|BG's east side residents cite lack of respect from neighbors|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune|
|Friday, 19 April 2013 08:38|
Bowling Green's Community Improvement Committee will spend the next several weeks preparing a response to residents who have shared concerns about east side neighborhood issues at two meetings this spring.
The city administration will also be preparing a response and providing it to the committee.
Council President John Zanfardino, who also heads the committee, Monday night called the two sessions "very productive" and called another meeting for 6 p.m. May 20 to respond to residents. "We can't begin to address the issues here tonight," Zanfardino said.
Six of seven council members attended the hour-long session.
Elizabeth Burroughs, a 25-year resident of Clough Street, said conditions have worsened in the area over the past 10 years. "I have called the police department and the health department so often that I feel like a pest." She suggested more preventative efforts that would involve Bowling Green State University, landlords, tenant and neighbors.
University Lane resident Tom Imondi said he spent 10 years living in the densely-populated Los Angeles area and has encountered more problems in Bowling Green with people cutting through yards, broken fences and general disrespect for private property.
Matt Donahue, a one-year resident of South College Drive who move to BG from the Old West End neighborhood of Toledo, said he rarely experienced crime or vandalism there. "In Bowling Green it has been incident, after incident, after incident." Donahue said items have been stolen, people have used his fire pit, a living room window has been broken and an American Flag vandalized. He praised BG police for their efforts but wondered if the city could not be more proactive in addressing issues. "I get a sense of entitlement when I talk to students and landlords."
Donahue also asked if there was something the city and university could do to get what he called "rape speech signs" removed from yards along Wooster Street when students are returning to campus for fall semester.
Baldwin Avenue resident Rose Hess talked about a 2009 housing report that listed four goals and 15 strategies to address problems discussed at that time. Hess said as far as she can tell the only item pursued has been additional use of the Wood County Health Department to enforce issues it oversees.
Hess stressed the need to follow strategies such as encouraging landlords to sell properties to single-family owners, additional code enforcement and efforts to pursue historical designations. "Landlords are the missing stakeholders in all of this." She said attention and enforcement has been "spotty and reactive."
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