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Columbia Gas doing work in 2nd Ward

Columbia Gas of Ohio has started to replace two natural gas lines in the 2nd Ward. The two affected streets are South Summit, beginning just south of Lehman to East Wooster, and Gould, from Railroad to South Enterprise. The city will work with the contractor to ensure normal refuse and recycling collection occurs. Residents in these areas are asked to be mindful of placing refuse and recycling containers at the curb by 7 a.m. for pick-up as these areas will be collected first during the Wednesday pick-up during the project. Throughout this work, temporary parking restrictions and intersection closures will occur. The work is expected to last through the end of January. More information about this work may be found on Columbia Gas’ website or by calling 419-539-6206. Call Public Works at 419-354-6227 for questions about refuse/recycling collection.

Ag use value renewal forms mailed to landowners

Wood County Auditor Michael Sibbersen has announced that the 2017 Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) renewal forms have been mailed to property owners currently enrolled in the program. Eligible property owners, who are not currently enrolled, may also apply for the program now. In accordance with Ohio law, CAUV applications are to be filed with the county auditor’s office by the first Monday in March, this year by March 6. Eligible property owners must reapply each year with no renewal fee. There is a $25 initial filing fee for all new applications. If renewal forms are not returned by March 6, the county auditor will be required by law to value the property at its market value and recoup the tax savings for the past three years. Current Agricultural Use Value authorizes the county auditor to assess farmland at its crop production value rather than its market value. It protects and preserves farming operations by gearing the tax base to the production of the land rather than its potential for development. Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment which created the program and since 1974 most of the state’s agricultural land has been taxed at this value instead of market value. CAUV soil values are set by the Ohio Department of Taxation and are adjusted every three years for each county. New values were issued for all parcels in the CAUV program in Wood County for the 2014 tax year which was payable in 2015. Therefore, the 2016 tax year payable in 2017 is the third and final year in which those values will be used to calculate taxes. New values will be issued for the 2017 tax year which is payable in 2018. “Wood County has 9,606 individual real estate parcels on ag use,” Sibbersen noted. “A total of 318,785 acres in this program brought a tax savings to agricultural landowners last year of over $3 million.” If you are not currently enrolled in the CAUV program and you believe you may be eligible, contact the Wood County Auditor’s Office at 419-354-9174 for more information.

180th Fighter Wing to test response capability

Alert fighter jets from the 180th Fighter Wing will conduct a test of the Aerospace Control Alert system on Wednesday, Jan. 18, between 7:30 and 10 a.m. The purpose of the event is to exercise coordination between the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Federal Aviation Administration and 180th Fighter Wing. Those living in and around the Toledo area may hear and/or see fighter jets in close proximity to a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, which will be taking on the role of a Track of Interest (TOI). A TOI is an aircraft that has been identified as a potential threat. Although scheduled for the evening, the exercise flights could be delayed or canceled due to inclement weather. Aerospace Control includes maintaining air sovereignty and air defense through the surveillance and control of airspace over Canada and the U.S. These types of exercises are conducted on a routine basis as part of North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Operation Noble Eagle, which was initiated after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Media: Andersons stores closing

Multiple media sources including WTOL and the Blade are reporting that The Andersons will close its retail operations, including stores in Maumee and Toledo. (See company press release:

Opening acts for Kesha announced

The bands Light Horizon, from Toledo, and Graduation Day have been selected by Kesha and concert promoter Bands4Change as the opening acts for the Kesha and the Creepies Jan. 27 show at the Stroh Center on the Bowling Green State University campus. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $45, $55 and $65. All of the profits from the show will go to the following charities: Humane Society International; National Eating Disorder Association; and Rape Abuse and Incest National Network. Tickets in sale at Finders Records in downtown Bowling Green, or online See related story at:  

Water boil advisory planned during work on Conneaut

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the Bowling Green Water Distribution and Waste Water Collection Division is scheduled to continue work on the Conneaut Avenue water main. This work will result in a scheduled boil advisory for certain residents of Conneaut Avenue as well as those in the Waterside subdivision on Gorrill Road and the Church of the Nazarene. Affected residents will be notified by the city once the boil advisory is in effect. Information may also be found on the city’s website, Please call the Water Distribution and Waste Water Collection Division at 419-354-6277 for questions.

Gavarone named vice chair of House Health Committee

Today, Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, appointed Rep. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, as vice chair of the House Health Committee. “With so many great members in this caucus to choose from, I feel honored that Speaker Rosenberger and caucus leadership has appointed me to serve as vice chair of the Health Committee during my first full term,” Gavarone said. “I am also extremely excited to work with Chairman Huffman and look forward to working on legislation important to the people of Wood County.” Gavarone is serving her first term in the Ohio House of Representatives after being appointed in 2016. She represents the 3rd Ohio House District, serving residents of Wood County.  

BG trash and recycling delayed next week due to holiday

The City of Bowling Green offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. 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.

Wood County Recorder reports transactions for quarter

Wood County Recorder Julie Baumgardner has released a report covering the transactions of the recorder’s office for the fourth quarter, Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016: 1,416 deeds were recorded for this quarter, compared to 1,329 deeds being recorded for the same quarter last year. 1,295 mortgages, with a valuation of $268,225,729.52, were recorded for this quarter, compared to 1,078 mortgages, with a valuation of $1,920,855,751.81 being recorded for the same quarter last year. Numerous other documents were recorded, in addition to the above, for a total of 4,807 documents being recorded for this quarter, compared to 4,326 documents being recorded for the same quarter last year. Baumgardner paid a total of $292,262.61 into the county for this quarter, compared to $248,453.21 for the same quarter last year. $128,845.31 of the total for this quarter was paid directly into the county general fund, compared with $109,148.01 for the same quarter last year. $144,501.30 of the total for this quarter was paid into the housing trust fund, less one percent back to the county general fund by the state for the timely distribution of the money to the fund, compared with $122,565.20 for the same quarter last year, less one percent paid back to the county general fund. The remaining balance of $18,916.00 was paid into the recorder’s equipment fund for this quarter, compared with $16,740.00 for the same quarter last year.

Wood County Commissioners organize for 2017

The Board of Wood County Commissioners, Doris I. Herringshaw, Craig LaHote, and Theodore H. Bowlus have organized for the year. Herringshaw of Liberty Township will serve as president of the Wood County Board of Commissioners.  LaHote of Perrysburg Township will serve as vice-president.       The board will continue conducting regular meetings on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with open forum on regular meeting days following regular business.  The open forum allows citizens to speak with the board without scheduling a meeting time.  Town hall meetings are also in the process of being scheduled throughout the county.  Times and locations will be announced as they are scheduled. As president of the board, Herringshaw will serve on a number of boards and commissions including the Board of Revisions, Courthouse Complex Buildings and Grounds Committee, Investment Advisory Committee, OSU Extension Service Advisory Committee, and Solid Waste Policy Committee. Herringshaw will also serve on the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee for the County Commissioners’ Association of Ohio and the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) Board of Trustees and Air Quality Committee.       LaHote will serve on the County’s Automatic Data Processing Board, Community Corrections Board, Court Security Advisory Committee, Dangerous Wild Animal Response Team, Investment Advisory Committee, Local Emergency Planning Committee, and Records Commission.  Other committee assignments include the TMACOG Freight Committee and Wastewater Committee.  LaHote was named as an alternate on the TMACOG Board of Trustees along with  Bowlus and W. David Steiner, Planning Commission director. Bowlus of Center Township was selected to serve on the county’s Erie Basin Resource Conservation and Development Council and Family and Children’s First Council, along with TMACOG Portage River Basin Council, Transportation Council and Water Quality Council.                   In addition, all three commissioners serve on the Community Improvement Corporation, Debt Review Committee, Financial Report Review Committee, and Planning Commission.                   All meeting agendas are posted 24 hours in advance and can be viewed on the commissioners’ website at

Area woman killed in crash on Route 6

A Grand Rapids woman was killed in an early morning crash today on U.S. 6, west on Bowling Green. Diane Shively, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene on Route 6 between Custar Road and Wapakoneta Road, near Grand Rapids. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the two-vehicle crash that occurred around 6:30 a.m. Shively was a passenger in an eastbound pickup driven by her husband, Duane Shively, 73. The other vehicle involved was a westbound pickup truck driven by Richard Henry, 29, Weston. Grand Rapids Fire Department and Northwest 190 EMS assisted at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

BGSU appoints Michael Ogawa to newly created VP post

Dr. Michael Ogawa, who has been serving at Bowling Green State University as both dean of the Graduate College and vice president for research and economic development, has been appointed to the new position of Vice President for Research and Economic Engagement. Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Booth will assume the role of interim dean of the Graduate College; an internal search for a new dean will begin this semester According to the letter from President Mary Ellen Mazey, Ogawa “has led significant progress in developing a more sustainable financial model for graduate education at BGSU, establishing new professional degree programs, and providing needed support to our graduate programs in student recruitment. In addition, significant gains have been made in increasing the amount of external research support the University receives.” In his new position, Ogawa will be asked “to expand his work in regional economic engagement to form new partnerships with external constituencies and to redouble his work to aggressively grow our external grant activity.” Booth will also serve as chair of the Graduate Council and will continue in her role as liaison to the Chancellor’s Council on Graduate Studies.