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BG takes criticism for coal connection PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:43
A group of Bowling Green residents continued to raise questions Monday about the 2008 decision of the Bowling Green Board of Public Utilities decision to be a part of the Prairie States coaled-fired power plant in southwest Illinois.
Individuals expressed concerns about the cost of the project, how it could affect the city and its power customers, suggested the city had been misled by Peabody Energy and American Municipal Power and promoted more use of wind and solar power, which city officials pointed out is more expensive than the Prairie States power.
More than 200 communities in the Midwest and 68 in Ohio are involved in the Prairie States project.
"We are not trying to disparage anybody's integrity. We are here to help and ask questions. There are things that we are not understanding," Summit Street resident Neocles Leontis said. Leontis cited city-furnished data to indicate that the Prairie States power is roughly twice the $48 per megawatt hour promised in 2008.
Director of Utilities Brian O'Connell said the price the city expects to pay for the Prairie States power this year is $73.66 per megawatt hour. That charge includes about $750,000 in debt service, which O'Connell said is also part of the megawatt per hour charge on power the city buys from the wind turbines and hydro plants. O'Connell admitted there have been startup issues with the Prairie States plant and said that is not unusual for a new facility.
BG police see jump in calls for service PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:30
The Bowling Green Police Division handled more than 30,500 calls for service in 2013 - an increase of more than 2,000 from 2012.
These figures and others were released Monday in the agency's 2013 annual report.
All told, BGPD received 30,519 calls for service, up from 28,371 in 2012. There were a total of 4,094 traffic citations issued, and 2,903 criminal arrests. Operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI) arrests numbered 385.
The total number of traffic crashes in 2013 - 977 - decreased by 68 over 2012, but the number of injury crashes, 102, increased by six over the previous year. There were no fatal crashes in 2013.
Additionally, the report shows that use of force by officers has been declining in recent years, from 56 incidents in 2011 to 18 in 2013. Of those incidents, officers deployed a TASER or pepper spray 11 times.
"The amount of force that we've had to utilize has really gone down," said Maj. Tony Hetrick.
The report indicates the decline in use of force may be related to the issuance of TASERs to officers, since perpetrators are familiar with what they do and would be less likely to engage them, as well as changing tactics resulting from training given to officers in the agency.
Coyotes get wiley in winter PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:28
A coyote in Yosemite National Park. (Photo by Christopher Bruno/Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
The winter weather may be keeping people inside, but it's not decreasing the number of coyote sightings in Wood County.
Reports of coyotes in the area seem to be equal to past years.
Jim Witter, a naturalist at the Wood County Park District's W. W. Knight Nature Preserve, said he wasn't aware of any particular increase or decrease in the numbers of the animals, which are reported in every county of the state.
"I know that our rangers who've been on patrol out around dusk do see some around the railroad tracks area behind W. W. Knight." He said he also sighted some of the animals along Interstate 75 one morning about two months ago.
"There were two that were walking through a field," he said.
Another park district employee, Witter related, saw one near U.S. 6 around the Bradner Preserve in southeastern Wood County.
"Coyotes are still active throughout the winter," he said. "During particularly severe conditions, really bad blowing snow, a blizzard or really cold (weather), they might try to hunker down or shelter," but not usually out in the open.
Rossford may face new levy PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 11:23
ROSSFORD - Monday it was Treasurer James Rossler's turn to speak during the board's Five Good Minutes section on the agenda.
The information he had to share wasn't good, though.
Rossler gave a brief history of the district's financial picture. In the end he concluded: "The challenges will create huge decisions that the district will have to face."
After the meeting, he said those challenges will lead the district to seek new operating money sometime within the year.
Rossford, he said, has gone 12 years without seeking new money. The district first passed a 7.9-mill operating levy in 1992, and then renewed that and added another 7.9-mill levy in 2002. Voters approved renewals of both those levies in 2012.
The school district, which includes a large section of Perrysburg Township, had been able to rely on steady growth in residential and commercial tax bases.
In the last several years, that has not been the case.
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