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City at work repairing water main break on campus

The City of Bowling Green is currently repairing a water main break along Park Avenue near Lot W. It is not known when repairs will be completed. Affected buildings include the College Park Office Building, the Greenhouse, Central Services and the Park Avenue Building. These buildings do not have restroom or drinking fountain service at this time. The closest available restrooms are in the Technology Building. Please see signage in the affected areas for more information.

BG snow emergency alert canceled

The city snow emergency has ended. Bowling Green Safety Director Lori Tretter  declared a snow emergency for the City of Bowling Green effective today at 9:30 a.m. Cars had be moved off designated snow streets and from cul-de-sacs within two hours of this emergency declaration (by 11:30 a.m.) Vehicles not removed were subject to being towed and/or issued a citation. The snow emergency was canceled at 4 p.m.

BG encourages residents to prepare for snow

In anticipation of additional snow tonight and into Friday, residents can 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 2 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 the snow emergency text notification. As a reminder, the eNews sign up is located from the city’s homepage. The snow emergency text notification sign up is as easy as texting “follow bgsnowemergency” to 40404.

Heavier snow on its way

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: The next storm system will move into the area after midnight Thursday night/Friday morning.  This will be a longer duration snowfall which will last through the early morning hours of Saturday.  Heavier snow bands are likely by late Friday morning and into the afternoon hours.  With the current projected path, the heavier snow (6”+ of new snow) will be north of the Maumee River and that area is currently under a Winter Storm WATCH.  Areas south of the Maumee River (including Wood County) are currently forecasted to be in the 3”-5” range.  Areas south of the Maumee River will likely have a Winter Weather ADVISORY issues by Thursday evening if the current forecasted storm path holds true. As the above information indicates, Wood County is very close to the heavier (6”+) forecasted snow area.  With snowfall still 38 hours away and there is always the potential for a slight change in the forecasted path of the storm, everyone should be prepared for the potential of heavier snow from this storm system should a slight change to the south occur.  It would only take 20 miles to the south of a change in the forecasted storm path to put Wood County into the heavier snow totals, so it is important to monitor local media and weather radios for the latest weather information over the next 48 hours. And yes, there is another likelihood of accumulating snow on Sunday…potentially heavier snowfall.  Again, please check with local media and weather radios over the weekend for the latest information on Sunday’s storm system.

Winter weather update on week’s second storm

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: The next storm system will impact Ohio overnight tonight (Feb. 6) and into at least the first half of Wednesday.  Snow will begin well after midnight tonight and begin to taper off by early afternoon on Wednesday.  Expected snowfall is around 2” total for this storm.  Once again, Northeast, Central, and Southeast Ohio will see the biggest impacts from this storm with 4”+ expected in those areas.  Obviously, this storm will have more of a solid impact on the Wednesday morning commute due to falling snow.  Winds are not expected to be an issue with this storm system. We are still monitoring the Thursday night/Friday storm system.  At this time it is starting to look like a few inches of new snow, but the exact path is still underdetermined, so forecasted snow totals could still go up or down.

Keep your snow shovels handy

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: A very active storm tract through the Ohio Valley and the Lower Great Lakes will bring three storm systems with accumulating snow to our area this week. Storm No. 1 will move into the area late this evening and into the overnight hours.  1.5”-2” of fluffy type snow can be expected.  Tuesday morning’s commute may be slippery. Storm No. 2 will move into the area late Tuesday evening and into the morning hours of Wednesday.  0.5”-1.5” of new snowfall can be expected.  Wednesday morning’s commute will likely be slippery as well.  (Heavier snow in Central/Southern Ohio and into NE Ohio) Storm No. 3 will move into the are late Thursday and possibly continue into the early weekend.  This will be a strong storm system that will have the potential for heavy snow; however, the exact storm path is not known yet, so we will continue to monitor this storm as it develops and moves across the country.  Again, this storm may have more significant snowfall if the storm path puts the heavier snow bands across NW Ohio.  More information on this storm later in the week.

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:

Work planned for next week in Conneaut Avenue area

Next week, beginning on Monday, Feb. 5, Speer Brothers contracting will be working in the parking lot of Conneaut Hill replacing the gravity sewer in this area and two manholes located near the entrance/exit to the parking lot. As a result of this work, the parking lot will not be accessible throughout the week. Following this work near Conneaut Hill, Speer Brothers will begin installation of the lift station in the city-owned lot west of Wintergarden (east of Tamarac). Concurrently, construction of the sanitary sewer force main from this location to Conneaut Hill will occur. Intermittent impacts to traffic flow will occur. Questions about this project may be directed to the engineering division at 419-354-6227.

County auditor warns of credit card skimmers on gas pumps

Wood County Auditor Matthew Oestreich is reminding consumers to be wary of the presence of credit card skimmers on gas pumps. “Skimmers” are installed by criminals to steal credit card data.  Oestreich encourages daily inspections for credit card skimmers by filling station employees. “It has been a year since the first credit card skimmer was discovered in Wood County. Our weights & measures division inspects the gas pumps at 70 stations across Wood County, among many other duties,” he said. “To combat identity-theft criminals, it is important that gas station owners continue to supplement our inspections with daily inspections of their own.” Anyone suspecting the presence of a skimmer, or witnessing the tampering of a gas pump or credit card reader, should contact local law enforcement. Consumers should know that paying for gas with cash is always the safest option at the pump. Using a credit card is safer than using a debit card, because customers using a debit card risk their PIN numbers being stolen. Motorists should use pumps near the attendant, as criminals often target pumps further from view. The Wood County Auditor’s Office can be reached at 419-354-9150.

Block of Napoleon Road to be closed on Monday

The Bowling Green Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will be closing the 100 block of Napoleon Road, from South Main to Prospect Street, on Monday, Feb. 5, from 6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The closure is required as part of excavation and replacement of a sanitary sewer lateral in the area. Questions about this work may be directed to the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division at 419-354-6277.

Doris Herringshaw elected president of TMACOG

At the TMACOG General Assembly of members held earlier this week, the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments elected new leadership to one-year terms. City of Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough stepped down after completing his TMACOG term as chair. Wood County Commissioner Doris Herringshaw, who was vice chair in 2017, was elected to be chair for 2018. Mark Stahl, Ottawa County commissioner, was elected vice chair. Herringshaw has served as a Wood County commissioner since 2013. Before entering elected office, she had a career with the Ohio State University Extension in Wood County and worked with county commissioners and extension educators in a 10-county area.  

Eddie Shaw, favorite of BG blues fans, dies at 80

Bluesman Eddie Shaw, who made frequent appearances in Bowling Green, died Monday (Jan. 29, 2018). His passing was confirmed by his booking agent Jay Reil. Shaw, vocalist, saxophonist, and band leader, played many shows over the past several decades in Bowling Green. Those included shows at Howard’s Cub H, and later Grounds for Thought, and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. Grounds proprietor Kelly Wicks, who booked him in his shop and at the festival, said Shaw was like Bowling Green’s resident bluesman. The feeling was mutual. Before a 2013 at Grounds, Shaw said Bowling Green was like a home away from home for him. He had a lot of friends in the area, he said. Shaw, 80, started playing the blues as a teenager in Mississippi. In 1972 he joined blues legend Howlin’ Wolf’s band, the Wolf Pack, and when the leader died in 1976, Shaw took the helm and continued to lead the group until his death. Shaw most recently performed in Bowling Green as the closing act of the 2014 Black Swamp Arts Festival.

Northwestern Water & Sewer District gets high bond rating

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District has again earned a high bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service.  Bond ratings are a method of evaluating relative credit risk and are issued before a city, county, state or other public body can issue bonds to finance major capital projects. The Aa3 rating lets the district borrow at lower interest rates, potentially saving millions of dollars in borrowing costs.  The Northwestern Water & Sewer District issues bonds to finance its capital projects such as water reclamation facilities, waterline replacement projects and various sewer line improvements. “Water and sewer authorities and districts are measured in many ways,” said District President, Jerry Greiner. “It’s rewarding to have this national agency recognize the district’s creditworthiness with this rating. This is the result of the district’s long-term ability to run efficiently and effectively with an emphasis on sound financial management.” Revenue rated bonds are repaid over time through the district rates, which are funded by 19,800 customers.  The district also has special assessment bonds, which are repaid by assessing homeowners and businesses in need of utility service, such as a new water or sewer line.

Not In Our Town meeting set for Thursday

The next Not In Our Town Bowling Green general meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 1, from 3-5 p.m. in the City Administrative Services Building, 304  N. Church St., Bowling Green, in the Council Chamber. The organization will be discussing upcoming programs in March and April, and ways that people can get involved in these events. Bowling Green State University students and members of the Bowling Green community are invited to the meeting.