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Perrysburg administrator impressed by dedication of employees, citizens

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Perrysburg city administrator Bridgette Kabat speaks at this week's Topical Tuesday program at the Way Public Library on Tuesday in Perrysburg.

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In the job for nearly eight months, Perrysburg Administrator Bridgette Kabat said the across-the-board dedication of city employees is what has impressed her the most so far.

Speaking to about 50 people at Way Public Library tonight, Ms. Kabat said workers employed by the city are passionate about their jobs and strive to go above and beyond the call of the duty in responding to complaints and concerns from residents.

"It seems like it is all hands on deck when someone calls," she said. "They try to be attentive as possible."

She was the guest speaker at the monthly program sponsored by the library and the Perrysburg League of Women Voters.

Prior to joining the city, Ms. Kabat was chief of staff for the Lucas County Commissioners and assistant county administrator, a position that put her at the helm of operations for 15 departments and 750 employees. A Maumee native and Perrysburg resident, she worked in the county for 18 years.

Ms. Kabat said the citizen input in council, committee, and other public meetings is more prevalent in the city, compared to meetings at the county level.

"It is interesting to see people coming to the meetings who stand up and voice some concerns," she said.

During the hour-long presentation, Ms. Kabat updated the audience on city projects ranging from storm and sanitary sewer improvements and street repavement to lighting at parks and new development coming to the city.

Sandy Bihn, executive director of Lake Erie Waterkeeper, will speak at the library's next program on March 19. The topic of the discussion will be the Asian carp situation in the Great Lakes.

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