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Grave situation: Lake Twp. raises burial costs to meet expenses PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 24 January 2014 10:00
MILLBURY - The cost of being buried at Lake Township Cemetery is going a little deeper.
At Tuesday's meeting, the trustees approved new cemetery rates, which had not been adjusted since 2009, according to chairwoman Melanie Bowen.
"We've had some money issues (at the cemetery) so it's time to put us in line with everyone else," Bowen said after the meeting.
The cemetery budget has been down from $200,000 annually five years ago to $160,000 a year.
The new fees put a bigger spread between resident and non-resident rates. The new foundation fees and non-residential burial charges are effective Feb. 1.
"This kind of puts us on par with the other cemeteries," said Trustee Jeff Pettit. "Even with the increases, there's three to four cemeteries … that are still higher on their footers."
Pettit got specific prices from Fort Meigs and St. Rose cemeteries in Perrysburg, New Belleville Ridge in Perrysburg Township and Riverside in Maumee.
BG asks public for input on school strategic plan PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:54
Group members discuss ideas during a planning forum for Bowling Green City Schools. (Photo EnochWu/Sentinel-Tribune)
The importance of meeting the needs of all students, whether gifted or special needs, was the top vote-getter for what Bowling Green School District needs to be a quality district.
All-day kindergarten was a close second
At least that was the opinion of the 19 people who attended the district’s first public forum Wednesday to help develop a strategic plan.
Of the 19 there, nine were directly tied to the district, either as a teacher, a principal or a school board member.
Gaining community support was number three on the must-have list.
Todd Cramer, executive director of teaching and learning, led the two-hour discussion on the attributes of a quality school as well and the pluses and negatives within Bowling Green specifically.
“Our goal isn’t to get agreement in the room,” said Cramer.
Flu vaccine supply needs shot in the arm PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:01
Sheri Bockbrader, a public health nurse, prepares items to administer a flu shot at the Wood County Health Department in BG on January 9, 2013. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center has run out of adult influenza vaccines, the health district announced Wednesday.
Flu shots are still available for children age 18 and under; however, the health center is also out of FluMist. So far, there are no plans to order additional supplies.
The department typically avoids waste by ordering a certain amount of vaccines so that the supply runs out near the end of the season. A run on flu shots in recent weeks is likely connected with reports of deaths in other counties, Pat Snyder, health information, education and communications manager for the health district, acknowledged this morning.
“We’ve definitely seen an increase in the number of people coming in to get a flu shot in the last week or so.”
BG annexes site for auto dealership PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:46
Annexation and zoning that will allow a long-time Bowling Green auto dealer to build a new building breezed through a public hearing and city council Tuesday night.
Council agreed to annex 2.409 acres at the northwest corner of the intersection of North Main Street and Newton Road, and to approve interim zoning of B-2, general commercial, for the property.
Owned by the Knauss family, the vacant land will be purchased by the Al Smith ChryslerDodgeRamJeep dealership, now located about one mile south at North Main and Dill streets.
The annexation and zoning were unanimously recommended to council by the BG Planning Commission on Jan. 8, following a public hearing.
Council held its own public hearing on the zoning issue before Tuesday night's meeting, but there were no comments from the public. Both ordinances had received three readings and had been tabled by council, awaiting the zoning hearing. The vote on both ordinances was 7-0.
Council also:
• Learned the city is continuing to pickup Christmas trees. Director of Public Works Brian Craft said residents could call 419-354-6227 if they have a tree awaiting pickup.
• Heard First Ward rep Daniel Gordon set a meeting of the Community Improvement Committee for Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. to begin working on a draft for a Town-Gown Committee,
• Watched as Second Ward rep John Zanfardino was sworn in for his new term by City Attorney Michael Marsh. Zanfardino was absent last week when five other members took the oath for their new terms.
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