The public is invited to “Coffee with a Cop” on Dec. 6, from 8 to 10 a.m., at the Falcon’s Nest in the Bowling Green State University student union. Attending will be officers with Bowling Green Police Division, Bowling Green State University Police, and the Ohio State Patrol. The event is intended to encourage conversations, and allow the public to ask questions and voice concerns with local law enforcement.
Kay Chapman, of Bowling Green, plans to continue her peaceful protest of the presidential election, by standing at the four corners in downtown Bowling Green everyday possible from around 4 p.m. until it gets dark. Chapman, who said she felt helpless after the election and needed a forum for her concern, invites others to join her. Each day she plans to wear a sign saying, “Silence is the voice of complicity.”
The City of Bowling Green offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, in observation of Thanksgiving. As a result, the following route will be followed for all refuse and recycling collection: – Regular Monday collection will be collected on Monday – Regular Tuesday collection will be collected on Tuesday – Regular Wednesday collection will be collected on Wednesday – Regular Thursday collection will be collected on Wednesday Questions about this schedule or the city’s refuse/recycling program may be directed to the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.
Wood County Auditor Michael Sibbersen will hold a forfeited land sale Dec. 6 beginning at 10 a.m. in the hearing room on the fifth floor of the County Office Building in Bowling Green. The sale will be a public auction and the parcels which are being offered due to non-payment of taxes will be sold to the highest bidder. Each property has been forfeited to the state after failing to sell at sheriff’s sale. A list of parcels is available at the Wood County Auditor’s Office or online at www.co.wood.oh.us/auditor/. These parcels are located in five different taxing districts in the County as follows: Milton Center, West Millgrove, Perrysburg Township, Jerry City and Weston. There are 14 parcels listed for sale at this date. However, if prior to sale time, the delinquent tax charges are paid by the owner, the parcel will be removed from the list. Included among the properties for sale are homes in Milton Center and West Millgrove. Registration for the sale will begin at 9 a.m. in the fifth floor hearing room. Interested parties are encouraged to make prior inquiries to be assured of the location of the property. The successful bidder will receive an auditor’s deed for each parcel for the purchase price plus $5.50 deed and transfer fee, giving clear and perfect title. Bidders are cautioned that this would not necessarily extinguish any federal tax liens that may have been imposed on the parcel. The successful bidder will have no delinquent real estate tax liability for the parcels purchased and will receive the tax bill for the first half 2016 tax statement due February 2017. More information can be found online at www.co.wood.oh.us/auditor/. The link for the auction will display a list of properties and by clicking on a parcel number you will be directed to more specific information about that property.
A student reported to BGSU Police that he was robbed behind the Student Recreation Center this afternoon around 4 p.m. Two assailants reportedly pushed him to the ground, took his phone and called him a derogatory slur. Since the initial alert, the victim has indicated that his phone was not taken and that it was found near the scene. The suspects are described as a white male, approximately 6-feet tall, wearing a white hoodie and jeans, and a black male approximately 6-feet tall with facial hair, wearing an orange hoodie. The victim was not injured. If you have any information about the suspects or the incident, contact BGSU police at 419-372-2346. An alert was sent out to students.
Local residents unhappy with the results of last week’s presidential election are invited to meet in downtown Bowling Green at the intersection of Wooster and Main streets, today after 4 p.m. The gathering will be protesting the election of Donald Trump, with the message “Silence is the voice of complicity.”
In conjunction with the Bowling Green Holiday Parade scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, several Bowling Green streets will be closed and on-street parking will be prohibited in many downtown locations. Main Street will be closed between Poe and Napoleon roads from 9:45 a.m. on Saturday until the end of the parade. This closure will also impact traffic flow on streets that intersect with Main Street between Poe and Napoleon. These side streets will also close at approximately 9:45 a.m. In addition, side streets between Poe and Ridge will be utilized for parade preparations from approximately 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. During this period of time, access to these side streets will be limited to local use. A truck detour route will be posted. Parking during the parade will be prohibited on Main Street between Poe and Napoleon. Vehicles are to be removed from Main Street prior to 3 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. Any vehicle parked on Main Street after 3 a.m. will be towed at the owner’s expense. On-street parking will also be prohibited in the following locations: Dixie Avenue between South Main and Kenwood South Church Street between Sand Ridge and Pearl Clay Street between North Church and North Grove North Grove between Wooster and Poe Parking will be reinstated on Main Street and other locations after the parade “clean-up.” All roads impacted by these closures will reopen as soon as possible upon completion of the parade. For more information about this year’s parade, visit the Chamber of Commerce website at www.bgchamber.net
West Court Street, between Main and Church streets, will be closed during the evening of Friday, Nov. 18, in conjunction with the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony. Access to parking lots will be maintained throughout the street closure. On-street parking restrictions will be imposed on North Main Street between Oak and Court streets. The tree lighting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in front of the Wood County District Public Library.
A Wood County Veterans Day program will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., in the Wood County Courthouse Atrium. After a program inside, the ceremony will move outside for the laying of wreaths by various veterans groups. There will also be a firing squad salute by the 14th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The sponsoring organizations are AMVETS Post 711, American Legion Post 45, Paul C. Ladd Post 1148 VFW, and Fallen Timbers Memorial Association.
Purchasing an affordable home in the City of Bowling Green may be out of reach for some people with low/moderate incomes looking to purchase a home within the city limits of Bowling Green. A new CDBG-funded program, however, has a goal of changing this issue. The city’s new Direct Homeownership Assistance Program seeks to make affordable homeownership possible for households often overcome by housing cost burden. The program is designed to assist creditworthy people with low/moderate incomes by reducing their mortgage principal amount, paying reasonable closing costs, and/or required up-front private mortgage insurance premiums. In most cases the mortgage principal reduction will satisfy the lender’s down payment requirement. Applicants must qualify through a traditional lender. Assistance is provided in the form of a supplemental subordinate loan for part of the purchase price with zero interest. The loan is non-amortized, and non-declining, payable upon sale of the property, transfer of title, the property being vacated or the owner(s) no longer occupying the property as their primary residence. Applicants must complete the application process, and adhere to all program policies to be eligible. For more information contact Matthew Jay Snow at the City of Bowling Green’s Grants Department, 419-354-6221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A sit in at Bowling Green State University will be held today (Thursday Nov. 10) from noon to 3 p.n. at the Union Oval just outside the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The notice states: “Our goal is to show folks love wins and acts of violence will not be tolerated at BGSU. We aim to visibly take up space, and I hope faculty and graduate students will lead in showing undergraduate students they’re not alone at BGSU.”
Bowling Green Police Division is investigating a breaking and entering at Gearhart Plumbing Heating & Cooling that occurred during the afternoon hours of Oct. 30. The suspects appear to be white males driving a white Dodge Caravan with Michigan registration. The Dodge Caravan appears to have a full size spare tire on the passenger rear and also has visible damage to the bottom portion of the rear lift gate as well as the passenger side rear portion of the vehicle. Anyone who recognizes the vehicle or has any further information is urged to contact Det. Brian Houser at 419-352-1131 or Wood County Crime Stoppers at 419-352-0077.
The City Council Committee of the Whole will meet on Monday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber located in the City Administrative Services Building, 304 N. Church St. to hold a preliminary discussion regarding the 2017 budget.
State Rep. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, has announced that the Local Government Innovation Council will begin accepting applications for the second round of the Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program. Initiated by the Ohio House of Representatives and included in the state operating budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, these grants can help to fund public safety projects in local communities throughout Ohio, including those in the 3rd House District. Funding for eligible projects must be used for purchasing vehicles, equipment, facilities and/or systems utilized by police, fire, and/or EMS providers to enhance public safety. The total request amount for projects is $100,000 per individual political subdivision. The first round of the application process began in February of this year, with awards being made in May. Applications for the second round must be submitted online and will be accepted through Jan. 6, 2017. The date for when the approved grants will be announced is to be determined, with the Local Government Innovation Council as the final approver of all grants. More information on the application process can be found here: www.development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_lgscgp.htm.
NextGen Climate unveiled a list of youth-dense Millennial Indicator Precincts in battleground states that will provide key insights into millennial turnout. The precincts chosen by NextGen Climate are all majority-millennial precincts, making voter turnout in these precincts a good barometer for youth voter enthusiasm on Election Day. One of the 12 is Precinct BG 3-C (Bowling Green State University) in Bowling Green. The site, nextgenclimate.org/turnout, will be updated with the latest turnout numbers for early voting on Monday evening and periodically throughout Election Day. Unlike exit polls, the Census’ Current Population Survey voting data, and other methods used to estimate voter turnout before the actual voter rolls are updated post-election, NextGen Climate’s Millennial Indicator Precincts will offer a real-time glimpse into the generation’s behavior in 2016 by comparing turnout to 2012 turnout in the same precincts.