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Electric rate hike in works for BG PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:12
Bowling Green Municipal Electric rates will increase an average of five percent for most customers each of the next four years following action late Wednesday afternoon by the BG Board of Public Utilities.
The new rate schedule takes effect March 1, 2014, with adjustments planned on the same date in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Director of Utilities Brian O'Connell said the rate hikes are the result of a long-term decision to switch from purchasing power on the open wholesale market to relying on fixed assets of which the city is a partial owner. Among the fixed assets are the Prairie States coal plant in Illinois and four hydro-electric plants on the Ohio River that will go on line in the next two years. Power from the Prairie States plant will cost the city $73.66 per megawatt hour, while power from the hydro plants will cost the city an estimated $100 per megawatt hour. O'Connell said another cost figuring into the hike is a two-year spike in the cost of transmitting power on the grid.
Perrysburg school cop approved PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:17
PERRYSBURG - City council approved a 2014 budget Tuesday that includes funding to assign a police officer to the high school.
Councilors Todd Grayson and Sara Weisenburger previously opposed funding an additional patrol officer so that someone already within the department could be assigned as a school resource officer. Weisenburger said she thought it was school issue with no bearing before council, while Grayson supported delaying the measure until next year in favor of more public discussion.
Proponents including other council members, police Chief Dan Paez and school Superintendent Tom Hosler have touted the position not just as a school safety measure, but a way for police to form relationships and build trust with students, which often leads to information that otherwise would not be shared. The city will cover costs of the officer, with the school district providing about 69 percent in reimbursement.
Grayson renewed his criticism Tuesday, saying additional consideration should be given by the school board, city council and members of the public about how the program would work.
Local trees trimmed with White House flare PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 10:42
Thelma Nutter poses alonside her Christmas tree decorated with White House ornaments in her home in Custar. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
They’re called “The Wagner Girls.”
These Custar natives have had the nickname for over 80 years and they're not looking to get rid of it anytime soon.    
Although they have different last names now, Betty Junkins, Thelma Nutter, and Dot Nutter are also known around Wood County for a very special collection.
The three sisters each have their own large collection of White House Ornaments.
Each year, the White House Historical Association sells handmade ornaments based on a different historical theme.
One year, it may be a picture of a tree planted by President Woodrow Wilson, and the next it could be a picture of a past president and his family.
Pay hikes cause dissent on N. Baltimore budget PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:08
NORTH BALTIMORE - Council has approved its 2014 budget, but its passage was met with some dissension on Tuesday.
By a 3-2 vote, council members approved $5.2 million in appropriations for 2014.
Two council members, Leslee Thompson and Aaron Patterson, voted against the appropriations. Jeff Bretz was absent from the meeting.
Despite being one of the key figures in preparing the budget as head of the finance committee, Patterson said he felt strongly about voting against it.
"I don't agree with the way we did the raises," Patterson said after the meeting. "I am very upset about it."
Patterson said village employees were given 2.5 percent raises across the board. In addition, employees were considered for additional small raises based on their 2013 performance rating.
"I don't agree with the across-the-board raises if we have employees who are out-performing other employees," Patterson said. "I like to reward our employees who go above and beyond for the citizens of this community."
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