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Lake Twp. narrowly OKs purchase of fourth truck for snow removal PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:40
MILLBURY - The Lake Township Trustees reluctantly and narrowly approved buying a new truck for the road department at Tuesday's meeting.
The $129,000 purchase had been discussed for several weeks, and was approved Tuesday with a 2-1 vote. Melanie Bowen and Richard Welling voted yes; Jeff Pettit voted no.
After several minutes of discussion, audience member Randy Saint John asked Fiscal Officer Vicki Schwamberger if the new truck was in the budget.
"Can we afford this?" he asked.
Schwamberger said the amount was not in the road department budget and would be taken out of the general fund, and financed.
Saint John said he would not like the trustees to propose a levy to finance the purchase. Trustee Richard Welling said the only foreseeable levy was a fire renewal in November.
Portage Twp. meeting change PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:39
The Portage Township Trustees have changed their next regular meeting to Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the township hall.
An incorrect date was published in Tuesday's newspaper. Incorrect information was provided.
Perrysburg mayor featured at program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:13
Tuesday at 7 p.m., Way Library, in cooperation with the League of Women Voters of the Perrysburg Area, will host a talk by Mayor Michael Olmstead.  The talk is titled "Vision for Perrysburg".
Olmstead has been a Perrysburg resident for the past 17 years and served as Perrysburg City Councilman for the past two terms.  He is a member and past president of the Perrysburg Area Chamber of Commerce.  He is a graduate of Ohio University with a B.S. in Physical Therapy.  He was elected mayor of Perrysburg in November, 2013.
This program is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.
Citizens question BG's electric rate increase, source of power supply PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:18
Several Bowling Green citizens questioned city council Monday night about electric rate increases and the city's decision to rely on the Prairie States coal-fired plant for about 50 percent of the city's power supply.
Each provided council with a list of questions and stated their concerns. Some questions were answered and others were referred to the city's director of utilities.
The city's Board of Public Utilities approved a new rate schedule late in 2013, which will be effective March 1. Rates are scheduled to increase an average of 5 percent March 1 and increase by a similar amount on March 1, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The speakers said they were concerned that the cost of power from the Prairie States plant was not mentioned in a letter sent to customers announcing the rate increase.
Director of Utilities Brian O'Connell said Prairie States was not mentioned because the increases were the result of a new capacity charge for transmission of power and the approaching completion of several hydroelectric power sources that will carry a higher power cost. He said when the hydro projects are online, the city will get about 37 percent of its power from renewable resources.
WSOS receives Best Practice awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:01
The Ohio VETS program and the Juvenile Re-entry project of the After School Program, both operated by WSOS Community Action Commission have each received a Best Practice award.
Representatives from both programs that included staff, participants and partners as well as other WSOS staff attended the recent awards luncheon in Columbus.
This award is presented annually by The John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University and the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies. The honors were two of seven Best Practice awards presented this year to Ohio's community action agencies. In the past, up to 15 awards have been presented to Community Action programs around the state.
"I learned so much," said Josh Perez, a participant in the Juvenile Re-entry Initiative that was a part of the WSOS After School program. "I won't be here if it weren't for this program," Lopez said.
"This program allowed me to fulfill my dream of becoming a marine mechanic." Ben Knausse, a veteran from Tiffin, said.
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