Notice from WC Park District

In order to keep parks open and accessible for public use people need to make sure they are keeping a minimum of 6-feet between themselves and others…..

 

The Governor has stated that parks remaining open are important as an outlet to allow citizens the opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise during this time. We consider our parks to be essential infrastructure and we consider select staffing an essential government function as defined in the Ohio Director of Health’s stay at home order. 

As northwest Ohio has had the return of spring weather, Park District staff have numerous essential responsibilities that need to be performed.  Park District department heads have established lists of responsibilities that have been deemed essential tasks which must be completed in order to keep the parks safe and accessible for public use.  Park District staff will be limited to performing only those tasks that are deemed essential during this time.  

It is important to stress a number of items included in the order of the Director of Health.  First and foremost, park visitors as well as Park District employees must comply with social distancing requirements.  In order to keep parks open and accessible for public use people need to make sure they are keeping a minimum of 6-feet between themselves and others.  Park District staff has also been alerted to refrain from entering normal shared areas such as lunchrooms and shared offices, keeping all activities in areas that are large enough to meet social distancing requirements. 

Frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer is required as possible.  Any sick employees are to stay home and notify their supervisor.  Employees are to remain home until they are free of fever without the use of medication for at least 72 hours and symptoms have improved for at least 72 hours and at least seven days have passed since symptoms first began. 

Please abide by the safe distancing guidelines and enjoy your time in your Wood County parks!

APRIL & MAY TEA’S RESCHEDULED

Wood County Historical Center and Museum closed until April 30th………

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following 2020 Tea & Talk Series events have been rescheduled for a later date.
If you are currently registered for one or more of the Tea’s this year, please look at the information below. 

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED
WAS: APRIL 9, 2020
NEW DATE: JUNE 4, 2020 (formerly April Tea)

WOOD COUNTY’S BICENTENNIAL:
WHOSE HISTORY IS IT?
Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Hear about some of the lesser-known people and events in Northwest Ohio’s history as we explore how history “is not what it was.” 
Presented by Dr. Becky Mancuso, BGSU Department of History

Catering courtesy of Carpe Diem Catering, Pemberville OH.
Sponsored by: Edwin & Irma Wolf

If you are already registered and would like to stay registered, your information will automatically be updated in our system.
PLEASE EMAIL US BACK WITH “KEEP ME REGISTERED”

If you are unable to attend, please contact Marissa Muniz at [email protected]org or call 419-352-0967 to start the cancellation and refund process.
Purchase Tickets!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED
WAS: MAY 14, 2020
NEW DATE: SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 (formerly May Tea)

WHIMSIES & WHIRLIGIGS:
MOVIN’ THROUGH THE ARCHIVES
Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Over the years, the Wood County Historical Society has collected a lot of paper related to Wood County! Museum Curator, Holly Kirkendall, shares some of the treasures stored behind closed doors. 
Presented by Holly Kirkendall, Wood County Museum

Catering courtesy of Share Our Grounds, Whitehouse Ohio.
Sponsored by: Lynn & Betty Wineland

If you are already registered and would like to stay registered, your information will automatically be updated in our system.
PLEASE EMAIL US BACK WITH “KEEP ME REGISTERED”

If you are unable to attend, please contact Marissa Muniz at [email protected]org or call 419-352-0967 to start the cancellation and refund process.
Purchase Tickets!

UPDATED–Photo Gallery: 4-Hers say “Thanks”

“Thank you Essential Workers”…….More photos added

The Ohio State University Extension 4-H staff in Wood County shared a few pictures with theNBXpress, along with this message: “Our Wood County    4-H Members are reaching out to thank Essential workers during these challenging times.”  #4happreciatesyou       #4hgrowshere

Thank you farmers for continuing to raise animals and getting ready for Spring planting”
“Thank you Doctors and Nurses”
Thank you Essential Workers” (These siblings are the Westgates from NB)

 

Jenny Morlock , 4-H Program Assistant for OSU Extension in Wood County said ” I just want to reach as many people as possible to let them know how much they are appreciated and teach our kids we can still reach out to others no matter what obstacles we have. Oh, and these kids are all from the  Klassy Kids 4-H Club from your neck of the woods (Southern Wood  County)!”

Ghanbari Urges Manufacturers to Sign-Up for the Repurposing Project

Encouraging manufacturers with the capabilities to produce PPE to join the “Repurposing Project,” as soon as possible……

PERRYSBURG — Manufacturers across Ohio have the opportunity to meet the demand of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) as the health care industry faces shortages during the coronavirus pandemic.

State Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) is encouraging manufacturers with the capabilities to produce PPE to join the “Repurposing Project,” as soon as possible. The completion of an online survey (https://ohiomfg.formstack.com/forms/repurposing_project) is the first step to get engaged.

“Some of the shortages of materials include, but are not limited to gloves, goggles, gowns, and N95 masks,” said Ghanbari. “This initiative is a multifaceted and well-thought out way of using all of our resources to combat COVID-19.”

Collectively known as the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance, the groups helping to lead this initiative include the Ohio Manufacturers Association (OMA), the Ohio Hospitals Association, Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET).

“This intricate approach will help all parties – patients, health care professionals, and manufacturers – to combat the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Ghanbari. “Our businesses here in Wood County are eager to be part of solution; as Ohioans we are all in this together.”

Governor Mike DeWine announced Thursday over 600 Ohio businesses have shown interest in participating in this call to service.

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State Representative Haraz N. Ghanbari is serving his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives after being appointed in March of 2019. He represents the 3rd Ohio House District, serving residents of Wood County.

For more information, please contact Representative Ghanbari’s office at (614) 466-8104 or [email protected].

Spring Fingerling Fish Sale.

Payment and order are due to the district office no later than Tuesday, April 21, 2020……

The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a spring fingerling fish sale.

Fish species offered include: Bluegill, Hybrid Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Fathead Minnows, and White Amur.  Order forms are available on the website at www.woodswcd.com or by stopping by the office at 1616 E Wooster Street (Greenwood Centre – The Courtyard) Bowling Green, OH. Please call ahead if stopping by the office, 419-354-5517 #4.  Fish pick-up is Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 9:30 AM at the Wood County Fairgrounds. Payment and order are due to the district office no later than Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

 

WCCOA Continuing Modified Operations Through April

WCCOA is reinforcing the importance of our participants remaining at home and avoiding public gatherings….

Wood County, OH (March 27, 2020) – Based upon information available at this time, all WCCOA Senior Center locations (Perrysburg, Rossford, Walbridge, Grand Rapids, Pemberville, Wayne, North Baltimore, and the Wood County Senior Center in Bowling Green) will remain closed to the general public through Thursday, April 30, 2020. WCCOA will continue to offer our modified services during this time.

As April 30, 2020 approaches, we will consult with the Wood County Health Commissioner (Ben Batey) regarding the status of re-opening.

WCCOA is reinforcing the importance of our participants remaining at home and avoiding public gatherings (including Church, restaurants, and movies). We are also encouraging the older adults who participate at the Senior Center congregate dining sites to take advantage of home delivered meals during this time. If you are a Wood County resident (age 60+), in need of home delivered meals or other assistance, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging at 419.353.5661 or 800.367.4935 or via email at [email protected]

You may also follow WCCOA on Facebook.

 

WCCOA has put a plan in place for modified operations of services during the Coronavirus pandemic. This is our starting point and will be modified as need arises or as recommended by the Wood County Health Department.

 

This plan calls for the following:

 

  • Medical Escort will be provided on a case by case basis (but not for clients who are symptomatic of the virus).
  • All Senior Center locations will be closed to participants and the general public.
  • Home delivered meal service will continue. All home delivered meal participants will receive one (1) hot lunch delivered daily and will be offered a weekly drop of seven (7) frozen meals to reheat for dinner.
  • WCCOA will be developing a modified menu for the timeframe determined for the closure.  This menu will offer one entrée rather than a choice and during Lent all Friday menus will be meat-free (i.e. vegetable lasagna or macaroni and cheese).
  • Staff and volunteers who will be delivering home delivered meals will not be entering client homes unless absolutely necessary to make the delivery. Staff / volunteers will also be instructed to remain at least 6-feet away from a client if they need to enter the residence. The clients will be asked to have a table/surface near the inside of the door or on their front porch/in their garage for meals to be placed upon at delivering. In order to assure that the client is well, the staff/volunteer will have a visual of the client or at minimum voice interaction through the door.

  

For those Wood County residents (age 60+) who do not currently frequent a Senior Center in Wood County and who opt to follow the recommendation to remain at home, avoiding crowds and public places, and who may find that they would benefit from participating in the home delivered meals programs, please call WCCOA at 419.353.5661 or via email at [email protected] for additional information.

 

About The Wood County Committee on Aging:

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.

 

For information on programs and services, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935 or www.wccoa.net

WOOD COUNTY GOVERNMENT UPDATE

Please Call Before You Come – The Courthouse Complex remains open.  However, access to many County offices and departments is restricted.

WOOD COUNTY GOVERNMENT UPDATE

BOWLING GREEN, OH – March 23, 2020 – The Wood County Commissioners, Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote, and Ted Bowlus, in cooperation with the County Elected Officials, offer the following updates regarding County Government offices and departments (In compliance with the Shelter in Place order issued by Governor DeWine on Sunday, March 22, 2020):

Please Call Before You Come – The Courthouse Complex remains open.  However, access to many County offices and departments is restricted.

To obtain phone numbers to County offices and departments, please access the County website: www.co.wood.oh.us   To obtain information by phone, please call (419)354-9000 or 1-866-860-4140 (toll free)

All visitors entering the Courthouse Complex will have their temperature taken before being permitted to proceed.  If they have a fever greater than 100 degrees, they must wait while a representative of the office they wish to visit is contacted.

Wood County Landfill – The Landfill is operating and accepting traffic from commercial haulers and municipalities, however the individual public drop-off is closed at least until April 6, 2020.

County Commissioners’ Session – Public session of the Board will occur on Tuesdays at 9:15 a.m.  Thursday session meetings are cancelled at this time.  Meetings are open to the public.  Social Distancing will be strictly enforced.  Minimal business will be handled in session during the public emergency.

For additional information, please contact Andrew S. Kalmar, Wood County Administrator.

Village Council Met 3/17/20

Council will meet only once for the month–at 6:15 on April 14th for a regular meeting, with no public participation……

By Sue Miklovic

The North Baltimore Village Council was in full force last Tuesday night with plenty of business on their agenda, including dealing with the present Coronavirus (Covid-19)outbreak. To that end, they began the evening by moving the meeting next door from Council Chambers into the Fire Department Meeting Room in order to follow the “Social Distancing” (6 feet of separation) recommendations that Americans are currently following.

NB Village Council demonstrating “Social Distancing” (also called “self-distancing”) to reduce the possible spread of Covid-19.


Some of the items of interest were:

*Communications with residents concerning things that may need cleaned up on their property. Police officers are to attempt to speak with residents before issuing any citations.

*After a lengthy discussion, permission was granted to advertise for a vacant street laborer position.

* Discussion of parking in The 200 block of N. Main Street. After this year’s construction project it will be angle parking, not parallel parking, as it will provide more spaces.

*Matt Beegle, Chair of the Public Works committee, recommended acceptance of the “Ball Fields Facilities Use Agreement” for 2020.

*10 ordinances were on the agenda and are listed in a separate post here on theNBXpress.

* The Council held a lengthy discussion regarding recommendation on AEP Stormwater Fee appeal. AEP recently purchased adjacent land to the transmission station on East Broadway, and is appealing the Impervious Surface Fee associated with this property. The Village will make a counter-offer.

*The Village Administrator added these highlights from his duties:

  • Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant (200 block of N. Main Street) – The design phase is 100% completed. Construction bids are being planned for advertisement in mid and late March.
      
  • Neighborhood Revitalization Grant (NRG) – The design engineer hired by Wood County has finalized the plans. Poggemeyer Design Group is working with Wood County Planning Commission on setting the construction bid date and pre-bid meeting for early April.
      
  • Economic Development – Todd Dickerson is working directly with an interested party specific to a property along Quarry Road. He has requested a meeting with Wood County EDC in order to seek technical and financial assistance on capital utility/infrastructure needs.

  • Downtown Revitalization Project (100 block of N. Main Street) – The traffic signal poles, accompanying mast arms, and pedestrian signal poles are in fabrication with an anticipated install date in late March.

    Follow-up communications have been transmitted weekly in March to the CSX Roadmaster II representative in Willard specific to maintenance and repair of rail-crossings at N. Main St., N. Tarr St., and N. Poe Road.

  • Poggemyer Design, who has already designed a replacement water tower design for the Village, has been asked to redesign it with alternative water capacity for storage, including 500,000;750,000; and 1,000,000 gallons. Mr. Brillhart was told there would not be an extra cost for this.

The Village will amend the meeting schedule for April because of the Coronavirus pandemic. They will meet only once for the month–at 6:15 on April 14th for a regular meeting, with no public participation.

 

AUDITOR ANNOUNCES WOOD COUNTY REAL ESTATE DISTRIBUTION

The first half 2020 settlement…..

Matthew Oestreich, Wood County Auditor, has announced the distribution of the Real Estate, Public Utility tax, and Special Assessments for the first half 2020 settlement.  A total of $131,855,018 was collected and distributed including $3,251,181 for special assessments.  In addition $9,072,664 is to be reimbursed from the State Income Tax Funds, $6,267,488 in non-business credit, $1,010,617 in owner occupied credit, and $1,794,559 in homestead exemption monies. These represent tax reductions for qualifying properties.    Wood County currently maintains 75,757 individual land parcels of record and distributes the taxes to eighteen school districts, nineteen townships, and twenty-six cities and villages.  Wood County has over 100,000 individual special assessments, which are distributed to regional, county, municipal and township governments.  Examples include ditch construction and maintenance, sewer and water systems, street lighting, street cleaning, and tree maintenance programs.

            Totals for the first half revenue distribution are as follows:     

                       

 

WOOD COUNTY

 

        4,298,200

 

REGIONAL WATER AND SEWER

 

           847,414

 

COUNTY DITCH MAINTENANCE AND CONSTRUCTION

 

           389,286

 

COUNTY SEWER AND WATERLINE PROJECTS

 

              185

 

MAUMEE WATERSHED CONSERVANCY

 

              55,515

 

BOARD OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

 

          12,073,206

 

ALCOHOL, DRUG ADDICTION &

    MENTAL HEALTH BOARD

 

 

4,515,087

 

PARK DISTRICT

 

1,656,035

 

COMMITTEE ON AGING

 

1,159,228

 

BOARD OF HEALTH

 

896,854

 

HISTORICAL CENTER

 

91,446

 

JOB & FAMILY SERVICES

 

2,152,852

 

WOOD COUNTY LIBRARY BOND

 

156,673

 

TOWNSHIPS

 

12,100,091

 

MUNICIPALITIES

 

10,502,299

 

SCHOOLS

 

79,651,176

 

Townships

 

Municipalities

 

Bloom

477,985

Bairdstown

6,430

Center

152,140

Bloomdale

17,843

Freedom

268,619

Bowling Green

1,973,563

Grand Rapids

147,847

Bradner

58,443

Henry

977,188

Custar

22,708

Jackson

232,597

Cygnet

6,545

Lake

1,456,102

Fostoria

83,912

Liberty

100,896

Grand Rapids

44,446

Middleton

1,002,252

Haskins

110,514

Milton

273,343

Hoytville

11,367

Montgomery

182,266

Jerry City

11,468

Perry

278,783

Luckey

59,800

Perrysburg

4,164,512

Millbury

48,186

Plain

140,093

Milton Center

10,054

Portage

118,017

North Baltimore

201,313

Troy

573,447

Northwood

269,846

Washington

160,066

Pemberville

26,769

Webster

147,931

Perrysburg

3,449,119

Weston

151,153

Portage

14,232

NW Wood Co. EMS

337,616

Risingsun

40,548

Central Jt Fire District

106,961

Rossford

1,378,030

Mid County EMS

389,091

Tontogany

10,618

Southeast Ambulance

261,186

Wabridge

58,861

 

12,100,091

Wayne

55,718

  

West Millgrove

9,471

SCHOOLS

 

Weston

43,540

Anthony Wayne

641,058

TARTA

147,094

Bowling Green

12,947,607

Seneca County Health

2,513

Eastwood

4,628,041

Wood County Library

568,149

Elmwood

4,718,313

Rossford Library

176,886

Fostoria

975,541

Way Library

586,332

Gibsonburg

25,469

N Baltimore Library

112,411

Lake

5,384,688

Kaubisch Library

11,434

Lakota

619,063

Pemberville Library

128,082

McComb

500,534

Wayne Library

165,596

North Baltimore

2,799,275

Weston Library

127,266

Northwood

3,528,574

TID Roadway

453,193

Otsego

3,137,472

 

  10,502,299

Patrick Henry

54,487

  

Perrysburg

22,854,164

  

Rossford

11,492,815

  

Four County

6,348

  

Penta County

5,264,758

  

Vanguard

72,967

  
 

79,651,176

  
    

 

Wood County residents test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Positive tests were recorded in a couple in their 60s who live in Wood County and recently traveled to Europe….

BOWLING GREEN — Two Wood County residents have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Positive tests were recorded in a couple in their 60s who live in Wood County and recently traveled to Europe. The two people have been isolated at home since their return to the United States. They are currently recovering at home.

Individual cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in different areas of Ohio, including Northwest Ohio. The virus is believed to be present in many areas of the state, even if those counties have not yet tested a person confirmed to have COVID-19.

No additional information about the two Wood County residents will be provided in order to protect their privacy.

A video statement about the cases and what Wood County residents can do to stay safe and help can be seen on the health department’s Facebook page and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/EXZ1XNg4nOE.

Ohio has taken wide actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact on the health care system. Orders and guidance from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, along with recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and local health departments, outline how people should work, attend school and conduct business.

For information on COVID-19 including ways you can prepare and help protect the health of yourself and others, go to www.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). Information and resources are also available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.coronavirus.gov.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Those at greatest risk for severe illness are older people and those with other health problems or compromised immune systems. Although younger people may be less likely to experience severe illness, everyone can get sick with COVID-19 and spread the virus to other people.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, except to seek medical care if necessary. Other people you live with should stay home too.

As much as possible, stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom if possible. Do not go to work or school or interact with other people until all of these things are true:

  • You have had no fever for 72 hours, without taking medicine that reduces fever.
  • Your cough or shortness of breath have improved.
  • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms started.

What can I do?

  • Avoid being around people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick.
  • Practice social distancing by avoiding crowds and keeping at least 6 feet away from other people as much as possible. Stay at home unless it’s necessary for you to go out.
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. This includes counters, tabletops, doorknobs, computer and phone screens, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes. Don’t share food or drinks.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
  • Ask your employer about the possibility of working from home.

The mission of Wood County Health Department is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. Our Community Health Center provides comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. We welcome all patients, including uninsured or underinsured clients, regardless of their ability to pay, and we accept most third-party insurance. For more information, visit www.WoodCountyHealth.org.

DOG SHELTER CLOSURE

Effective Monday, March 30, 2020 at 8:30 AM…..

 

In the interest of public health and safety the Wood County Dog Shelter is implementing the following emergency closure protocols effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8:30 AM.

1)  The Dog Shelter will be closed to the public, including volunteers.

2)  Phone calls will be answered during normal Shelter hours.

3)  Appointments may be scheduled for critical services:
a) Releasing dogs to their owners
b) Adopting dogs

4)  The following are non-critical services with availability as noted below:

a) Dog License Sales          Online only       https://doglicenses.us/OH/Wood/

b) Viewing adoptable dogs     Online only       www.co.wood.oh.us/dogshelter/

c) Visiting adoptable dogs    Unavailable

d) Dog Park Membership       Unavailable

e) Surrendering dogs          Unavailable

5) Shelter employees will continue to respond to reported incidents and perform enforcement duties. For emergencies, contact the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

For additional information, please contact the Wood County Dog Shelter by calling, (419) 354-9242.

Shelter Hours

Monday      8:30 – 4:30

Tuesday     8:30 – 4:30

Wednesday   8:30 – 4:30

Thursday    8:30 – 12:00      3:30 – 4:30

Friday      8:30 – 4:30

Saturday    9:00 – 12:00

Sunday      Closed

Test Kits in Short Supply in Wood County

Testing in Wood County is being saved for people who are hospitalized and health care workers who care for them

 BOWLING GREEN — In the wake of ongoing shortages of test kits and other supplies, testing in many areas is being limited to people who are hospitalized and health care workers. Knowing if a patient or the health worker has the virus is important to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in those settings. Testing for non-hospitalized or asymptomatic people is not an option at this point in time. People who are sick should go home and stay home. If their symptoms are serious, they should call their health care provider.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, stay home. Do not go to work, school or interact with other people until all of these things are true:

  1. You have had no fever for 72 hours, without medicine that reduces fever.
  2. Your cough or shortness of breath have improved.
  3. At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms started.

As much as possible, stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if possible. Other people you live with should stay home for 14 days too.

In addition, employers should not require a negative COVID-19 test before an employee returns to work. In most cases, the employee will not be able to comply with this. Instead, employers can ask employees who have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, to self-quarantine for 14 days and to monitor their symptoms during this time.

For information on COVID-19 including ways you can prepare and help protect the health of yourself and others, go to www.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). Information and resources are also available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.coronavirus.gov.

 

The mission of Wood County Health Department is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. Our Community Health Center provides comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. We welcome all patients, including uninsured or underinsured clients, regardless of their ability to pay, and we accept most third-party insurance. For more information, visit www.WoodCountyHealth.org.