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Groundbreaking planned for new housing development in Pemberville

A groundbreaking for a new housing development in Pemberville will be held Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m., at the future entrance to Pember Grove. The 42-lot subdivision, called Pember Grove, is being developed by Tom Oberhouse, of Pemberville. The 20-acre development will be located north of West Front Street, adjacent to the bike trail in the community. The lots will range from one-third of an acre to just over half an acre. The infrastructure for the development – sewer, water, electric, gas, streets and curbs – will start after the groundbreaking and be completed by early summer next year. The lots will then be sold, with the buyers hiring their own builders. Oberhouse, owner of North Branch Nursery in Pemberville, plans to name the streets in the development after trees. The homes in Pember Grove will be required to have front porches, in order to promote neighborly interaction among the residents. The homes will be in the Eastwood School District, and sale of the lots will be handled by Tami Oberdick (419-461-5609) of Home Town Realty, Pemberville. The project is being financed by State Bank, Luckey. The community is invited to the groundbreaking.

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Water boil advisory issued for parts of BG and campus

The City of Bowling Green Water Distribution Division has issued a water boil advisory for a portion of the city. The advisories are issued if there is a possibility that contaminants may be introduced into the water system. The official customer notification for a Water Boil Advisory will be a door hanger left at the affected building or property.  Click here for an example Water Boil Advisory Door Hanger. The water boil advisory is in affect for North College Avenue for following addresses: 750 N. College Ave. 801 N. College Ave. 812 N. College Ave. 715 Leroy Ave. 600 E. Poe Road 816 Park Ave. 820 Park Ave. 802 E. Merry Ave. Occupants of the following BGSU buildings should not drink the water: Falcon Heights, the Jordan Family Development Center, the BCI building, Technology building, Architecture building, College Park Office Building, the Shuttle Office, and maintenance building. People in those buildings are advised to use bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation. The water is safe for bathing. BGSU is working on providing bottled water for residents of Falcon Heights. It will be available at the front desk. Contaminants may enter the water system when a water main is depressurized.  The City will make the necessary repairs to restore the water service as soon as possible.  After the repairs are made, the water system will be flushed, samples will be taken, and bacteriological testing will be performed to ensure all drinking water standards are met.  A Water Boil Advisory will be in effect until 12:00 PM three (3) days after the Advisory is issued.  If the Water Boil Advisory needs to be extended, the affected customers will be notified.

BG meeting to focus on East Wooster corridor

The Bowling Green City Council Committee of the Whole will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. in the Council Chamber located in the City Administrative Services Building, 304 N. Church St., to hear a presentation from Development Strategies regarding the East Wooster Street Corridor.

‘Sierah’s Law’ passes State Senate today

Thursday the Ohio Senate gave final passage to Sierah’s Law, legislation sponsored by Senator Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, to establish a statewide violent offender database and provide citizens enhanced public access to information to help keep their families safe. “The legislature has spoken,” Gardner said. “We are closer to helping both law enforcement and the public to have better information toward a safer Ohio.” “Sierah Joughin’s life was all about helping others. Now Sierah’s Law can help all of Ohio.” Gardner especially credited Sierah’s family for their support and perseverance, and thanked Attorney General Mike DeWine for his leadership in endorsing the bill. “Mike DeWine and his staff were with us every step of the way,” Gardner said on the Senate floor. The strong bipartisan vote (24-3) enables the bill to be sent to the governor’s desk for his signature.

Pearl Street to be closed for waterline work

The Bowling Green Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will be closing Pearl Street from Gorrell Avenue to Maple Street, on Dec. 11 and 12. Each day, the road will close at 7:30 a.m. and reopen at 3 p.m. Residents will have access to driveways throughout this closure. This closure is required for the replacement of a waterline. Questions about this project may be directed to the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division at 419-354-6277.

‘Sierah’s Law’ passes Ohio House, on the way to Senate

The Ohio House of Representatives has passed Senate Bill 231, sponsored by State Senator Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, which would establish a statewide violent offender database to help law enforcement track offenders and keep Ohio communities safe. The database would track geographic information on those convicted of aggravated murder, murder, voluntary manslaughter, kidnapping and abduction. Currently, law enforcement lacks access to a geographic database of violent offenders. Under SB 231, they would be better able to know where violent criminal offenders reside, help solve crimes and potentially keep future crimes from happening. Senate Bill 231 is known as “Sierah’s Law.” In 2016, 20-year-old Sierah Joughin of Fulton County was riding her bike when she was attacked, kidnapped and murdered. The attacker was convicted by a Fulton County jury earlier this year. During the trial, the jury learned that the perpetrator spent time in prison years before for an abduction in the same area. State Representative Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, presented SB 231 on the House floor Wednesday, where she spoke in favor of the bill. “Out of this tragedy, we’ve learned that Ohio law could be changed to provide better information for law enforcement and the opportunity for citizens to better protect themselves by knowing where convicted violent felons live,” Gavarone said. “I want to thank Senator Gardner for his leadership on this important issue and to Sierah’s family for their courage and involvement in helping pass this legislation.” Senate Bill 231 now heads back to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

Missing student’s absence is voluntary, BGSU reports

Bowling Green State University is reporting that the  investigation by BGSU Police confirmed Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2018) that missing student Jacob Bromm’s absence is voluntary. According to a post on BGSU’s Facebook page Bromm “has indicated to law enforcement that he should not be considered a missing person.” “For privacy reasons, we are unable to share additional details,” the post continued. Bromm was reported missing after he had not been in contact with friends and family for more than a week over Thanksgiving break. The freshman from Troy Michigan, had told his parents he as not coming homer Thanksgiving and told friends he was taking an her from Kohl Hall to fly out west. The Facebook post states: “The University appreciates the outpouring of support from the BGSU community and people all across the country. Thank you for sharing our request for information and for your concern.”