BG junior high set for demo
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel County Editor
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 09:52
The walls are expected to come tumbling down Wednesday at the old Bowling Green Junior High.
|Equipment is set in place for the start of Wednesday's demolition. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green Municipal Administrator John Fawcett told city council Monday evening that the preliminary work for demolition was to take place the first two days this week, followed by the heavy duty work starting on Wednesday.
The owner of the building, Midwest Environmental Control, has been asked to pile bricks from the old school near the property boundaries for local citizens to pick up as memorabilia from the school. Bricks will also be taken to the city's public works garage where citizens can pick them up, Fawcett said.
Some citizens have requested artifacts from the building, which the owner said he will try to secure. The owner can be contacted at
, phone (419) 382-9200.
Fawcett explained that efforts will be made to keep the sidewalks surrounding the school open to pedestrian traffic as long as possible during the demolition.
"It will be our intent to keep the sidewalks open," he said.
Council President John Zanfardino continued on the sidewalks topic, by stating that due to recent concerns expressed at council meetings, the city administration was planning to address council on the topic, possibly at the next council meeting.
"There has certainly been a lot of discussion on the issue," Zanfardino said.
But the discussion was not sufficient for Michael Stickles, who has come to multiple council meetings to express his frustration about not being able to navigate his wheelchair down sidewalks in poor repair or those blocked by garbage receptacles.
"I thought that it would be taken care of in a timely fashion," Stickles said of his concerns about trash receptacles on sidewalks.
But since the problem hadn't been solved, Stickles presented council with a bill for $25. He compared the bill to the fees charged by the city to citizens not clearing their sidewalks of snow.
"If I have to stop and take a trash receptacle and move it back to where it should be, I'm going to charge the city $25 every time," he said.
Stickles said the blocked sidewalks wouldn't be such a big issue if he could cross to the other side of Main Street.
"I cannot cross Main Street because there are no crossings marked," he said. "It takes two white lines. That's all I'm asking for."
Councilman Bruce Jeffers assured Stickles that city officials were looking seriously at his concerns, but the issue cannot be solved immediately.
"It is being looked into," Jeffers said.
Stickles replied that if the city can put a trail from the high school to the community center, it can afford to put crosswalks in.
"Put yourself in a wheelchair and try to cross the streets," he said.
Councilman Mike Aspacher said the city has been unfairly characterized by Stickles as unresponsive. He pointed out that the problem of trash receptacles in the walkways was first brought to council just two weeks ago.
"We do appreciate you bringing the issues to light," Aspacher said.
But Stickles said the issue was being made more complex than it had to be.
"I believe the trash receptacle thing is a no-brainer. Push those suckers back," he said.
"If you don't take care of the trash receptacles, I will," he said, explaining that he intends to continue billing the city.
Stickles said he isn't alone in his outrage over the condition of city sidewalks.
"The citizens of Bowling Green would like to have something done," he said, suggesting that residents would be willing to support a tax levy for sidewalk repairs. "There's a lot of ticked off citizens here in town."
Also at the meeting, council:
• Presented a resolution honoring Joel Kuhlman for his service as at-large councilman from 2010 to 2012. Kuhlman is now serving as a Wood County commissioner.
• Heard the first phase of the trail from the community center to the high school is underway. A public meeting on the trail will be held June 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the community center.
• Learned the first Lunch in the Park this summer will be June 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Martin and Kiwanis shelter houses at City Park.
• Heard the concerts in the park will start June 10 at 7 p.m., on the Needle Hall stage. Six concerts are planned on Sunday evenings this summer.
• Learned the city pool should be open for business this weekend.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 10:44