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BGSU could save millions PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 11:35
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Putting Bowling Green State University on firmer financial footing will take campus-wide changes, consultants from Accenture reported to the campus community Wednesday.
About 700 faculty, administrators, staff and students gathered in the student union ballroom to hear the report that promises the university net savings up  to $85 million over five years through dozens of changes.
David Metnick, a managing director, said that the recommendations were developed through meetings with more than 50 campus "leaders, academic leadership, administrative staff, classified staff and students."
The company was paid $500,000.
President Mary Ellen Mazey said the university will now take over studying and implementing the recommendations. She promised to convene working groups to study the recommendations in January.
"I'm very optimistic as long as everyone works with us... we can implement every one of the recommendations," she said.
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BG needs sidewalk repairs PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 11:18
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At least one member of Bowling Green City Council wants to see the city spend some money on repair of existing sidewalks in 2014.
"I'd like to see some of the money available put toward repairing existing sidewalks rather than building new sidewalks," Finance Committee Chairman Robert McOmber said during Monday's review of the proposed 2014 city budget. "We need to take a good look at how to get the most bang for the buck."
Fourth Ward Council Member Robert Piasecki said he agreed with McOmber. "I heard a lot of that (sidewalk issues) when I was campaigning."
There is $200,000 in the budget for miscellaneous street and sidewalk projects.
The city has not spent money on sidewalks since 2010 when $50,000 was available from Community Development Block Grant funds. About $90,000 of city money was spent in 2009.
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Costco plan on track despite delays PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 11:28
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The proposed Costco site is southeast of the intersection of Ohio 25 and Eckel Junction Road, just north of Interstate 475. (Image provide by City of Perrysburg)
PERRYSBURG - Officials remain optimistic about bringing Costco to the city despite recent delays to the approval process.
A final site plan expected from Costco was not received by city officials, and a public hearing for a special use permit set for Tuesday has been canceled.
City Administrator Bridgette Kabat said plans remain on track, but the company opted to delay with the matter of a gas line underneath the planned location still to be resolved with the utility company.
"As far as we know, they are still very interested," Kabat said of Costco. "I think they're hopeful, (and) cautiously optimistic. It sounds like they have every intention of moving forward with the project."
A new date has not been set for the public meeting on the special approval use.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 10:59
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Park district approves budget, strategic plan PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:49
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Wood County park commissioners approved a 2014 budget Tuesday that includes merit-based pay raises for employees.
The raises, in a new structure approved last month, range from zero to 4 percent based on evaluations. Those increases, along with a restructuring of several positions, resulted in a 4-percent increase in salary expenses from 2013.
The overall budget also increased about 4 percent, from $3,661,004.18 in 2013 to $3,810,410.86 for next year. The park district expects to have about $4.2 million to carry-over into 2014, with $2,760,000 forecasted to come in during the year from a 1-mill levy that isn't up for renewal until 2018. Additional income is estimated at $67,295, mostly coming from farm and shelter rentals.
Commissioner Joe Long said he thought the district should be earning more from its land rental to farmers, with ideal income at around $200 per acre.
"I think we're really short-changing ourselves on the farm rental side," he said.
"As we all know, farm property has certainly escalated in recent years."
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