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Todd Childers: Charter amendment only way for BG citizens to protect themselves from Nexus

Citizens who want their water and air protected are not “extreme” or a “special interest.” Shame on our city administration, Bob McOmber and others trying to paint the Charter Amendment supporters as a fringe group trying to codify anarchy in the Charter. They have the extreme points of view. We’ve seen a lot of hand-wringing by the Mayor and City Council this past year in regards to protecting the health and assets of BG residents. Several council members have said they want to work on legislation protecting the city from the dangers of the fossil fuel industry. If this issue is so important to them, what are they waiting for? The city had the opportunity to gain standing against Nexus/Enbridge early this year, but Mr. Marsh refused, saying it would be an astronomical cost as the city would be compelled to participate in a lawsuit. My wife and I are named in the motion to intervene filed in February. A BGSU student is named in the motion to intervene. There is NO reason why the city could not have filed as well. Involvement in lawsuits is optional. Mr. Marsh just could not concede this point and act to preserve our…


Daniel Gordon: Cipriani “is a person of integrity, leads with her values, and strives for excellence in all that she does”

As an elected member of Bowling Green City Council, I’m committed to fulfilling a vision of Bowling Green where every single resident, no matter their background, feels respected, valued, and supported; lives in a safe, strong, and vibrant neighborhood; and is free to live their life as they choose. City Council is a team sport, so fulfilling that vision depends on electing the best candidates possible. As such, I’m invested in seeing the best candidates join our City Council team. That’s why, in addition to supporting my colleagues seeking re-election, I’m writing to encourage you to support Holly Cipriani for one of our at-large seats on Nov. 7th. I have known Holly since we were both students in the same Master’s program in Public Administration at BGSU. She is authentic, passionate, driven, and service-oriented. Holly is a person of integrity, leads with her values, and strives for excellence in all that she does. She has spent time working to strengthen local businesses, economic development projects, and community development initiatives. And she combines her idealism with a healthy sense of pragmatism. When we have the opportunity to support a BGSU graduate who wants to reinvest their time and energy into improving our…


BG school officials hear levy is too taxing for farmers

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Besides agreeing that kids need good schools, there seemed to be little common ground plowed Wednesday evening when a local farmer met with Bowling Green City School officials, teachers, parents and community leaders. After helping to send out 5,000 mailers to district voters, urging them to vote against the school levy, Richard Chamberlain was asked to attend one of the superintendent’s coffee chats Wednesday evening. Chamberlain came armed with a stack of property tax bills. Chamberlain said the 6-mill school levy is putting the bulk of the burden on farmers. School officials said they are trying to give students the schools they need to succeed – and a property tax is their only option. Superintendent Francis Scruci explained the school building project to Chamberlain, showing him the charts that he carries everywhere. Plans call for the consolidation of the three elementaries on property north of the middle school, and for renovations and an addition to the high school. “I appreciate it,” Chamberlain said. But it’s the way the project is being funded that doesn’t sit well with the farmer. “You would be more than willing to push the burden for this great…


Resident outlines reasons to oppose school bond issue

Why I’m voting No for the School Levy.(grab a tv dinner and have a seat, This is long and your local farmer will be bankrupt when this levy passes) If you read nothing else…  read a copy of the Facilities Report done for each school (it is interesting, rates each building and details) – in summary, cost to renovate Kenwood $6,884,389.41Crim renovation $2,352,490.52, Conneaut renovation $8,246,096.24, BGMS renovation $2,347,767.79, BGHS renovation $23,770,311.45(quick math-non common core- $20Mil before adding the High School, so $44Mil) If you keep reading, remember that number.(off topic, where’s our extra million we were given in 2015 that no one can account for or why we went from excellent with distinguighment to C/D’s on report cards… jw) We should be considerate of farmers, because, well I’m not a skinny chick who doesn’t like to eat, so I need farmers… cattle, pig, chickens, corn and the other healthy stuff you probably eat and I should eat. Yes Mom I’m eating my veggies! Farm tax has increased almost 300% in FIVE YEARS! Agriculture will carry a HUGE BURDEN with this tax. THESE FARMERS, if they don’t go bankrupt, will now charge $1/tomato vs 3/$1, corn will be 2/$1 vs 8/$1, peppers, zucchini, beef,…


Linda Lander: Daniel Gordon’s “leadership has been critical in attempts to improve neighborhoods in Ward 1”

Daniel Gordon is seeking re-election as the Ward 1 representative to the Bowling Green City Council. His outstanding record of leadership qualifies him to be the only choice for that elected position. Leadership, commitment to neighborhood revitalization, and dedication to equality and social justice have been hallmarks of Daniel’s work on City Council. He has blended these characteristics in supporting numerous projects to improve the quality of life for all Bowling Green citizens. Daniel’s leadership has been critical in attempts to improve neighborhoods in Ward 1. Central to a quality neighborhood are community resources, including green spaces where families and individuals can gather and participate in recreational activities. One of Daniel’s signature neighborhood developments is Ridge Park, the first public park in the history of the First Ward. He is eager to create another recreational area for children and families in the northeastern part of Bowling Green. Daniel has supported the Complete Streets program which provides safe transportation options for citizens. It is Daniel’s strong sense of equality that drives his efforts to ensure that all citizens in Bowling Green have equal access to city resources and safe transportation. Bowling Green has a need for appealing neighborhoods and quality housing…


BG contested ward candidates identify top priorities

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Three of the four wards in Bowling Green have contested races for City Council. The only unopposed candidate in Tuesday’s election is the Third Ward’s Mike Aspacher. Two candidate forums have already been held in the city. So rather than ask the candidates to talk about the same topics, BG Independent News asked all of them to talk about their top three priorities if elected to City Council. Following are brief descriptions of each contested ward candidate and their priorities. The answers for the at-large candidates appeared on Tuesday. First Ward: Two candidates are running for one seat. Daniel Gordon, Democrat, who currently serves on City Council, manages Inner Peace Homes, a local foster care/adoption agency. He has two degrees from BGSU. He led the creation of Ridge Park, the first park in the First Ward, pushed city government to improve housing, and shaped legislation defending marginalized communities. Gordon’s priorities are: Revitalize neighborhoods in the city, especially on the East Side. Gordon said he has been working on this issue for a long time, and now the new Community Action Plan will support those efforts. “I want to make sure everybody lives…


Mike Zickar: Something’s rotten in the City of Perrysburg

There is a group of Perrysburg politicos who have a penchant for secrecy. They like to make negative attacks on candidates and issues but they do not have the guts to identify themselves. In 2013, there was a Facebook page set up to attack a judicial candidate with no names to identify the page’s creator. In that same campaign, fake Letters to the Editor were sent attacking the same candidate, letters attributed to individuals who simply didn’t exist. A few years ago, there was a Political Action Committee set up to oppose a School Bond issue that used a PO Box at the UPS Store with somebody from the Chicago area listed as a Treasurer, all so that nobody local could be identified with a negative mailing. And now in this election, there is a Facebook page, Concerned Citizens for Perrysburg, designed to attack a particular candidate. There are no names attached to the page or their posts. Negative campaigning may be distasteful in local campaigns, but it is fair game.  What is not fair game is for people to hide behind anonymous pages or shadow organizations.  If you don’t have the guts to put your name to the message,…


Flyers attacking BG school levy full of misinformation, Scruci says

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Another flyer has been delivered to Bowling Green City School District voters, trying to convince them to vote against the school building tax issue on the Nov. 7 ballot. This mailer, sent out by a newly-minted group called Wood County Citizens Against Higher Property Tax, criticizes the size of the 6-mill school levy, the plans for consolidation and the management of district funds. One week before the election, Bowling Green Superintendent Francis Scruci is again defending the levy as necessary for the district. “From day one, we’ve tried to give out as much factual information as we can,” he said. For the second time, the district has been targeted by flyers warning people about the levy. The problem, Scruci said, is that both have been riddled with misinformation. The first mailer, sent out by a Bowling Green businessman, included incorrect tax numbers. This second one, which showed up in mailboxes on Monday, has “blatant disregard for the numbers,” Scruci said. The flyer warns of decreased business growth due to taxes, and increased crime in the schools due to consolidation. “We’ve stuck to the facts from day one,” Scruci said. “This is discouraging….


Megan Schweitzer: Daniel Gordon is “personable and experienced city councilman”

As election day rapidly approaches, I urge you to re-elect Daniel Gordon, a personable and experienced city councilman who has proven time and again that he gets the job done and gets the job done right. Daniel has been instrumental in a multitude of accomplishments seen around the city in recent years, such as the creation and development of the beloved Ridge Park, the first public park in northeast Bowling Green. Daniel is not afraid to push city officials and even our own governor to get what we, as citizens, deserve. He is a huge proponent of social justice, equality, and inclusivity. Daniel continues to bring us closer and closer to adopting Complete Street policies, which include bike lanes, completed sidewalks, and safer school routes for our children. Daniel believes that everyone has the right to a livable minimum wage and is dedicated to creating more high-paying jobs right here in our city. He supports local businesses and business owners, strengthening our downtown with economic development across the board. Daniel works for all of us, regardless of economic or personal background. If re-elected for another term, there is no doubt that he will continue to rigorously fight for each and…


BG Chamber: “Bowling Green district must expand, renovate and modernize its facilities”

The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted to endorse the upcoming Bowling Green City Schools Bond Issue and the Wood County Job & Family Services Human Services 1.3M Renewal Levy.  The high quality of life in the Bowling Green area is directly supported by the quality of our city schools and by the important services provided by the WCJFS. There are hundreds of articles stating how quality schools are an economic development driver. Communities wanting to retain and attract new economic development projects should know that corporate decision makers look hard at the local school systems. Do they provide a quality education?  Is the school competitive in the use of technology and facilities?  Will the school produce a future quality workforce?  Passage of the bond would make us more competitive with neighboring school districts, vastly improve technological instruction and classrooms, and would show our youth how much we value their education. There’s no question that the Bowling Green district must expand, renovate and modernize its facilities. The price tag will never be any cheaper than it is today. This project will create the best learning environment and opportunities for our youth.  The School Bond Issue is…


Six BG at-large candidates reveal their top priorities

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Six candidates are running for two open At-Large City Council seats in Bowling Green. And for the first time, the ballot has a mix of Democrat, Republican, Green Party and Independent candidates. Two candidate forums have already been held in the city. So rather than ask the candidates to talk about the same topics, BG Independent News asked all of them to talk about their top three priorities if elected to City Council. Following are brief descriptions of each At-Large candidate and their priorities. The answers for the contested ward candidates will appear on Wednesday. Holly Cipriani, Democrat, works at BGSU as an academic adviser. She has two degrees from BGSU, and has worked for various non-profit organizations serving survivors of domestic violence and people who have been trafficked or exploited. She serves as the programming chair for Not In Our Town, and was on the planning committee for Court Street Connects. Cipriani’s priorities are: Continue to review and keep a close eye on the city budget. “I would continue to anticipate cuts from the state,” Cipriani said. “So we need to be prepared.” Help to implement the Community Action Plan, with…


‘[Daniel Gordon’s] dedication is a beacon of hope for Bowling Green’ – Linda Lander

Daniel Gordon is seeking re-election as the Ward 1 representative to the Bowling Green City Council. His outstanding record of leadership qualifies him to be the only choice for that elected position. Leadership, commitment to neighborhood revitalization, and dedication to equality and social justice have been hallmarks of Daniel’s work on City Council. He has blended these characteristics in supporting numerous projects to improve the quality of life for all Bowling Green citizens. Daniel’s leadership has been critical in attempts to improve neighborhoods in Ward 1. Central to a quality neighborhood are community resources, including green spaces where families and individuals can gather and participate in recreational activities.  One of Daniel’s signature neighborhood developments is Ridge Park, the first public park in the history of the First Ward.  He is eager to create another recreational area for children and families in the northeastern part of Bowling Green. Daniel has supported the Complete Streets program which provides safe transportation options for citizens.  It is Daniel’s strong sense of equality that drives his efforts to ensure that all citizens in Bowling Green have equal access to city resources and safe transportation.   Bowling Green has a need for appealing neighborhoods and quality…


Marissa Garrett: Gordon “is an authentic, strong leader who has fought proactively for change in our community”

I am writing to encourage those in the 1st Ward to re-elect Councilman Daniel Gordon to City Council. I will be voting to re-elect Councilman Gordon for numerous reasons. Daniel is an authentic, strong leader who has fought proactively for change in our community. Daniel truly wants the best for our Bowling Green community, and has fought to defend our city against budget cuts that would have taken our resident’s hard-earned money elsewhere. He has created more jobs that pay a living wage so that people of all ages and backgrounds can comfortably live in Bowling Green. Councilman Gordon is a consistent advocate for shopping local, and promotes our local businesses that make our downtown what it is today. Daniel cares about our city and wants to make sure that it is a safe and pleasant place to live, not only for permanent residents, but for student residents as well. Councilman Gordon makes sure that our neighborhoods are safe places to live by working to create safer routes to school for children, installing bicycle lanes, and improving our sidewalks. Daniel also led the creation of Ridge Park, which is the 1st Ward, or Northeast Bowling Green’s first park. Daniel works…


BG Chamber: Charter amendment will scare off businesses

As a representative of the business community, the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce believes it is important for citizens to thoroughly read the proposed City Charter Amendment. If passed, there are real unintended consequences to our community. A portion of the actual ballot language reads “If the City of Bowling Green fails to enforce or defend this Amendment, or, a court fails to uphold this Amendment, any person may enforce this Amendment” and “City of Bowling Green law enforcement, and cooperating agencies acting within the jurisdiction of the City of Bowling Green, shall have no lawful authority to surveil, detain, arrest, or otherwise impede persons enforcing these rights.” The BGCC finds this specific language very disturbing. It implies anyone acting on behalf of this amendment, can break laws without consequences; our local law enforcement agencies are restricted from safeguarding our community from potential harmful activities ‘protected’ under this amendment; and even our court system is belittled. This proposed amendment would directly obstruct or stop any business/industry interested in locating or currently operating in Bowling Green who is affiliated with fossil fuel (whether used by residents or businesses). Passage essentially puts a sign on the city limits proclaiming “Bowling Green is…


Hannah Lanfear: Gordon has worked to make BG an inclusive city

I am writing to encourage other members of my Bowling Green community to vote to re-elect Daniel Gordon for City Council. Daniel has served on City Council for six years and has shown that he is authentic, has a strong work ethic and practices good judgement. He has an incredible track record of fighting for policies and projects that make Bowling Green an inclusive city, where all people, of all backgrounds can feel safe. He has authored legislation aimed at  protecting all citizens from discrimination and hate crimes. Additionally, Daniel has been working and would like to continue working hard with neighborhood revitalization. He has been a part of raising housing stock and property values, especially on the east side, and would like to strengthen the Community Action Plan to continue these efforts, if re-elected, with an overall goal of having housing in Bowling Green that is safe, affordable, and of good quality. Finally, Daniel represents BGSU students, as well as permanent residents. He has made much effort to bridge the gap between the students and permanent residents and will continue doing so, if re-elected. He strives to support local businesses and bring more jobs to Bowling Green that pay a…