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News from BG: February 21, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Public Lands & Buildings Committee of City Council is scheduled to meet February 26 at 5:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss chapter 113 of the Codified Ordinances pertaining to peddlers, solicitors, and itinerant merchants (food trucks).
  • Parks and Recreation Board is scheduled to meet February 27 at 7:00 pm in the Rotary Nature Center, 618 S. Wintergarden Rd.
  • Human Relations Commission is scheduled to meet March 2 at 8:00 am in Council Chamber.
  • Public Lands & Buildings Committee of City Council is scheduled to meet March 3 at 9:00 am in Council Chamber.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss chapter 113 of the Codified Ordinances pertaining to peddlers, solicitors, and itinerant merchants (food trucks).

Community Action Plan – Final Presentation

The final Community Action Plan presentation is scheduled to be made to a joint session of City Council and the Planning Commission on February 28 at 6:00 pm in the Wood County Courthouse Atrium. Camiros will present their final recommendations and answer questions from City Council and the Planning Commission.  The draft Executive Summary may be found on the City’s website.

Residents are encouraged to contact members of City Council with comments.  No public comments will be taken at the meeting.

Refuse/Recycling Program Changes – Large Item and Brush

Large Item and Brush Collection have been expanded for resident convenience as part of the recent changes to City provided refuse and recycling service.  Residents no longer have to wait for these special collection services, but can now schedule a pick-up!

Large Item Collection will occur year around.  As part of the program, residents may schedule up to two large item collections (up to 5 items per collection) at no additional charge per year (some restrictions apply).  Thereafter the following fees apply: $25 for the first item, $15 per item thereafter.  Residents simply need to call Public Works at 419-354-6227 to schedule a date (typically a Monday or Friday) to have the item(s) curbside no later than 7:00 am.  Because of additional fees and restrictions at the Wood County Landfill, mattresses will still require additional payment (maximum of 3 mattresses) and items with Freon cannot be collected (such as dehumidifiers and refrigerators).

Brush Collection will occur much like Large Item.  Collection will occur during the 3rd week of April, May, September and October.  Residents simply need to call Public Works by the 2nd Monday of the respective month to schedule a brush collection.  Current restrictions for brush collection remain – such as the size of tree limbs and no yard waste (grass clippings).

As a recap from discussions during City Council last year, residents receiving refuse and recycling service from the City will now begin to pay a $13.00 per month fee for the service.  This fee will be reflected on utility bills – itemized much like the different utility services such as water, sewer, and electric.  For those that have more than the standard one refuse container and one recycling container, there will be an additional $5.00 fee per container per month added to utility bills.  During the first three months of 2018, there will be a grace period to allow residents to decide if multiple containers is needed or not, and notify the City of this decision.  The $5.00 per month per container fee will be reflected in the bill you receive in April.  Those with containers above and beyond the one refuse container and one recycling container must notify the City by March 23 if they no longer wish to have these containers.

Residents are encouraged to visit the City’s website for more information and details.  Information about these changes may be found on the Public Works Division webpage or residents may call Public Works at 419-354-6227.

Refuse/Recycling Program Changes – Large Item and Brush Collection

Large Item and Brush Collection have been expanded for resident convenience as part of the recent changes to City provided refuse and recycling service. Residents no longer have to wait for these special collection services, but can now schedule a pick-up!

Large Item Collection will occur year around. As part of the program, residents may schedule up to two large item collections (up to 5 items per collection) at no additional charge per year (some restrictions apply).  Thereafter the following fees apply: $25 for the first item, $15 per item thereafter.  Residents simply need to call Public Works at 419-354-6227 to schedule a date (typically a Monday or Friday) to have the item(s) curbside no later than 7:00 am.  Because of additional fees and restrictions at the Wood County Landfill, mattresses will still require additional payment (maximum of 3 mattresses) and items with Freon cannot be collected (such as dehumidifiers and refrigerators).

Brush Collection will occur much like Large Item. Collection will occur during the 3rd week of April, May, September and October.  Residents simply need to call Public Works by the 2nd Monday of the respective month to schedule a brush collection.  Current restrictions for brush collection remain – such as the size of tree limbs and no yard waste (grass clippings).

As a recap from discussions during City Council last year, residents receiving refuse and recycling service from the City will now begin to pay a $13.00 per month fee for the service. This fee will be reflected on utility bills – itemized much like the different utility services such as water, sewer, and electric.  For those that have more than the standard one refuse container and one recycling container, there will be an additional $5.00 fee per container per month added to utility bills.  During the first three months of 2018, there will be a grace period to allow residents to decide if multiple containers is needed or not, and notify the City of this decision.  The $5.00 per month per container fee will be reflected in the bill you receive in April.  Those with containers above and beyond the one refuse container and one recycling container must notify the City by March 23 if they no longer wish to have these containers.

Residents are encouraged to visit the City’s website for more information and details. Information about these changes may be found on the Public Works Division webpage or residents may call Public Works at 419-354-6227.

News from BG: February 14, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Tree Commission is scheduled to meet February 20 at 4:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Bicycle Safety Commission is scheduled to meet February 20 at 6:00 pm in the 3rd Floor Conference Room, 304 N. Church St.
  • City Council is scheduled to meet February 20 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.

Delayed Refuse and Recycling Collection: Week of Feb. 19

In observation of President’s Day, all non-24 hour City facilities will be closed on February 19.  As a result, refuse and recycling collection will be delayed all week.  Regular Monday collection will occur on Tuesday, regular Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday, and so on.

Questions about the delayed collection may be directed to Public Works at 419-354-6227.

Brown Bag Music Series

The Brown Bag Music Series continues this Friday, February 16 from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm with a musical performance titled “Woodwind Day!!!” Come and enjoy your lunch at the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave. while listening to great music.  Drinks and desserts will be available for purchase.

Call the Parks and Recreation Department for questions at 419-354-6223 or check out their website for an entire schedule!

Bowling Green Declares Snow Emergency

Safety Director Lori Tretter has declared a snow emergency for the City of Bowling Green effective at 9:30 am on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Cars must be moved off designated snow streets and from cul-de-sacs within two (2) hours of this emergency declaration (by 11:30 am). Vehicles not removed are subject to being towed and/or issued a citation.

Residents Asked To Help Keep Roads Passable

In anticipation of additional snow tonight and into tomorrow, residents can assist in keeping roads passable by moving parked vehicles from streets and planning ahead. Keeping streets free and clear of parked vehicles is a tremendous help in the snow removal process, allowing the entire street to be cleared and treated.  This request is being made in preparation of additional snow in excess of 2 inches creating potentially unsafe conditions that may require the declaration of a snow emergency.  Residents are encouraged to plan ahead and park their vehicles off the street.  The City has snow plow crews on standby.

If two inches of snow is received, a snow emergency may be declared, implementing parking restrictions. As a reminder, if a snow emergency is declared between the hours of 7:00 am and 9:00 pm, vehicles must be removed from snow streets within 2 hours of the declaration.  If a snow emergency is declared after 9:00 pm, vehicles must be removed by 9:00 am the following morning.

Residents are encouraged to monitor the City’s website, local news, or sign up for the eNews or the snow emergency text notification. As a reminder, the eNews sign up is located from the City’s homepage.  The snow emergency text notification sign up is as easy as texting “follow bgsnowemergency” to 40404.

News from BG: February 7, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Board of Public Utilities is scheduled to meet February 12 at 5:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to meet February 14 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.

Conneaut sled hill closed for safety

Due to the condition of the elm tree located at the base of Conneaut Hill, the hill will remain closed until the tree may be removed.  The tree requires removal due to severe structural cracks that present a clear and present danger to those utilizing the sledding hill as well as a portion of Conneaut/Haskins Park.  The tree was assessed by the City Arborist and an Urban Forester from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), and both recommend removal of the tree due to the imminent risk of failure of the cracked limbs.

The City was presented with three options – permanently close the park/sledding hill, remove the cracked limbs, or remove the tree.  Both experts concluded that removal of the tree is the recommended course of action due to level of risk and likelihood of failure.  Pruning was not chosen or recommended because the cracked limbs would result in a severe degradation of the aesthetics of the tree – nearly two-thirds of the tree requires removal.  Further, trees of that age do not respond well to such pruning, resulting in continued and increasing declining health – leading to the tree being a safety hazard again.

In previous years, the City had taken action in an attempt to prolong the life of the tree by cabling limbs together – supporting the limbs by placing a cable around the affected limb and another.  However, the limbs that are cabled together are now cracked to an extent that if one fails, the other(s) will fail as well.

Pictures of the tree showing the amount of damage have been posted to the City’s homepage in the news feed along with a link to the report received from ODNR.

Winterfest – bg chillabration!

Winterfest is this weekend – February 9, 10, and 11!  There are numerous family friendly events scheduled including but not limited to a winter market, ice carving demonstrations, the 1 Mile Frostbite Fun Run, carriage rides, public skating, and much more!  Events will be located in the downtown area, City Park, and the Slater Family Ice Arena.

Check out the community calendar, GoBGOhio.com for details!

Refuse and Recycling Collection – Week of Feb. 19

In observation of President’s Day, all non-24 hour City facilities will be closed on February 19.  As a result, refuse and recycling collection will be delayed all week.  Regular Monday collection will occur on Tuesday, regular Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday, and so on.

Questions about the delayed collection may be directed to Public Works at 419-354-6227.

Conneaut Sled Hill closed for safety

Due to the condition of the elm tree located at the base of Conneaut Hill, the hill will remain closed until the tree may be removed. The tree requires removal due to severe structural cracks that present a clear and present danger to those utilizing the sledding hill as well as a portion of Conneaut/Haskins Park.  The tree was assessed by the City Arborist and an Urban Forester from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), and both recommend removal of the tree due to the imminent risk of failure of the cracked limbs.

The City was presented with three options – permanently close the park/sledding hill, remove the cracked limbs, or remove the tree. Both experts concluded that removal of the tree is the recommended course of action due to level of risk and likelihood of failure.  Pruning was not chosen or recommended because the cracked limbs would result in a severe degradation of the aesthetics of the tree – nearly two-thirds of the tree requires removal.  Further, trees of that age do not respond well to such pruning, resulting in continued and increasing declining health – leading to the tree being a safety hazard again.

In previous years, the City had taken action in an attempt to prolong the life of the tree by cabling limbs together – supporting the limbs by placing a cable around the affected limb and another. However, the limbs that are cabled together are now cracked to an extent that if one fails, the other(s) will fail as well.

Pictures of the tree showing the amount of damage have been attached to this post along with a link to the report received from ODNR.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources report

 

 

 

Conneaut Ave. Sewer Work – Update

Speer Brothers, the contactor conducting the work on Conneaut Ave, has mobilized and is currently staging material and equipment. Next week, beginning on Monday, February 5, Speer Brothers will be working in the parking lot of Conneaut Hill replacing the gravity sewer in this area and 2 manholes located near the entrance/exit to the parking lot.  As a result of this work, the parking lot will not be accessible throughout the week.

Following this work near Conneaut Hill, Speer Brothers will begin installation of the lift station in the City owned lot west of Wintergarden (east of Tamarac). Concurrently, construction of the sanitary sewer force main from this location to Conneaut Hill will occur.  Intermittent impacts to traffic flow will occur.

Questions about this project may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.