News Break

City issues updates on construction projects

The city of Bowling Green has reported updates on the following construction projects: I-75/Wooster: ODOT has scheduled a couple of closures in conjunction with this project.  The 181 Exit or I-75 southbound ramp to Wooster Street will remain closed until Nov. 5. Conneaut Avenue Sanitary Sewer Project: work is progressing with the last part of the sewer line installation along Conneaut Avenue.  This portion being the deep gravity sewer, which involves significant excavation including trenching through bedrock. To date, the contractor has installed 3,300 feet of force main sewer line and 520 feet of gravity sewer.  Roughly 300 feet of gravity sewer line remains to be installed.  It is anticipated that this portion of the project will be complete in November.  Once the sewer work is complete, the remaining portion of Conneaut Avenue that was not paved last year will be paved. Rosalind/Dunbar Sewer: the sewer line replacement along Rosalind and Donbar streets continues.  Nearly 200 feet of sewer line has been installed.  Work has been slowed due to some unexpected difficulties and conditions – shallow bedrock and deteriorated conditions of existing facilities that were not a part of the project. It is anticipated this work will be complete in mid-December with paving and concrete work to follow.


BG teacher investigated by police for alleged criminal conduct

A Bowling Green Middle School teacher is under investigation by the Bowling Green Police Division for alleged criminal conduct. The police division was notified on Oct. 19 by Bowling Green Superintendent Francis Scruci of possible criminal conduct by a teacher.  Bowling Green Police Deputy Chief Justin White said no charges have been issued, and he would not reveal any specifics about the possible conduct being investigated. Scruci also said he could not discuss specifics of the case. “We were given information that there was possible misconduct,” and so the information was turned over to police, he said. “We’re doing an internal investigation as well,” Scruci said.  


County commissioners pass resolution against State Issue 1

The Wood County Commissioners, Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote and Ted Bowlus, have passed a resolution stating their opposition to State Issue 1, the proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution. The commissioners urge citizens to vote against Issue 1 because, if passed, they believe it will expose citizens across Ohio to increased substance abuse activity, place an undue burden on Wood County taxpayers who will be obligated to pay for treatment services mandated by the new law, further burden county taxpayers who will bear the cost of re-sentencing previously convicted offenders, and attract additional criminal drug activity to Ohio. Additionally, the commissioners believe placing this issue in the Ohio Constitution is poor government.  The fight against illegal opioid and substance abuse is being waged on many fronts – Issue 1 will decimate any progress made to this point, and eliminate the ability of judges and courts to effectively treat substance abuse.



CSX crossing on East Gypsy Lane to close for work

CSX Railroad has notified the City of Bowling Green about rail crossing work scheduled on East Gypsy Lane Road. As a result of this work, the rail crossing will be closed from Oct. 26 through Nov. 2. CSX has indicated that the dates are dependent upon weather and progress of work.


Sheriff’s Office gets calls about scam targeting medical professionals

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office has had several reports of a phone scam today, Wednesday, Oct. 24. The scam involves “Deputy Jason Walker” of the sheriff’s office, calling and threatening people that they have missed their jury duty. They are being told to get in their vehicles and drive to the sheriff’s office and pay the deputy to avoid the embarrassment of showing up and being escorted in handcuffs. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office will never call and request payment of any kind. This current reported scam seems to be targeting those in the medical profession. If you receive one of these calls, hang up. If you have received a call like this and have given personal information to the caller, please call 419-354-9001 to report the incident.



BG Post Office to hold Passport Fair this weekend

The Bowling Green Post Office will be holding a Passport Fair this weekend.  The hours will be Friday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. An Adult Passport book is $110. An Adult Passport card to Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Bermuda by land or by sea only is $30. A Minor Passport book is $80 (under 16 years of age, both parents must be present). A Minor Passport card to Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Bermuda by land or by sea only is $15  (under 16 years of age, both parents must be present). There is a $35 application fee for all passports, and $15 for photos which will be taken on site. All applicants must have their original birth certificate or certified copy, and a valid driver’s license or state ID. Call 419-352-7545 with any additional questions. Or visit travel.state.gov for additional passport information and to download all forms.  Forms will also be available at the Post Office. The Bowling Green Post Office is located at 111 W. Washington St., Bowling Green.


Gordon sexual assault investigation referred to BGSU, Perrysburg

The Bowling Green Police Division has issued the following news release: On October 12, 2018, the Bowling Green Police Division began an investigation into sexual assault allegations made via social media against former Bowling Green City Councilman Daniel Gordon. Investigators of the division spoke with the victim.  The victim advised the alleged incidents took place on the Bowling Green State University campus and in the City of Perrysburg. Therefore, BGPD investigators referred this case to the Bowling Green State University Police Department and the Perrysburg Police Department for investigation.  All further inquiries should be directed to the public information officers from those respective agencies.


BG police host drug take back day

The Bowling Green Police Division National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.  at the Bowling Green Police Division, 175 West Wooster Street. They will accept:  Prescriptions, over the counter pills, vitamins, patches and pet medicine. They cannot accept:  Needles and sharps, liquids, mercury (thermometers), chemotherapy/radioactive substances, oxygen containers, pressurized containers/inhalers and illicit drugs.


County auditor reports new construction and public utility values

Wood County Auditor Matthew Oestreich has announced new construction and public utility values for tax year 2018 payable in 2019. “New construction in Wood County has rebounded and we are witnessing the impact on the tax base,” Oestreich stated. New construction value totaled $33.7 million in assessed value. “Construction activity is visible throughout the county, which is a great indicator of a healthy economy,” Oestreich said. The prospect of increased values over the next several years projects as a continued positive. First Solar is building a 1.2 million square foot production facility in the county, and NSG in Rossford is exploring options for expansion. Public utility values tallied significant gains for tax year 2018, adding $73.5 million in assessed value. The largest of these values resulted from the Rover pipeline at $57.5 million. Overall new construction has added nearly 3.3 percent to the tax base of Wood County in one year’s time. Last week, the Board of Revision ruled on the final cases of tax year 2017. The board consists of Oestreich, Treasurer Jane Spoerl, and Commissioner Doris Herringshaw and is charged with determining the market value on formal taxpayer valuation complaints. The board heard 68 complaints: 51 filed by taxpayers seeking a value reduction, and 17 filed by school districts requesting a value increase. The board is presented evidence in the form of comparable sales, cost of construction, or appraisals. The evidence is evaluated and the board determines a final value and if either party disagrees with the decision, they reserve the right to appeal to the state board of tax appeals. Wood County has 15 such appeals. This year, the Auditor’s Office also received and rectified values on 165 informal complaints. Of the 165 complaints, 73 complaints resulted in a no value change while the remainder saw a combined reduction in assessed value totaling $800,000. “The appeal process allows taxpayers a voice to help the auditor determine the true market value of some parcels which may be statistical outliers. For $16.75 per parcel my office determined the value of all 75,000 parcels,” Oestreich said. The quality of the recent 2017 mass reappraisal was exceptional with a Perrysburg resident serving as the project supervisor, and two other Wood County residents working on the reappraisal. “Having appraisers living in Wood County is a definite benefit to the process of determining real estate values, as they have a pulse on the local market,” shared Oestreich. The 2017 reappraisal resulted in a countywide assessed valuation totaling $3.263 billion. The next reappraisal will be completed for tax year 2023 with a “triennial update” scheduled for tax year 2020 under the direction of the Ohio Department of Taxation.


Winter car inspections offered to senior citizens

Area senior citizens are invited to a winter safe driving event on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the AAA at 25740 N. Dixie Highway in Perrysburg. Free car inspections will be performed by AAA certified technicians. Seniors are invited to stop by for inspections and winter driving tips. The event is sponsored by Safe Communities of Wood County and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.  


Community Action Plan meeting scheduled

The Community Action Plan (CAP) Implementation Subcommittee of Planning Commission will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Conference Room, Third Floor, at the City Administrative Building, 304 N. Church St., to discuss CAP implementation recommendations referred from City Council.


Columbia Gas work downtown almost complete

The installation of the Columbia Gas natural gas main line and associated services within the downtown area is nearly complete. Next week crews are scheduled to begin terminating the old low pressure line. As part of this work, beginning Monday, Oct. 22, the westbound lane on West Wooster Street from Main to Church will be closed. This closure is anticipated to last through Thursday, Oct. 25. Each day the road will close at 7 a.m. and will reopen at 6 p.m. On-street parking will be affected. Surface restoration is anticipated to last through the month of October. Questions about the Columbia Gas project should be directed to Raquel Colon, External Affairs Specialist for Columbia Gas. Colon may be reached at rcolon@nisource.com or 419-539-6206.


NSG Pilkington announces new glass plant will be located in Troy Township

NSG Group announced today (Oct. 19) that  it will locate its new 500,000-square-foot facility in Troy Township near  First Solar’s Lake Township site. The area is commonly known as the Eastwood Commerce Center South.   The site selection is pending approval of state and local incentive packages. Construction will begin in the spring of 2019 and it is expected the plant will be operational in the second half of 2020. The new float glass line is the first in the U.S. for the NSG Group since 1980 and is expected to create 125-150 new jobs. According to the company: “The new plant will support the Group’s plan to expand production capacity of online TCO (transparent conductive oxide) coated glass to support the growing solar market, as announced earlier in May 2018.”   (See related story.)