BG Council supports school bond levy


Bowling Green City Council has passed a resolution supporting the request by Bowling Green City Schools for funding for a new high school.

At its Monday meeting, council unanimously passed a resolution supporting “the Bowling Green school system and specifically the public high school bond issues on the November 7th ballot.”

Among those who spoke in favor of the bond issue at the meeting was former mayor Dick Edwards, who called it an “all-important levy.” He noted that the school district’s “facilities stand today in sharp contract” to other neighboring districts, including Eastwood, Otsego, and Perrysburg.

“We can’t remain mired in the past,” said Edwards. “The need for a new high school is well-reasoned, well-planned and well-documented.”

Also during the meeting, council:

• Heard from Kathy Mull, executive director of The Cocoon, who noted that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Among the statistics she recounted, Mull said that in 2022, over 600 survivors of domestic abuse received assistance from The Cocoon.

• Introduced an ordinance from Councilman Jeff Dennis amending Chapter 35, “Finances,” of the city’s codified ordinances, creating a new section refining the process for determining the lowest and best bid on public improvement projects.

• Introduced, and gave three readings to, and passed as an emergency measure, an ordinance amending sections 35.70, 98.16 and 151.17(C) of the codified ordinances, related to sidewalk staking. According to the legislative package document prepared for council, the current code “stipulates that all public sidewalk staking be completed by the city. This legislation changes the responsibility for staking sidewalks to a developer or contractor on its projects. As it does for other improvements in the right-of-way, the city will inspect the work… The reason for accelerated readings and the emergency clause is to allow for all fee changes… to be on the same timeline.”

• Introduced an ordinance from Dennis amending sections 39.01 and 39.02 of the codified ordinances concerning unlawful discrimination. Proposed changes to Section 39.01 added definitions for the terms “Applicant,” “Employment,” “Inquire,” and “Salary History.” Proposed changes to Section 39.02 include, among other provisions, that it is an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to ask about an applicant’s salary history, to screen applicants based on prior compensation, “rely on the salary history of an applicant in deciding whether to offer employment to an applicant, or in determining the salary, benefits, or other compensation for such applicant during the hiring process, including the negotiation of an employment contract, or… refuse to hire or otherwise disfavor, injure, or retaliate against an applicant for not disclosing his or her salary history to an employer.”

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