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Costco concerns voiced PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 14 March 2014 10:00
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Ted Johnson, President of TJ Design Strategies Ltd., makes a presentation on the final site plans for the Perrysburg Costco project during a Perrysburg City Council public hearing Thursday. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - With decisions on a Costco warehouse looming, supporters were outweighed by the sustained concerns of some residents who don't want the store at the proposed location.
Worries, largely about traffic, surround Costco's desired location at Ohio 25 and Eckel Junction Road, an already busy intersection where some people said road improvements won't be enough to alleviate problems at an already crowded location.
Costco wants to put a 154,000-square-foot store on horse farm property just north of Interstate 475 that is zoned C-4 Highway Commercial.
The city plans to speed up traffic by making $2.2 million in improvements including additional turn lanes, a portion of which will be paid for by Costco. Improvements will still only slightly improve traffic flow, with an anticipated rating of "D" representing the Ohio Department of Transportation's minimum acceptable standard.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 10:21
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Calamity days create chaos PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:32
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File photo. A student walks home from school during a winter storm. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
School administrators across Wood County will have to decide how to juggle the rest of the school calendar after the Ohio Legislature granted four more calamity days, but with a caveat.
Districts can use the additional four days only after holding school on four other scheduled days off, such as on holidays, during vacations or by using "blizzard bags."
All schools in Wood County have missed at least 11 days, several as many as 17.
The governor is expected to sign the legislation today.
"It's certainly been unprecedented in my 10 years as a superintendent," said Jim Witt of the Lake School District.
The state, before Wednesday, allowed five calamity days.
All county schools were closed Wednesday and again today.
At Northwood, which has missed 15 days, plans are to make up three days with "blizzard bags," make a waiver day set for March 31 a school day, then add two days to the end of the school year.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:44
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Women still rare in local politics PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:54
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File photo. Doris Herringshaw. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - The hide of a rhinoceros, a well-filled purse, and children at the right age.
All three come in handy if you're thinking of a career in Wood County politics. Also, you might want to invest in several pairs of comfortable shoes.
That was the take-home message from an often frank, and engaging, panel discussion titled "Women Engaged in Public Service" held Tuesday night at Way Public Library and hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Perrysburg Area.
Panelists included Doris Herringshaw, the newest Wood County commissioner; Jill Engle, long-time Wood County treasurer; and Sara Weisenburger, who served about six months as a Perrysburg City Council member before being defeated in the November election.
Serving as moderator was Dr. Shannon Orr, a faculty member from Bowling Green State University, who led off with a brief history of women office-holders in Ohio, and then wrapped-up the evening with a few ideas for how to get more women to run for public office.
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Rossford swears in fire chief PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:30
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ROSSFORD - City Council President Larry Oberdorf said he knew Josh Drouard was destined to be a fire chief.
Oberdorf remembered when Drouard was young and visiting the Oberdorf house, if he heard a fire alarm, he'd jump on his bike and follow the call.
Monday night, Drouard was sworn in as Rossford fire chief. He takes over for Jim Verbosky who resigned from the post after 15 years in the wake of an incident in which he sent a text message of a sexual nature to a female firefighter.
Mayor Neil MacKinnon III appointed Drouard to the post, and council approved that appointment unanimously on Monday.
MacKinnon said that when he was faced with finding a new fire chief, Drouard, who has been assistant chief since Verbosky took over the department, was his first choice.
Still MacKinnon said he reached out to other city officials, and public safety officials in the county. They affirmed the mayor's belief that Drouard was the man for the job.
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