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BG paves way for work at Poe & Haskins roads PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:45
Cars pass through the intersection of Haskins Road and Poe Road in Bowling Green. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
One of the first signs of Spring 2014 for Bowling Green residents will be orange construction barrels at the Haskins and Poe road intersection.
"Construction will probably start by mid-March, if we have a normal spring," City Engineer Troy Sonner told BG's Board of Public Utilities Monday evening.
Sonner said the contract has been awarded to Gerken Paving of Napoleon at a cost of $642,000. The engineering estimate was $852,000.
Five bids were received for the project, all of which Sonner said Tuesday would have been awardable.
"We will be holding a pre-construction conference with the contractor and then a public meeting to share the project scope and schedule," Sonner said. The public meeting date will be announced.
Sonner said most of the work will be focused on Haskins Road (Ohio 64) north and south of the intersection, with the addition of left turn lanes.
Perrysburg transit users want input PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 03 February 2014 11:09
PERRYSBURG - Public transit users want more input on the city's transportation system, and officials are working to further involve them in discussions.
Gil Lutz said he relies heavily on Ride Right, and at Tuesday's meeting of the Health, Sanitation and Public Utilities Committee, pushed for more influence among riders to make suggestions and offer concerns.
"I'm a heavy user of public transportation here in Perrysburg. I think Ride Right is doing an excellent job, I really do. It's wonderful. But there are a couple bugs I'd like to have addressed, or at least looked at," he said.
Lutz, who is blind, said that while the service operates until 9 p.m., there is no way to reach drivers after 5 p.m. if an appointment runs long or a meeting is canceled, for instance, and a rider needs to make an adjustment. In that event, he said taxis either won't come from Toledo, or will charge a premium and not arrive for several hours.
"There are not a whole lot of other opportunities if you're tied to public transportation, and my situation is not unique," Lutz said.
While admitting frequent Ride Right users have the cell phone numbers of several drivers, he asked for a way information could be forwarded.
The group's contract with the city indicates Ride Right will not staff someone to answer the phones after 5 p.m., but officials will open discussions for a possible solution, said Administrator Bridgette Kabat.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 12:05
Family finally finds justice PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA, Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Monday, 03 February 2014 11:10
Gary Bell (from left) Karen Bell and their daughter Kim Polinsky. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Bell family of Bowling Green had to wait an agonizingly long three years and four months for justice.
From Sept. 21, 2010 until Jan. 21, 2014.
That's how long their son's murderer was able to walk the streets at will, a free woman, even though the police, his co-workers, and friends back in BG as well as his adopted hometown of Nashville all knew she was the one who had ambushed him in his own condo, pointed the gun at him and repeatedly pulled the trigger.
In his 32 years of living, Bryan Bell, a 1996 Bowling Green High School-Penta graduate, never met a stranger and had no enemies.
Visitation at Dunn Funeral Home was packed with people from every part of his past - the boys with whom he played youth hockey and wrestling teammates at BG Junior High; the girls and boys from his classes at Penta; folks from First United Methodist, where he was confirmed; fellow Masons who were decades older than even his father, Gary.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 12:36
BG, Otsego try to make up snow days PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 February 2014 10:41
Bowling Green and Otsego school districts are taking steps to make up school lost to calamity days.
On Saturday, the Bowling Green Board of Education voted to hold classes Feb. 17, Presidents' Day, which previously had been a scheduled day off.
"That's the only thing we're doing definitely right now," said school board President Steve Cernkovich.
The board also passed a resolution to allow the use of "Blizzard Bags" as an online class makeup option.
"Our preference is to not use the Blizzard Bags because we would prefer student/teacher contact," Cernkovich added. "We're not implementing that now, but if it turns out we need to, we have the option."
The state Department of Education allows the pre-made online materials to make up for up to three days.
Bowling Green has missed 11 school days and Otsego has missed 12 as of today. Schools are allowed five calamity days. State officials may raise that limit to nine.
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