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Library sees more paper and ebook borrowing PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:27
Feet through the door and eyes on the website: The Wood County District Public Library had plenty of both last year.
Ebook usage increased a dramatic 82 percent in 2013, members of the library's Board of Trustees learned at their monthly meeting Wednesday.
"But ebooks still account for only 4 percent (24,385) of total borrowing," library Director Michael Penrod reported.
According to official statistics from the state library board, foot traffic into the building increased 2.4 percent and the library averaged 18,459 visits to the BG building per month.
Circulation continues at a high level after breaking all-time records in 2012. A total of 601,404 items were borrowed in 2013, compared to 605,799 in 2012.
Penrod attributed the decrease in usage to the board's September 2013 decision to lengthen the loan period for new fiction from 7 days to the current four weeks, and said the drop was actually not as large as expected.
"Since 2002, borrowing of items has increased 36 percent, from 441,573 to 601,404," he added.
In 2013 the library had a total of 26,209 cardholders, 22,888 of them adults and 3,321 children. The library deletes cards which have been inactive for more than two years.
Walbridge gets state money for street work (2-21-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 21 February 2014 11:45
WALBRIDGE — Just as a huge improvement project is set to start on Union Street, village council has learned that it will receive state money to fund a second wave of street repairs.
At Wednesday’s council meeting, Mayor Ed Kolanko said Walbridge has received a $262,000 Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement Grant, also known as Issue 1. The grant is a matching one, meaning the village also has to put in $262,000.
The grant also “matches” a similar one awarded to Walbridge this time last year. An OPWC grant of $209,000 was announced in February 2013 to start the Union Street project. The village also has to match that with $209,000.
The first one, which is set to begin this spring, entails repaving, updating sewers and installing new curbs on Union Street from Main to Dixon streets. Bids will be opened on Feb. 28. The first phase of the project has a Sept. 1 completion date.
The second grant, which Kolanko said was announced this week, continues the work down Union Street to Martendale Place. The second phase will wrap up in 2015.
“I think we’re pretty fortunate to get that second award,” the mayor said after the meeting. “I’m very excited that project will continue.”
Kolanko said Walbridge’s matches for the two phases will come out of savings.
“It does make sense to use our money for needed projects,” he said.
But Walbridge will be getting a windfall of sorts in a couple months.
A new leash on life PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:25
Andrew Snyder, Chief Dog Warden of Wood County. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
At a place where guests aren't looking for a long stay, the Wood County Dog Shelter is now taking reservations.
The shelter is rolling out a new policy next month that will allow people and rescue organizations to reserve dogs while making arrangements to bring them home.
Andrew Snyder, chief dog warden, explained his proposed change to commissioners this week. They did not act but are expected to approve the policy, which may take effect March 1.
"Essentially what we created was a process by which they could submit requests for certain dogs to indicate to us that they would like that dog. It's essentially a hold on that animal, so whoever submits the first hold is the one who is going to get the dog first," Snyder said.
Those interested in adopting a dog can reserve the animal by calling or emailing the shelter. Requests submitted by email must be followed up with a phone call.
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:42
Harsh winter costly to Haskins (2-21-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 21 February 2014 11:38
HASKINS — The harsh winter this year – and its effects – were a concern at village council Tuesday night.
Snow, flooding and salt supplies were among the topics discussed by Village Administrator Colby Carroll.
“We’re just kind of at our wit’s end with snow and where to put snow,” Carroll told council.
He discussed some issues regarding unshoveled sidewalks in the village, and the fact that police officers circulated information about the village’s shoveling ordinances.
The village last month approved the $30,000 purchase of a Ford F-350 truck to supplement Haskins’ small fleet of vehicles. The truck is to be outfitted with a plow, and the purchase was completed earlier this month.
Carroll also expressed concerns about flooding in the village when warmer weather comes to melt the snow.
He further addressed Haskins’ salt supplies. They ordered 25 tons last week and have an additional 25 tons on order.
“We’re actually sitting pretty decent on salt,” he said.
However, Carroll noted salt use by the village this winter has been well in excess of that in a usual year. Normally, the village uses between 40 and 60 tons of salt; he said that by the end of the winter, Haskins will have used 100 tons, nearly double the standard amount.
And the looming issue is where to put it all.
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