Voter purge policy on hold while high court deliberates

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The purging of any names on Wood County voting rolls has been suspended as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the legitimacy of the Ohio policy. The Supreme Court last week heard arguments on the appeal of a lower court ruling that found the state policy violated a federal law aimed to make it easier for U.S. citizens to register to vote. The 1993 National Voter Registration Act bars states from striking registered voters “by reason of the person’s failure to vote.” Ohio is one of seven states, along with Georgia, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, that erase infrequent voters from registration lists. Those opposing the purging called Ohio’s policy the most aggressive. Registered voters in Ohio who do not vote for four years are sent registration confirmation notices. If they do not respond and do not vote over the subsequent four years, their names are purged from the voting rolls. The Supreme Court’s ruling, expected by the end of June, could affect the ability to vote for thousands of people ahead of November’s congressional elections. The arguments in front of the Supreme Court focused on whether or not a state could send a registration confirmation notice based merely on a person’s failure to vote, which the plaintiffs argued is barred by federal law. Meanwhile, the Wood County Board of Elections is in limbo about updating voter rolls. “We didn’t do one last year because of the litigation,” said Terry Burton, director of the Wood County Board of Elections. “We’re going to hold status quo until we’re given instructions. Whatever the new construction is, we’ll comply.” In 2015, more than 3,400 registered voters in Wood County were purged from the voting rolls – at the directive from the Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. The state’s directive ordered county boards of election to wipe voters from the rolls if they had shown “no voter initiated activity” since the last two federal elections. That “activity” included voting, signing petitions or filing for a change of address. The process required the board of elections office to send out postcards to registered voters who had not voted in the last two federal elections. That postcard was basically asking the citizen, “Are you still there?” Burton said. If the citizen getting the postcard did not respond, their status went “inactive,” however, they could still vote, Burton said. But if the person had four more years of no voting activity, they were kicked off the rolls. A few voters did respond to the notices, Burton said. “Once we get that contact, they’re active again.” However, in 2016, a federal appeals court found that Ohio’s process for maintaining its voter rolls violated federal law. A judge ruled that Ohio voters who were improperly removed from registration lists could cast ballots in the…

School board ponders whether, what, and when of new bond issue request

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Back in November when the Bowling Green school bond issue went down in defeat, board members insisted that they would return with the same $72 million plan that would consolidate the district’s three elementary schools and extensively renovate and expand the high school. Early Monday morning, two months later, they met to discuss whether that was the best option. The workshop session was part post mortem of the election and part a free-wheeling discussion about what other options there may be to address the district’s building needs. In the end, the board seemed poised to return to the ballot, possibly as early as May, with the same plan. The board, which meets in regular session Tuesday, set another special meeting for Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 a.m. to further discuss the next step. It is possible a decision on whether and what to put on the ballot and when will be determined then. They must decide by Jan. 31 if the board is to put the issue on the May ballot. Board member William Clifford, who said on election night that the board would return with the same plan, asked Monday whether there was any way to trim the cost of the project. His fear, he said, was that coming back with the same amount would tell the voters they weren’t being listened to. “We weren’t asking for any more than we needed,” board member Ginny Stewart said. “We were so far behind we needed to catch up.” Norm Geer, who was elected to the board in November, said that those who voted against the levy weren’t “anti-education.” Many factors were at play, including the loss of neighborhood schools as well as the cost. “We have to convince people it’s money well spent,” he said. “It’s money that can save money in the future.” Superintendent Francis Scruci said that consolidating the elementary schools would save the district $100,000 a year in transportation costs, and eliminate three routes. That would mean the district would not have to buy as many buses. The new elementary would allow the district to bring some programs back into district property and save on rentals and the expense of having those students educated out of the district. The plan would be to move the central office, now in rental space downtown, into Crim Elementary. As it stands, Crim has a space crunch, Scruci said. Installing a modular classroom there would cost about $200,000, almost twice what it costs at Conneaut because Crim lacks the necessary utility hookups. The consolidation also would also have educational benefits by allowing teachers to collaborate more closely, he said. This would help the district continued the improvements it is making, such as the increase in third grade reading scores. That could be achieved by turning the three elementary schools into…

County park district to make its case for renewal levy

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   When voters see the Wood County Park District levy on the May 2018 ballot, park officials really hope the voters don’t confuse this levy with the park levy recently passed in Bowling Green. Many local citizens seem to confuse the county park district with the Bowling Green parks and recreation department. And that has the county park board a bit worried about its 1-mill renewal levy set to appear on the May 8 ballot. “There is a very big disconnect” between the two park programs, said Jamie Sands, volunteer services and communications specialist with the county park district. That could be particularly bad for the county park district if voters confuse the May levy with the city park and recreation levy passed in November. “People think they’ve already passed the levy for the parks,” Sands said Tuesday during the monthly meeting of the Wood County Park District Board. “We’re hoping to get the word out.” The county park board voted unanimously Tuesday to put a 1-mill levy on in May. Board President Denny Parish stressed that the renewal will be same millage sought when the park district last passed its levy in 2008. “Which means no new taxes,” Parish said. For the last decade, the levy has generated about $2.8 million a year. That amount is expected to grow to $3 million a year because of new construction in the county. “It won’t cost individual homeowners more than they’ve been paying for the last 10 years.” After Tuesday’s meeting, Wood County Park District Director Neil Munger said the district is committed to not raising the tax burden on local residents. Over the last several years, the park district has focused funding on land acquisitions.  That focus is about to shift. “I think we’re looking at a maintenance phase,” Munger said. Future land acquisitions will rely on grants or other funding options, he said. “We will be looking for other sources of funding rather than going to the taxpayers.” In the meantime, the county park district will be continuing to try to get the word out to local residents about the county parklands and programs. Sands said a recent online survey received responses from more than 2,000 people. A park volunteer survey was completed by about 300 people. And a five-question survey will soon be sent out to “key decision makers” in the county. The answers will be used to help formulate a strategic plan for the park district, and then pitch it to local residents. “We want to tell everyone what our goals are for the future,” Sands said. Visits are also being made to senior centers throughout the county to make older residents aware of the parks and services offered. “A lot of people don’t know all the parks and services,” Sands said, stressing the number…

The bell may be tolling for Ohio’s bellwether status in presidential elections

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Ohio has an enviable record of being on the winning side of Presidential elections. Since 1896, it has voted for the winner in every election, except when it voted for Republicans Thomas Dewey in 1952 and Richard Nixon in 1960, both extremely close elections. Author Kyle Kondik said those bellwether days may well be over. Recently, Kondik, the editor of “Sabo’s Crystal Ball,” the University of Virginia Center for Politics’ newsletter, gave a local history award talk at Jerome Library on the Bowling Green State University campus. He was being honored for his 2016 book “Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President.” Kondik said he may have written the book just in time. The book covers the period from 1896 through 2012. And while Ohio went for Donald Trump by a comfortable margin, the election points to changes that have Ohio out of step with the national electorate. When looking at a state’s predictive power, he said, how closely the winner’s margin of victory in the popular vote in the state matches the national margin of victory must also be considered. Over the years, Ohio has reliably been within 5 percentage points of the national popular vote total.  In 2016 Trump won Ohio by 8 percentage points, 51.3 percent to 43.2 percent for Hillary Clinton. However nationally Trump trailed Clinton by 2 percentage points in the popular vote, 46.1 percent to 48.2 percent. This, along with the changing demographics of Ohio and the nation, may being signaling an end to the state’s bellwether status. Kondik said that the state’s electorate is less ethnically diverse that the nation as a whole, with 80 percent of its population white, compared 70 percent nationally. The state also has fewer college graduates than the national average.  Trump did extremely well with whites with no college degrees, a dominant bloc in the Ohio electorate. But, Kondik noted, just because these voters don’t have college degrees “doesn’t mean they’re necessarily poor.” Clinton lost areas that had voted for Barrack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and even in places such as Youngstown where she won, she won by far fewer votes. Clinton saw “a huge erosion in important vote centers,” he said. The question is whether they voted for a third party or just didn’t show up. African-American support, Kondik said, was weaker for Clinton than for Obama. Nationally Clinton did do better than Obama in California, Atlanta, and cities in Texas. “She traded useful votes in the Midwest for not so useful votes in the Sunbelt,” he said. Ohio has economic issues that played a factor. Aside from a few places such as Delaware County, north of Columbus, much of the state has stagnant or decreasing population. Much of the state’s population was born here, with few moving in. The result is “brain drain.” And those…

Daniel Gordon : “It is my honor to continue serving you”

Dear 1st Ward residents and BG friends, Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all of you who supported me in my re-election as your City Councilman and won us our landslide victory on November 7th. It is my honor to continue serving you and working to improve our quality of life. I will not rest until I have done all I can to make sure everyone in Bowling Green feels safe and valued, lives in a strong and vibrant neighborhood, and is free to live their life as they choose. Whether you voted, knocked doors, made phone calls, donated time or money, wrote a letter to the editor, hosted a fundraiser, posted a yard sign, or told your neighbors to get to the polls – thank you. I could not have done it without you, and this victory is as much yours as mine. Again, thank you, and here’s to two more years. Daniel Gordon 1st Ward Councilman Bowling Green  

County voters support child, elder protective services

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Voters responded to the increasing numbers of child abuse and neglect in Wood County by passing the 1.3-mill renewal levy for Human Services on Tuesday. The Wood County Human Services levy passed with nearly 68 percent of the votes (19,126 to 9,151.) That wide margin of approval was welcome news to Sandi Carsey, administrator of Wood County Children’s Services. “I think that people understand that child protection and protection of the elderly is very important,” Carsey said. “Wood County has always been very supportive,” she added. Since the levy was last passed 10 years ago, Wood County has seen six deaths of children under 3 years old due to abuse. Five suffered from head trauma, and one was smothered. There are no plans to use the levy funding to add staff. A pressing need is to provide safe placements for children removed from their homes. “The number of kids in care has gone up drastically,” Carsey said. Wood County is on its way to setting a record for 2017, as the numbers of child abuse and neglect cases continue to grow. Since 1987, the Children’s Services and Adult Protective Services portions of the agency have relied on the 1.3 mills to support their work. The 10-year levy generates $3.7 million a year, and costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $36 a year. The funding provides for child abuse and neglect investigations and, if needed, placement of children in foster homes or other settings. The levy also supports elder services, such as home health aides, homemaker services and investigations of elder abuse and neglect. The needs of the protective services at both ends of the age spectrum continue to increase. Following are the statistics for 2016: 894 child abuse investigations. 260 elder abuse investigations. 212 of the child abuse investigations involved drugs. 142 of the investigations were child sexual abuse investigations. 59 children were placed in substitute care such as foster care or group homes. And the numbers look even worse for 2017. The reasons may be two-fold, Carsey said. In recent years, the opiate crisis has led to more cases, and there has been a real push for the public to report abuse and neglect concerns. “Last year in September, we had 35 children in foster care. This year we have 50,” Carsey said, adding that her office is currently trying to recruit more foster families. Meanwhile, the number of elder abuse and neglect cases is expected to pass 300 this year, she added. “We appreciate the county’s support,” Carsey said.

BG voters reject anti-pipeline charter amendment

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Many Bowling Green residents distrust pipelines, but they also disliked the charter amendment intended to keep the lines off city land. The charter amendment, proposed by Bowling Green Climate Protectors, failed on Tuesday by a vote of 2,145 (39 percent) to 3,408 (61 percent). “I’m grateful to the voters of Bowling Green for protecting the integrity of the city charter,” Mayor Dick Edwards said as the results came in. The proposed Bowling Green charter amendment was intended to give the community rights to a healthy environment and livable climate. But while that was the intent, critics said the words went far beyond those reasonable rights. Despite defeat on Tuesday, the group behind the charter amendment is not daunted, said Brad Holmes, of the Climate Protectors organization. “We’re going to keep our options open,” Holmes said. And while the issue failed at the polls, it succeeded at making people more aware of the threats from pipelines, he said. “We raised awareness about the severity of these type of issues in Bowling Green,” Holmes said. “We hope to inspire other communities to do such initiatives.” The Bowling Green Climate Protectors, saw the charter amendment as a way for citizens to intervene if the city does not adequately protect its citizens from harm to their environment. The charter amendment would have given citizens a right to peaceably protest projects such as the Nexus pipeline that is planned near Bowling Green’s water treatment plant in Middleton Township. However, the language of the charter amendment seemed to doom the proposal. “It’s a far reaching, almost anarchy type of proposal,” City Attorney Mike Marsh said. “It allows citizens on their own to take actions they deem necessary to protect the environment. It’s up to anybody’s interpretation.” The charter amendment proponents claimed the proposal was Bowling Green’s one chance to protect the city’s water treatment plant from the Nexus natural gas pipeline running 700 feet from the reservoir for the plant. But critics have said this amendment would have no impact on the Nexus pipeline plans. The majority of council members were opposed to the charter amendment and also stressed that the amendment had no place in the Bowling Green City Charter, which has been preserved for city government operations. City Council, however, did take action to deny easements to the pipeline, which gave the city more time to study the issue. Edwards brought in a panel of experts to discuss the threats from the pipeline, and has written letters to legislators and the Ohio EPA expressing concerns. Now the city’s focus, Edwards said, must be to make sure Nexus pipeline meets all the safety standards as it is installed near the city’s water reservoir and as it crosses the Maumee River. “The challenge all along has been to do everything we possibly can…

Nathan Eberly: Congratulations to winners & all those who campaigned

As a candidate for City Council At-Large, coming in fourth out of six, I wake this morning not with disappointment but rather with excitement. Earning 10% of the vote in a very competitive race is very telling. But this letter is not about me. I am writing this to congratulate all candidates that won seats on City Council last night. Congrats to Sandy Rowland and Greg Robinette for their wins for At-Large. Congratulation to Daniel Gordon, John Zanfrandino, Michael Asphacher, and William Herald for winning their respective Ward representative spots. I wish to congratulate also all those that dedicated the last year to their community as a candidate and look forward to seeing them continue their dedication in other ways. I love BG. There is so much potential for our town going forward and it will take us all as stakeholders in the town’s success to come together to fulfill that potential. Everyone needs to be represented and heard. It’s possible. Congratulations to everyone once again! And thank you to all those that voted for me to represent them, all those that volunteered, and all those hat donated. I’m thrilled to continue my early Wednesday in that same way I always have. With a bright look forward and seeking ways to have a positive impact on my community! Nathan Eberly Bowling Green

BG elects 6 City Council members from field of 13

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green voters elected six City Council members from a field of 13 on Tuesday. Despite the busy ballot, there will be no big changes on council. Four incumbents were returned to their seats. The other two winners had previously served on council years ago. The make-up of council will now be five Democrats and two Republicans. And still, only one seat is held by a woman. That woman, Sandy Rowland was the top vote getter in the race for at-large candidates. Following is a list of the vote tallies for the council candidates, with the winners in bold. The unofficial vote totals for the At-Large race are: Holly Cipriani (Democrat): 1,958 (21 percent) Nathan Eberly (Independent): 936 (10 percent) Beverly Elwazani (Green): 717 (7 percent) Carolyn Kawecka (Green): 265 (3 percent) Gregory Robinette (Republican): 2,680 (28 percent) Sandy Rowland (Democrat): 2,971 (31 percent) First Ward unofficial totals: Daniel Gordon (Democrat): 254 (76 percent) Hunter Sluss (Republican): 79 (24 percent) Second Ward unofficial totals: Kent Ramsey (Republican): 248 (32 percent) John Zanfardino (Democrat): 531 (68 percent) Third Ward unopposed race: Michael Aspacher (Democrat): 1,274 (100 percent) Fourth Ward unofficial totals: William Herald (Republican): 1,470 (52 percent) Scott Seeliger (Democrat): 1,358 (48 percent) At-large winner Rowland said she was honored to get the top voter support. “It’s all about Bowling Green and the people who support me,” she said. “For six years, I’ve listened to the people. They put me here and I am humbled and honored, and I have a big burden to serve them the next four years.” The other at-large winner, Robinette, previously served on City Council in 2011. He had to step down when he was deployed overseas. “It’s an honor and privilege to again serve the citizens of Bowling Green,” he said Tuesday night after the election results were counted. Robinette said as he campaigned across the community, he heard many positive statements about the city. “When I did go door-to-door and talked to people, I got a lot of positive responses,” he said. “Most people in town are really very happy with what is going on in Bowling Green.” The other Republican elected to council, Herald, unseated Scott Seeliger who was appointed to the Fourth Ward seat earlier this year. Herald also previously served on council, from 1984 to 1991. “Some people remembered that I was on council and remembered that I had helped them,” Herald said. While campaigning, he knocked on 3,242 doors, and took time to listen to residents’ concerns, he said. “People saw the amount of work I put in and that I really wanted to serve.” Herald also thinks it helped that he continued to attend City Council and other city governmental meetings even when he was no longer on council. He estimated that he has faithfully attended…

BG school levy fails; board ponders next attempt

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green school officials were disappointed but not dissuaded by Tuesday’s defeat of the 6-mill levy for school buildings. The levy was rejected by a vote of 3,471 (46 percent) to 4,021 (54 percent). “I feel bad for the kids. I feel bad for the staff. I feel bad for the community,” Superintendent Francis Scruci said as he stood surrounded by levy supporters as the election results came in. But Scruci and the school board don’t plan to waste much time moaning about the loss. They have some decisions to make. Do they go back on the ballot in May or November? Or do they try to patch up buildings with permanent improvement funds and add more modular classrooms? “We’re not going to stop doing what’s right for kids,” Scruci said. “We’re disappointed this is 20 months of work that came down to one day,” he said. The 6-mill levy, lasting 37 years, would have raised $72 million for buildings. The plan was to consolidate the three elementaries into one centralized building, and to renovate and add new sections to the high school. The levy failure was not due to lack of communication, since Scruci made nearly 100 presentations on the levy and building plans since September. However, in the last couple weeks, opposition to the levy came out with “a lot of misinformation” that didn’t help, he said. The superintendent had said that if the levy failed, the district would come back next year with the same proposal – since it is the best plan to meet the needs of the students. The school board members seemed to support that plan. “We will go back and see what we need to learn from this,” board member Jill Carr said. “I personally believe in what we put out there.” Board member Ginny Stewart said she was saddened for the students and teachers. “This is a blow to the community. This is a big need. As long as I’m on this board, and the rest of the board is willing, I’m ready to fight for this.” Board member Paul Walker said perhaps the district needs to make the current building deficiencies more clear to voters. “There’s an obvious need. Anybody who voted ‘no’ needs to come through our buildings.” Walker said the board decided on the levy and building plans after a great deal of studying and after conducting a community survey. Board member Bill Clifford agreed. “This is based on needs, not wants. What we presented was the best option,” he said. Clifford and other board members were disturbed by the conduct of some vocal opposition to the school levy. “I don’t mind opposition,” Clifford said. “But quite frankly, I’m very disappointed when I see the social media and the personal attacks.” Scruci said the district will…

Election finals

The Bowling Green School district’s $72 million 37-year bond request failed at the polls Tuesday. The levy went down 3468 46.3 percent to 4019 53.7 percent. Sandy Rowland (D), 2970, 31.20 percent and Greg Robinette (R), 2677, 28.1 percent won at large council seats.  Holly Cipriani (D) 1956, 20.55 percent came in third. Trailing were  Independent Nathan Eberly, 934, and Green candidates Beverly Elwazani, 717,  and Carolyn S. Kawecka, 226. In ward races William Herald (R) ousted Democrat Scott Seeliger 1470-1358 in Ward 4. Two Democratic incumbents fended off Republican challenges. In Ward 1 Daniel Gordon won 253-79 over  Hunter Sluss. In Ward 2 John Zanfardino defeated Kent Ramsey 531-248.   The charter amendment prompted by anti-pipeline activists went down to defeat 2144 38.6 percent, to 3405, 61.4 percent. The county human services levy passed with 67.8 percent of the vote with about 10 percent of the precincts left to report.

Last pitch made for BG charter amendment proposal

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   On the eve of the Tuesday’ election, proponents of the Bowling Green charter amendment made one last big pitch for the proposal to City Council Monday. And city officials, whose efforts had been questioned and criticized by the proponents for the past year, ended up thanking the college students behind the proposal for their passion and sincerity. The evening ended with a handshake between Mayor Dick Edwards and Brad Holmes, one of driving forces behind the charter amendment. On Tuesday, Bowling Green voters will determine whether or not the anti-pipeline amendment becomes a part of the city charter. Three BGSU students stood up Monday to defend the charter amendment. Alex Bishop, who is originally from Mansfield, said the Rover pipeline runs about a half mile from her home and spilled thousands of gallons of hazardous material that destroyed a wetlands. She doesn’t want to see something similar happen near her “second home” of BGSU. “This issue is really important to me,” Bishop said. “I wanted a chance to come here and talk about it.” Holmes said the charter amendment proposal had to jump through several hoops to even get on the ballot. “I’m just very happy we made it this far,” he said. Though the wording of the charter amendment has been criticized, the purpose of the proposal is to empower city officials and the community to reject plans for a pipeline that could be potentially dangerous, he said. “We’re very confident, if passed,” the wording would help the city put a stop to a pipeline. With the power of eminent domain, “communities are at the negative receiving end” of pipeline projects, Holmes said. Another BGSU student, Ross Martin took the podium next and questioned the value of Nexus’ offer to pay the city about $80,000 to go across city land located in Middleton Township near the Bowling Green water treatment plant reservoir. Even if that amount were $1 million, divided among the city’s 30,000 residents, that would be like saying “we would like to endanger your water for $33.33,” Martin said. Martin said fighting for health and safety, and inspiring others to do the same, are “noble” efforts. “We have that opportunity to inspire others,” he said. After the students completed their comments, Mayor Dick Edwards offered an impromptu response. “I understand your passion. I understand it totally,” said Edwards, who has worked at several universities. The mayor also agreed that Holmes was “absolutely correct” in his comments when he talked about municipalities being virtually powerless against pipelines. The cities of Green and Oberlin are still battling Nexus, but their communities are actually being cut by the pipeline, Edwards said. Waterville’s charter amendment empowers that city to refuse a construction permit. But that will likely be overruled. In Bowling Green’s case, the pipeline is not coming…

Aidan Hubbell-Staeble: Gordon, Cipriani, Rowland “advocate and work towards a brighter future for Bowling Green”

 This election day, our community has a choice to make for what kind of future we want our community to have. We can choose between electing a city council that listens to constituents, shows compassion, and advocates for fairness and equality, or a council consisting of religious fanatics and demagogues. Daniel Gordon, Holly Cipriani, and Sandy Rowland, are all clear choices for Bowling Green City Council. All three exemplify the values that I have seen make BG such a special community to live in. And they have continued to advocate and work towards a brighter future for Bowling Green. This future is one where everyone feels valued and welcomed. As a young adult who is nearing graduation, I have had to start thinking about where I want to put down roots and start my family. The values that Gordon, Cipriani, and Rowland, embody are the same values that I look for in a community. I grew up in Bowling Green and I’ve stayed here for my schooling. I remember fighting for workplace and housing protections in 2010 with the One BG Campaign. Fighting for a better future is what we do here. And this election, continue that fight and cast your ballot for those who deserve it most. Aidan Hubbell-Staeble Bowling Green

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 rights. It seems the city just does not want to be bothered to take meaningful action. All the talk from the city thus far has not produced a single beneficial result for BG citizens or protection from the inevitable environmental disasters common with fossil fuel industry operations. Other, much smaller Ohio communities have stronger leadership defending the health and welfare of its citizens. Waterville, a tiny village of 6000 residents, has rebuffed Nexus/Enbridge and is not backing down. Oberlin, a tiny town of 8000 residents, has been allocating funds and fighting Nexus/Enbridge on the basis that a private corporation cannot exercise eminent domain on a public entity…especially a foreign, private corporation that provides zero benefit to their community. On the contrary, Nexus/Enbridge is solely private gain at public expense, OUR expense. Somehow Bowling Green just does not have the resources despite the $250k per year that funds our city attorney. Residents of BG are left with no other option but to protect themselves by passing the Charter Amendment. Vote for power to the people and vote YES for the BG Charter Amendment. Todd Childers Bowling Green