Summer can be a great time to get away from phones, laptops, and sometimes news to relax and enjoy the outdoors, family, and friends.
If you were out of town or not engaged in the news for part of the summer in Perrysburg you likely missed a lot this summer.
Here are some key stories you may have missed:
The Longest Story: The ongoing Perrysburg fire staffing issues began in March when the city lowered to four the minimum staffing on each shift for the fire department, action taken to curb the overtime budget. The initial temporary move became permanent. At many city council and service-safety committee meetings firefighters and their families have spoken out against the change. Last week, The Blade reported that the firefighters union filed an unfair labor practice over the issue. Click here to read the story.
The Biggest Shock: Perrysburg School administration was shocked when Eric Whitson of the district‘s treasurer’s office was arrested at work on July 2, accused of two counts of theft. Mr. Whitson is alleged to have written two checks on Feb. 28 from the Perrysburg Schools account — one for $42,150 and another for $37,935 — both made out to the Bowling Green Bobcat Athletic Boosters. The district fired him July 14. He is awaiting his trial, out of jail after posting an $80,000 bond.
Craziest Story: Paul Garland, a Perrysburg Township resident, jumped into a creek off of Hull Prairie Road on July 24 and wrestled a five-foot-long alligator. The Ohio Department of Agriculture assumed it was a released pet and took the animal. The gator was found by a mother and daughter heading out for ice cream.
The Most Controversial: A $2.3 million downtown Perrysburg project has been shared by the city of Perrysburg administrator that includes relocating the statue of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry to the middle of a proposed roundabout at the Front Street and Louisiana Avenue intersection. Some residents are excited about the possible renovation but others expressed extreme distaste for the plan.
Most Uplifting Story: T.J. Fatinikun made a NFL roster last week after years of injury problems since graduating Perrysburg High School in 2009 and playing defensive end at the University of Toledo. He now is at training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“It proves that God works, I honestly had situations I thought [my dreams of the NFL] were over,” Fatinikun said. “I didn’t know where to go, I was stuck. But you got to believe in what God can do, and thank God.”
Most Frustrating Story: Anyone around Perrysburg knows the construction all over town has made it nearly impossible at times to get to the west part of town. State Rt. 25 and Eckel Junction Road improvements have definitely slowed down commuters.
Looking ahead, here’s some stories to be developing this fall. The downtown Perrysburg renovation project is set to go in front of the Economic Development Committee this week. The fire staffing levels will continue to unfold and Mr. Fatinikun will work to make the Buccaneers final roster.
Costco also will be a story to keep your eye on. Negotiations are still under way regarding relocating an underground pipeline on the site at Rt. 25 and Eckel Junction, and that has held up Costco’s demolition and construction plans.