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G. Rapids turns up tunes to drown out discussion PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:42
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GRAND RAPIDS - Council once considered sound proofing its meeting chambers to keep its executive sessions private, but members have now gone a less expensive and more melodic route - country music.
During a 25-minute, closed-door executive session on Monday, council members held private discussions, as allowed by law, to the tunes of today's country hits.
"It's an executive session and it needs to stay within our walls here," said council member Carolyn Erdody after the council meeting.
"It's a good precaution," agreed Mayor Marjory Obermyer.
Initially, the portable radio was located within council chambers. Minutes after the executive session began, the radio was placed in the hallway where those who attended Monday's council meeting were asked to stay while council met in executive session.
Soon after the radio was placed in the hallway, Lynn Sylvain, a local resident who attends council meetings, ran for village council and published a series of newsletters leading up to the election, turned off the radio.
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Perrysburg to install roundabout PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 17:31
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PERRYSBURG - A roundabout planned in 2015 is the first step toward building a new corridor through the southeast end of the city.
The new intersection will allow continuous traffic flow at Carronade Drive and Eckel Junction Road and is the initial move toward shifting traffic onto Carronade, Administrator Bridgette Kabat said during a Service-Safety Committee meeting Monday.
"This is kind of like phase one to ultimately having Carronade being the feeder to (Ohio) 199, and closing off Eckel Junction and making a cul-de-sac," Kabat said.
Carronade will eventually be extended to connect with Ohio 199.
Council President John Kevern indicated the plan had been in the works for several years, and the committee voted 3-0 to fund up to $43,700 in design work this year. Also supporting the effort were new councilors Jim Matuszak and Barry VanHoozen.
Engineer Doug Dariano said he solicited proposals for the work early in 2013, but no design money was budgeted. Poggemeyer Design Group will be contracted to draw the plans, which he estimated at $40,800.
"If you look at the quadrants of that intersection, they have done all the subdivision work in that area, so they're very familiar with the project area," Dariano said.
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Schools may get more calamity days PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 17:32
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There may be some relief for local schools who continue to cancel classes because of severe weather.
On Monday, Republican House members Tony Burkley of Payne and Brian Hill of Zanesville filed a proposal that would increase the number of calamity that a school district can use this year from five to nine days, according to today's Columbus Dispatch.
Soon after, Gov. John R. Kasich urged the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio Department of Education to work together on legislation providing a one-time increase in the number of days that schools can take off because of snow or bad weather.
Kasich said a one-time increase of just a few days is needed since so many Ohio schools have used-or are close to using-their five allowable calamity days due to the unusually severe winter weather this year.
Ohio law allows schools five calamity days a year before they must start adding days to the school year.
Kasich enacted legislation in 2011 increasing the number of calamity days from three to five.
Across Wood County, all districts have had at least five days lost, with more possible this week due to the frigid weather forecast.
Eastwood and Otsego have been hit the hardest, with both missing 11 days as of today
Bowling Green and North Baltimore have each missed 10.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 08:19
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Rossford to try for 2 fire levies PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 17:30
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ROSSFORD - City Council voted to seek renewals for two fire levies, but a request for new money for the department will have to wait until November.
The council unanimously voted to place a 1-mill renewal for fire protection and a 0.6-mill renewal for equipment and buildings on the May ballot.
The Public Safety Committee also recommended a request for a 0.5 mill levy for equipment and buildings, but that ran into opposition on council and failed to secure the five votes needed to pass it as an emergency measure.
Councilman Daniel Wagner, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, said members decided to put each request up separately so if voters turned down the additional expenditures "we wouldn't lose basic services."
Councilman Robert Ruse said he didn't have a problem with the renewals, but felt that the request for new money should have been presented early enough so that it could be given three readings, instead of being pushed through at one meeting.
The request to put the items on the ballot must be at the Board of Elections by Feb. 5.
The request could be "pushed off to November," Ruse said.
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