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Rossford at odds over seat on council PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 11:13
ROSSFORD - The City Council's organizational meeting turned contentious over the issue of who will fill a vacancy caused by the sudden death of a newly re-elected councilman.
Chuck Duricek died Thursday while on a family trip to Chicago.
After his own re-election as council president, Larry Oberdorf recommended that council fill the vacancy by soliciting applications and then interviewing those candidates. This was done to fill the most recent vacancies. The other option was to appoint the next-highest candidate in the six-way race for four seats. That would be Robert Densic.
Oberdorf said there was no precedent for appointing the next-highest vote-getter to a vacancy. The most recent vacancies were filed by the application and review process.
If council does not act within 30 days, it would be up to Mayor Neil MacKinnon to appoint someone to fill the vacancy.
Two councilmen, Greg Marquette and Dan Wagner, one of the candidates who outpolled Densic, spoke in favor of appointing Densic, since he had campaigned for the job.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 12:52
Operation Bread Basket to help meet local needs PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 10:38
File photo. Nina Feeney (left), 12, looks through toys during Operation Breadbasket at the old fire hall in Perrysburg Township. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
If you're struggling to make ends meet during the winter, even simple things are a blessing.
Winter can be toughest on those in need, so Operation Bread Basket focuses not just on providing a holiday meal and gifts, but other items needed most to make it further into the season.
The collaboration between Perrysburg Township and the 11 churches of Perrysburg Christians United, in its 35th year, is now collecting nonperishable food items, new and used toys, winter items like coats, hats and gloves, and household goods. Once the event gets closer, perishable food such as ham, milk and eggs will also be accepted.
"They don't just get enough for a meal, they're getting the staples," said Annie Herman-Alrabaya, an organizer of Operation Bread Basket.
Portage seeks answers on I-75 widening PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 10:48
Traffic passes through Portage, Ohio. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PORTAGE - State transportation representatives addressed the questions of village officials and residents over an upcoming widening project that will encompass 32 miles of Interstate 75 starting next summer.
The subject was the major topic of discussion with Ohio Department of Transportation officials at Monday's council meeting.
Concerns have been raised that during the construction on I-75, more and more drivers will opt to take Ohio 25 south and avoid the highway, creating potential driving headaches and safety issues with more vehicles coming through the village. Route 25 goes right through the middle of town.
Portage Mayor Mark Wolford said earlier on Monday that semi trucks have been known to use Route 25 to bypass the interstate, and other drivers similarly take the road to avoid delays caused by accidents on I-75 - a circumstance that can make it difficult for residents to drive in town, or even leave their homes when traffic is heavier.
BG mall struggles to survive PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 02 December 2013 10:28
The main entrance to the Woodland Mall. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Despite a number of vacancies at the site, the management of the Woodland Mall is optimistic as it fights to increase occupancy.
"As the manager and as I speak with the owners, we want this mall to succeed," said Michelle Barton, manager of the Woodland Mall, in a recent email interview.
"The mall is not closing nor are we looking to be sold," she noted later.
"We understand that there are some vacancies here at the mall, in which every day we work diligently to try to fill them either with national or local tenants. We continue to keep the square footage pricing comparable to our surrounding areas and local area."
On a visit to the mall on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year seemed to have brought out a number of patrons. Parking lots there were populated with hundreds of cars, and anchor store Elder-Beerman bustled with customers. The interior of the mall also featured numerous shoppers, as well as vendors' tables set up throughout the facility.
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