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Costco plan approved PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 10:44
Plans for the new Costco store building site.
PERRYSBURG - Costco's final site plan was approved by the Planning Commission Thursday, but construction on the store likely won't start until next spring.
The commission approved the plan 5-1, with Greg Bade voting no and Byron Choka absent from the meeting. Bade, who voted against the preliminary site plan in November, said he was still against the project because of traffic problems near the site at Ohio 25 and Eckel Junction Road.
"It's just a congested area already," he said.
Approval was made with five conditions related to sidewalks, parking and landscaping elements as well as aspects of an on-site fuel station. Among the conditions, Costco must obtain further approval before the fuel station could be expanded with additional pumps to the west.
Negotiations between Costco and Columbia Gas Transmission, which owns an easement over a high-pressure gas line running diagonally through the property, have delayed the process several months. A final agreement has not yet been reached between the two companies, and relocation would still need to be approved by state and federal agencies.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 11:31
Long same-sex couples studied PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Friday, 28 March 2014 10:29
Esther Rothblum from San Diego State University speaking at a BGSU conference on Analyzing Same-Sex Couples. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The numbers change almost monthly.
At last count, gay marriage is now legal in 17 states, plus Colorado has civil unions, and Michigan's ban on gay marriage is currently being challenged before the state's Supreme Court.
Sociologists and others experience unique challenges when doing same-sex couples research, as indeed so many are now doing.
First off, there's the difficulty of defining who is a lesbian, gay or bisexual; and then deciding how to define a couple, says Dr. Esther Rothblum, professor of women's studies at San Diego State University.
She spoke on "Challenges and Opportunities in Studying the Longest 'Legal' Same-Sex Couples in North America" during the BGSU Center for Family and Demographic Research annual symposium on Wednesday in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.
"Sexual orientation" is not the same from one couple to the next, or even from one gay or lesbian couple to the next.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 11:24
Waterville weighs bridge options PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 10:33
The Waterville bridge. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
With the average lifespan of a bridge being 50 years, the Waterville Bridge will end its 75-plus year life one of three ways.
The Ohio Department of Transportation held a public meeting Thursday to discuss three alternatives for State Routes 64/65 bridge in Lucas and Wood counties, and to discuss a roundabout at the SR 64/65 intersection.  
All alternatives include a wider, two-lane bridge with 4-foot wide shoulders, a sidewalk and a shared-use path for walking or biking.
The existing truss bridge is considered "functionally obsolete" by ODOT because of insufficient lane widths and lack of adequate non-motorized facilities.
Because of a lack of redundancy, or fail-safes to keep the bridge operational if one support system were to fail, the bridge is considered "fracture critical," said Brad Noll, ODOT project manager.
"The more redundancy in a bridge, the safer it is," he said. "We don't want to get to that point where an accident happens and it takes out the bridge."
Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 11:30
Business gets back overpaid taxes PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:09
Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa (left) speaking with Pericles Paputsakis, owner of Cosmos II Family Restaurant, before giving Paputsakis a tax refund check due to an overpayment of business taxes made a few years ago. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
For more than two years, Pericles "Pete" Paputsakis didn't know he made a $2,000 mistake.
By overpaying his sales taxes and not knowing of the error, Paputsakis risked losing that money. Fortunately, Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa disagreed with a former practice that required business to request their money back. Otherwise, it went into state coffers after four years.
Testa made the rounds to a few Northwest Ohio businesses Wednesday, handing out checks for some of the $30 million that the state has collected in overpayments in the past few years alone. He made additional stops in Findlay and Toledo.
Paputsakis received $2,172.61, which includes interest. He said he plans to put the money back into his business, Cosmos II, the Bowling Green restaurant on South Main Street.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:30
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