The City of Bowling Green offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4, in observation of Labor Day. As a result, all refuse and recycling collection will be delayed by one day per the following: – 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.
The next Community Action Plan meeting for Bowling Green residents will be Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St. The meeting will be an open house, so people may show up anytime in the two-hour period to view the Community Action Plan draft and make comments. Completed in partnership with the City of Bowling Green, BGSU, city residents and other stakeholders, the CAP advances goals from the city’s comprehensive land use update by identifying city-wide neighborhood improvements with a focus on the East Side community. For more information, visit bgohio.org/community-action-plan.
The Bowling Green Tree Commission will be hosting a class on “Selecting the Right Tree at the Nursery” on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9-11 a.m. at Simpson Garden Park. The event is free to the public. The class will be held in the classroom and outside. Fall is a good time for planting trees and attendees will learn what to look for when selecting a tree at the nursery or garden center to ensure their tree has the proper structure necessary for a long life. Ccontact the Bowling Green Arborist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.353.4101 if you have any questions.
The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a fall fingerling fish sale. The deadline for ordering fish is Tuesday, Sept. 5. Fish species offered include: Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Fathead Minnows, and White Amur. Order forms are available on the website at www.woodswcd.com, by calling the district office or by stopping by the office at 1616 E. Wooster St. (Greenwood Centre – The Courtyard) Bowling Green.
A number of construction projects have been underway in 2017. Residents may be wondering when the current projects will be complete and what can be expected during the remainder of 2017 and into 2018. The following is a brief update of these projects: Current Projects: • Conneaut/Fairview Paving: the paving project along Conneaut Avenue and Fairview Avenue is largely complete. The contractor will be striping and conducting final right-of-way restoration including minor dirt work and seeding. A portion of Conneaut, from Wintergarden to just west of Lafayette, will have a final surface course of asphalt applied in 2018 following the installation of a sanitary sewer line and pump station located at 1353 Conneaut Ave. • Manville/Troup Waterline: the waterline located along the section of Manville Avenue, from 3rd Street to Napoleon Rd, has been scheduled for replacement and that work is currently underway. Once this work is complete, the contractor will move to the 100 and 200 blocks of Manville Avenue and Troup Street to replace the waterline located in that area. Both project areas include a waterline replacement and service line connections. Once service line connections are made, a boil advisory will be issued and affected residences will be notified. This project is scheduled for completion in November, 2017. • East Court Street: a storm drain has been installed and combination sewer line has been relocated in the 100 block of East Court Street. As part of this project, overhead power lines will be buried and the associated utility pole will be removed. This project is anticipated to last through September. Remaining 2017 Projects: • Conneaut Avenue Pump Station: a sanitary sewer pump station and force main project is scheduled to begin this fall. This work requires excavation on the south side of Conneaut Avenue, just west of Lafayette Blvd to City-owned property at 1353 Conneaut Ave. Following the sanitary sewer pump station and force main installation, the affected portion of Conneaut Avenue will be repaired so that the surface remains drivable. A final surface course of asphalt will be applied in the spring of 2018. The new sanitary sewer pump station and line is required to increase capacity and replace the current aging system. • Wolfly Avenue Sewer: a combination sewer will be installed along Wolfly Avenue, between Main Street and Grove Street. Construction is anticipated to begin in September or October with a November completion date. •…
During a special meeting Tuesday morning, the Bowling Green Board of Education accepted the retirement request of district treasurer Rhonda Melchi. Her retirement will be effective Dec. 22, 2017. Board president Ellen Scholl thanked Melchi for her dedication as district treasurer. “Rhonda, we’d like to thank you for your 22 years of work for the district,” Scholl said. “We couldn’t have done it without you. You will be sorely missed.”
Wood County Auditor Mike Sibbersen has announced his retirement effective Oct. 1. Sibbersen has 40 years of service in the office and is in his 24th year as auditor, having served longer than any previous auditor. “I am grateful to the citizens of Wood County for their many years of support” he said, and likewise “for a strong and experienced staff which has provided many years of solid service. I am mindful of having great mentors in Harold Bateson and Jim Ryan, who taught me much.” Sibbersen also lauded the cooperation that he has received from present and former county officials, a model partnership not always possible in county government situations. “Wood County has a wealth of dedicated local government officials and working with them through the years has been such a positive and fortunate experience. It has been a privilege to serve,” he said. Sibbersen said that probably the most valuable changes that have occurred during his tenure in office are the creation of the website and the later addition of on—line real estate information and maps. He is also proud of the county’s Comprehensive Financial Reports and accompanying Citizen Reports, along with audit results which have qualified the county for multiple awards from the Ohio Auditor of State and Government Finance Officers of America. The Auditor’s Weights and Measures program earned the state’s Frank P. Gallo Award for Excellence in 2005. Since 1995, Sibbersen has served on the County Auditors Association Legislative Committee. He has also represented County Auditors on the Ohio Council of County Officials and counties on the board of the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association. For some years he has served on the Finance, Audit, and Administration Committee of Toledo Metropolitan Council Governments and also on the Auditor of State Regional Advisory Board, in addition to other community organizations and boards.
By BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The Bowling Green State University Task Force on Sexual Assault has completed its work and issued a final report of recommendations to address sexual assault on the university’s campuses. President Mary Ellen Mazey has announced that all of the recommendations will be implemented. “As a community, we must all come together to prevent assaults from occurring on our campuses,” Mazey said. “I am extremely pleased with the progress we’ve made and the direction we’re taking.” Mazey appointed the task force, which is comprised of students, faculty, staff and a victim advocate, in May. The charge of the task force was to review university policies and procedures for Title IX and sexual assault, benchmark university efforts against best practices from across the country and provide recommendations to improve policies, campus culture, and education and prevention efforts. Key recommendations include additional staffing and resources to support several new and enhanced efforts. For example, the university will be creating a new center focused on sexual violence prevention, advocacy and wellness. Reporting, investigative and hearing processes will be improved to ensure an empathetic, thorough, fair and respectful process for all involved parties and support services will be strengthened. Also recommended are increased training and education, including widespread promotion of and enhanced support for the “It’s On Us” campaign and its bystander intervention techniques. “It’s On Us is a cultural movement aimed at shifting the way we think about sexual assault,” said Alex Solis, task force co-chair. “Sexual assault is not only a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but a societal problem in which all of us have a role to play.” Task force co-chair Meg Burrell added, “Anyone can be a bystander to a situation; it is up to each of us to be an active bystander and take a stand and intervene when appropriate.” In addition, mandatory training for students, faculty and staff will be implemented and a male engagement coordinator will be added. This coordinator will be responsible for educational programs, mentoring and community building; engaging men in prevention has been shown to decrease future risk. A new sexual assault and conduct policy that supports environment of reporting is being created, and members of the university community will have additional opportunities to provide ongoing feedback about this important topic. “We will also provide additional information to faculty and staff so that they…
Though not in the direct path of the solar eclipse, the city of Bowling Green’s solar field felt the shade of the eclipse, according to Bowling Green Utilities Director Brian O’Connell. On Monday at 1 p.m., the solar field was generating 18 megawatts of energy. As the eclipse occurred, around 2:30 p.m., the solar output dropped to 3 megawatts for a couple minutes. When measured again at 3:30 p.m., the power generation was back up to 18 megawatts, O’Connell said.
The Bowling Green Human Relations Commission will meet in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St., on Friday, Sept. 1, at 8 a.m.
The City of Bowling Green has authorized Fosco Cement to close the eastern most northbound lane of South Main Street, from Lehman to Washington, on Monday, Aug. 21 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The required closure is in conjunction with street cut repairs. Questions about this work should be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.
The Bowling Green Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday. Aug. 22, at 7:30 a.m. at the Administrative Offices, 137 Clough St., Bowling Green, to award bids and approve debt issuance for the Bowling Green Middle School addition construction project and for the purpose of personnel resignations and/or hiring, and other items that may arise.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District Two is displaying a safety memorial at the northbound Interstate 75 rest area just south of Bowling Green through Tuesday, Aug. 22. The memorial is to raise awareness of work zone safety for drivers, specifically to represent the 26 roadside workers who were killed in Ohio work zone crashes in 2016. “The memorial display is very sobering, thinking of those workers and their families,” said Patrick McColley, ODOT District Two’s Deputy Director. “Each one of those killed never went home.” “We want people to feel that emotional impact and understand decisions you make while driving have consequences,” McColley added.
The domestic terrorism perpetrated in Charlottesville, Virginia, by neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK has left so many of us incensed and distraught. It was particularly jarring to those of us who live in northwest Ohio to learn that the driver of the car that plowed into a crowd of protestors, killing one and injuring many others, lives in Maumee, Ohio. Part of the mission of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo is to foster constructive relationships within the Jewish community and among people of all faiths and cultures in order to promote a just, democratic, and pluralistic American society. We join with the many who have already condemned these acts of hatred and violence. We will work relentlessly with other community organizations to keep hatred and bigotry out of northwest Ohio and our nation. Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer began this relentless work when he spoke out against the rally and attended a candlelight vigil the following night. He was almost immediately assaulted on Twitter. The tweets accosting Signer, who is Jewish, were explicitly anti-Semitic. Equally anti-Semitic and racist were the chants of the torchbearers, “Blut and Boden” (Blood and Soil), a German phrase prominently used during the rise of the Third Reich. History teaches us that discrimination and marginalization of ethnic and racial minorities leads to the destruction of the fabric of democracy and worse–much worse. In the words of Elie Wiesel: “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Signed, Eric Dubow, President, Sue Ann Hochberg, JFGT JCRC Chair
On Tuesday, Aug, 22, from 5 to 6 p.m., the public is welcome to view the concept plans for the planned new building within City Park. The plans will be on display in the Veteran’s Building – South, with a presentation by Schorr Architects at 6 p.m. The park and recreation board will then meet for its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., in the Veteran’s Building. The concept plans will be on display at the Community Center from Aug. 23 to Sept. 6. For questions or for more information, please call 419-354-6223 or visit the parks website.