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Otsego listens to public input PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:17
WESTON - From questions about bussing to suggestions for resurrecting after-school programming in the communities, Otsego Local Schools received a lot of feedback Tuesday.
A community forum was held at the Weston Public Library in an effort to build off of a recent survey distributed by the district and craft a strategic plan.
The event was one of four such forums held throughout the district Monday and Tuesday.
"We're not just going to listen and then ignore," said Superintendent Adam Koch, who was joined by elementary principal Betsey Murry and junior high principal Mike Wiley during the meeting.
"We want to be part of one community at Otsego."
While a crowd of 10 showed up to the Weston meeting - events in Haskins and Tontogany on Monday similarly attracted 25 attendees overall - there was not a lack of discussion. Less a formal presentation, the event fostered a conversational dialogue for issues on the minds of the audience.
One of the themes of the night was returning after-school and other programs to the communities that make up the district - something that audience members felt was lacking in the wake of closed community schools and the creation of a centralized campus in Tontogany in recent years.
Snow piles up costs for BG PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:10
File. A BG Public Works plow moves down Main Street. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green has already spent more than $96,000 dealing with the snow and ice of 2014.
"This certainly exceeds our anticipation for the first week of a new year," Municipal Administrator John Fawcett told city council Monday night. He said the overtime budget has been "dinged" and added that the department will have to "be making efficient decisions along the way."
Fawcett said most of the expense was in the public works budget, citing 2,354 gallons of fuel ($8,000); 1,999 hours of overtime ($63,690); 520 tons of salt ($18,460) and $5,800 in damage to city equipment. Approximately 60 people worked some overtime, most in public works, with help also coming from utility staff and parks and recreation. Public works employees were on 12-hour shifts for many days.
Although city offices were officially closed two days, about a dozen people were working in the City Building, answering phones and dealing with other issues. Fawcett said the city considers all of its employees essential, but with the Level 3 snow emergency, allows them an individual decision as to whether to report to work.
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Elmwood supt. contract extended PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:05
JERRY CITY - Tony Borton will lead Elmwood Schools for at least the next three years.
The school board unanimously supported a two-year contract extension for Borton, the district's superintendent, at its meeting Monday.
This is the last year of Borton's existing contract, and the new deal will extend through 2017.
"He's provided good leadership for the district," said board President Brian King. "I think everyone is happy with the job he's doing."
Borton has received support from the community, which is very important, King added.
And he's leading the district "in the right direction."
Borton has been superintendent since 2010. This is his third contract extension.
His salary remains unchanged at $99,560.
"I think things are going very well in the district," Borton stated.
He said he'll continue to move the district forward in the direction he thinks it should be heading, specifically working to get better academically.
Rossford to try for 2 rec levy replacements PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:59
ROSSFORD - City council voted unanimously Monday to place two replacement levies for the Recreation Department on the May ballot.
Each levy, one for capital improvements and another for operations, collects 0.4 mills. When council's recreation committee reported on the request last year, it advised seeking a replacement rather than a renewal in order to better fund the department's needs. By replacing the levy, the millage is reset based on current valuation rather than simply collecting the same dollar amount as the current millage does.
Possible capital needs include a new roof over the senior center, resurfacing tennis courts and new asphalt for the parking lot.
According to information provided by the county auditor's office, each levy would raise $49,211 a year. If the levy had been renewed it would have raised just shy of $37,000.
Each levy would cost the owner of a house assessed at $100,000 $14 a year, or $28 if both are passed. Each would have cost $10.38 for the same property owner if the levy had been renewed.
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