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City asks residents to help keep snowy roads passable

In anticipation of forecasted snow this week totaling more than two inches, residents are asked to assist in keeping roads passable by moving parked vehicles from streets and planning ahead. Keeping streets free and clear of parked vehicles is a tremendous help in the snow removal process, allowing the entire street to be cleared and treated. This request is being made in preparation of additional snow in excess of two inches creating potentially unsafe conditions that may require the declaration of a snow emergency. Residents are encouraged to plan ahead and park their vehicles off the street. The city has snow plow crews on standby. If two inches of snow is received, a snow emergency may be declared, implementing parking restrictions. As a reminder, if a snow emergency is declared between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., vehicles must be removed from snow streets within two hours of the declaration. If a snow emergency is declared after 9 p.m., vehicles must be removed by 9 a.m. the following morning. Residents are encouraged to monitor the city’s website, local news, or sign up for the eNews or follow the City on social media such as Facebook (@cityofbg) and Twitter (@cityofbg). As a reminder, the eNews sign up is located from the city’s homepage.



More snow headed our way

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: WINTER HAS ARRIVED!  A series of storm systems will be moving through the lower Great Lakes from tonight through Sunday will bring winter weather headaches to NW Ohio. TONIGHT/WEDNESDAY MORNING: A smaller atmospheric disturbance will be moving through the area tonight and into Wednesday morning.  Snow flurries/snow showers are likely; however, there will be some areas that will experience some freezing drizzle as well due to some warmer air trying to move into the mid atmosphere.  Some surfaces could be slippery overnight and for the Wednesday morning commute. THURSDAY/THURSDAY NIGHT: A storm system with a little more energy will move through the area and bring 2” to 3” of new snow to the area.  Snow will likely start Thursday morning and continue into Thursday evening before tapering off in the overnight hours to Friday morning. SATURDAY/SUNDAY: As most people have heard by now, a much stronger storm system is set to take aim at the lower Great Lakes and Ohio Valley on Saturday.  Forecast models are still not in total agreement on the exact storm track, so we will have to wait until Thursday likely before an exact storm track can be determined.  For planning purposes at this time, confidence is high for the Wood County area to be in the 3” to 6” snowfall range.  Again, final storm track determination may cause this estimated total to go up or down from 3” to 6”.  An equal concern will be winds with this storm system.  Winds will increase throughout the day on Saturday with gusts reach 20, 25, or even 30 mph at times by evening and into the overnight hours.  The overnight hours and early morning hours of Sunday could even see wind gusts at times to near 40 mph.  Even though snowfall will diminish in the overnight hours (Saturday to Sunday), please plan on Sunday being difficult travel with blowing/drifting snow with whiteout conditions possible at times…especially in the morning hours and outside of city areas.  We may get some sunshine by late afternoon on Sunday, but the winds and bitterly cold polar air will not help with travel conditions.  The coldest air of the season will settle into the area for late Sunday into Monday with overnight lows just below zero.  Travel will become difficult at times on Saturday and may continue into Sunday with the winds, so please use extra caution when planning any travel for the weekend.


United Way offers help to people hurt by federal shutdown

United Way of Greater Toledo is encouraging individuals who are employees of the federal government, or utilize government benefit programs, to call United Way 211 if the partial government shutdown is impacting their personal finances or ability to purchase food or clothing. United Way 211 is a free, 24/7, 365-day health and human service resource available to all individuals in Wood, Lucas and Ottawa counties. Residents can also instant message 2-1-1 online at www.211oh.org.


County recorder reports transactions for last quarter of 2018

Wood County Recorder Julie Baumgardner has released a report covering the transactions of the recorder’s office for the fourth quarter, Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2018. – 1,451 deeds were recorded for this quarter, compared to  1,348 deeds being recorded for the same quarter last year. – 981 mortgages, with a valuation of $1,381,644,776.39, were recorded for this quarter, compared to  1,134 mortgages, with a valuation of $376,851,520.50 being recorded for the same quarter last year. – Numerous other documents were recorded, in addition to the above,for a total of  4,341 documents being recorded for this quarter, compared to 4,324 documents being recorded for the same quarter last year. – The Wood County Recorder paid a total of $241,033.40 into the county for this quarter, compared to $256,049.82 for the same quarter last year.    – $105,261.70 of the total for this quarter was paid directly into the county general fund, compared with $112,581.42 for the same quarter last year.     – $118,987.70 of the total for this quarter was paid into the housing trust fund, less one percent back to the county general fund by the state for the timely distribution of the money to the fund, compared with   $126,588.40 for the same quarter last year, less one percent paid back to the county general fund. – The remaining balance of $16,784 was paid into the recorder’s equipment fund for this quarter, compared with $16,880 for the same quarter last year.


Ohio Senate announces process to fill Gardner’s seat

Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, announced today the application process to fill the vacancy in Ohio’s 2nd Senate District seat, which encompasses Erie, Ottawa and Wood counties as well as parts of Fulton and Lucas counties. Former state Senator Randy Gardner was recently appointed as Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The Senate Republican Caucus is responsible by law for appointing a temporary replacement to the seat. The appointee will serve for the remainder of the current term, ending in December 2020. The person appointed to the vacancy must seek election on the 2020 ballot if that person intends to seek an additional term. The Senate Republican Caucus will accept applications for the vacancy until 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Applications may include a resume, letters of recommendation and any other supporting material considered relevant to the applicant’s qualifications. The material should be sent or hand-delivered to the following address: The Honorable Larry Obhof, President of Ohio Senate, Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Room 201, Columbus, OH 43215. Send an identical copy of the application to the Senate Chief of Staff: John Barron, Chief of Staff, Ohio Senate, Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capital Square, Room 201, Columbus, OH 43215. Obhof will appoint a screening committee to review applications and interview applicants. Applicants are expected to be available to meet in person with the screening committee and will be contacted by the President’s office to schedule any necessary interviews.The 2nd Senate District office remains open and staffed to assist constituents and can be reached at SD2@ohiosenate.gov or 614-466-8060.


Garbage and recycling delayed next week due to holiday

The City of Bowling Green offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As a result, all refuse and recycling collection will be delayed by one day per the following: – Regular Monday collection will be collected on Tuesday. – Regular Tuesday collection will be collected on Wednesday. – Regular Wednesday collection will be collected on Thursday. – Regular Thursday collection will be collected on Friday. Questions about this schedule or the city’s refuse/recycling program may be directed to the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.


Reminder – deadline for dog registrations is Jan. 31

Wood County Auditor Matthew Oestreich reminds dog owners that Jan. 31 is the deadline for 2019 dog registrations. A registration fee of $14 must be paid with the application for each dog registered. The information necessary for registration is age, sex, spayed or neutered, color, length of hair, breed of the dog and the name, address and phone number of the owner. A kennel fee of $70 must be paid with the application for each kennel registered and additional tags are available for $1 each for kennels with more than five dogs. A recent change is that dogs may be registered for a 1-year or 3-year term or a permanent license (for the dog’s life). When completing the application, choose your “Term” (1 Year, 3 Year or Permanent). Fees are: 1-Year License, $14; 3-Year License, $42; and Permanent License, $140. No refunds are permitted Penalty fees will be collected on registrations received after Jan. 31, in the amount equal to the registration fee for each type of license. Therefore the penalty would be $14 for regular licenses and $70 for kennel licenses in addition to the regular registration fee. People acquiring dogs after Jan. 31 have 30 days after the date of acquisition or the date that the dog reaches three months of age to register with the Auditor’s Office. The 2019 dog registration may be filed by mail, in person, or on the internet. When mailing the application please include the license fee, dog information (as stated above) and a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of the license with a postmark of Jan. 3l or before. Licenses can be purchased in person at the Wood County Auditor’s Office, second floor of the county office building between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or at the Wood County Dog Shelter. Internet applications may be made at http://dogtags.co.wood.oh.us/ and does require an additional $2 processing fee per license which goes to the online firm processing the credit card purchase. Please do not send cash with your mail-in application. If you have questions regarding a dog license please contact 419-354-9150. The Wood County District Board of Health has adopted a regulation requiring all dogs be immunized against rabies. Please provide the rabies information in the application process. Mail applications to: Matthew Oestreich, Wood County Auditor, One Courthouse Square, P.O. Box 368, Bowling Green, OH 43402.


Gavarone seeks appointment to State Senate seat

Theresa Gavarone, state representative for Ohio’s 3rd House District, today announced her intent to seek the appointment to the 2nd Ohio Senate District.  The 2nd Senate District seat will be vacated by Senator Randy Gardner who was appointed by Governor Mike DeWine to be the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education.  The district includes the counties of Wood, Ottawa, Erie, Fulton (part) and Lucas (part). “With the support of my family and at the urging of so many people across the district, I have decided to pursue the appointment to the 2nd Senate District,” Gavarone said.  “We have had a lot of success during my time as State Representative and I look forward to the opportunity to serve a larger population and play a bigger role in ensuring North and Northwest Ohio continues to be an amazing place to live, work and raise a family.” Gavarone, who was appointed to her seat in 2016, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law.  She previously served on Bowling Green City Council. In addition to her public service, Gavarone is an attorney and the co-owner of Mr. Spots restaurant with her husband, Jim.  They have three children and reside in Bowling Green where they attend St. Aloysius Catholic Church.


Safe Communities committee reviews four fatal accidents

From SAFE COMMUNITIES OF WOOD COUNTY Wood County Safe Communities’ Fatal Data Review Committee met on Tuesday, Jan. 8, to review 4 fatal crashes from the fourth quarter of 2018. The following fatal crashes were reviewed:  9/29/2018 26250 W. River Rd.  10/24/2018 Poe at Wapakoneta  11/15/2018 I-75 at Turnpike off-ramp (SR 795)  11/29/2018 I-475 at I-75 The following countermeasures were established:  Drive within the posted speed limit  Drive for weather conditions  Obey all traffic laws  Remain with your vehicle when disabled on the interstate. Call #677 or 911 for assistance


Utilities, trees, and bike meetings set for next week

Three city meetings are planned next week. The Board of Public Utilities is scheduled to meet Monday at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St. The Tree Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday at 4 p.m., followed later by the Bicycle Safety Commission at 6 p.m. in in the City Council Chamber.


Gardner leaving Senate to become higher education chancellor

State Senator Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, has been nominated to be the next chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education by Governor-elect Mike DeWine. “It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of northern Ohio in the Ohio General Assembly,” Gardner said. “The Statehouse has been my ‘second home’ for more than 33 years. It has been one of the great honors of my lifetime to be your voice in the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives.  I look forward to a new chapter of public service.” BG Independent News will have more later on Gardner’s appointment.


BG to hold tribute to Martin Luther King

A tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m., at the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St.The tribute is sponsored by the City of Bowling Green Human Relations Commission and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Christina Lunceford, Bowling Green State University.  Musical selections will be performed by the BGHS Madrigals along with Dr. Ed Duling, organist of First Presbyterian Church. Also at the event, the Human Relations Commission will present the annual Drum Major for Peace Award, named in honor of King.


Jeffers seeks re-election to at-large city council seat

Bruce Jeffers has declared his candidacy to return to the Bowling Green City Council in 2020.  “Entering my eighth year in this position, I have found the opportunity to work for all the citizens of Bowling Green to be very rewarding and I would like to continue,” Jeffers said. According to Jeffers, at the city level of government, council members are mainly involved with services, economic development, and neighborhood enhancement through planning and zoning.  Larger state and national issues certainly have their impact, but Jeffers said he intends to stay focused on the issues the city can control. “During my tenure on City Council, we have improved our sustainable power supply by adding the largest solar field in Ohio, which complements the wind turbines enabled by prior leadership.  Also, we have been through several rounds of planning initiatives finding ways to improve land use and improve business opportunities and neighborhoods. We have sought ways to improve the labor pool for manufacturing through the Welcome BG process.  All of these initiatives take vision and patience, and I believe I have demonstrated such qualities through my record of action in all these areas,” Jeffers said. “I look forward to serving another four year term as one of your At-Large Council members,” Jeffers said.  


BG school board special meeting on levy options canceled

The Bowling Green Board of Education’s special meeting scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 10, has been canceled. The meeting will be rescheduled when the district’s financial consultant, David Conley, is unable to attend.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss levy options, with no public participation.