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BG working on land use plan PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN, Sentinel City Editor   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:50
Three members of a committee working on an update to the Land Use Section of Bowling Green's Master Plan provided an initial report to city council Tuesday night.
"The consultants the city has hired are real task masters and are holding this committee responsible to do a lot of work," Judy Ennis said.
The committee is comprised of citizens and city staff. Several work sessions have been held and Ennis said the group often has homework to do.
Ennis said one focus is to answer the question: "Is Bowling Green headed in the right direction?"
To help answer the question the group has listed assets, such as the small town atmosphere, a unique downtown, parks and recreation opportunities, city services, safe places, the university, schools and sustainable energy for discussion.
Sandy Milligan told council that time has also been spent on talking with small groups and individuals. In those meetings people have mentioned primary and secondary streets, transportation and connections, housing types, community growth, formulating a plan with BGSU and green spaces.
After the meeting Milligan said she believes that members of the committee have probably each averaged about 20 hours of their time on the project.
Mark Remeis talked about the "How to stay in the game" portion of the project. This is being done by identifying a community vision, identifying a target market, outlining strategies and setting a course for the future.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:30
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Perrysburg parents support baseball coach contract PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:21
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Melissa Dimmerling (left) speaks on behalf of baseball coach Dave Hall, while other supporters stand in solidarity behind her during the Perrysburg school board meeting Tuesday night. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - A dust-up over a coach's contract renewal led some to lob accusations at a new school board member Tuesday.
A handful of those in a standing-room-only crowd spoke in support of retaining high school baseball coach Dave Hall, whose contract was eventually approved by the board by a 5-0 vote.
Several speakers accused school board member Cal Smith of not wanting Hall to continue in the position due to personal problems with the coach.
Parents expressed appreciation for how Hall runs the baseball program, and when prompted, an overwhelming majority of those present stood to indicate they were there to back him.
Hall started as a teacher and assistant baseball coach in 1982 and became head coach in 1985. He retired as a teacher last year.
Mark Kruzel said he has coached with Hall, and separately collaborated with Smith as part of the Perrysburg Amateur Baseball and Softball Commission. He recalled Smith becoming upset one day and claiming retribution over a disagreement.
"In my experience with Mr. Smith on the (PABSC) board, it was extremely positive for a long time, and Cal did a wonderful job. Toward the end of his reign on the board, he had an issue with a particular man becoming a coach," Kruzel said. "We went through our process, we approved that coach. Cal became upset, and one of his last comments was, 'I'll remember everyone who stabbed me in the back today.'
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:35
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N. Baltimore may hire full-time EMS chief PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:46
NORTH BALTIMORE - The village is considering moving from a part-time to full-time EMS chief.
While no action was taken at Tuesday's council meeting, members agreed to have a public safety meeting to discuss the possibility on Monday at 5:30 p.m.
The proposal to move to a full-time chief, according to council members, does not signal that council is leaning one way or another in regard to keeping its EMS "in-house" or moving to privatize.
Council members said, if approved, the position would be for a "working EMS chief" in attempt to fill some of the department's missed runs.
In recent months, it was discovered the EMS department had been billing for only a fraction of the runs it completed over the last thee years.
To remedy the situation, the village contracted with Great Lakes Billing to improve its collections and increase revenue.
On Tuesday, part-time EMS chief Eric Larson reported good billing news. Great Lakes Billing has agreed to go back through the department's runs dating back to a year ago to try and recover some of the lost revenue.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:51
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Trains back on track through Tontogany PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:19
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Train axels sit in a pile near the Washington Township fire station in Tontogany. Crews continues to clean up after officials said 19 cars of the 62-car CSX locomotive were derailed Monday night. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
TONTOGANY - Trains are moving again through the village following a 19-car derailment late Monday that caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to two buildings.
"Our first train went through last night at 10:29," said Washington Township Fire Chief Todd Buehrer this morning.
The derailment occurred at 9:40 p.m. near Main Street in the village. Nineteen cars of the 62-car train left the tracks, shearing off at least two trees and striking the township maintenance building and fire hall. No injuries were reported.
Of the cars that derailed, 18 were empty and one contained scrap steel.
One person who lived nearby characterized the sound as being "like a tornado coming through."
Buehrer himself heard the crash.
"Just sounded like a bunch of banging," he said. "It was over in about 20 seconds."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:29
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