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BGSU to host state conference on equity PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 March 2014 11:08
The 18th annual State of the State Conference on equity, diversity and opportunity in Ohio will be hosted by Bowling Green State University on March 20. About 200 people from across the state and from all walks of life will gather to hear from leading advocates and to discuss critical issues in a variety of workshops and seminars. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.
The day will feature two keynote speakers. Matt Roloff, an actor, author, farmer and businessman, known for participating with his family in the reality television program "Little People, Big World" on TLC, will speak at the noon luncheon. Toledo's Baldemar Vel√°squez, labor activist, social justice leader, and founder and president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, will give the closing address at 3:45 p.m.  
Continuing education credits are available to participants in conjunction with: Owens Community College (generic), BGSU's College of Health and Human Services and the Ohio Board of Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists (social work and counseling), the Supreme Court of Ohio's Commission on Continuing Legal Education (law), and the HR Certification Institute for Review (human resources).
Perrysburg Twp. miffed by tornado debris bill PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:29
LIME CITY — Calling for the bill to be waived, Perrysburg Township trustee Gary Britten said he's frustrated that the township continues to be invoiced for taking debris from a November tornado to the county landfill.
While the bill is only about $130, Britten pushed for answers about it at Wednesday's township trustees meeting after Wood County commissioner Doris Herringshaw gave an update on county issues.
"I guess I'm having a problem, I don't know why we're getting it, and I'd like an explanation why," Britten said.
When a tornado struck several years ago, "Lucas County opened their landfill and took hundreds of loads out of the county for free," he said. "We can't take 10 loads to help our citizens who put you guys in office? I haven't got a good explanation for this yet, and I'm not going to let it go until I get one."
Herringshaw pledged to check on possible solutions.
"That's a good question, and that's something I'll have to check into, because I really don't know," she said.
"I really believe there should be a way that we can work something out."
Britten said the matter should be discussed not only with regard to the November tornado, but with consideration for how future disaster debris will be handled. "You don't know when the next disaster is," he said.
Herringshaw agreed. "Whatever we do has to set the precedent for the future," she said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:49
Engineer refusing to pay bill from commissioners PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 07 March 2014 11:07
Wood County Engineer Ray Huber. (file photo)
County officials are at odds with the engineer's office over a six-figure bill that has gone unpaid by the engineer for almost a year.
Engineer Ray Huber sent a letter to the commissioners' office Monday indicating he would pay $254,000, or about 75 percent, of a $337,000 invoice sent to the engineer's office March 13, 2013. Huber's letter outlines reasons for deductions to the bill, which is to reimburse the commissioners' office for its annual general fund transfer to fund the engineer's budget.
After the year, Ohio Revised Code requires commissioners to bill the engineer for two-thirds of all costs related to road and bridge construction.
Generally, Huber opposes some of the charges because he doesn't believe the commissioners' office has shown enough of a connection to road and bridge work for items like telephones, Internet and maintenance to the county highway garage. Huber's references to a "sufficient nexus" between the two stem from a 2011 opinion he sought from the Wood County Prosecutor's Office on what he can and can't pay back to commissioners with motor vehicle licensing and fuel tax money, as set by the state code. The prosecutor's office provides legal counsel for both offices.
Huber said he will pay for items if they're proven to be part of road and bridge work, but he said there hasn't been enough evidence shown to make the connection.
"If you can demonstrate there's a 'significant nexus' to roads and bridges, then I'm obligated," Huber said this week. "I could not in clear conscience" pay without that being shown, he said.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 12:00
Lake Twp. wants full-time sexton at cemetery PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:03
File photo. Lake Township Cemetery. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
MILLBURY - A new, full-time sexton will oversee Lake Township Cemetery for the first time in more than 25 years.
At Tuesday's meeting, the trustees hired Dan Sprinski, who's worked for the cemetery for 15 years. He is taking over for veteran Gary Schulte, who retires this month after 30 years of working for the township - 25 of which were as cemetery sexton.
Sprinski will be paid $22 an hour. The action was taken after a 20-minute executive session.
After the meeting, Sprinski said he lives in Elmore and is a Lake High School graduate.
The hiring was the subject of hours of executive session discussion over the last few trustee meetings.
Trustee Chairwoman Melanie Bowen said there was debate about full time versus part time. The trustees also recently increased rates for non-residential burials and foundations.
Over the last couple years, the amount of burials at the cemetery has dropped, leading to reduced staffing in the summers. The cemetery budget has gone from $200,000 annually to $160,000. That's also why the trustees were discussing hiring a part-time sexton.
"We've had money issues over there," Bowen said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:38
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