Public meeting on Toledo Area Water Authority initiative set for Feb. 15

From NORTHWESTERN WATER & SEWER DISTRICT The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) will host a Regional Water Informational Meeting on water supply options in Wood County Thursday, February 15, 6:30 p.m., Quality Inn, 10612 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. As an established regional water authority, The District is exploring long-term water supply options for approximately 6,500 water customers in Northern Wood County, including the cities of Rossford and Northwood, The Village of Walbridge, as well as customers in Perrysburg Township, Troy Township, and Lake Township. The District is currently exploring options with the Toledo Regional Water Authority (TAWA) as well as other water sources in Wood County. The purpose of this meeting is to inform the public by presenting information regarding these options, prior to making the decision to sign an agreement with TAWA. Information on TAWA and most the recent Wood County Economic Development Study will be presented. Click for more information on TAWA. Click for information on the most recent Wood County Economic Development Study. Directions: From I-75, take Exit 193 (US 20), head east on Fremont Pike (US20), right on Lakevue Drive, the Quality Inn will be on the right with parking and access to the conference room facing US 20. ACCOMIDATIONS/RESERVATIONS: The District’s public meetings and events are accessible to people with disabilities. If you need assistance in participating in a meeting or event due to a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact The District at least three (3) business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event to request an accommodation. To reserve a seat, please call or email below. Phone: 419-354-9090 EX 193 Email:

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Expert’s examples of poorly designed environments hit home at BGSU’s Optimal Aging Fair

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Speaking from 400 miles away in upstate New York, Esther Greenhouse, struck a nerve with those watching her in Bowling Green. The environmental gerontologist was the keynote speaker at the Optimal Aging Community Fair at Bowling Green State University. Greenhouse projected an image of a parking meter kiosk as an example of poor design. You could almost hear the local audience groan. The City of Bowling Green installed such meters to considerable complaint. Throughout her presentation, Greenhouse talked and showed images that could have come from just a few miles away: Four-lane roads that are hard to cross; old houses that require steps to enter; showers that require climbing into; sidewalks in poor repair; and rural roads with no sidewalks. And when she took questions, those in the audience zeroed in on precisely those issues – rural transportation, roundabouts, and parking kiosks. The problem with so many of these issues of public space, Greenhouse said, is that our built environment is designed for people driving vehicles. A small town has roads made so trucks can easily negotiate it, not so people can walk safely. “We’ve put all out transportation eggs in one basket, vehicular traffic, primarily vehicles with one person in them,” Greenhouse said. Those environments discourage people with limitations, whether age, disability, or logistical, from going out. And that makes their problems even worse. “The status quo is not benign,” she said. “We do not design for everyone.” It discourages elders from getting out, making it harder for them to get the exercise, healthy food, and the social interaction they need. These kind of environments, paired with poorly designed homes, make it harder…

ODOT safety memorial remembers roadside workers who died

From OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District Two is displaying a safety memorial at the northbound I-75 rest area just south of Bowling Green through Tuesday, August 22. The memorial is to raise awareness of work zone safety for drivers, specifically to represent the 26 roadside workers who were killed in Ohio work zone crashes in 2016.  “The memorial display is very sobering, thinking of those workers and their families,” said Patrick McColley, ODOT District Two’s Deputy Director. “Each one of those killed never went home.” “We want people to feel that emotional impact and understand decisions you make while driving have consequences,” McColley added.

Water district consider alternate line for water emergencies between Perrysburg & BG

From NORTHWESTERN WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s (The District) board of directors recently approved the findings of a feasibility study.  The study examined the possibility of an alternative water interconnection between the water systems of The District and the Cities of Bowling Green and Perrysburg for use only during an emergency. The $85,000 study, funded by the Local Government Innovation Program, shows that during an emergency, these areas in Wood County would be provided with safe, potable water. According to District President Jerry Greiner, “Essentially, it shows that it’s possible for Bowling Green’s water supply to provide water to communities currently using Perrysburg supplied water and vice versa in an emergency.  It also can provide water to District customers in parts of Middleton and Perrysburg Townships.” The study included sampling and testing of the various water supplies at different ratios to verify the safety of co-mingled water and how such a system could be constructed. The three parties involved to will continue discussions to decide if they would like to move forward with design and construction. A presentation and full study are posted at

County may be able to ditch some bridge maintenance

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   There may be some troubled bridges over waters here in Wood County. The maintenance of bridges in the county has always been handled by the Wood County Engineer’s Office. That’s 440 bridges total. But the newest county engineer, John Musteric, said his office may only be responsible for about 410. Musteric has asked the county prosecuting attorney to look into the possibility that 30 bridges located in local municipalities should be maintained by those villages or cities. “Some of those bridges may not be our responsibility, we’re finding out,” Musteric told the county commissioners on Tuesday. The engineer is hoping to get an answer from the prosecutor by the end of the year. “More to come.” Wood County’s engineer office isn’t the only one trying to ditch some bridge responsibilities – for cost and liability issues. “This has been happening all around the state,” explained Joanie Cherry, from the county engineer’s office. Wood County Commissioner Ted Bowlus expressed some concern about municipalities having to pick up the costs to maintain bridges. “It would be an expensive venture for them,” Bowlus said. Construction costs to build a small box culvert bridge were estimated at about $100,000 to $150,000. The average bridge costs $350,000 to replace, while larger structures can cost close to $1 million, Cherry said. But Musteric said it seems logical to him that if municipalities annex bridges into their communities, they ought to take care of them. He also pointed out that towns and cities may have better chances of securing state or federal funding. “They have more opportunities to get funding” than the county, he said. “A few of the…

Water & Sewer District operations team takes top state honors; heads to nationals

From NORTHWESTERN WATER & SEWER DISTRICT The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) announces today District employees, Claud Barringer, Bryan Martikan, Jarred Myers, Tom McGrain and Todd Saums, finished in first place in three events at the Ohio Water Environment Association’s (OWEA) Technical Conference & Expo statewide operations challenge this week in Cincinnati Ohio. The “Ops Challenge” is an intense competition involving timed events in wastewater treatment operations, maintenance, laboratory, safety and collection systems. The District team “Dirty Deeds,” took first place in collections, first in safety, first in maintenance, second place in lab and first place overall in Division 1. The team now advances to the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) national operations challenge in Chicago this fall. The Northwest OWEA also awarded District employee Stac Dibling with the “Awesome Operator Award.” This award recognizes the outstanding work of wastewater treatment plant operators in the region.