The City of Bowling Green has contracted with Geddis Paving and Excavating for the construction of intersection improvements at South Main and Gypsy Lane. The work will include: -The addition of a left turn lane for westbound Gypsy Lane -New signal poles, mast arms and signals -New LED edge lit street name signs -New pedestrian crossings, signals and countdown timers Work is scheduled to begin on July 18 and is expected to last eight weeks, weather permitting. East Gypsy Lane will be closed to thru traffic for 21 calendar days beginning July 18, with the detour route using Klotz Road and Napoleon Road. Intermittent lane closures are possible on South Main Street throughout the project, but through traffic will be maintained at all times. Contact the City of Bowling Green, Engineering Division (419)-354-6227 for additional information or with any questions.
Northwood Mayor Edward Schimmel announced today that he will seek the Republican party nomination for the Ohio House 3rd District seat. The vacancy was recently created when Representative Tim Brown accepted the position as executive director with the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. Schimmel, a two-term Northwood city councilman and first term mayor, has sat on the Republican central committee since 2012. “One of the things I’ve learned in elected office is that there is always more work to be done,” Schimmel said. “I know that if selected I will be leaving the mayor’s office with unfinished business, but I believe that I can help not only Northwood, but all of Wood County in the State House.” An attorney with the law firm of Hizer & Schimmel, he said that he is fully committed to being representative. “If that means leaving the practice of law altogether, I would certainly do that. The plan at this time would be to only work a couple days a week as an attorney, so that I could devote my time to representing Wood County and my obligations to my family.” Schimmel is 39 years old, and is married with three children. He attended Northwood schools, and the University of Toledo where he obtained degrees in political science and law.
Two people were injured this morning (June 28) at 10:04 a.m. in a one-car crash on Ohio 235 just south of Long Judson Road in Washington Township. A front seat passenger, Charity Hummel, was transported by Life Flight to St. Vincent’s Hospital. The driver, Timothy Moser, was taken to Wood County Hospital by Weston EMS. According to the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred when the 1997 Oldsmobile driven by Moser was southbound on Ohio 235, went off the left side of the road, and struck a guardrail. Moser over-corrected and the vehicle went off the right side and overturned twice before coming to rest on its side. Along with Weston Fire and EMS, the sheriff’s office was assisted by the Washngton Township Fire and Northwest 190 EMs and Ohio State Highway Patrol
The City of Bowling Green offices will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observation of Independence Day. As a result, the following refuse and recycling collection schedule will be followed: – 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.
Beginning Wednesday, June 29, until Friday, July 1, Napoleon Road from Campbell Hill to Cherryhill will be closed to through traffic between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day. The closure is required due to a water service line installation. For more information, please contact Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection at 419-354-6277.
The Wood County Democratic Party’s Central Committee will meet Thursday June 30 at 6 p.m., at Newlove Realty on South Main Street in Bowling Green, to select its State House candidate for the November ballot. Daniel Gordon, a member of city council, and Kelly Wicks, a local businessman who has previously run for the seat, have applied for the nomination. Both candidates will speak and then the Central Committee will select the Democratic Party’s candidate for the November election. According to Michael Zickar, who chairs the county committee: “We believe that this is a historic opportunity for the Wood County Democratic Party, given that there will be no incumbent running and the Republican National Party seems in a disarray after Republicans have chosen Donald Trump as their presumptive nominee for President.”
The Bowling Green Board of Education will hold a special meeting to discuss school buildings on Tuesday, June 28, at 7 p.m. in the Middle School Library, 1079 Fairview Ave. This is a community focus workshop of the board, with the purpose of the meeting to provide an update and solicit feedback about the Ohio Facilities Construction Committee (OFCC) Master Plan report. No action is expected to be taken.
From BRADLEY J. GILBERT, WOOD COUNTY EMA DIRECTOR Overnight, the Storm Prediction Center has only slightly narrowed the “MODERATE” risk area but a small portion of Southern Wood County remains in the official “MODERATE” risk area. Of course, this does not mean that the rest of the county is free from the increased severe weather threat. At this hour, there is a large area of showers and thunderstorms moving southeasterly through Indiana and will likely miss our area. Forecast officials will need to see how the atmosphere “resets” after this mornings round of activity clears the Indiana/Ohio area before we can get better details on the severe storms later on this evening. Current thoughts on timing shows the main push of storms into our area in the late evening towards midnight with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible throughout the day. The exact path of storm development tonight will also depend on how far north a warm front travels today. There is some concern with the possible development of a derecho as well as isolated tornadoes with this storm system this evening. The tornado threat will be somewhat isolated depending on the track of the low pressure system and accompanying warm and cold fronts. Again, extremely strong straight-line winds are going to be the major concern.
A family member of an individual served by Wood Lane became upset today, June 20, after not being able to speak to a member of the Wood Lane staff. She then reportedly made threatening statements and Wood Lane followed its emergency safety procedures. The agency was placed in lockdown for approximately one hour while law enforcement was called and assessed the situation. They were able to determine the threats were not credible and gave an all clear. Law enforcement is following up on the matter per its procedures. No other information is available at this time.
In an effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Ohio, the Law Enforcement Torch Run will pass through Wood County on Monday, June 20, and will continue to the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Special Olympics Ohio State Summer Games on June 24. The run will begin at Hollywood Casino at 8:30 a.m., and will make some stops in Bowling Green: – Thayer Ford – 11:20 a.m. – Kroger Bowling Green – 11:45 a.m. – Wood County Courthouse – 12:15 p.m. To further the Special Olympics philosophy, law enforcement will carry the torch, representing the “flame of hope” and dedicate itself to the goals of continually increasing awareness and funds for Special Olympics athletes worldwide. Wood County Special Olympics athletes will participate with area law enforcement officers who have raised funds for each mile they run. Other law enforcement activities throughout the year have also raised money for the initiative. Spectators are welcome and encouraged along the route. To learn more about Special Olympics or to become a volunteer, contact Wood Lane at 419-352-5115.
Wood County Commissioner said this afternoon that he has put in an application for an opening with the Sixth District Court of Appeals. Kuhlman, a Democrat, said he was asked by several people to apply for the position. BG Independent News will have more this evening.
The Bowling Green Community Fireworks will be held on Sunday, July 3, at dusk at the Bowling Green State University Intramural Fields. Prior to the fireworks display, the Bowling Green Area Community Bands will perform a free patriotic-themed concert near the BGSU Mileti Alumni Center beginning at 8 p.m. Those attending the fireworks should be aware that no sparklers, fireworks or sky lanterns will be allowed on the grounds of BGSU. Doyt Perry Stadium will not be accessible this year due to construction. Following the event, the Bowling Green Police Division will implement a traffic exit strategy to aid in traffic flow. In order to maximize safety and efficiency of travel, the Police will be directing traffic onto predetermined routes. After the fireworks, Mercer Road will be closed between Stadium Drive and Ridge Street. In conjunction, the police will be requiring traffic to exit via the following routes: North Exit Route (Ice arena lot, Stadium Drive): will be directed north to Poe Road or west to Merry. South Exit Route (lots to the south of the stadium): will be directed to Wooster via Mercer or Alumni. In other cases, depending on traffic patterns, police may be directing vehicles to the “outer belt” of the city to aid in traffic movement. For example, Clough Street traffic will be directed to Napoleon in order to reduce traffic on Wooster Street. Event attendees, or those traveling in the Bowling Green area on the evening of July 3, are encouraged to utilize outlying routes and entrances to Interstate 75 at U.S. 6 or Ohio 582 in lieu of the Wooster entrance for I-75. Attendees are asked to be alert and mindful of the directions provided by police. For the safety of all, those attending need to follow the directions of the police and should not circumvent barricades. The rain date for the fireworks is Tuesday, July 5.
A spokesman for Buckeye Boys State has confirmed that the event’s board of trustees voted Thursday to leave Bowling Green State University. Jim Koppin said he could not provide any more details until a press release is put out later today. Dave Kielmeyer, spokesman for BGSU, said that the university had negotiated in good faith and had made several “fair and competitive offers.” “We appreciate our long standing relationship with Buckeye Boys State and the American Legion and wish them the best of luck.” Boys State has convened every summer on the BGSU campus since 1978. It brings 1,200 high school students from around the state. President Mary Ellen Mazey stated earlier this month that 68 incoming BGSU freshmen had attended Boys State. Kielmeyer said BGSU continues to share Boys State’s mission of developing the leadership in Ohio. The university would like to continue offering a $1,000 renewable scholarship to attendees “if Legion is willing to work with us and provide that information to us.” “We’d like to support that mission in that way.”
NextGen Climate will be on the Bowling Green State University campus registering students to vote during freshmen orientation events Friday at 1:30 p.m. outside the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. This voter registration initiative is part of NextGen Climate Ohio’s statewide campaign to register and mobilize young voters to help elect candidates who support acting to combat climate change. (See story on NextGe Climate at: http://bgindependentmedia.org/next-gen-enlists-young-voters-to-go-to-polls-to-fight-climate-change/)
The Community Improvement Committee of City Council will meet on Monday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the City Administrative Services Building, 304 N. Church St., to discuss proposed changes to city ordinances regarding trash receptacle placement at private residences.