City Hall, 631 Perry Street
As Mayor of Defiance, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the official City of Defiance Web Site. Defiance is a community nestled in the northwest corner of Ohio with an estimate population of 17,000. We are located 55 miles southwest of Toledo, Ohio, and 45 miles east of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The City of Defiance serves as the county seat for Defiance County. Ours is a strong mayor/strong council type of government with the City Charter being available for review under the Ordinance tab of the Web Site.
Since the passing of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the establishment of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program in 1972, local governments and industries throughout the Maumee River Basin have been mandated to eliminate pollutants to their water and sewer.
We support the clean air and water acts but it must be affordable. The combined effects of gaining infrastructure, diminished federal funding, increasingly burdensome regulations and increasing population have increased our burdens. Local governments have provided 95% of the funding for clean water in recent years.
Several communities have joined to form the Maumee River Basin Partnership of Local Governments (MRBPLG) as a partnership of local governments. Their goal is to publicize and expose the magnitude of the financial burden that these water and sewer quality directives imposed on all of us and to secure federal funding that will allow communities to effectively address these issues without bankrupting our local cities. If you would like to contact your local representative regarding these mandates, please see this sample letter and contact information.
Defiance is also active in the Live Smart program coordinate through the local YMCA. Live Smart promotes healthy lifestyles through healthy food choices and increased physical activity in the community. Mark Fenton, author and host of the PBS television series “America’s Walking” and five time member of the U.S. National Racewalking Team recently hosted a two day seminar for the community promoting walkable neighborhoods.
Recently a voluntary group of leaders from the governmental, educational and business sectors coming together to support and enhance economic development in the Defiance Community. The group, Defiance 2100 Steering Committee, is committed to providing leadership and support in the quest to better position our community for the economic future. The group works in collaboration with existing economic development and business promotion activities in the Defiance Community, as well as reaching out to form new relationships and undertake new initiatives. As you can see, the community is active with a variety of initiatives to improve the quality of life for our citizens.
Defiance is proud to be the home town of 2006 Indianapolis 500 Champion Sam Hornish Jr., LA Dodges pitcher Chad Billingsley, New York Mets player Jonathon Niese and minor league player Chad Reineke. Sixteen time National Horseshoe Champion Alan Francis also hails from our community.
The City of Defiance’s Home Page serves as a link to valuable government information, activities and services by division. Each division profile contains an educational background to help citizens and students learn how our form of government works.
Please use this site not only to learn about the governmental activities within Defiance, but also to find out how to communicate with the proper personnel within City government.