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Project Homeless Connect!

August 29, 2013 -- Project Homeless Connect is a one-day, one-stop event to provide a broad range of FREE services to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.  Started in 2004 in San Francisco, this project has grown into an international best practice with positive results.  The inaugural event for Wood County is scheduled for October 16, 2013 from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church (315 S. College Dr., Bowling Green, Ohio).  Please click here for the flyer for more information.  If you would like to help with this project, please click here for more donation/volunteer information and a "Wish List" of needed items.

Update on the Peregrine Falcon Chicks

June 6, 2013 -- As of this morning, the chicks are beginning to stretch their wings.  Check the FalconCam page for an update.

 

2013 Spirit of Wood County Award Winners Named 

May 29, 2013 -- 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

May 28, 2013 -- 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. 

FalconCam

 

County Receives Grants for Bridge Projects

Bowling Green, Ohio - February 6, 2013 - 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

Bowling Green, Ohio - January 30, 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

October 23, 2012 -- 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

August 14, 2012 -- 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

June 11, 2012 -- 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

May 18, 2012 -- 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.   Read More

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.  http://www.co.wood.oh.us/falconcam.htm

Commissioners Release Annual Report On-line

March 22, 2012  -- 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

March 22, 2012 -- 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.  Slide Show from Presentation

 

Wood County Introduces Prescription Discount Card
to Help Alleviate High Costs

March 1, 2012 � Wood County today launched a new program to help county residents deal with the high cost of prescription medications. Through a partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo), the free Prescription Discount Card program provides area residents with a card that offers an average of 24 percent savings off the retail price of prescription medications.  -- MORE

 

JFS Implements New Call Center
1.855.ASK.DJFS


November 23, 2011 - Beginning December 1, the Wood County Job and Family Services will begin operation of a call center, under a new program known as Collabor8.   The call center, 1-855-ASK-DJFS (1-855-275-3537) will allow customers to interview for benefits by phone following submission of a completed application.

Calls will be answered Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Customer Service Representatives will be available to assist with public assistance changes, case status, and answer general questions about benefits.

Applications may be submitted online, http://ODJFSBenefits.ohio.gov, at the local office located at 1928 East Gypsy Lane Road in Bowling Green or other participating county Departments of Job and Family Services.

Knox County is also implementing this new system on December 1, with Hancock, Sandusky, Morrow, Delaware, and Marion counties joining in January 2012. 

Other inquires regarding the Department of Job and Family Services will still be directed to their local office at 419-352-7566.
 

Homeowner Assistance Available for Repair or Replacement of Failing Septic System

November 9, 2011 -- The Wood County Planning Commission is excited to announce FY10 CHIP grant funds are now available to assist two Wood County homeowners with costs associated with the repair or replacement of an existing, failing septic system.  Funds are specifically earmarked for the repair or replacement of failing on-site septic systems.  In order to qualify for funding, applicants must reside in a Wood County Township or Village, must own and live in the home, and must meet certain income requirements.  A total of two projects will be undertaken, and funds will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.  For more information or to request an application, please call toll-free, Poggemeyer Design Group CHIP Housing Assistance at 1-877-836-3206.

 

Wood County Auto Title Becomes Watercraft Agent

November 8, 2011 -- Cindy A. Hofner, Wood County Clerk of Courts, announced today that she has become a Watercraft Agent for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. She and the staff at the Wood County Title Office will be processing the watercraft registrations at the Wood County Title Office, located at 1616 E. Wooster St., Unit 16, in Bowling Green.

Cindy and her staff at the title office are taking on these additional responsibilities due to customer requests.   In researching the possibilities of this undertaking she found that the Bowling Green and southern Wood County areas were not being adequately served in this area. 

Whether you need to register your watercraft for the first time; renew the registration; or, transfer the time from a previous owner to yourself; the Wood County Title Office will be glad to assist you.

The hours of the Wood County Title Office are 8:30-4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday and 9:00 to Noon on Saturday.   The office can be reached at 419-354-9180.

 

Probate Court Establishes Volunteer Guardian Program

Judge David E. Woessner of the Wood County Probate Court is pleased to announce that a Probate Court Volunteer Guardian Program has been established.  This program is expected to benefit a wide range of individuals in need of assistance through guardianship proceedings in the Wood County Probate Court.

The Volunteer Guardian Program will allow trained volunteers to serve in the capacity of guardians of the person for individuals who have been declared incompetent or who are unable to take proper care of themselves.  The Volunteer Guardian Program will not deal with guardianships involving control or access to finances or other assets.  Training will be provided with the assistance of local professionals and the volunteers will be provided with a thorough overview of the guardianship process.  Local attorneys will assist in the completion of initial paperwork as necessary and assist with legal questions that might arise during the initial application process.  Ongoing guidance and assistance will be available to the volunteer guardians throughout their service.  The program will operate through the Wood County Probate Court and there are no additional operational costs required.

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Commissioners Appoint Job and Family Services Administrator

September 29, 2011 -- David Wigent of Bryan has been selected by the Wood County Commissioners, James F. Carter, Tim W. Brown, and Alvin L. Perkins, to fill the Administrator vacancy at the Wood County Department of Job and Family Services effective October 10.  

Wigent has served as the Assistant Administrator at the Agency since June 2005. He replaces Paulette Stephens who is retiring at the end of October.

Earlier this year, Wigent received the President's Award from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Directors� Association for his leadership with a collaborative project among seven Ohio counties.  The purpose of this project is to improve customer service and improve efficiency through the use of technology and streamlined processes.

Prior to working at Wood County, he served as the assistant director of the Williams County Department of Aging.
 

Sheriff Issues Safe Driving Tips Regarding Fog
We are approaching the time of year that Wood County has heavy fog. This occurs mostly in autumn and spring.

Fog can be thought of as a cloud at ground level. It forms when the temperature drops to the dew point (the temperature at which air is saturated), and invisible water vapor in the air condenses to form suspended water droplets.

 

Mark Wasylyshyn, Wood County Sheriff, has the following safe driving tips regarding fog:

 

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Drive with lights on low beam. High beams will only be reflected back off the fog and actually impair visibility even more.

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SLOW down! Most fog related fatalities are the result of a careless driver speeding on the highway.

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Listen for traffic you cannot see. Open your window and turn off your radio to hear better.

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To increase your vision, use windshield wipers and the defroster to minimize any condensation on the Windows.

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Use the right edge of the road or painted road markings as a guide.

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Be patient. Do not pass traffic.

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If foggy conditions become intense, pull over and stop driving. Of course, make sure the pull off spot is in a safe location. Whenever possible, avoid the highway shoulders. Pull into a driveway or parking lot.
 

Driving in heavy fog is like driving with a blindfold on. No matter how important the trip is, it is not worth gambling your life.

 

Commissioners Appoint New Staff Members Following Retirements

August 2, 2011 -- Following the retirements of two long-term staff members within their office, the Wood County Commissioners recently appointed two new staff members.   

Commissioners Jim Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins appointed Joseph Fawcett of Bowling Green as the new Assistant County Administrator. Fawcett's duties will include managing the County budget preparation process and monitoring appropriations, overseeing and supervising fiscal and clerical staff within the Commissioners' office, and working closely with the County Administrator to provide oversight of projects for Commissioners' related departments.  Fawcett, a graduate of Bowling Green State University, is currently employed by the Bowling Green Municipal Court, and is a Captain in the United States Army, having served two tours of duty in Iraq. He will begin employment with Wood County on August 17.

In July, the Commissioners appointed Sandra Long of Risingsun as Clerk of the Board. Her job duties include recording the actions of the commissioners, maintaining the Commissioners' journal and preparing formal proceedings.  She officially took over as Clerk of the Board on August 1.

Spirit of Wood County Awards

May 27, 2011 -- The Board of County Commissioners, Jim Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins, invite area citizens to join with them in honoring the 2011 Spirit of Wood County Award recipients at a special ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2011. The ceremony will be held at the Wood County Historical Center, 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green.

The 2011 award winners include Bowling Green residents Richard Martin for Agricultural Leadership, Elaine Paulette McEwen for Education for Civic Responsibility, Barbara Keller for Liberty Through Law/Human Freedom, and Rebecca Bhaer for Self-Government; Perrysburg Resident Douglas Pratt for the Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award; and former Wood County resident Daryl Stockburger for Industrial/Economic Development.

Financial Assistance Approved for County Road and Bridge Projects

May 19, 2011 – The Ohio Public Works Commission recently approved $1,174,559 in financial assistance for road and bridge projects in Wood County. According to Wood County Commissioners, James Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins, four grants totaling $849,884 and one interest free loan application in the amount of $324,779 were approved.

Projects funded include the Greensburg Pike Bridge rehabilitation at the South Branch of the Portage River ($264,000 grant); Dairy View Road Bridge replacement/road improvement at the CSX railroad ($88,416 grant); Dunbridge Road over Lois Harbour Ditch at the CSX railroad ($325,000 grant); Bahnsen Road improvement at I-280 ($172,364 grant); and Huffman Road improvements ($324,779 loan).

The Ohio Public Works Commission was created to assist in financing local public infrastructure improvements under the State Capital Improvement Program and the Local Transportation Improvements Program.  These programs provide grants, loans, and financing for local debt support and credit enhancement. 

Bids will be accepted for these projects later this year. Specific questions regarding these projects may be directed to Raymond Huber, Wood County Engineer, by calling 419.354.9060.

FY10 CHIP Grant Targets North Baltimore

The Wood County Planning Commission is the recipient of grant funding from the Ohio Department of Development to assist income qualified homeowners in North Baltimore in the areas of Deweyville Road, Tarr Street, Quarry Road, and Mitchell Road.

Rehabilitation assistance is available to bring properties up to Residential Rehabilitation Standards. Rehabilitation may include updating electrical, plumbing, hot water heaters, heating, foundations, water/sewer hook-ups, roof repairs/replacement, ramps and accessibility improvements, siding, doors, and windows. 

Home Repair assistance is available for repairs that pose a threat to the health and safety of the occupants. Repairs may include repairs/replacement of furnace, hot water heater, plumbing, roofing, electrical, water/sewer hook-ups, ramps and accessibility improvements.

For additional information visit the Wood County Planning Commission’s Website, or call Poggemeyer Design Group at 1-877-836-3206.

Nominations Sought for Spirit of Wood County Awards

March 21, 2011  -- Nominations are being accepted through April 29 for the annual Spirit of Wood County Awards that will be presented on June 12. Wood County residents are invited to nominate current or former county residents for one of seven awards: 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.   Click for more information.

Commissioners Release Annual Report On-line

March 17, 2011  -- Today, the Board of County Commissioners released the on-line version of the 2010 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

March 16, 2011 -- Wood County Commissioners, James Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins presented their annual State of the County Address on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in the Courthouse Complex Atrium.  The event was sponsored by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Business Council and the Wood County Economic Development Commission.  The annual address provided an opportunity for the public to hear the Commissioners’ perspectives on the important events that occurred in Wood County during 2010 and the goals for 2011.  Slide Show from Presentation

 

Board Organizes for 2011

January 11, 2011 – James F. Carter of Grand Rapids was recently re-elected President of the Wood County Board of Commissioners for calendar year 2011. Commissioner Tim W. Brown of Bowling Green was elected vice-president. 

The Board voted to 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.  The Commissioners also plan to host Town Hall meetings throughout the County.

Department of Job and Family Services Recognized by Ohio Economic Development Association

November 5, 2010 -- The Wood County Department of Job and Family Services was recently named the first place Award Winner for Excellence in Strategic Workforce Planning by the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA). Wood County JobSolutions was recognized for their outstanding work to improve the economic wellbeing of the community, as well as their leadership in this area.

The OEDA supports efforts by state, regional, and local governments and other organizations to strengthen the economic climate in Ohio, foster employment growth and expand economic opportunities for Ohio's citizens. The award was presented at the 2010 OEDA Annual Summit, held October 25 - 27 in Columbus.

Spirit of Wood County Awards

May 24, 2010 -- The Board of County Commissioners, Jim Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins, cordially invites area citizens to join with them in honoring the 2010 Spirit of Wood County Award recipients at a special ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, 2010. The ceremony will be held at the Wood County Historical Center, 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green.

Scheduled to receive awards are Harold Bower of North Baltimore; Mary K. Williams of Portage; Bernard Murphy of Perrysburg; Richard Edwards, Edie Olds, and Jayne Roth of Bowling Green.  Former Bowling Green resident Raymond Fischer is also scheduled for recognition. 

Commissioners Release Annual Report On-line

March 23, 2010  -- Today, the Board of County Commissioners released the on-line version of the 2009 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

March 23, 2010 -- Wood County Commissioners, James Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins presented their annual State of the County Address on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 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 2009 and the goals for 2010.  Slide Show from Presentation

Board Organizes for 2010

January 12, 2010 – On Monday, James F. Carter of Grand Rapids was re-elected President of the Wood County Board of Commissioners for calendar year 2010. Commissioner Tim W. Brown of Bowling Green was elected vice-president.  MORE

 

Notice of Continued First Hearing for Jack Stearns Joint County Ditch #2473

January 4, 2010 -- The Joint Boards of Wood, Hancock and Seneca Counties wish to remind the affected landowners that all interested parties are welcome to attend the next Continued First Hearing for the Jack L. Stearns Joint County Ditch #2473.  The hearing will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2010, at 4:00 p.m., at the UAW Fellowship Hall, 625 Plaza Drive, Fostoria, Ohio.  The previous hearing was held July 30, 2009.

Wood County Bond Rating Affirmed by Moody's


October 14, 2009 -- The Wood County Commissioners, James Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins, joined by County Auditor Mike Sibbersen announced that Moody’s Investor Services has affirmed the county’s Aa3 bond rating. Wood County has maintained a Aa3 bond rating from Moody’s Investor Services since 1998. This is the second highest bond rating of any county in the state of Ohio.  MORE


Commissioners Declare Recovery Zone

September 21, 2009 -- On Monday, September 21, the Wood County Commissioners, James Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins, designated all of Wood County as a recovery zone, for the purposes of issuing Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds and Recovery Zone Facility Bonds. 
     Both types of bonds were authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  By designating the recovery zone, the Commissioners are enabling political subdivisions to access $8,835,000 in Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds, and private entities to access $13,253,000 in Recovery Zone Facility Bonds.  For further information, contact the Wood County Economic Development Commission.

Road Improvement Work Scheduled to Begin

August 19, 2009 – The Commissioners recently awarded bids for road improvements for Roachton and Tracy Roads.  Bids for both projects were significantly under the Engineer’s estimate.
   The Roachton Road project was awarded to The Shelly Company of Maumee at a cost of $369,997.30, a total of $104,111.70 under the $474,109 Engineer’s estimate. The project will extend from State Route 65 to the CSX railroad crossing in Middleton and Perrysburg Townships and the City of Perrysburg.  Work is scheduled for completion on October 23.
   Miller Brothers Construction of Archbold was awarded the Tracy Road project at a bid of $698,849.41, a total of $235,530.59 under the Engineer’s estimate.  This project includes reconstruction and widening at the intersection of State Route 795 in Lake and Perrysburg Townships.  November 30 is the anticipated completion date.
  For more information regarding these projects, please contact Wood County Engineer Raymond Huber.

Saturday Hours Changed at Wood County Landfill

 

June 30, 2009 – Beginning August 1 the Wood County Landfill will change its hours of operation on Saturdays to 8 a.m. to Noon. Monday through Friday hours will remain 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The Wood County Commissioners, Jim Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins, upon recommendation from Ken Rieman, Solid Waste Management District Director, approved the change in hours as a cost saving measure.  Overall tonnage at the Landfill is down 20 percent from the previous year. 

July Designated as Wood County Flag Month
Order a Wood County Flag through July 31 

June 30, 2009 – On Thursday July 2, at 9:30 a.m. Wood County Commissioners Jim Carter, Tim Brown and Alvin Perkins will officially designate July as Wood County Flag Month.  In recognition of Wood County Flag Month, county residents are invited to purchase an outdoor Wood County Flag from The Flag Lady’s Flag Store in Columbus at a reduced cost through July 31.  The original price is $92 per flag. The final cost will be determined based on the total number of Wood County flag orders received.  However, if more than 12 orders are received, the cost will be $42 each plus tax and shipping.  A sample flag is on display in the Courthouse Complex Atrium for citizens to view. 

Spirit of Wood County Award Winners Announced

June 18, 2009 -- The Board of County Commissioners, Jim Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins presented the 2009 Spirit of Wood County Award recipients during a special ceremony on June 14.  Award recipients included Mark S. Kelly (Education for Civic Responsibility), Robert H. Bettinger (Industrial/Economic Development), Rev. Kristel Asmus (Religion and Liberty) , and John Helm (Liberty Through Law/Human Freedom) all of Bowling Green; Douglas Troutner (Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship) of North Baltimore; and David Adams (Self Government) of Portage.  Posthumous awards will also be presented to Richard and David Van Vorhis (Agricultural Leadership) and Chris Miller (Special Spirit of Wood County Award).

 

County Offices Implement Standard Toll Free Number

 

March 10, 2009 – Effective July 6, 2009, the lines that provide toll-free telephone service to the Wood County Offices will be disconnected.  As a replacement, the County implemented a standard toll free number, 1.866.860.4140.  This toll-free number is already in place and working.

 

The numbers that will be disconnected include: 

    Deshler/Hoytville -- 419.278.3797
    Grand Rapids -- 419.832.1541

    Fostoria/Risingsun -- 419.457.4545

    Perrysburg/Toledo --  419.243.4223

    Luckey/Stony Ridge -- 419.833.5211

    North Baltimore/Bloomdale -- 419.257.3259

Board Organizes for 2009

January 13, 2009 – On Monday, James F. Carter of Grand Rapids was re-elected President of the Wood County Board of Commissioners for calendar year 2008. Commissioner Tim W. Brown of Bowling Green was elected vice-president.  MORE

New County Phone System Installed

 

October 6, 2008 -- A new phone system for the Wood County Government Offices in Bowling Green is currently being installed.   Minor service disruptions may occur as the system is added to each office and department during October and November Should citizens experience problems reaching county offices, they are encouraged to try their call again.  For further information contact the Wood County Commissioners’ Office at 419.354.9100 or commissioners@co.wood.oh.us.

Spirit of Wood County Award Winners Announced

June 16, 2008 -- The Board of County Commissioners, Jim Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins presented the 2008 Spirit of Wood County Award recipients during a special ceremony yesterday. Award recipients included Harold Weihl (Agricultural Leadership), Dorothea Barker (Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship), Rex Huffman (Industrial/Economic Development), and Rev. Thomas Gaiser (Religion and Liberty) all of Bowling Green and Dr. Christa Adams (Education for Civic Responsibility) from Perrysburg.  A special award presentation was also made in recognition of the contributions of Bowling Green State University President Dr. Sidney Ribeau.  

 

State of the County Address Scheduled for March 17

 

March 10, 2009 -- Wood County Commissioners, James Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins presented their annual State of the County Address, on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green.  The event was sponsored by the Business Council of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and the Wood County Economic Development Commission.  The annual address provides an opportunity for the public to hear the Commissioners’ perspectives on the important events that occurred in Wood County during 2008 and the goals for 2009.  View slide show from the State of the County Address.

New Wood County Project to Protect Environmental Health

May 1, 2008 -- Today, State Representative Randy Gardner and State Senator Mark Wagoner joined with the Wood County Commissioners and representatives of the Wood County Health Department and Bowling Green State University to announce plans to request $2,000,000 through the upcoming state capital budget process for construction of an addition to the Health Department building in Bowling Green.  The addition will provide a joint-use facility to enable continued, collaborative research between the Health Department and BGSU for environmental health in the areas of surface and ground water quality, biosolids and industrial pollutants, and emergency preparedness.  The proposed facility will also serve as a regional environmental education and training center.

Federal Income Tax Refund Offset Program Removes Age Limitation for Child Support Collection

Bowling Green, Ohio – November 29, 2007 – Each year, the Wood County Child Support Enforcement Agency utilizes the Federal Tax Offset program to seize almost three-quarters of a million dollars for families.  The Program retains the tax refund of payors who are more than $500.00 behind in their obligation to their children, and in most cases sends the funds on to the families.  MORE

Wood County Government Named Healthy Worksite

Bowling Green, Ohio  -- November 20, 2007 --  Wood County Government has been named a Healthy Ohio "Healthy Worksite Award" recipient, which is given only to Ohio employers that make a serious commitment to employee health.  The award is part of a larger program called Healthy Ohio, a statewide initiative of the Ohio Department of Health to increase awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. It acknowledges efforts to facilitate and encourage good employee health, enhance productivity and ensure a healthy work environment.  Wood County Government was one of 22 employers in the State to receive recognition.  MORE

Grant Funds Available to Assist with Connecting to Sanitary Sewer Systems

April 22, 2008 -- The Wood County Planning Commission in cooperation with the Northwestern Water and Sewer District is pleased to announce that grant funds from the Ohio Department of Development are available to assist homeowners in Wood County with costs associated with connecting to sanitary sewer systems throughout the county.  Specifically, these funds will be used to cover costs such as septic tank abandonment, trenching, and connecting to sanitary sewer lines.  MORE

Grant Funds Available to Assist with Septic Systems

April 22, 2008 -- The Wood County Planning Commission in cooperation with the Wood County Health Department is pleased to announce that grant funds from the Ohio Department of Development are available to assist homeowners in Wood County with the replacement of failed or non functioning septic systems.  Funds will be used to cover the total cost of a new, compliant septic system.   MORE

Wood County Receives CHIP Grant to Assist Residents

October 12, 2007 --The Ohio Department of Development recently awarded Wood County with a $544,000 Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) grant. 

 

The Wood County Commissioners, James F. Carter, Tim W. Brown, and Alvin L. Perkins, and Director for the Wood County Planning Commission, Dave Steiner, announced that the grant will be disbursed in the following manner: $40,000 of the funds will be used to help fund the construction of two Habitat For Humanity homes in the County, with the remaining funds to be utilized for private owner rehabilitation, down payment assistance, and grant administration. 

 

The purpose of this grant is to assist low to moderate income homeowners in Wood County with home repairs and to offer down payment assistance to low and moderate income homebuyers.

 

Program eligibility is determined by income levels, and is available to income qualified residents of Wood County’s Villages and Townships.  The grant will be fully underway by January 2008 and applications for assistance will be available until December 15, 2007.   Individuals interested in obtaining an application for this program can call Poggemeyer Design Group toll free at 877-836-3206. 

 

Questions about the grant should be directed to Mr. Steiner at 419-354-9128.  The Planning Office is located on the fifth floor of the County Office Building.

Wood County Dog Shelter Recognized

June 25, 2007 --The Northwest Ohio Dog Warden & Animal Control Officers Association recently recognized the Wood County Dog Shelter as Dog Shelter of the Year.  Nora Davis from the Wood County Dog Shelter was named Deputy of the Year.  The Association membership represents 25 counties and 7 cities in the region. 

Spirit of Wood County Award Winners

June 19, 2007 -- The Board of County Commissioners, Jim Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins recently honored six area residents with Spirit of Wood County Awards during a special ceremony at the Wood County Historical Center on June 10.

 

Receiving awards were Bowling Green residents Sharon Bronsink, Religion and Liberty; Marcella Duncan, Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award;  Margie Harris, Education for Civic Responsibility; and Daniel Spitler, Liberty Through Law/Human Freedom.  Betty Montgomery received the Self-Government Award and a posthumous award for Agricultural Leadership was made in recognition of the contributions of Keith Sibbersen of Perrysburg.  

 

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 categories for these awards includes: Agricultural Leadership, Education for Civic Responsibility, Liberty Through Law/Human Freedom, Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award, Religion and Liberty, and Self-Government.  The County Commissioners have been honoring outstanding citizens since 1987. 


Commissioners Release Annual Report On-line

March 15, 2007  -- Today, the Board of County Commissioners released the on-line version of the 2006 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. 

Board Organizes for 2007

January 10, 2007 – On Monday, James F. Carter of Grand Rapids was
re-elected President of the Wood County Board of Commissioners for calendar year 2007. Commissioner Tim W. Brown of Bowling Green was elected vice-president. 

 

Wood County Welcomes Bass Pro to Rossford

 

October 17, 2006 -- Wood County Commissioners James Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins, welcomed Bass Pro President James Hagale this morning and signed an agreement to refund to Bass Pro 75 percent of the county sales tax generated by sales at its proposed Rossford location for 10 years.  Under the agreement, Bass Pro will construct a $50 million retail facility, employ 250 full-time equivalent employees, draw at least 50% of their customers from over 100 miles away, and produce annual sales of at least $50 million. 

 

"We’re excited to be here. We’re very excited to be a catalyst," Mr. Hagale said, explaining that he expects Bass Pro to attract numerous other businesses to the area where I-75 and the Ohio Turnpike come together. "We think this is a terrific retail destination -- the intersection of Main Street and Main Street." 

2006 Annual Informational Statement Released for Wood County

September 26, 2006 --  The 2006 Annual Financial Information Statement was released today by the Wood County Commissioners.  Click here to view the document.  

New Emergency Management Director Named for Wood County 

September 26, 2006 --  The Wood County Commissioners appointed Bradley Gilbert, of Elmore, to the position of Director for the Wood County Emergency Management Agency during today’s Commissioners’ session.    Gilbert, a graduate of Bowling Green State University, currently serves as a volunteer firefighter and Assistant E.M.S. Chief for the Harris Township-Elmore Fire Department and has served 11 years as the Public Information Officer for the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency.  He will be leaving his current position of 21 years with the Ottawa County Sanitary Engineering Department as a Technical Coordinator.  He will begin employment with Wood County on November 6. 

Commissioners Provide Assistance to Mosquito Control Program

July 25, 2006 – The Wood County Commissioners, James Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins recently presented the acting Health Commissioner Brad Espen with a $6,000 check to provide further assistance with the mosquito control program, through the Wood County Health Department. The program provides free larvicide “dunks” which are available at various locations in the county including the Health Department; Lake and Perrysburg Township Trustees Buildings; Village Halls in Grand Rapids, Millbury, North Baltimore, Pemberville and Weston; and at the City of Perrysburg Street Division. Residents may request the Health Department staff to come out and place longer-lasting briquettes containing mosquito hormone interrupters in large areas of standing water. To request more information on the mosquito control program, county residents can contact the Wood County Health Department at 419/352-8402.

Commissioners Continue Collaborative Effort
Between  JFS and ADAMHS

July 6, 2006 -- The Wood County Commissioners, James F. Carter, Tim W. Brown, and Alvin L. Perkins, recently entered into an agreement, to provide up to $60,000, continuing a five-year collaborative effort between the Wood County Department of Job and Family Services and the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board.  more...

Spirit Of Wood County Award Winners

June 11, 2006 -- The Board of County Commissioners, Jim Carter, Tim Brown and Alvin Perkins honored the 2006 Spirit of Wood County Award recipients at a special ceremony held at the Wood County Historical Center in Bowling Green.

Award recipients included:  Michael Keys of Wayne, Agricultural Leadership; Michelle Story of Wayne, Education for Civic Responsibility; James Rossler, Jr. of Rossford, Industrial/Economic Development; Rev. William and Rev. Karen Thompson of Bowling Green, Religion and Liberty; James Ryan of Jerry City, Self-Government; and C. Robert Boyd of Perrysburg, the Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award. One posthumous special award was presented in recognition of the contributions of Jodie Stearns of Bloomdale.

Portage River Watershed Septic System Replacement Program

The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) and the health departments of the four counties in the Portage River watershed are working to ensure clean, safe water for families. Homeowners with systems that have been documented as failing systems are eligible to apply for funding to replace the system. Priority goes to those systems which are directly affecting water quality - those that discharge into a river or creek, and those that are a hazard to a home’s well or drinking water supply. This program will help property owners determine if their home septic systems are working effectively, and provide about half the cost of the replacement of the systems affecting water quality in the targeted areas. The Ohio EPA grant funds that pay for this program will share cost to replace 54 systems in the four county area. For more information on the program, visit www.tmacog.org.

2005 Annual Report Available

March 15, 2006 - Today, the Board of County Commissioners released the 2005 Wood County Annual Report, which highlights the accomplishments of various County offices during the year. A printed version of the report will be distributed as an insert in the local county papers.