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Fate of transit in hands of county PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN, Sentinel City Editor   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:42
Framers of the 2014 Wood County Locally Coordinated Public and Human Service Transportation Plan sought feedback Tuesday from the three people who will decide its fate.
"Feel free to reach out with your comments. If you are in a quandary about something, we can sit down and talk," Robin Richter, director of Senior and Transportation Services for WSOS, told the Board of Wood County Commissioners. She has served as coordinator for the plan, working for more than a year with numerous Wood County social services agencies, two of which need the plan to be able to continue to apply for grants to purchase and replace transportation vehicles. Efforts to complete the plan have intensified since Jan. 1, with a March 21 deadline for the plan to be filed with the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The plan will update one completed in 2008 and will initially be of benefit to the Children's Resource Center and the Wood County Committee on Aging, who use the document to seek grants. CRC will be seeking new vehicles this year. Richter said the plan has also been written to help agencies apply for grants to expand the services to senior citizens and the disabled.
Adopting the plan would not lock any entity into following through on the strategies it contains, Richter said.
Residents will have an opportunity to comment on the plan Monday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main St.
Richter gave commissioners a preliminary report of the 139-page document, concentrating on the eight-page chapter eight "Moving Ahead: Prioritized Strategies." Approximately 30 agencies have been involved at some point in the meetings that developed the strategies. In 2013 a series of surveys were conducted to help determine transportation needs.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 16:18
Mental health levy plans underway PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:54
In gearing up for a planned levy renewal in the November election, members of the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board heard from two consultants interesting in helping organize its campaign.
Members of the levy steering committee heard from BJ Fischer, director of strategic services at FLS Group at Thread Marketing, and Daniel Lipian, Strategic Planning and Consulting LLC on Monday.
Fischer is a former BG City Council president and Lipian is the former chair of BGSU College Republicans. Fischer's firm has worked previously on numerous levy campaigns for the board.
While the board has not taken an official vote, a consensus has been reached to place a renewal on the ballot for its existing 1.6-mill, 10-year levy. The board also has a 1.0-mill, 10-year levy. The two levies are staggered.
The committee made no decisions on which, if any, consultant to contract with on Monday. ADAMHS Executive Director Tom Clemons said the meeting was used to gather information, with further meetings planned with the consultants and additional board members.
Fischer discussed the top voter concerns.
"The biggest thing in this environment that you can't overlook is, people are feeling stretched financially," Fischer said.
"This is one of the few financial things in peoples' lives they have some say in," he said.
Another top concern for voters is public safety.
BG to demolish Ridge school (3-4-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 13:42
Bowling Green City Council took the final step Monday night toward demolishing the former Ridge Elementary school in preparation for the site to become a park.
Ironically, the biggest booster for using the site for a park, Daniel Gordon, voted against the ordinance.
"My vote reflected feedback from constituents on this issue," First Ward Council Member Daniel Gordon said following the meeting. He said the process being used was a concern.
The ordinance calls for selling the property to Midwest Environmental Control of Toledo Inc., which will handle asbestos abatement and demolition of the building and leveling of the site. The city then plans to purchase the property from Midwest at a cost that covers the work. The same procedure was followed by the city when the former high school/junior high building on West Wooster Street, and former Central Administration Building on South Grove Street were demolished.
Council added an emergency clause, which also passed on a 6-1 vote. The clause means the ordinance is effective as soon as signed my the mayor and also removes the possibility that a citizen referendum could be mounted to bring the issue to a public vote. Without the clause the ordinance would become effective 30 days after signed by the mayor.
Haskins Council backs anti-bullying efforts PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:51
HASKINS - The efforts of Otsego Local Schools to eliminate bullying in the district and surrounding communities received support from village council Tuesday night.
The members heard a presentation from Otsego Elementary counselor Cindy Johnson.
"We all know that bullying doesn't just happen at school, it basically happens anywhere the kids go," said Johnson.
Like many districts throughout the county, Otsego utilizes the Olweus bullying prevention program which includes a number of components, including frequent classroom meetings led by teachers.
Johnson emphasized that the district wanted to ensure the entire Otsego community was involved in helping the stamp out bullying. Posters featuring this year's anti-bullying theme, "Kindness," are hung throughout the school building, and the village councils of Tontogany, Grand Rapids and Weston all previously signed anti-bullying proclamations. Haskins was the last stop in her series of community presentations, and the council signed copies of the district's proclamation, which are to be hung in the elementary and high school buildings.
As part of Otsego's program, students caught being kind are given a "kindness card", which they can then turn in for a pencil in Johnson's office.
"What we hope to do is going to all of our businesses throughout all of our communities" so that they can hang up the kindness posters and also hand out the cards, said Johnson.
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