VACANCY - Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board

The Wood County Commissioners, Doris I. Herringshaw, Craig LaHote and Theodore H. Bowlus seek to fill a vacancy on the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (ADAMHS) pursuant to ORC §340.02. Eligible candidates shall be a resident of Wood County and be interested in mental health services or alcohol, drug addiction or gambling addiction services. Experience in business, finance, law, health care, personnel, or government preferred.

People employed by entities that contract with the ADAMHS Board are not eligible to be appointed.

Interested candidates shall complete an Application for Volunteer Service, available at the Commissioners’ Office, or on the Commissioners’ website at: Commissioners Forms, and submit it to the Commissioners’ Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on February 10, 2017.

Commissioners Organize for 2017

The Board of Wood County Commissioners, Doris I. Herringshaw, Craig LaHote, and Theodore H. Bowlus met on January 9, 2017, as required by Ohio law, to organize for the year. Commissioner Herringshaw of Liberty Township will serve as President of the Wood County Board of Commissioners. Commissioner LaHote of Perrysburg Township will serve as Vice-President.

The Board will continue conducting regular meetings on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with Open Forum on regular meeting days following regular business. The Open Forum allows citizens to speak with the Board without scheduling a meeting time. Town Hall meetings are also in the process of being scheduled throughout the County. Times and locations will be announced as they are scheduled.

As President of the Board, Commissioner Herringshaw will serve on a number of boards and commissions including the Board of Revisions, Courthouse Complex Buildings and Grounds Committee, Investment Advisory Committee, OSU Extension Service Advisory Committee, and Solid Waste Policy Committee. Commissioner Herringshaw will also serve on the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee for the County Commissioners’ Association of Ohio and the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) Board of Trustees and Air Quality Committee

Commissioner LaHote will serve on the County’s Automatic Data Processing Board, Community Corrections Board, Court Security Advisory Committee, Dangerous Wild Animal Response Team, Investment Advisory Committee, Local Emergency Planning Committee, and Records Commission. Other committee assignments include the TMACOG Freight Committee and Wastewater Committee. Commissioner LaHote was named as an alternate on the TMACOG Board of Trustees along with Commissioner Bowlus and W. David Steiner, Planning Commission Director.

Commissioner Bowlus of Center Township was selected to serve on the County’s Erie Basin Resource Conservation and Development Council and Family and Children’s First Council, along with TMACOG Portage River Basin Council, Transportation Council and Water Quality Council.

In addition, all three commissioners serve on the Community Improvement Corporation, Debt Review Committee, Financial Report Review Committee, and Planning Commission.

All meeting agendas are posted 24 hours in advance and can be viewed on the commissioners’ website at www.co.wood.oh.us/commissioners

Spirit of Wood County Awards Set for October 23rd

Four Wood County residents are scheduled for recognition by County Commissioners Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote, and Joel Kuhlman on October 23, as they present the annual Spirit of Wood County Awards at 2 p.m. in the Alvin L. Perkins Atrium, at the Wood County Courthouse Complex.

Award recipients include Dan Henry of Washington Township, Agricultural Leadership; Brian Tucker of Bowling Green, Education for Civic Responsibility; and Jean Gamble of Bowling Green, Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award. Janet Stoudinger, who served as the mayor of Wayne, will be recognized posthumously with an award in Self-Government.

The Spirit of Wood County Awards, are awarded to citizens of Wood County who show outstanding qualities in bettering Wood County as a whole. The County Commissioners have been honoring outstanding citizens since 1987. Nominations are accepted throughout the year.

eNews

The Board of Wood County Commissioners is excited to introduce the County’s First Electronic Newsletter. The newsletter is intended to provide citizens with relevant information regarding County operations. We believe it is vital to keep the citizens informed and involved in the County. The newsletter will be published and distributed by email periodically. It will available on the County's website as well as the Commissioners’ Facebook page. If you would like to be added to future distributions, then please send an email to enews@co.wood.oh.us.

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Public Meeting Notice

The Wood County Engineer and the City of Perrysburg is sponsoring a Public Meeting to Display details of the proposed Roundabout at the intersection of Roachton and Hull Prairie Roads on October 6, 2016 from 5pm – 7pm at the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building at 201 West Indiana Ave., Perrysburg OH 43551

Vacancies on the Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities

The Wood County Commissioners, Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote and Joel Kuhlman seek to fill three vacancies on the Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities (WCBDD). Eligible candidates shall be a resident of Wood County and have training and experience in business, finance, law, health care, personnel, or government. One candidate must be eligible for services or be an immediate family member of an individual who is eligible for services from WCBDD.

Interested candidates shall complete an Application for Volunteer Service, available at the Commissioners’ Office, or on the Commissioners’ website at www.co.wood.oh.us/commissioners/forms and submit it to the Commissioners’ Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 14, 2016. Additional information can be obtained by calling (419)354-9100 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Commissioners Appoint Facilities Director In-Training

The Wood County Commissioners, Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote, and Joel Kuhlman appointed Nicholas Foos of Risingsun to serve as Facilities Director In-Training. Mr. Foos will serve along-side the current Facilities Director, Tim Hainen, to become familiar with county facilities, as Hainen is set to retire in 2017. The Facilities Director is responsible for maintaining all county owned facilities including the Courthouse Complex, East Gypsy Lane Complex, County Highway Garage, and satellite offices. His employment with Wood County will begin on August 29, 2016.

Mr. Foos has been employed by Bayes Inc. of Perrysburg, a mechanical contracting business, since 2001. As Project Superintendent, he has been directly responsible for significant projects involving the installation of plumbing, mechanical, and HVAC systems. His work has included project planning and coordination, direct supervision of project staff, work with other trades, as well as architects, engineers, and project owners. Mr. Foos is a graduate of Lakota High School and is a Pipefitter Journeyman trained by the Piping Industry Training Center in Northwood – United Association, Local Union #50.

The Wood County Commissioners are pleased to make this appointment and very much look forward to working with Mr. Foos.

Nominations Sought for Spirit of Wood County Awards

Nominations for the 2016 Spirit of Wood County Awards are being accepted through August 15. Commissioners Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote and Joel Kuhlman encourage residents of Wood County to nominate current or former residents for one of seven awards that will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 during a special ceremony in the Alvin L. Perkins Atrium at the Wood County Courthouse Complex.

The seven award categories include Agricultural Leadership; Industrial/Economic Development; Education for Civic Responsibility; Liberty through Law/Human Freedom; Religion and Liberty; Self-Government; and the Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award.

Nomination forms and category descriptions are available on the Wood County website, www.co.wood.oh.us, by following the “Spirit Awards” link. A list of previous award recipients is also posted on the website. Forms may also be obtained by contacting the Commissioners’ Office at 419/354-9100 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In celebration of the Bicentennial of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, the Ohio Northwest Ordinance and U.S. Constitution Bicentennial Commission developed the Spirit of ‘87 Awards Program. The awards were established to recognize and honor citizens at the local level whose daily actions embody the principles set forth in the Northwest Ordinance. Nominations were taken in six different categories directly related to the Ordinance. Every Ohio community was able to participate in the program and local Spirit of ‘87 Award honorees qualified for statewide recognition.

In 1988 the Wood County Commissioners decided to continue with the awards to honor services rendered by Wood County citizens. Although the names of some awards have changed over the years, the spirit of the awards is alive today.

Land Use Survey

The Wood County Planning Commission is creating a new future land use plan to guide development and preservation throughout Wood County (all townships). We need to know what you think the county's biggest opportunities and challenges are. Please visit our website and complete a brief survey before the end of March 2016. Please share the link with your friends and neighbors, or stop into the Planning Commission office to fill out the survey in person. Thank You!

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Commissioners Approve Resolutions Regarding State Issues

The Wood County Commissioners, Doris Herringshaw, Joel Kuhlman, and Craig LaHote, voted today to approve three resolutions regarding issues appearing on the November 3 election ballot.

The first resolution is in support of State Issue 1, which creates a bipartisan process for drawing legislative districts within the State of Ohio.

The second resolution is in support of State Issue 2, which protects the initiative process from being used for personal economic benefit by adoption an anti-monopoly amendment to the Ohio Constitution.

The third resolution is in opposition to State Issue 3, which would grant a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana.

The three resolutions are avalable here:

Support State Issue 1
Support State Issue 2
Oppose State Issue 3

Spirit of Wood County Award Winners Named

The Board of County Commissioners, Doris Herringshaw, Joel Kuhlman, and Craig LaHote invite area citizens to join them in honoring the 2015 Spirit of Wood County Award recipients at a special ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 25. The ceremony will be held in the Courthouse Complex Atrium.

The 2015 award winners include Ed Ciecka and John Fawcett for Self-Government, Thom Headley for Education for Civic Responsibility, and Steve Powell for Agricultural Leadership; and Jim Carter for Industrial/Economic Development. Nick Ezzone and Dianna Temple will be awarded the Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award.

The Spirit of Wood County Awards are awarded to citizens of Wood County who show outstanding qualities in bettering Wood County as a whole. The County Commissioners have been honoring outstanding citizens since 1987.

Any questions about this program should be directed to the Wood County Commissioners’ Office at 419.354.9100.

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Commissioners to Host Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Job and Family Services Children's services Visitation Center

Bowling Green, Ohio – July 16, 2015 -- The Wood County Commissioners, James Carter, Doris Herringshaw, and Joel Kuhlman, welcome the public to a short ribbon cutting ceremony followed by an open house to be held at Wood County Job and Family Services Children’s Services Center on July 23, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. The Children’s Services Center addition project is a 10,846 square foot expansion and renovation of the JFS building.

Nominations Sought for Spirit of Wood County Awards

Nominations for the 2015 Spirit of Wood County Awards are being accepted through August 15.  Commissioners James Carter, Doris Herringshaw, and Joel Kuhlman encourage residents of Wood County to nominate current or former residents for one of seven awards that will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 25 during a special ceremony in the Courthouse Complex Atrium. 

The seven award categories include Agricultural Leadership; Industrial/Economic Development; Education for Civic Responsibility; Liberty through Law/Human Freedom; Religion and Liberty; Self-Government; and the Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award. 

Nomination forms and category descriptions are available on the Wood County website, www.co.wood.oh.us, by following the “Spirit Awards” link.  A list of previous award recipients is also posted on the website.  Forms may also be obtained by contacting the Commissioners’ Office at 419/354-9100 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

In celebration of the Bicentennial of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, the Ohio Northwest Ordinance and U.S. Constitution Bicentennial Commission developed the Spirit of ‘87 Awards Program.  The awards were established to recognize and honor citizens at the local level whose daily actions embody the principles set forth in the Northwest Ordinance. Nominations were taken in six different categories directly related to the Ordinance.  Every Ohio community was able to participate in the program and local Spirit of ‘87 Award honorees qualified for statewide recognition.

In 1988 the Wood County Commissioners decided to continue with the awards to honor services rendered by Wood County citizens.  Although the names of some awards have changed over the years, the spirit of the awards is alive today.

New Dog Shelter Operating Hours

Bowling Green, Ohio – January 22, 2015 -- The Wood County Commissioners, James Carter, Doris Herringshaw, and Joel Kuhlman, working with Chief Dog Warden Andrew Snyder, have set new hours of operation for the Wood County Dog Shelter. The Shelter will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; Thursday from 8:30 am to noon and 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm; and Saturday 9:00 am to noon. This new schedule will go into effect Monday, February 2, 2015

Dog License Renewal Information

Starting December 1, 2014 dog licenses must be renewed for the 2015 calendar year. License applications after January 31, 2015 are subject to a late penalty. Please click here for the 2015 Dog License Sales Information document for rates, deadlines, and license sales locations.

Wood County Expands Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

The Wood County Commissioners, James Carter, Doris Herringshaw, and Joel Kuhlman are pleased to announce the expansion of the Non-Emergency Transportation program effective November 3.

County residents needing transportation for non-emergency treatment including medical or mental health appointments in Wood County can call 1-844-353-6779 to speak to a NET-Plus Transportation Coordinator. At the present time, transportation to physical health appointments will only be available to those consumers who are at or below 200% of the poverty level with limited assets. Those with mental health or drug abuse treatment appointments within Wood County should be able to get the transportation without regard to income.

Due to the use of Federal and State funding, a screening process will be utilized to determine eligibility of consumers for the transportation services. The partnering agencies are continuing to discuss options for consumers above the 200% poverty level.

Since the NET-Plus program is for non-emergency transports, all calls must be made at least ten days in advance of appointments.

The Wood County NET-Plus transportation program is an expansion of the current Non-Emergency Transportation (NET) operated by the Department of Job and Family Services. Partnering agencies include The Wood County Department of Job and Family Services, Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, and the Children’s Resource Center.

CONTACT: Dave Wigent, Director, Wood County Department of Job & Family Services 419-352-7566

2014 Spirit of Wood County Awards September 20, 2014

Join us as we present the 2014 Spirit of Wood County Awards September 20, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Wood County Historical Center. For a list of award recipients, visit our website, www.co.wood.oh.us/commissioners, and follow the Spirit Awards link.

Commissioners Announce a One Year 50% Levy Reduction

Bowling Green, Ohio – September 4, 2014 -- The Wood County Commissioners, James Carter, Doris Herringshaw, and Joel Kuhlman, working with Job and Family Services Director Dave Wigent, have requested the Wood County Budget Commission to once again reduce collections of the Adult and Protective Services Levy by 50% during 2015. This reduction will continue to save County taxpayers roughly $1.83 million. The JFS staff has been extremely responsible with expenditures relating to this levy, which is what has enabled the reduced collection for another year. This is the fourth time that the Commissioners and JFS in cooperation with the Budget Commission have been able to voluntarily reduce levy collection since 2000.

Released by: Wood County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and Northwestern Water and Sewer District

As of approximately 9:30 am Monday, August 4, 2014, the City of Toledo officially announced the "do not drink" advisor for the City of Toledo public water is lifted.  This includes the public water supplied to the City of Perrysburg and the services areas of the Northwestern Water & Sewer District who are supplied by the City of Toledo public water system.

The City of Toledo has informed the public that the public water supply is now safe to consume.  Prior to using the public water, the City of Toledo, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, and the Wood County Health District have provided recommended procedures for residents, restaurants, and healthcare providers to follow as a precaution before consuming the water.  Links to the precautionary procedures are below:

Information for residents, restaurants and healthcare facilities

Information regarding clearing out plumbing appliances including water filters

Official Press Release

Commissioners Announce New Hours for County Departments

Child Support Enforcement Agency:
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday - effective January 2014

Job and Family Services:
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Dog Shelter:
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday
8:30 to Noon and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday

Probate Court Guardian Program Seeking Volunteers

Probate Court is seeking volunteers to act as guardians for community members who are no longer able to care for themselves. A volunteer guardian is responsible for making decisions in the best interest of the incompetent adult, known legally as a "ward".

Update on the Peregrine Falcon Chicks

As of this morning, the chicks are beginning to stretch their wings. Check the FalconCam page for an update.

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2013 Spirit of Wood County Award Winners Named

The Board of County Commissioners, Jim Carter, Doris Herringshaw, and Joel Kuhlman, invite area citizens to join them in honoring the 2013 Spirit of Wood County Award recipients at a special ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 9. The ceremony will be held at the Wood County Historical Center, 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green.

The 2013 award winners include former Bowling Green Mayor John Quinn for Self-Government, Pemberville businessman Todd Sheets for Industrial/Economic Development, and Perrysburg resident David Little for Agricultural Leadership. Judith Justus from Perrysburg and Gregg Glamm, DDS, from North Baltimore will be presented the Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award.

The Spirit of Wood County Awards, presented in conjunction with Wood County Heritage Days, are awarded to citizens of Wood County who show outstanding qualities in bettering Wood County as a whole. The County Commissioners have been honoring outstanding citizens since 1987.

Any questions about this program should be directed to the Wood County Commissioners? Office at 419.354.9100.

Commissioners Sponsor TIGER Application to Expand Northwest Ohio Terminal

The Wood County Commissioners, in cooperation with CSX, will seek U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) TIGER funding for half of a $42 million project to expand CSX's Northwest Ohio Terminal.

Located in Henry Township, west of North Baltimore, the facility is the cornerstone of CSX's double-stack freight rail corridor between East Coast sea ports and the Midwest, employing nearly 300 people and transferring approximately two million freight containers annually.

"The Northwest Ohio Terminal has rapidly emerged as an engine of growth for Wood County," said Wade Gottschalk, executive director of the Wood County Economic Development Commission. "The Northwest Ohio Terminal has created opportunity for major businesses and distribution centers to locate here, and we are excited for this next phase of growth to our region."

The expansion project would add eight additional tracks, install two additional wide span cranes and extend the process area by 2,300 feet. The TIGER grant application will seek $21 million of the $42 million cost of the project, with CSX committing the remaining funding for the expansion.

Currently, the Northwest Ohio Terminal spans 500 acres and employs nearly 300 people. The facility manages more than 30 trains per day over 24,000 feet of process track and 75,000 feet of classification track with parking capacity for approximately 280 units. The terminal opened in 2011 following a private investment of $175 million by CSX and other partners. This private investment leveraged additional infrastructure investment in the nearby area including a new configuration of State Route 18, a grade separation at Liberty Hi Road and the intermodal facility, and an extension of water and sewer capacity.

The terminal's location is ideal in terms of rail and highway connectivity, and provides a critical link along the National Gateway, a public-private partnership which supports the movement of double-stacked intermodal containers on rail cars by raising bridges, increasing tunnel clearances and building new terminals along existing rail routes. When complete, the National Gateway will benefit CSX customers by improving service reliability and transit times, reduce highway congestion, and enhance the environment by converting more than 14 billion highway miles to rail and decreasing fuel consumption by nearly 2 billion gallons.

Falcon Chicks!

This year the falcons incubated their eggs out of the camera's view, so there are no video clips and very few still photos of the incubation process and the chicks. Bob Ford from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) checked in on the chicks on April 25th and snapped a few pictures of the chicks and the protective mother. There were 5 eggs laid, 2 chicks hatched with a potential for a 3rd, and the 2 eggs pushed of to the side are not expected to produce any chicks.

The banding process for the chicks is scheduled for Thursday, May 16th at 10:30 AM in the Courthouse Complex Atrium, the public is welcome to come and watch as the ODNR staff provide a brief education on the falcons and the banding process.

Please click on the following link to go to the FalconCam page, then scroll down to the bottom to find the links to the photos taken by ODNR.

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County Receives Grants for Bridge Projects

The Ohio Public Works Commission awarded funding to assist with two Wood County bridge replacement projects. Commissioners James Carter, Doris Herringshaw, and Joel Kuhlman, received notice of the grant funding totaling $468,092 earlier this week.

Projects funded through these grants include Stearns Road at the intersection of Pursell Road in Perry Township and Pemberville Road over the Toussaint Creek in Troy Township. The estimated costs for these projects total $964,674, with bidding expected later this year.

Construction for these projects will be coordinated through the Office of the Wood County Engineer, Raymond Huber. Specific questions regarding these projects may be directed to Mr. Huber by calling 419/354-9060.

Commissioners Organize for 2013

James F. Carter of Grand Rapids will serve as President of the Wood County Board of Commissioners for calendar year 2013. Newly appointed Commissioner Doris I. Herringshaw of Liberty Township will serve as Vice-President.

The Board will continue conducting regular meetings on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with Open Forum on regular meeting days following regular business. The Open Forum allows citizens to speak with the Board without scheduling a meeting time. Town Hall meetings are also in the process of being scheduled throughout the County. Times and locations will be announced as they are scheduled.

As President of the Board, Commissioner Carter will serve on a number of boards and commissions including the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) Board of Trustees, Community Corrections Board, Investment Advisory Committee, Financial Report Review Committee, Family & Children's First Council, Records Commission, and Solid Waste Policy Committee. Commissioner Carter also serves on the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee for the County Commissioners' Association of Ohio.

Commissioner Herringshaw will serve on the County's Automatic Data Processing Board, Investment Advisory Committee, and OSU Extension Service Advisory Committee. Other committee assignments include the TMACOG Air Quality Committee and Portage River Basin Council. She was also named as an alternate on the TMACOG Board of Trustees along with W. David Steiner, Planning Commission Director. Commissioner Herringshaw will also serve on a the Erie Basin Resource Conservation and Development Council.

Commissioner Joel M. Kuhlman of Bowling Green was selected to serve on the County's Board of Revisions, Courthouse Buildings & Grounds Committee, Court Security Advisory Committee, and Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). He will also serve on the TMACOG Freight Committee and Transportation Council. He will also serve as an alternate on the TMACOG Board of Trustees.

In addition, all three commissioners serve on the Debt Review Committee, Planning Commission, and Community Improvement Corporation.

All meeting agendas are posted 24 hours in advance and can be viewed on the commissioners' website at www.co.wood.oh.us/commissioners.

Commissioners Appoint Director for the Wood County Historical Museum

Dana Nemeth has been selected by the Wood County Commissioners, James F. Carter, Tim W. Brown, and Joel M. Kuhlman, as the Director of the Wood County Historical Museum.

Ms. Nemeth is a familiar face around the Historical Center as she served as a volunteer, former collections manager, and former Wood County Historical Society Board member.

A Bowling Green native, Ms. Nemeth is a graduate of BGSU with a Master of Arts in Popular Culture and is currently working on receiving her Master of Library and Information Science with a specialization in Museum Studies from Kent State University.

She previously worked at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York; The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan; and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Most recently she served as a Library Associate at the Jerome Library's Center for Archival Collections.

Commissioners Appoint Executive Director for Economic Development

Wade Gottschalk of Bowling Green has been selected by the Wood County Commissioners, James F. Carter, Tim W. Brown, and Joel M. Kuhlman, to lead the Wood County Office of Economic Development as Executive Director.

Gottschalk has served as Associate Director of this office since 2001 and was instrumental in shepherding many significant projects over that period of time, such as the CSX Intermodal Terminal in Henry Township, the new FedEx Ground facility and First Solar expansion projects Perrysburg Township, and Calphalon in Middleton Township.

Gottschalk is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degree. As Executive Director Mr. Gottschalk will work closely with the Wood County Economic Development Commission, with whom the County Commissioners contract for economic development services throughout Wood County. He replaces Tom Blaha who retired in July.

Spirit of Wood County Award Winners Recognized on June 10

The Board of County Commissioners, Jim Carter, Tim Brown, and Joel Kuhlman, recently honored six area residents during the 2012 Spirit of Wood County Awards. The ceremony was held on June 10 at the Wood County Historical Center.

The 2012 award winners include Walbridge resident William Hirzel for Agricultural Leadership, Bowling Green residents Hugh Caumartin for Education for Civic Responsibility and Gary Spencer for Liberty Through Law/Human Freedom, former Northwood City Administrator Pat Bacon for Self-Government, and North Baltimore resident George Thompson for the Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award. A Spirit of Wood County Award was also presented to former Wood County Commissioner Alvin Perkins of Bowling Green.

Dangerous and Vicious Dog Law Changes Affect County Dog Owners

Revised dangerous and vicious dog laws in Ohio become effective on May 22, creating new requirements and standards for dog owners in Ohio. The Wood County Dog Warden, Andrew Snyder, provides the following information to advise county residents of the changes.

Under this revised law if reasonable cause exists and a dog meets the applicable definition, the dog warden or law enforcement officer is required to designate a dog as a nuisance, dangerous, and/or vicious. All unprovoked dog bites will also result in the dog's automatic designation as a dangerous or vicious dog.

Dog owners whose dogs have been deemed nuisance, dangerous, or vicious will receive notice from the designating officer of such designation. The owner may request a hearing to contest the designation but must file the request in writing within 10 days of the designation to the municipal or county court that has territorial jurisdiction over the residence of the dogs owner, keeper, or harborer.

The owner, keeper, or harborer of a dangerous or vicious dog must comply with the following requirements:

  • post signs indicating the presence of a dangerous or vicious dog,
  • spay or neuter the dog,
  • microchip the dog,
  • obtain and maintain current rabies vaccinations,
  • may have to obtain specific liability insurance coverage, and
  • must register the dangerous or vicious dog annually.

The required registration of a dangerous or vicious dog with the Wood County Auditor costs $50 annually. This is in addition to the regular annual dog registration and license fee of $14, or $28 if purchased after the required timeframe.

Confinement of the dangerous or vicious dog must also be in accordance with new, stricter requirements. Persons who are convicted of or plead guilty to certain felony offenses may not own, possess, have custody of or reside in a residence with a dangerous dog or an unspayed or unneutered dog older than twelve weeks of age.

Section 955.11 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) creates and defines three new classifications of dogs as follows:

NUISANCE DOG: 955.11(A)(3)(a) ORC

Subject to 955.11(a)(3)(b), nuisance dog means a dog that without provocation and while off the premises of its owner, keeper, or harborer has chased or approached a person in either a menacing fashion or an apparent attitude of attack or has attempted to bite or otherwise endanger any person.

DANGEROUS DOG: 955.11(A)(1)(a) ORC

Subject to 955.11(a)(1)(b), dangerous dog means a dog that, without provocation, has done any of the following:

(i) caused injury, other than killing or serious injury, to any person

(ii) killed another dog

(iii) been the subject of a third or subsequent violation of ORC Section 955.22(c) (i.e., failure to maintain reasonable control of the dog or failure to keep the dog physically confined at all times.)

VICIOUS DOG: 955.11(A)(6)(a) ORC

Subject to 955.11(a)(6)(b), vicious dog means a dog that, without provocation, has killed or caused serious injury to any person.

The Wood County Dog Shelter encourages dog owners in Wood County to become familiar with the new laws and to contact the shelter for more information, 419.354.9242 or visit www.co.wood.oh.us.

Courthouse Peregrine Falcons

The two Peregrine Falcon parents enjoyed the mild winter and never left the high perch of the Wood County Courthouse clock tower. Last week, the female falcon started to lay her eggs and currently she is taking care of three eggs. The following link will take you to a live feed of the falcon nest, Internet Explorer is required and you may be asked to confirm the installation of a small piece of software from ACTi. This ACTi software is required in order for Internet Explorer to successfully display the video. Please be patient when the page loads, depending on the number of viewers, it could take up to a minute.

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Commissioners Release Annual Report On-line

Today, the Board of County Commissioners released the on-line version of the 2011 Wood County Annual Report, which highlights the accomplishments of various County offices during the year. A printed version of the report will be mailed to households in the County. To request a printed copy please e-mail the Commissioners' Office or call 419.354.9100.

State of the County Address

Wood County Commissioners, James Carter, Tim Brown, and Joel Kuhlman presented the annual State of the County Address in the Courthouse Complex Atrium. The event was sponsored by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Business Council. The annual address provided an opportunity for the public to hear the Commissioners perspectives on the important events that occurred in Wood County during 2011 and the goals for 2012.

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