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Rossford eyes fire levy options PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 27 December 2013 11:16
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ROSSFORD - City Council voted to ask the county auditor to crunch the numbers on options to replace two fire levies that expire at the end of 2014.
City officials want to seek the money in May, but haven't determined how to do it.
The city currently collects a 1-mill and a 0.6-mill levies.
They've asked for an estimate of revenues for:
• 0.6 mill renewal for fire apparatus, appliances, buildings or land for a station.
• 1-mill renewal for fire apparatus, appliances, buildings or land for a station.
• 0.6 mill replacement for apparatus, appliances, buildings or land for a station.
• 1 mill replacement for fire protection.
• 1-mill renewal with a 0.5-mill increase for fire protection.
• 0.5-mill new levy for apparatus, appliances, buildings or land for a station.
All would be for five years. 
Some concern over the management of that money was raised when council learned in the Public Safety Committee report that the price of a new ambulance had increased by $50,000 and the cost of two new lift cots had increased by $30,000.
Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013 11:19
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Crime doesn’t take a holiday PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 26 December 2013 10:20
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File photo. Perrysburg Township Deputy Chief Mike Gilmore (middle) speaking with officers Jeff Slusher (left) and Matt Gazarek. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Though the holiday season can see an uptick in crime as criminals look to filch some Christmas loot, the passing of the holidays doesn’t necessarily mean that things slow down for area law enforcement.
“It’s true, we do have thefts and the shoplifting, and that picks up during this season,” said Deputy Chief Mike Gilmore of the Perrysburg Township Police Department. “But, in all honesty, it keeps going. So we still have to be diligent on that. It doesn’t stop.”
He noted that programs in place to be more watchful over businesses will still be in effect, though possibly not on the same scale as before the holidays.
“But the everyday crimes that are going on, that’s still going on. And that will continue afterwards.”
“We always have to watch out for drug activity,” he said. “It’s not just in the township, but everywhere. And the people who use the drugs commit the crimes so they can do the drugs. It’s a vicious cycle.”
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Winter doesn’t halt wildlife watching PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 27 December 2013 11:09
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A Downy Woodpecker is seen hanging from a bird feeder, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, near the "Window on Wildlife" at Wintergarden/St. Johns Nature Preserve in Bowling Green. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Wintertime can still be a prime time for animal watching in Wood County - including some species one may not normally associate with the area.
Many animals can be seen right in our own backyard in Bowling Green.
Chris Gajewicz, natural resources coordinator for the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department, said "at (Wintergarden Woods and St. John's Nature Preserve) you're going to be able to see, the obvious one is deer. But occasionally you'll see a fox. One would be able to see great horned owls" which, he said are active right now, as well as screech owls.
Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013 11:15
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Otsego quizzing residents PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 26 December 2013 10:05
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TONTOGANY - Otsego Local Schools are distributing surveys throughout the community to gather input as they prepare for strategic planning.
"We want to involve them in then district and clearly talk about our vision and mission and really invite everyone to participate" about what is working and not working, said Superintendent Adam Koch in a recent interview.
The surveys are being distributed through a variety of means - via Koch's weekly email updates, through the Otsego Knights website and in hard-copy form at each of the district's village halls, as well as local churches, libraries, school offices and post offices.
The surveys come in two types: a parent survey, which consists of more than 50 questions, and a community survey, with more than 20 questions.
"And from the survey data, we're going to then put together a strategic plan and to involve all stakeholders."
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