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Communities try to stretch salt supplies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 24 January 2014 10:26
A snow plow is seen north of Bowling Green. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Municipalities and agencies throughout Wood County have been marshaling their stockpiles of salt to combat the snow and ice on the roadways. While some are using less salt than usual, others are concerned their supplies may not last until spring if the frigid weather persists.
The City of Bowling Green received a shipment of 500 tons of salt Tuesday, part of a contract the city has with the ODOT Cooperative Purchasing Program. The city also collaborates with the ODOT District 2 garage on East Poe Road to produce brine for pre-treatment of city streets.
BG's Director of Public Works Brian Craft said the city started the season with a full shed of salt, bolstered by the fact that usage in 2013 fell below expectations. He expects the salt supply will be OK unless the harsh winter conditions persist. "We've got at least two months left when we might need salt," he said after Tuesday night's city council meeting.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 11:05
Flu vaccine supply needs shot in the arm PDF Print E-mail
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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.”
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.
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