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Perrysburg doubles roadwork budget PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 10:38
PERRYSBURG — The city’s road repair budget was effectively doubled last week as city council approved an additional $960,000 that was headed for a reserve fund.
Requested by Mayor Mike Olmstead, the funds will be diverted via a budget amendment from a planned deposit to the city’s reserve fund, leaving city council and administrators the rest of the year to find areas to cut in order to make a reserve deposit. The amendment received a first-reading at city council’s March 4 meeting and will supplement the $940,000 originally earmarked for road repairs.
City Administrator Bridgette Kabat said there was already a list of problem areas prior to this winter, which will be bolstered when additional road surveys come back with new trouble spots affected by snow and ice. Areas will be prioritized once that list is updated, she said.
Before unanimously approving the measure, several councilors expressed support for continued reserve funding and said diverting that money should be rare.
The reserve fund has a balance of about $1.7 million and will not be reduced to supplement road funds. The fund was touted as one reason the city received a boost to its credit rating in December.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 15:05
Movies teach girls passivity, helplessness & obedience PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:24
Look closely at some Disney princess movies. Underneath the tiaras and glass slippers hide a not-so-hidden message about what it means to be a girl.
"These movies teach passivity and helplessness and obedience to be ideals on what makes you a good girl," said Dr. Roz Sibielski, BGSU Theatre and Film instructor. "If you've noticed, all these princesses love to do housework."
And for those who hadn't noticed, Sibielski was eager to share during her lecture, "Princesses, Superheroes and Other Media Representations of Girls" as a part of Women's History Month at BGSU on March 21.
Sibielski explored how girls aged three to 11 are presented in culture - positively and negatively.
Many films, like Disney's "Cinderella" and "Sleeping Beauty" paint their female protagonists as only having one stereotypical goal.
"The prince is the goal in the story. This is the only focus of the princesses' lives," she said. "The only value they have is to marry the prince. After that, their story is over."
This kind of ending doesn't have to happen for the girls watching these movies.
A new line of entertainment is out to instill more self-fulfilling goals.
TV shows and films like "Kim Possible," "Brave" and Disney's newest movie "Frozen" feature strong female protagonists who fight for what's right instead of just finding a husband.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 14:59
Rossford may join regional dispatching PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:57
ROSSFORD - City Council took the first step toward finalizing a three-community dispatching and records management system.
The proposed ALERT system would upgrade dispatching and provide for better management of records.
Rossford is partnering with Walbridge and Lake Township in purchasing the system.
The cost to purchase and implement the system will be $126,500; Rossford's share will be $59,916, said councilman Daniel Wagner, who chairs the Public Safety Committee. The annual maintenance and licensing fee will be $30,324; Rossford share will be $12,897.
City Administrator Ed Ciecka said that the city could withdraw from the arrangement at any time.
Council gave the proposal, which was unanimously approved by the public safety committee, a first reading Monday.
Ciecka said that Rossford's legal counsel was drawing up the three-party agreement, and Walbridge and Lake Township had yet to read it.
In other emergency service action, the council approved spending $92,146 to remount the body of a 2007 ambulance onto a new gas-powered chassis.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 15:00
Weather drowns hope of raises in Lake Twp. PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:22
MILLBURY - Lake Township employees can blame the wretched winter weather for less money in their pockets.
At Tuesday's meeting, the trustees voted to give full and part-time employees, who are non-union and non-probationary, a one-time bonus in lieu of raises for 2014.
Full-time employees will receive $750 and part-time employees will get $500.
Fiscal Officer Vicki Schwamberger said the bonuses will cost the township $8,000. There are nine full-time employees and two part-time.
After the meeting, she and Trustee Chairwoman Melanie Bowen said the winter weather, which depleted the road department fund, was partly to blame for the trustees not awarding raises.
"This (bonuses) was a better option for us due to the economy," Schwamberger said.
Police officers, who are in a union, received a 2.5 percent raise this year. They are in the last year of a three-year contract.
The vote on the bonuses was taken after a 90-minute executive session.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 14:56
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