Lyons, Metamora, and Chesterfield areas in Fulton and Lucas counties. The system includes an elementary, middle, and high school. Evergreen library is the public library right in town and is a well-used resource for villagers. The active Metamora Historical Society is housed there.
Council Member Geer has served on the TMACOG Board of Trustees and has also been a member of the General Assembly Planning Committee. She notes that all jurisdictions have the same issues. “We don’t have as many people as some cities, but we have the same problems,” she said. “Water supply, and finding money to fix roads.” Geer and Mayor Loar have used TMACOG resources in the past to find out about grant and loan opportunities and to talk with their peers. “We see the need to network,” she says. Mayor Loar also participates in the Fulton County Community Improvement Corporation.
On the ballot in Metamora this November is a new five-year one-half mill levy for parks. The levy is intended to establish a fund for operations and maintenance and recreational improvements to the reservoir property.
On the important issues of Ohio State or University of Michigan football superiority, Council Member Geer did not take a stand but noted that it’s a big rivalry and the source of a lot of fun in the village.