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)