News Break

Street work to affect Ridge and Clay streets

Ridge Street at North Main Street will be closed for a four-hour period near midday on Aug. 18 to repair street cuts. Access onto Ridge Street will be closed from North Main; however, traffic may enter northbound North Main Street from Ridge Street during this work. On Aug. 19, similar work will occur on Clay Street at North Main Street, with limited access from North Main. Questions about this work may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

BG Community Center to close for maintenance week

The Bowling Green Community Center will be closed to facility users during the week of Aug. 22-26 for its annual shut-down week for maintenance. The front desk will still remain open on a limited basis from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accept and process program registrations, rental reservations and payments, and other related business transactions. During this time, BG Community Center passholders are able to use the BGSU Student Recreation Center as part of a reciprocal agreement. Community Center members may pick up a temporary BGSU parking permit from the community center front desk and are to park in lots 10 (Ice Arena) or 18 (Perry Field House) and are required to display a BGSU parking permit on driver’s side dashboard at all times or are subject to parking fines. Paid parking is available for lot X (across from the Ice Arena). Lot X parking tickets are purchased from the kiosk located within the lot. Valid BG Community Center passes are required to enter. During the first visit, waivers must be signed at entry. BGSU Recreation and Wellness recommends one parent/guardian for every four children using the facility. Same room supervision is required for children under 16. No day care facilities are available. The BG Community Center will reopen for use on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Groundbreaking set for Walbridge library expansion, Aug. 16

Groundbreaking on the renovation and expansion project of the Wood County District Public Library’s Walbridge Branch, 108 N. Main St., Walbridge, will take place Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 3 p.m. Brief comments will be made by guests of honor Brian Paskvan, president, Library Board of Trustees, Senator Randy Gardner, the Wood County Commissioners, and Walbridge Mayor Edward Kolanko. Following the ceremony light refreshments will be served in the library. The project will increase the library building in size from 4,000 to 8,000 feet, allowing more space for technology, people, and classes and events. The area dedicated to children’ collections and activities will nearly double. Other new features of the building include a dedicated meeting room which will seat 80 and be equipped with a catering kitchen and technology for educational training and presentations and programs such as Skyping with authors. Plans for the expansion will be on display in the library.

Statewide solar energy conference set in BG

Solar energy developments across Ohio will be discussed by 20 expert speakers on Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Green Energy Ohio’s Building Big Solar Across Ohio Conference. “This is the most comprehensive look at solar energy across Ohio ever presented – showing the statewide extent of currently operating solar energy systems and the growing list of solar installs expected in coming years,” said Bill Spratley, GEO executive director. Conference topics include: – GEO’s new list of Ohio’s 25 largest solar installations and installed solar in Ohio counties; – Ohio’s largest solar installation of 20 MW, now under construction at Bowling Green; – The state’s first “Community Solar” projects by municipal and rural cooperative utilities; and, – How large-scale solar battery storage and solar tracking systems are operating in Ohio. The GEO News Magazine Summer Edition next week will also release a new survey of solar energy installations in every county of Ohio and a new listing of the top 25 largest solar arrays in the state. This first-ever county-by-county survey will also be discussed at the Bowling Green conference. The day-long event at the Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green is expected to attract community leaders, solar developers, electric utilities, financiers, installers, and contractors along with manufacturers, retailers, government officials, educators, farmers and consumers. See registration and details on GEO’s website at:

Streets to be closed for tree trimming

The City of Bowling Green has authorized Intelligent Tree and Lawn Care to close the following streets on Aug. 15: – Crim Street between East Wooster and Clough streets will be closed to thru traffic from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Gustin Avenue from Ketner Drive to just west of the curve, will be closed to thru traffic from 1 to 4 p.m. Both closures are required as part of private tree trimming in each area.

Black Swamp Arts Festival poster has wild look

The posters for the 2016 Black Swamp Arts Festival have arrived. They should start popping up around town. They are also available at Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St., Bowling Green. The poster features a full color front featuring the flowers and plants of the Black Swamp. The back features a quiz about the plants depicted as well as information about the area. The poster was designed by Erin Holmberg. Festival opens Friday, Sept.9, with music on the Main Stage continuing Saturday, Sept.10, and Sunday, Sept.11 with art shows, music and kids activities throughout downtown.

Waterline work planned on Pearl, Knollwood, Hillcrest and Parkwood

The Bowling Green Water Distribution Division will be conducting waterline work on Pearl Street, from Maple to Brigham; Knollwood Drive, from Ordway to the dead end; Hillcrest Drive, and Parkwood Drive.  The work is scheduled to begin Aug. 15. Affected property owners will be given notice one week prior to work beginning along with a reminder given one day prior.  The work will require a one-day shut-off of water service followed by a 72-hour boil order advisory.  Once the boil order is in effect, a water boil advisory door hanger will be placed at affected residences and information will be posted on the city’s website.  Traffic will be affected during this work. For questions or more information, contact the Water Distribution Division at 419-354-6277.

Health district offers heart disease and stroke screening

Wood County residents ages 27 to 64 are eligible for free health screenings for heart disease and stroke risk. The screenings include cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and BMI. Appointments are required. Currently two screenings are scheduled for next week. Future events will be scheduled in Weston and Stony Ridge. The current event schedule is: Bowling Green – Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. to noon at the First United Methodist Church (1526 E. Wooster St.) Bradner – Thursday, Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Bradner American Legion (209 W. Crocker St.) North Baltimore – Thursday, Sept. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon at the North Baltimore Library (230 N. Main St.) To schedule an appointment, call 419-352-8402 ext. 3258. Fasting for 8-10 hours before an appointment is recommended for more accurate results. Registered Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers are also wanted to help with these events. If you are or want to become an MRC volunteer, contact William Bryant-Bey at 419-528-8402 ext. 3267 or to learn more. The events are funded by a grant from the National Association of City and County Health Officers to support Medical Reserve Corps activities. Three events have already had to be rescheduled due to no or low numbers of appointments. Why screen for heart disease and stroke risk factors? Heart disease and stroke accounted for 26% of all Wood County adult deaths in 2013. Some heart disease and stroke risk factors can be changed, treated or controlled. These include blood pressure, diabetes, blood cholesterol, smoking and obesity. The 2015 Wood County Health Assessment found that more than 1 in 4 people (26 percent) of Wood County adults had been diagnosed with high blood pressure, 30 percent had high blood cholesterol, 22 percent were obese, and 11 percent were smokers, four known risk factors for heart disease and stroke. The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. In Wood County, all types of volunteers are accepted including medical and non-medical individuals. During times of crisis, volunteers will be needed to help give medication or care for large number of injured or ill. Becoming an MRC volunteer requires completing online training and registration through an Ohio volunteer database. Wood County Health District encourages people to sign up now to make it easier for them to help later. The mission…

Gavarone sworn in as state representative

Theresa Gavarone has been sworn in as state representative of the 3rd Ohio House District after the House Republican Caucus voted to appoint her to fill the vacant seat. “As evidenced by her many years of public service, her first-hand knowledge of the small business sector, and her law experience within the community, I believe Theresa Gavarone will honorably and diligently serve the constituents of Wood County,” Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) said. “I’m pleased that she was sworn in as a member of our caucus and I look forward to working with her on issues important to those in the district.” Gavarone holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. As a resident of Wood County for more than 30 years, she has represented the community, serving on Bowling Green City Council and participating in the local Kiwanis group. On the city council, she was chair of the Public Lands and Buildings Committee and also served on the Finance and Ways and Means Committee as well as the Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee. In addition to her public service, Gavarone is an attorney with Ruck & Wright Law and the co-owner of a family business with her husband of 24 years, Jim. She and Jim reside in Bowling Green and have three children. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Wood County as their next state representative,” Gavarone said. “It is truly an honor to be in this position and I look forward to working with constituents and my new colleagues in the days to come.” The 3rd House District includes all of Wood County.  

BG police offer liquor establishment employee training

The Bowling Green Police Division will provide Liquor Establishment Employee Training (LEET) on Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m.  The training will cover State of Ohio and Bowling Green liquor laws, civil liability, and fake ID recognition. Employees and management staff of local businesses (bars and retail outlets) that sell alcoholic beverages are encouraged to attend. This training will take place at the Bowling Green Police Division’s Training Room at 175 W. Wooster St.  Please contact Detective Andy Mulinix at 419-352-1131 or to register for this event.  Pre-registration is not required.  The session is free and attendees will receive certificates upon completion.

McComb now part of water & sewer district

From NWWSD At a recent board meeting for the Northwestern Water & Sewer District, final, detailed approval was given for the merger between the district and the village of McComb. According to Northwestern Water Sewer District President Jerry Greiner, “We have green lights all the way around now, and we officially took over McComb July 27th, 2016.” This acquisition by the District allows the village to get a much needed wastewater plant upgrade, as well as allowing the village to now receive attention and repairs to its water distribution system. Greiner states “The basic monitoring, attention, maintenance, and upgrades can now be folded into the District’s everyday operations schedule, which should really help the folks in the village.” The Village of McComb has approximately 700 users including its independent village school system. Another important user is Hearthside Foods, a regional cookie factory, which has approximately 1600 employees.

Wood County Auditor distributes taxes

Wood County Auditor Michael Sibbersen has announced the distribution of the real estate, public utility tax, and special assessments for the second half 2016 settlement. A total of $81,567,728 was collected and distributed including $2,419,667 for special assessments. In addition $9,034,412 is to be reimbursed from the state income tax funds, $6,066,961 in non-business credit, $852,995 in owner occupied credit, and $2,114,456 in homestead exemption monies. These represent tax reductions for qualifying properties. The Wood County County Commissioners requested that the 1.3 mill voted Human Services Levy collection be suspended for this year due to sufficient fund balance. This provided tax relief of $40 annually on a $100,000 home. Wood County currently maintains 74,670 individual land parcels of record and distributes the taxes to 18 school districts, 19 townships, and 26 cities and villages. Wood County has more than 100,000 individual special assessments, which are distributed to regional, county, municipal and township governments. Examples include ditch construction and maintenance, sewer and water systems, street lighting, street cleaning, and tree maintenance programs. Totals for the second half revenue distribution are as follows: WOOD COUNTY $2,851,090 REGIONAL WATER AND SEWER $723,791 COUNTY DITCH MAINTENANCE AND CONSTRUCTION $222,235 COUNTY SEWER AND WATERLINE PROJECTS $225 MAUMEE WATERSHED CONSERVANCY $44,227 BOARD OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES $8,672,079 ALCOHOL, DRUG ADDICTION &MENTAL HEALTH BOARD $2,861,003 PARK DISTRICT $1,129,684 COMMITTEE ON AGING $790,775 BOARD OF HEALTH $634,745 HISTORICAL CENTER $60,664 JOB & FAMILY SERVICES $0 WOOD COUNTY LIBRARY BOND $134,689 TOWNSHIPS $6,400,725 MUNICIPALITIES $7,117,554 SCHOOLS $49,992,604    

Public hearing planned on transit grant

A public hearing will be held in the Council Chamber at the City Administrative Building, 304 N. Church St., Bowling Green on Aug. 16, at 1:15 p.m. for public comment.     The City of Bowling Green is applying to the Ohio Department of Transportation for an operating and capital assistance grant from the Ohio Public Transportation Grant Program. The operating grant will provide financial assistance for public transportation service within the city limits of Bowling Green in 2017.  The service currently operates Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is recommended that all passengers, including wheelchair users, schedule their ride one hour in advance.  For rides originating and ending in Bowling Green’s corporation limits, fares are $3.50 per one-way trip; elderly, disabled and children ages 4 to 13 ride for $1.75 per one-way trip (with a city-issued transit ID card), and package fare is $1.75.  For those rides originating and/or ending outside the corporation limits (up to one mile outside city limits), fares will be $4 per one-way trip; elderly, disabled and children ages 4 to 13 ride for $2 with a city-issued transit ID card (package fare is $2).  Children under 4, passengers’ language interpreters and personal care attendants ride free regardless of where the rides originate or end. No service changes are proposed. For more information call 419-354-6203.