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Senate passes Gavarone’s bill stiffening penalties for drug traffickers

State Senator Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, today announced the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 55, also known as the “Relapse Reduction Act.” The legislation will enhance penalties for drug traffickers who sell on the premises or near addiction recovery service providers. Senate Bill 55 is modeled after current law that increases penalties for certain drug offenses that occur near schools and juveniles. “My hope, through this legislation, is to increase the rate of success for Ohioans who are working hard to recover from drug addiction,” said Gavarone. “I believe this will happen, in part, by keeping dealers from preying on rehab centers. I am grateful my Senate colleagues have joined me in passing this important bill today.” The bill was introduced last General Assembly as the result of a conversation between Gavarone and Paul Dobson, Wood County Prosecutor, whose stepson, while in an addiction recovery center, shared how easy it would be for him to leave the facility, walk a block in any direction and find someone willing to provide him heroin. After months in recovery housing and outpatient treatment, Michael did not survive his addiction. “It has been my and my family’s hope that lessons learned from Michael’s life and death would result in better assistance for those seeking freedom from the entanglement of drug addiction,” said Dobson, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “In addition to the positive efforts that are being made around the state, I believe Senate Bill 55 offers that assistance in the form of a protective barrier around recovery housing.” The legislation passed the House with a favorable 93 to 1 vote and was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee late in the 132nd General Assembly. Senate Bill 55 will now be sent to the House for further consideration. 

Columbia Gas to replace lines for 213 East Side customers

More than 200 customers of Columbia Gas on the East Side of Bowling Green will soon see more than 93,000 feet of new gas line laid in their neighborhood. Starting at the end of May, Columbia Gas is planning a gas line replacement project involving 213 residential and business customers. A community meeting for those affected will be held Thursday at 6 p.m., in the Wood County District Public Library. The project will involve customers on East Wooster Street from University Lane to Mercer Road, plus the side streets extending south to Scott Hamilton Street. According to Raquel Colon, from Columbia Gas, the $1.3 million project will involve putting plastic piping in for the main lines and all customer lines hooked into the main line. The project is expected to be completed by early fall, Colon said.

Firefly Nights 5K will require street closures, traffic pattern changes

The Firefly Nights 5K run will take place in Bowling Green on Friday. As a result, West Oak Street will be closed to traffic beginning at 6 p.m. until the race has finished. Parking restrictions will be in place on the west side of Main Street from Wooster to Pearl, and Oak from Main to Church. The run will begin at 9 p.m., and will proceed along the following route: • Start near the City Administration Building – 304 N. Church St. • South on Church Street • East on Wooster Street • South on Main Street • West on Pearl Street • North on Maple Street • West on Conneaut Avenue into City Park • One lap counterclockwise around City Park • East on Conneaut Avenue • North on Fairview Avenue • East on Curtis Avenue • South on Grove Street • East on Court Street • North on Church Street • East on Oak Street (finish line) While runners are present on each road, traffic will be affected and traffic patterns may be altered.

Bike to Work or School Day is set for Friday in BG

Friday, May 17, has been designated as the official Bike to Work or School Day in the City of Bowling Green. The Bowling Green Bicycle Safety Commission encourages citizens to participate by riding their bicycles to work or school and wearing a helmet. For questions or more information, contact the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department at 419-354-6225.

Pool pass renewals at last year’s rates available for couple more days

Opening day for the  Bowling Green City Pool and Water Park is May 25. People who had 2018 pool passes have an opportunity to renew their pool passes at the 2018 rate if they renew by May 13.Anyone interested may stop by the Community Center this weekend to renew the passes.  The Community Center is located at 1245 W. Newton Road.  Weekend hours at the Community Center are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.   

New traffic light cabinet at Main and Poe to require change in traffic pattern for 2 days

The replacement traffic cabinet controlling the traffic lights for the intersection of North Main Street and Poe Road is scheduled be installed Monday, beginning at 7 a.m. It is anticipated that this work will take two days, with completion by the end of the day on Tuesday. During the work, the traffic pattern will revert to a four-way stop with no left turns allowed from any direction. As a reminder, an accident in the beginning of April at the intersection resulted in catastrophic damage to the traffic cabinet controlling the traffic lights.