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Gardner and Gavarone Host Town Forum Last Wednesday in NB

A couple of dozen people gathered at the North Baltimore Public Library to have conversation with Ohio 3rd District Representative Theresa Gavarone and State Senator-2nd District,  Randy Gardner, who hosted a public town hall meeting on Wednesday evening.

The two elected officials planned the event to offer citizens the opportunity to openly communicate.

Mr. Gardner opened the event by introducing Mrs. Gavarone who has been “on the job” for 8 or 9 weeks now.

He also introduced 2 high school students who were present. First mentioned was Paige Curlis who Gardner called ”The Mayor of Risingsun.” She is a Lakota High School student and Wood County resident, who participates in what the Village of Risingsun calls “Kid’s Council” Also named was NBHS student Noah Pelton. Gardner congratulated him on his Eagle Scout project.

The officials said they didn’t want to spend time talking about all the recent election campaign stuff bogging us down every day, but preferred to spend the time answering questions and listening to concerns raised by those in attendance.

They got the ball rolling by talking about education, as both of these officials serve on state committees for education. Senator Gardner mentioned there are a very low number of school levies on the ballot this fall, and we are seeing some of the lowest dollar amounts being asked for by school districts, since 1965.

Charter schools and “school testing” were also discussed with the group. “I would like to see state testing reduced,” said Gavarone. Gardner also added, “The best tests are diagnostic tests. There are going to be significant changes coming.”

Other issues tackled included transportation ( lack of); large farm manure management and Lake Erie algal blooms; fire, police and EMS safety and availability in all parts of the village, due mainly to blocked railroad crossings.

Here are a few pictures from the Tuesday evening meeting: (Photos by TheNBXpress.com)

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Lakota student Paige Curlis
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NBHS student and Eagle Scout Noah Pelton
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North Baltimore Public Town Hall Forum, October 12, 2016- State Representative Theresa Gavarone of the 3rd Ohio House District answers questions for the public.
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North Baltimore Public Town Hall Forum, October 12, 2016-EPA issues, Lake Erie algal bloom,  and manure management problems
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North Baltimore Public Town Hall Forum, October 12, 2016
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North Baltimore Public Town Hall Forum, October 12, 2016-State Senator 2nd District Randy Gardner
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North Baltimore Public Town Hall Forum, October 12, 2016
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North Baltimore Public Town Hall Forum, October 12, 2016

 

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2 thoughts on “Gardner and Gavarone Host Town Forum Last Wednesday in NB”

  1. this was a great outreach to the North Baltimore community by Randy and Theresa. They were very open to discussion and promised to followup on a couple issues. i enjoyed being in the audience and hearing the concerns of our Wood County Residents. SPOERL4TREASURER

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