general election

BG voters to decide on changes to City Charter

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Reading election issues on ballots is enough to make some voters doze off while standing at the voting machine. This year, Bowling Green voters will decide four City Charter items – and city officials are trying to explain them without having to set a snooze alarm. Three items will modify the existing City Charter, while one will actually remove an item from the charter altogether. Following is a brief explanation of each. Filling vacancies on council The first ballot issue would result in repealing the existing charter language about filling council vacancies. This item actually has very little explanation on the ballot. The charter currently stipulates that when a council seat is vacated, the person appointed to the seat will serve the remainder of the term. “There is a potential for someone to be appointed to City Council and serve up to four years in that seat,” said Joe Fawcett, assistant municipal administrator. If the current language is repealed, the city will be in alignment with the Ohio Revised Code. The state code requires that the person appointed will only remain in the seat until the next election. Adding Department of Planning The second charter item on the ballot would result in the addition of the Department of Planning to the City Charter. “Planning is an important component of the city,” Fawcett said. The major functions of the planning office will continue to be described in the city’s codified ordinances. Increase candidate pool for fire and police; decrease bonus credit for veterans The third charter issue involves the city’s Civil Service Commission. The change would increase the eligibility list for hiring of entry level firefighter and police officer positions from three to five names. The list is certified by the Civil Service Commission and is based on the people with the highest standings. “The goal is to expand the candidate pool for those positions,” Fawcett said. Both the police and fire chiefs support the change. The amendment also grants a 10 percent bonus credit for honorably discharged veterans who achieve a passing score on entry level position tests. That is lower than the current 20 percent credit. The change has been approved by veterans involved in the charter updating process. “I think it’s an appropriate level,” said Fawcett, himself a veteran. Require charter reviews at least once a decade The final charter…

BG faces full slate of council candidates, school issue

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green voters will have a lot to choose from on their general election ballots in November. Wednesday was the filing deadline for candidates and issues appearing on the ballot. The City Council at-large race has six candidates running to fill two open seats. There will be more variety than usual, with candidates representing Democrats, Republicans, the Green Party and an Independent. Voters will be asked to elect two of the following at-large candidates: Holly Cipriani, Democrat, 336 W. Evers Ave. Nathan Eberly, Independent, 907 Sand Ridge Road. BeverlyAnn Elwazani, Green Party, 1210 Bourgogne Ave. Carolyn S. Kawecka, Green Party, 517 S. Main St. Gregory W. Robinette, Republican, 1501 Cardinal Road. Sandy Rowland, Democrat, 200 Larchwood Drive. Voter will also get to choose between candidates in three of the four ward races. The First Ward candidates are: Daniel J. Gordon, Democrat, 215 E. Poe Road, Apt. 64. Hunter D. Sluss, Republican, 433 Thurstin Ave., Apt. 11. Second Ward candidates are: Kent Ramsey, Republican, 710 Seventh St., Apt. 3. John Zanfardino, Democrat, 244 S. Summit St. Fourth Ward candidates are: William J. Herald, Republican, 1030 Conneaut Ave. Scott W. Seeliger, Democrat, 208 Syracuse Drive. Running uncontested for the Third Ward council seat is Democrat Mike Aspacher. Bowling Green voters will also be casting ballots for board of education members. There will be no contest in the race, since just two candidates filed for the two open seats. William G. Clifford, 606 St. Anne Court. Norman J. Geer, 917 Clark St. The Bowling Green City School District will also have a tax issue on the ballot. Voters will decide a 6-mill bond issue, lasting 37 years, for construction, renovation and equipping of school facilities. Local voters will face one county-wide tax levy. Wood County Department of Job and Family Services will be asking for renewal of its 1.3-mill tax levy for 10 years. The millage will be used for children and adult protective services.