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'Not in Our Town' meets with BG Council, asks for support from city PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:15
"Not in Our Town" representatives visited Bowling Green City Council Monday, sharing details of the groups efforts in recent months to stop hate in the community.
"This requires the support of everyone in our community," Arpan Yagnik said. "To address every form of hate and discrimination, we all need to come together and support one another. This is a grass roots effort," he said.
Yagnik is a doctoral student in media and communications at Bowling Green State University.
Sakina Trevathan, who received her masters in college student personnel Friday at BGSU, told council the group will be reviewing comments gathered at meetings this spring to decide how to go about eradicating hate in Bowling Green.
Dr. Emily Monago, director of multicultural affairs at BGSU and a member of the city's Human Relations Commission, said there has been a "great partnership" and added that both the city and university police departments have been involved in the discussions.
Council also:
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Received a notice of a leave of absence from Fourth Ward Representative Greg Robbinette, while he is on active duty with the Army National Guard unit based in Springfield, that he commands.
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Heard Director of Parks and Recreation Dr. Michelle Grigore say she hopes to have an opening date for the new aquatic complex by council's May 20 meeting. She said weather is the biggest factor that will prevent a June 1 opening.
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Learned bids for a new water tower will be opened May 17. Director of Utilities Brian O'Connell said the Board of Public Utilities will hold a special meeting May 20 at 5 p.m. to discuss the project. The tower will be located on city-owned property in Bellard Business Park near Newton Road.
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Learned the city has received a Golden Tree award from the American Public Power Association. O'Connell said the award requires a tree be planted for each electric customer.
More than 17,000 trees have been planted in the past 20 years. O'Connell said BG is just the 78th city with a municipal electric system to receive the aware and this is the first such award presented in the past three years.
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Was reminded of a Community Improvement Committee meeting May 20 at 6 p.m. Committee Chairman John Zanfardino said council plans to discuss comments among itself about public comments made during two previous CIC meetings.

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