City council discusses St. Patrick’s Day crime statistics and aquatic facility construction

St. Patrick’s day statistics

According to Bowling Green Police Division reports, throughout the course of the holiday weekend there were 431 reported incidents including 55 arrests, 17 traffic crashes and nine OVIs.

Municipal Administrator and Director of Safety John Fawcett said there were also about 35 Emergency Medical Service responses during the weekend.

In order to prepare for certain holiday weekends, police add additional staff including the sheriff’s department, state patrol and the Ohio Department of Public Safety, said Police Chief Bradford Conner.

The worst incident was a stabbing Saturday between two suspects who had warrants out for their arrests, Conner said. The two suspects later turned themselves in, he said.

Aquatic facility to be demolished, reconstructed

Legislation passed Monday night authorizing the Municipal Administrator to enter into a contract for the demolition and construction for a new aquatic facility in City Park.

A levy approving the new facility passed this month, which allowed for the payment of $3.8 million during the course of 20 years to fund the project, said Facilities Coordinator Tim Stubbs.

The current aquatic facility has been in use since the 1940’s while the current configuration of the facility and pool tank have been in place since 1963, Stubbs said.

It was time to make a move before a major expenditure was necessary that the Department of Parks and Recreation couldn’t absorb, he said.