Articles by Jan Larson McLaughlin

Bowlus, Kuhlman face-off for commissioner’s seat

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Safe water, a quality workforce, and the opiate epidemic top the list of concerns for Wood County Commissioner candidates Dr. Ted Bowlus and Joel Kuhlman. Both Bowlus, a Republican and podiatrist, and incumbent commissioner Kuhlman, a Democratic and attorney, grew up in the Pemberville area. The two are competing for one of the two open commissioner seats. Facing off for the other open seat are Democrat Ed Kolanko and Republican incumbent Craig LaHote, both from the northern end of Wood County. A story on that race will appear later. Kuhlman and Bowlus see the water issue as multi-faceted. There is the issue of Lake Erie’s “impaired designation” status, and the decision on water sources for the region. The commissioners have been asked to support an effort to have the Western Lake Erie Basin declared “impaired.” That designation would get the U.S. EPA involved in identifying the sources of the phosphorus creating the harmful algal blooms. Neither Bowlus nor Kuhlman are sold on the need for “impaired” status, though Kuhlman is more open to considering the designation. After sitting through a series of meetings on the issue, Kuhlman called the discussions “enlightening” and “confusing.” While parts of the western basin are already labeled as impaired, Kuhlman wants to delay the decision until more facts are gathered. Bowlus has made up his mind that the impairment status would do more harm than good. “I feel strongly we should not designate the lake as impaired,” he said. “The federal government will step in and the Army Corps of Engineers would dictate to us.” Bowlus also objected to the bulk of the blame being placed on farmers for the water quality problems. “It’s not just the farmers. It’s the antiquated septic systems. It’s the contributions from Detroit. The farmers are complying with the current regulations. How can we blame them?” Both candidates also believe the county needs to investigate alternative water sources identified in multiple studies. Kuhlman stressed the importance of three issues – reasonable water rates, voting rights for Wood County on the distribution process, and the regional economic development impact. “We need to do what’s in the best interest of residents of Wood County,” Kuhlman said. Kuhlman believes in the value of keeping Toledo strong as changes are considered. A regional water board centered around Toledo, but giving votes to outlying areas would be beneficial, he said. “That gives us a say in rates and infrastructure improvements.” At the same time, Kuhlman is interested in study results that show…


Local heroes to be honored at Black Swamp Humanitarian Awards

(As submitted by the Black Swamp Humanitarian Awards Committee) This year marks the 28th annual Black Swamp Humanitarian Awards dinner that will be held on Friday, Nov. 11, at Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids. The first Black Swamp Humanitarian Awards dinner, held in 1989, was organized by former Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Betty Montgomery, and the late David C. Miller, former editor of the Sentinel-Tribune. Since 1989, more than 400 awards have been presented to individuals in recognition of their heroic deeds. To be nominated for an award, the nominee either must be a Wood County resident at the time of the event or the event had to occur in Wood County. This year 11 awards will be given including the Life Risk, Service to Others and Good Samaritan awards. The Life Risk recipients are Brian Robinson, Brandon Conine, Dino Babers, Chelsea Lowe and Conner Beck. Patrolmen Tyson Richmond is receiving the Service to Others award. The Good Samaritan awards are being received by Wesley Stiner, Corey Stulpin, Robert Fyfe, James Oberlander and Thomas Harper. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. with the dinner following at 6:30 p.m. This event is open to the public. Friends, relatives and co-workers of the award recipients are welcome to attend the event for $15 per person. Those interested in attending may contact Dean King, committee secretary, at 419-463-4838 or kingbanker01@yahoo.com. Nine Wood County funeral homes underwrite the cost of the awards program, paying for the plaques and dinners proved for the award recipients and their guests. The sponsoring funeral homes are Barndt Funeral Home, Wayne; Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, Bowling Green; Dunn Funeral Home, Bowling Green; Marsh Funeral Homes, Luckey & Pemberville; Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, Tontogany; Smith-Crates Funeral Home, North Baltimore; Sujkowski Funeral Home, Rossford; Witzler-Shank Funeral Homes, Perrysburg & Walbridge and Wright-Habegger Funeral Homes, Grand Rapids. The all-volunteer humanitarian awards committee is headed by Mark Wasylyshyn, Wood County Sheriff’s Department. Other committee members include Allan Baer, North Baltimore Police Department; Kathy Bomer, Boy Scouts of America; Tony Hetrick, Bowling Green Police Department; Holli Engle, Wood County Hospital; Dr. Joe Frederick of New Rochester; Kathy Heyman, Weston EMS; Dean King, Bowling Green Lincoln Auto Sales; Jeff Klein, Perrysburg Fire Department, Jan Larson McLaughlin, Bowling Green Independent News; Ryan Lee, Central Joint Fire Department; Steve Meredith, Bowling Green Fire Department; Jessica Miller-Blakely, Wood Lane Residential Services; Tom Sanderson, Bowling Green Fire Department; Gary Spencer, Bowling Green Police Department; and Rick Van Mooy of North Baltimore.


Toledo Air National Guard Unit performing night flying

The 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard will be conducting training flights at night beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Friday, Nov. 4, weather permitting. Area residents may see or hear F-16 fighter jets taking off and landing until about 11 p.m. this week. Training flights normally take place during daylight hours, but F-16 pilots and maintenance personnel are required to conduct night operations as part of their overall readiness training.


Senior levy sought to care for graying population

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The Wood County Committee on Aging wants local senior citizens to stay independent and involved. That means providing meals, transportation and social activities for the growing gray population of the county. And that means they need voters’ help. The Wood County Committee on Aging is asking voters to support a renewal 0.7-mill, five-year levy for senior services. For the owner of a home valued at $100,000, that adds up to $19.31 a year. The levy, which generates about $2 million a year, makes up about 69 percent of the committee on aging’s budget for the county. “We want to make sure the seniors of the county have what they need,” explained Denise Niese, executive director of the Wood County Committee on Aging. That is a weighty goal, considering 19 percent of the county’s population are senior citizens. That number is about 25,400 now, and is expected to explode to 32,000 when the baby boomers reach senior citizen status. The Committee on Aging serves many of those older adults at the seven senior centers in the county, in Bowling Green, Perrysburg, North Baltimore, Pemberville, Rossford, Walbridge and Wayne. Seniors are offered meals, transportation, social interaction and education programs for those who aren’t done learning. More than 126,000 meals are delivered annually to 900 individual homes of senior citizens throughout the county. And for those able to get to the senior centers, about 70,000 meals are provided to more than 2,200 seniors a year. The home-delivered meals provide sustenance and social contact, according to Tom Bamburowski, president of the committee on aging. “They enjoy nutritious food and they enjoy seeing another human being,” he said. “It might be the only other person they see that day.” The meals at the senior centers get older residents out of their homes, mingling with others. “That’s the front door to senior services,” Niese said. “They come in for a meal and they stay for other things,” such as exercise classes, lectures or card games. Transportation services provide an average of 509 rides per month to medical appointments, grocery shopping, senior centers or social events. The demand for those services is expected to grow as the older population living at home increases, Niese predicted. “I think we’re going to see more of that as our 75 population becomes our 85 population, and our 85 population is going to be 95,” she said. To ensure that seniors’ homes remain in good condition, the committee on aging also offers a home repair program which can…


BG goes for 2-mill levy to maintain parks, programs

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department has no grand expansions planned if its levy passes on Nov. 8. It just hopes to maintain the pretty grand properties and programs already in place. The city has 11 parks covering 373 acres – well above the national average for a community this size. Those public parks were one of the biggest factors in Bowling Green recently being ranked one of the top 10 places in the nation to raise a family. The parks offer a variety of settings: Garden, nature, athletic and passive. “That’s very rare,” said Kristin Otley, director of the city parks and recreation department. “It really is truly amazing what we have here.” But in order to maintain that, Otley explained the citizens are being asked to pass a 2-mill, five-year property tax levy to support the parks. It will take place of the 1.4-mill levy that expired last year. The levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home in the city $61.25 a year. That is $18.25 more a year than the previous levy. Otley has complete confidence that Bowling Green residents get their money’s worth out of the city’s parks and recreation programs. “It’s a quality of life issue,” she said. “I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we make a difference in people’s lives every day.” Those differences can be seen in the swimming lessons offered in City Park, the colorful flowerbeds at Simpson Garden Park, the rambling trails at Wintergarden Park, and the beginning T-ball classes for kids. “That’s pure joy and learning,” Otley said of the T-ball classes. “It really is pretty phenomenal.” This past summer, 565 children participated in swimming lessons and 625 joined in summer camp programs. The parks and recreation department has not asked for increased levy millage for 16 years. But during those 16 years, the parks have done a lot of growing, with additions such as Simpson Building and Garden Park, City Pool and Waterpark, Community Center, Ridge Park, Skatepark, Dunbridge Soccer Fields, BG Athletic Fields, Black Swamp Preserve, more trails at Wintergarden, and expanded programming for fitness, aquatics and other events. The new millage will allow the city to maintain the parks and buildings it already has, Otley explained. “So we can keep up with the quality our residents expect and deserve,” she said. “We think it’s a good value,” Otley said. At the previous amount, the levy revenue made up about 30 percent of the park and recreation department’s budget. Fees…


Nearly 300 local absentee ballots get lost in the mail

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Wood County Board of Elections sent out 10,229 absentee ballots for the Nov. 8 election. Once they were placed in the mail, the board thought its work was done until the completed ballots were mailed back in. But then they started getting phone calls. Absentee ballots mailed out on Oct. 12 still hadn’t gotten to many voters – primarily those who lived out of state or in the North Baltimore and Fostoria areas. The voters were advised to wait a little bit, that the ballots were in the mail. It now appears many ballots made it to the Detroit mail sorting center in Pontiac, Michigan, but didn’t get any further than that. “Once we drop it in the mail, we lose control,” Wood County Board of Elections Director Terry Burton said Saturday morning. “We rely on that system to do what it should.” “This happens in every election. It just happened a little bit more in this election,” Burton said. And Wood County is not alone. It appears that many absentee ballots from all over Northwest Ohio have not made it to their intended destinations. “What happened to those ballots? Where they got hung up, we don’t know,” Burton said. “While I would like to rail the postal system – and there may be a time for that – what we are focusing on now is correcting the problem.” So as of Saturday morning, the Wood County Board of Elections has reissued nearly 300 absentee ballots for those missing, and has suspended the initial ballots sent out. Each ballot has an absentee number, so the missing ones can be canceled and new ones issued. “So at least we can make sure they can vote,” Burton said. The majority of the initial absentee ballots went out without a hitch. Some residents in Bowling Green and Perrysburg reported “getting them practically overnight.” And as of Saturday morning, 5,279 completed absentee ballots had been returned to the board of elections. Some of the voters who called to report they hadn’t received absentee ballots have since gotten the original ones in the mail. In those cases, they are being advised to call the board of elections and read off the ballot number to make sure the ballot is still activated. The Wood County Board of Elections is trying to ensure everyone who wants to vote absentee has a ballot to do so. “If they’ve called in, we’ve reissued them a ballot. It’s better that we get something to them,” Burton said….


Why do we pay to have bejeebers scared out of us?

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Kent McClary remembers the first scary movie he snuck into by lying about his age. His mom had warned him that children would be “permanently scarred” by watching “The Exorcist.” That was enough to convince McClary he had to see the flick. Later, he was terrorized by the book “The Amityville Horror,” due to the subtitle, “A True Story,” which he took to be the sworn truth. “I like to get scared,” said McClary, a retired Kenwood Elementary teacher. Janet McClary, his wife, remembers going to “freak shows” as a child, marveling in horror at Lobster Boy and Alligator Woman. The McClarys, like many people, enjoy having the bejeebers scared out of them. Every Sunday evening, Kent McClary shares his love of spooky topics on the “Dead Air” radio show on 88.1 FM. But why? Why do so many people pay to get goosebumps and a racing heart? Especially this time of year, when people stand in long lines at haunted houses and pull out classic terror movies. One popular theory is that we humans have the fight or flight instinct imbedded in us. However, in today’s world most people have very few chances to put that instinct into action. So a scary movie, book or haunted house gives us the opportunity to face fears in a safe environment. We get the adrenaline rush, and the sense of relief once we have survived the imagined danger. Margee Kerr, a sociologist who focuses on the study of fear and teaches at the University of Pittsburgh, explained why some humans crave thrills and chills. Her research shows that our bodies’ threat responses trigger chemicals meant to help us survive, flooding our bodies and brains with adrenaline, endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. This response shares similarities with other high arousal responses, like when we’re happy, excited and surprised. The importance is knowing the difference between a real threat or just a thrill. Not everyone likes being scared, even in a safe place. For some people a racing heart, sweaty palms, and fear of anticipation is just too much to tolerate, let alone purposefully induce. But for others, being scared in a safe place is a source of enjoyment and makes them feel strong when they overcome a scary situation, Kerr found. That thrill-seeking behavior is what Bob Turner – otherwise known as “Crazy Bob” from the Haunted Hydro in Fremont – is counting on. “You are paying money to get scared,” Turner said during a presentation to the Bowling Green…


Creepy reports take some fun out of clowning around

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   These are tough times for clowns. Reports of creepy clowns stalking schoolyards or streets have given well-meaning clowns a bad name. The crazy-haired, red-nosed, big-shoed clowns already suffer from an estimated 12 percent of U.S. population having an irrational fear of the costumed pranksters. There are so many with this clown consternation that the fear has its own name – coulrophobia. Then came the recent rash of creepy clown reports. Bowling Green Police Division saw a “flurry” of clown reports a couple weeks ago, Police Chief Tony Hetrick said. The only report that panned out was a couple kids who stole clown masks from a Halloween costume store in the city. But the recent scares have some legitimate clowns concerned. So that led to Doug Kaufman, otherwise known as “Curly Top,” to contact the city police and let them know that he dresses as a clown for “gigs” – with the intent to delight, not demonize. “Professional clowns aren’t the ones engaged in this activity,” Hetrick said. “People who do the clown thing take a long time to put on makeup,” and don’t just pull on a mask. Kaufman plans to alert the police anytime he has a gig, just in case they get calls about a clown around town. “I want to make sure I don’t instigate anything by accident,” Kaufman said. Kaufman is actually a graduate of “clown school,” where he learned such skills as how to apply and remove the heavy makeup, and create a repertoire of balloon animals such as long dogs, tall giraffes and tiny mice. His specialty is writing children’s names backwards on the animals so they appear correct when viewed in a mirror. “I’ve always been a little backwards,” Kaufman said in his corny clown way. He started clowning when he and his wife operated a restaurant in McClure in the 1980s. The restaurant hosted parties, and Kaufman thought offering a clown for children’s parties would be a nice perk. His wife made him a costume, topped off with a multi-colored curly wig – hence the name “Curly Top.” “It’s a little bit of a joke since I have so little hair,” Kaufman said, rubbing his nearly bald head. In the summer, he sheds the full costume for a striped shirt, shorts and mismatched shoes. A constant during all seasons is his apron full of balloons. At 6-foot 2-inches, Kaufman could scare kids already on the edge of clown phobia. “It’s a little imposing,” he said. “Because of that, I…


Stinging and sweet … job of the county apiarist

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Few people probably know what an apiarist is. Fewer still know that Wood County has one on the payroll. But this morning, the county commissioners hired a new apiarist – a beekeeper – to keep an eye on the honey bee hives in the county. Why does the county need a beekeeper? Well it turns out that a lot of crops raised locally rely on honey bee pollination – like pumpkins, apples, tomatoes and strawberries. The role was filled for years by Fritz Gehring, who retired earlier this year. The new apiarist is Michael Horst, who works in the heating and air conditioning business, but who has gardened for years. “As a gardener, it led into that naturally,” Horst said of beekeeping. In fact, he was named Michael after his great-grandfather, who was a beekeeper. He not only inherited the name and the inclination, but also the 50-year-old beekeeping equipment. Horst has already started his rounds in the county, visiting first some of the bee hives in the Perrysburg area and the Wood County Park District. “It’s a lot of education for the newbies, and catching up with the older ones,” Horst said of the local beekeepers. Horst has been inspecting for mites, which are the biggest problem plaguing honey bee hives right now. He also looks for bacterial diseases, which are spread to healthy hives by bees raiding other less healthy hives. “Bees will rob weaker colonies and carry diseases,” he explained. And if diseases aren’t caught, the colony’s health may be threatened. Horst can also inspect commercial bee businesses, to make sure they aren’t selling sick bees. Many of the hives in the county are registered, which enables Horst to offer his help. Many farmers bring boxes of bees to their farms to help with orchards or other crops. “Natural pollinators are out there, they exist in the environment. But sometimes, it’s not enough,” Horst said. “Every gardener, every park system benefits from the pollination.” “I think our food web is bottom up more than we think,” he said. As a bee hive inspector, Horst has to be willing to get stung. For that challenge, he will be paid $15 an hour by the county. “There’s easier ways to make a part-time income,” he said. But Horst has learned some tricks of the trade to minimize the chances of getting stung. Transporting hives to farmers can be difficult, but is best done at night or very early in the morning. “Bees can be kind of…


BG curbside leaf collection will begin Nov. 7

Curbside leaf collection will begin in Bowling Green on Monday, Nov. 7. Residents who receive city-provided refuse/recycling service are eligible for the leaf pick-up. The City of Bowling Green leaf pickup crew will be working in Ward 3. When pickup in Ward 3 is completed, the crew will then move thru Ward 4, Ward 1 and Ward 2. Several passes of the city will be made. Pickup is by ward, not rubbish collection districts. Leaves should be placed loose (not in bags) at the curb. Do not place branches in with leaves as they will not be collected. Do not rake leaves into the street. This is very important for public safety. Placing leaves in the street is a violation of the city’s storm water management policy. During periods of rain, leaves in the street are more prone to block the drainage system causing flooding and other concerns. Even when leaves are dry, they are still a safety hazard, when placed in the street, as warm exhaust systems from vehicles can cause the leaves to catch fire. Bowling Green residents may also take leaves to the drop-off site located behind the Public Works garage on Tarragon Drive, off East Poe Road. Brush and branches are not accepted at the drop-off site. Residents may also want to consider using a recycling mower to return shredded leaves to their yards. Grass clippings and finely chopped leaves add vital nutrients and organic matter to the lawn, thus improving lawn health. The city provides tracking of the leaf crews on its web site at www.bghio.org. Crews will pass through the city several times. An announcement will be made prior to the final pass through the city. # #


BG Civil Service to administer exam to hire firefighters

The Bowling Green Civil Service Commission will meet at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, which are located in the City Administrative Services Building, 304 N. Church St., Bowling Green. The purpose of the meeting is to not only administer an entry-level examination in order to hire Firefighter/Paramedics, but to also take all actions necessary to establish eligibility lists, establishing passing examination scores, and/or certify names of candidates deemed eligible for consideration for hire or promotion to classified positions. Action will also be taken, as necessary, to modify, add, or abolish job descriptions, and to establish classified positions and/or schedule and/or establish the requirements for or types of hiring or promotional examinations.


Sheriff wants to buy drone to aid in searches

  By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn is hoping to add an eye in the sky to help in searches in the county. The sheriff’s budget requests for 2017, presented to the Wood County Commissioners on Tuesday, included a drone with thermo camera. Wasylyshyn said there were 10 times just this past summer when a drone would have been useful to the sheriff’s office. The drone would be useful in helping to search for missing children, suspects hiding in cornfields, or seniors with dementia who wander off, he said. The equipment could even help when livestock escapes, he added. The drone would cost $13,580, and a thermal nightvision monocular would cost $3,833. The infrared camera would make the drone useful in night searches. The training of staff to operate the drone is included in that amount. Wasylyshyn said the drone would pay for itself since it would be less expensive than sending groups of officers out on searches. The sheriff said he is hopeful the department can share the equipment with neighboring law enforcement in need of help with searches. The biggest ticket item on the sheriff’s budget request was the expansion of the booking and medical areas of the county jail. The expansion has been on the list for a couple years, and was ranked top on his list for next year. The estimated cost is $4.8 million. Also on the list were seven new Ford Explorers for $189,000. The sheriff’s office previously used Chevy Impalas, but those are no longer being built for law enforcement use and the greater expense of  Chevy Tahoes could not be justified, Wasylyshyn said. Also requested were more body cameras for officers, and more cameras in the jail to eliminate any blindspots in the facility. The sheriff also asked for $10,000 for the installation of new doorway from the body scanner room to the booking area. The body scanner, which is new this year, has so far identified three incoming inmates with drugs hidden in body cavities. No new personnel were in the budget request. Following is a list of the items requested: $4,867,056 for booking area expansion. $5,500 for architecture fees for the booking expansion. $189,000 for seven new Ford Explorer Pursuit SUVs for $27,000 each, replacing high mileage Chevy patrol vehicles. $49,250 for equipment for new Ford SUVs, plus $18,025 for related contracts and services. $9,927 for three Panasonic Tough Books with Windows 7 for patrol vehicles. $7,575 for three new Pyramid Radio repeaters for patrol. $9,400 for two…


BG to earn revenue from pipeline, antennae

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green is set to benefit from a pipeline buried on city-owned property and antennae put high on its water towers. The Bowling Green Board of Utilities learned Monday that Nexus Gas Transmission wants a 50-foot permanent easement and a two-year temporary easement to install the Nexus natural gas line on city acreage located north of Bowling Green. The gas line is making its way from southeastern Ohio to Canada, and has the power of eminent domain, explained Brian O’Connell, director of public utilities for Bowling Green. The 29 acres owned by the city are located in Middleton Township, a few miles east of the city water plant. The installation of the pipeline would have no impact on the operation of the water plant, O’Connell said. The city has no long-term plans for the property. The acreage is rented out for farming right now, which will have to be halted during the construction of the pipeline. The pipeline company will pay $9 per foot for the permanent easement, plus $25 per foot of damaged farm tile. That will add up to at least $151,000. An estimated four acres of the entire site will be affected by the pipeline. The board of utilities approved the easement. The board also approved two lease agreements with Amplex Electric Inc. Amplex is an internet service provider in Northwest Ohio. The company wants to use city water tower space to mount antennae, and will pay $250 a month for each attachment. Amplex plans to put three antennae on the Newton Road water tower and one on the west side tower near Sand Ridge Road. That adds up to $1,000 a month. The company has also requested to use fiber optic cable owned by the city, O’Connell said. That lease would be for $90 a month per mile of cable being used – or $1,584 a month. The antennae income will go to the water department, and the fiber optic lease income will go to the electric department, O’Connell said. Also at Monday’s meeting, the Board of Public Utilities requested supplemental appropriations to the electric fund for purchased power. “We experienced higher than anticipated power supply costs due to the hot weather experienced this summer, which resulted in higher than projected energy purchases,” O’Connell explained. The city had projected to use close to $47 million in electricity, but instead used close to $49 million. So City Council will be asked for a supplemental appropriation of $2,015,000. In other business, Doug Clark was presented…


Ohio Elections Commission reviewing possible violation by Gavarone campaign

The Ohio Elections Commission is currently reviewing actions by the “Citizens for Gavarone” committee for possible election law violations. The allegation filed with the OEC claims that the Theresa Gavarone campaign failed to properly disclose the source of their political publications and/or paid political advertising as required by Ohio Revised Code, on the Gavarone campaign’s Facebook. Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, is running to retain the state representative seat she was appointed to when Tim Brown resigned this past summer. The complaint was filed on Oct. 14 by Aaron Fisher, executive director of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus. The Ohio Elections Commission is scheduled to conduct a preliminary review of the issue on Dec. 1. “Any violation of the statute’s jurisdictions are important to this commission,” said Philip Richter, executive director of the Ohio Elections Commission. The law requires that disclaimers be placed on all materials circulated for campaigns, and this is “presumably a violation,” Richter said Tuesday afternoon. If the commission determines a violation has occurred, it has three options: Send the issue to a county prosecutor for criminal proceedings, impose a fine up to $500, or decide not to impose a fine due to “good cause.” Richter said as a general rule, fines are not issued for a first offense.        


Water main along Conneaut to be replaced

The City of Bowling Green’s Water Distribution Division has announced that the water main line located along Conneaut Avenue from Wintergarden Road to Mitchell Road needs to be replaced. The current water main, along with service connections, is becoming unserviceable, requiring numerous repairs annually. The replacement project has been scheduled to begin within the next few weeks – no later than Nov. 1. During this project, traffic restrictions from Wintergarden to Mitchell will occur. Once service line connections begin, boil orders will be issued; this may include customers east of Wintergarden. Affected property owners will be notified before any boil order is implemented. For additional information visit the city’s website or call the Water/Sewer Division at 419-354-6277.