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BG mulls land use plan PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:29
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Bowling Green's Future Land Use Steering Committee is getting high marks from the consultant hired to oversee the update of this section of the city's Master Plan.
"The steering group is one of the best I've seen in 20 years," said Charles Buki, of czb LLC.
"They have been working very hard. They have done more work than citizens typically do," Buki said Monday from his Alexandria, Va., office.
The committee has held at least a half-dozen meetings and has been assigned homework, much of which has involved engaging members of the community in conversations to gather ideas and concerns. The future land use plan was last updated in the 1980s.
Buki said he has been impressed with the temperament of the committee. He said experience has taught him to expect at least a couple of members of a group to be unhappy with everything. "Nobody in this steering group is in a bad mood and that means people are working together. Some people with downtown interests have set those aside, the same with the east side, for the good of the city. BGSU is asking 'What's good for BG?'
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 11:36
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Aviation program aims high PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 09:26
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University of Toledo president Lloyd Jacobs and BGSU president Mary Ellen Mazey chat near an airplane in a hanger at the Wood County Airport Monday, March 31, 2014, before an event to announce a new flight program — a joint venture, between the two universities. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green State University will bring its air power and University of Toledo will bring its ties to China and the result will be a new collaboration between the schools often seen as rivals.
The two university presidents were on hand at the Wood County Airport Monday to announce the formation of the Northwest Ohio Aviation Education Consortium.
While on the athletic fields the two schools may battle, BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey said that when it comes to academics the institutions have a history of cooperating.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 11:34
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Voting changes a balancing act PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:21
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File photo. People are seen voting at Bowling Green City Park. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
For Bowling Green State University scholars Richard Anderson and Michael Doherty, making the right decision about changing voting rules comes down to the numbers.
Anderson, assistant professor of psychology, and Doherty, professor emeritus in psychology, question whether Secretary of State John Husted and the legislators who backed recent changes in early voting and absentee voting had the numbers to justify the changes.
"My concern as a citizen is the democratic process ...  is being subverted in a number of ways," Doherty said. "One of those ways is by carefully changing voting requirements ... so your party gets the upper hand."
Both major political parties are guilty of this, he said.
"Most of the new changes look reasonable on the face," Anderson said, until the background is considered.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 11:35
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Sheriff defends his snow level decisions PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 31 March 2014 10:43
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Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn speaks on the decision-making for snow emergencies in the county. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn acknowledged that he's not always the most popular guy, particularly when Wood County encounters severe weather.
Speaking Friday to the county township association, the sheriff explained what factors determine whether he declares a snow emergency, still a touchy subject on the heels of the region's worst winter in decades.
Wasylyshyn heard complaints and concerns from every direction this winter - from those who wanted the roads shut down under a Level 3, and from others fed up with being home-bound at other times when the restriction was imposed.
"Believe me, many, many people call me and give me their opinion of what the snow level should be," Wasylyshyn said.
Drawn up by the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association, the snow emergency levels are intended to give information on the general condition of roadways, not just whether they're open or closed, he said, though there is little difference between the first and second levels.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 11:34
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