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BG's budget reviewed PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:17
Funds for a 3-percent raise are included a proposed City of Bowling Green 2014 budget to be introduced Dec. 16 by Bowling Green City Council.
Although not discussed Monday afternoon during council's Finance Committee budget review, a 3-percent "salary adjustment" was part of a presentation a month ago during a review of utility budgets. Six of seven council members and one incoming council member attended Monday's session, along with the mayor and numerous city officials and department heads.
Municipal Administrator John Fawcett did mention the need to confirm the amount after the meeting but cautioned nothing is guaranteed. He pointed out that all five unions representing city employees have contracts up for renegotiation in 2014. The city has contracts with police command officers, police officers and dispatchers, firefighters, a group of utility employees and a group of other employees working in several departments. Non-union city employees have traditionally received similar adjustments.
Council vacancy stirs up Rossford PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:14
ROSSFORD - The question about who would be City Council president was answered Monday night, and the process for deciding who will fill a vacant seat was outlined.
Larry Oberdorf rescinded his statement saying he intended to resign as council president made during a contentious council meeting last week.
Mayor Neil MacKinnon announced Oberdorf's intention to stay as council president. That wasn't enough for Councilman Greg Marquette who said he wanted further explanation from Oberdorf about why he said he would resign.
Oberdorf said he was "tied up in the emotions of the state of affairs."
Oberdorf proposed seeking applicants to fill the vacancy created by the death on Thanksgiving of Chuck Duricek, who had just been re-elected to serve a third term.
Newly-elected councilman Dan Wagner, with support from Marquette, had argued the vacancy should be filled by Robert Densic, who came in fifth in a six-candidate race for four seats.
Perrysburg teachers' pay linked to performance PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:16
PERRYSBURG - Joining only a few others statewide to use a similar measure, the school district will offer a performance-based pay system approved as part of a new teaching contract Monday night.
After an hour-long executive session to begin the meeting, the school board approved deals for the 300 teachers of the Perrysburg Education Association, and separately for Superintendent Tom Hosler and Treasurer Matt Feasel.
The teachers' contract includes a 1.25-percent raise in each of three years. They had been working on a contract that expired over the summer which had a two-year pay freeze.
An optional alternative compensation plan will use a point system to determine eligibility for yearly bonuses and pay increases. A 24-member committee mostly comprised of teachers, as well as Hosler, Feasel, and community representatives, developed the criteria over the first half of 2013. Teachers will be measured in five categories: professional growth, organizational citizenship, student growth, collaboration and attendance.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:35
BGSU to renovate South Hall PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 09 December 2013 11:02
A project to turn South Hall into a new home for media and communications studies at Bowling Green State University got the go-ahead Friday by the university's Board of Trustees.
The plan calls for gutting the building, which was built in 1959, and completely renovating it, said Sheri Stoll, the university's chief financial officer.
The total cost of the project is $24 million with $13 million of that spent on construction.
The programs require a "great deal of equipment" so $5 million of the remaining $11 million is expected to be spent equipping the new facility.
Those will include new studios for the TV station BG24 News and the radio stations WFAL and WBGU-FM. Those facilities are now located in West Hall.
Work has already started abating any potentially hazardous materials in the building. Stoll said that by the middle of January "the interior will pretty much be gone."
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 15:07
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