The Bowling Green City Council will meet on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 9 a.m. in the Council Chamber at the City Administrative Services Building, 304 N. Church St., to hold a strategic planning session. Since this is a work session, no public input will be taken at that time.
State Senator Randy Gardner was sworn in Monday as the Senate Majority Leader for another term in the Ohio Senate. Gardner was elected by a vote of 28 to 0. “It is a tremendous honor to be elected by the people of the northern Ohio to the Senate, and an additional responsibility to serve in leadership in the Ohio Senate,” Gardner said. Gardner begins his 20th year of service to elected leadership positions in the General Assembly, more than any other Republican in Ohio history. He has served as Speaker Pro Tem of the Ohio House and President Pro Tem of the Senate in addition to his current role as majority leader. During his tenure in the House and Senate, Gardner has never missed a vote. Since 1985, he has amassed 10,423 consecutive roll call votes on bills, amendments and resolutions. State Senator Randy Gardner answers questions at town hall.
Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and its Governmental Affairs Project Team along with the City of Bowling Green will present the State of the City Address. This event will take place Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 8 a.m. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by Bowling Green City Administration, Bowling Green Economic Development, Biggby Coffee, the Wood County District Public Library, the Morning Show 88.1 and the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. This event is free and open to the public and RSVPs are appreciated, by Monday, Feb. 18 by calling 419-353-7945 or email Events@bgchamber.net.
The City of Bowling Green Revolving Loan Fund Committee is scheduled to meet on Jan. 10, at 11:30 a.m., in the Bowling Green Community Development Foundation Office, Four Corners Center, 130 S. Main St., Bowling Green. The purpose of the meeting will be to consider an application(s) for the Business Revolving Loan Fund. This meeting is open to the public.
The Bowling Green Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 9 a.m. at the Administrative Offices, 137 Clough St., Bowling Green. This will be a workshop of the board, with no public participation, for the purpose to discuss levy options. No action is expected to be taken.
Starting in January, the Wood County Call Center for Public Assistance, at 1-844-640-OHIO (6446), will be closed for system updates on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The call centers normal business hours will be as follows for 2019: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday – 8 a.m. to noon; and Friday – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Jan. 3 at noon, Northwest Ohio Indivisible groups will be holding their first demonstration of the year at Congressman Bob Latta’s district office, 1045 N. Main St., Bowling Green, calling for better representation in Congress and support for the democracy reform bill that Democrats are expected to introduce that day. (H.R. 1) The demonstration is part of the Indivisible movement’s “Whose House? Our House!” national day of action, with events planned in more than 100 congressional districts across the country. Members of Northwest Ohio’s Indivisible groups will present Latta’s staff with an Indivisible “Whose House? Our House!” poster and proclamation listing demands for real representation. They will then march down Main Street carrying posters and chanting, “Whose House? Our House!”
The Bowling Green Board of Education will hold an organizational meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 5:15 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Administrative Offices building, 137 Clough St., Bowling Green.
From SAFE COMMUNITIES OF WOOD COUNTY Wood County Safe Communities will again be providing free rides in Bowling Green on New Year’s Eve from 11 p.m. on Dec. 31 until the last person is home safe on New Year’s Day. In Wood County, 21 percent of fatal crashes involve alcohol compared to 26 percent statewide. Four percent of all crashes in Wood County as well as statewide involve alcohol. We need to do whatever we can to make sure that these numbers do not increase over the New Year’s holiday. If you are in Bowling Green, call 419-823-7765 for a ride home. We will provide rides within the city limits of Bowling Green and the surrounding 10-mile area. Thayer Chevrolet, Wood County Committee on Aging, Wood County Hospital and Wood County Emergency Management have provided continued assistance. This program would not be possible without the coalition members, local businesses, and volunteers who give of their time to make sure this program is a success.
Bowling Green’s Christmas tree collection will begin Jan. 7. All Christmas trees must be curbside by Monday, Jan. 7, at 7 a.m. The city asks that residents ensure all decorations are removed. There will be one city-wide sweep of all four wards – collection is by ward, not refuse collection day.
The B.G. Transit Transportation Advisory Committee voted earlier this year for a recommendation to Mayor Richard Edwards to increase fare rates for system rides that originate and/or end outside Bowling Green’s corporation limits. Following mayoral concurrence and, thereafter, the prescribed citizen participation process mandates, the Ohio Department of Transportation recently granted this fare increase, which will take place in 2019. The last time a fare increase took place within the affected service area was 2014. The decision to change fare rates was based upon ever-increasing operational costs—coupled with state and federal funding cuts. The current fare rates for rides beginning and ending within Bowling Green’s city limits will remain intact. As of Jan. 1, 2019, the new rates for rides originating and/or ending outside of Bowling Green’s corporation limits will be: General Fare: $4.50 Elderly and Disabled Fare: $2.25 (Transit ID required) Applications for B.G. Transit ID cards are available at the Grants Administration Office, 304 N. Church St., Bowling Green Package Fare (When packages/bags take up seat space. Fare charged per seat.): $2.25 Children under the age of 4, personal care attendants and language interpreters assisting persons with limited English proficiency ride free The B.G. Transit is the City of Bowling Green’s demand response, origin-to-destination public transit system; open to all for use. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Service is also available to the areas within one mile outside Bowling Green’s city limits. For more information about the B.G. Transit (including how to receive the reduced fares noted above), call 419-354-6203. To schedule a ride, please call: 1-800-579-4299. For persons with speech and/or hearing impairments, contact the transit through the Ohio Relay Network at: 1-800-750-0750 (hearing) and 1-877-750-9097 (speech). To learn more about the B.G. Transit, check out the website: http://www.bgohio.org/departments/municipal-administrator/grants-administration/public-transportation/ or call 419-354-6203. The B.G. Transit is funded, in part, through the City of Bowling Green, the Community Development Block Grant and operating grants from the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
The City of Bowling Green offices will be closed on the next two Tuesdays, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 in observation of Christmas and New Year’s Day. As a result, the following route will be followed for all refuse and recycling collection both weeks: – Regular Monday collection will be collected on Monday. – 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.
Since 1997, the BG Community Foundation has awarded grants to non-profit organizations that serve the Bowling Green community. For 2019, the BGCF awarded a total of $40,000 to be dispersed among the following 16 recipients and their respective initiatives: · 1BookBG Literacy Program – Funding for this community wide book club, which serves approximately 2045 students and their families, will be used to give each student a follow-up book to read for enjoyment. · Best Buddies – Strives to promote inclusion through one-to-one friendships between people with and without disabilities in our community. Funding will be used to plan events to promote and create meaningful, life-long friendships for students in the BGSU community and Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Bowling Green town community. · BG Area Community Bands—Funding will provide an educational and interdisciplinary music and dance experience to depict the connections between these two art forms. Hixon Dance, a professional modern dance company will choreograph three dances. Students from area dance studios will be invited to create some original choreography and join the band for two selections, as well as have an opportunity to attend a master class with the Hixon Dance director and dancers. · BG City Schools CAPsych—Funding will be used to provide safe and appropriate playground equipment for preschoolers age 3-5 with disabilities, including those with gross motor delays and in wheelchairs, to be installed on the Conneaut School campus. · Big Brother Big Sister of NW Ohio – Funding will be used to help sustain the current matches in the One-to-One Mentoring program and create additional matches for youth age 5-15 with qualified volunteers. · Black Swamp Arts Festival – Funding will be used to enhance the Teen Engagement area to include youth performing arts in a team vocal contest named Beats on the Streets. · Black Swamp Players – Funding will be used to purchase newer wireless microphones which are essential so that the audience is able to hear the performers over the band. · BG Youth Hockey – Funding will be used to increase the number of kids from the BG City Schools who participate in BGYH by offering discounts to the fees. · Community Christian Legal Services – Funding will be used to purchase necessary equipment for a functioning office like a computer, printer, and a working copier so that they can continue to provide free legal services. · Law Enforcement Foundation –Funding will be used to send two Bowling Green Police Officers to The Police Executive Management & Leadership training, culminating in a Masters-level certification in law enforcement management, comprised of Supervisory Training and Education Training Program (STEP), the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) and the Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE). · Project Connect – Funding will be used to provide free copies of birth certificates for persons attending Project Connect and who are facing homelessness and poverty. · Reach Out and Read – Funding will be used to promote a parent engagement initiative striving…
The Bowling Green Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday evening to extend the contract with Superintendent Francis Scruci for another two years. Scruci’s pay will remain the same, at $151,636 a year.
Bowling Green State University has received a new report of a sexual assault. A student reported that she was forced to perform oral sex in Kohl Hall in September by a male suspect who is known to the student. In announcing the incident the BGSU police stated: “University shares this information so that members of the community can take appropriate precautions. Campus notifications are made in compliance with the provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. Certain details in this alert are omitted to protect the privacy of the reporting party. “ For more information on sexual assault prevention and community resources visit BGSU Cares.