News from BG: May 3, 2017

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Planning Commission is scheduled to meet May 3 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Human Relations Commission is scheduled to meet May 5 at 8:00 am in Council Chamber.
  • Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to meet May 10 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.

E. Wooster/I-75 Roundabout Project Public Meeting

On May 16 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Stroh Center, a public meeting has been scheduled by the Ohio Department of Transportation.  The meeting will be in the form of an open house to present information for the planned installation of roundabouts at I-75 and Wooster Street.  The project highlights include a bike path across I-75 as well as the roundabouts.  Residents may ask questions, seek clarification on the project, and get a better idea about the scope and timeline of this project.

For more information, visit the ODOT District 2 webpage or call the City of Bowling Green Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

Arbor Day Celebration – May 5

An Arbor Day celebration is scheduled on Friday, May 5th at Crim Elementary, 1020 Scott Hamilton Avenue, between 1:30 and 2:30 PM.  During the event, a proclamation will be presented by Mayor Edwards and 5th grade students from Crim Elementary will display posters of their “Favorite Tree in Bowling Green”.  The Bowling Green Tree Commission will give awards to the students creating the top posters with the winning posters being displayed at the school and at the City Building.  Students will also help plant a honeylocust tree on the school’s grounds.

Bowling Green has a history of strong commitment to its trees. The City has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation for 37 years. Additionally, BG has received the Growth Award 22 times for enhancing its tree program which is the most in Ohio.

NEXUS Natural Gas Transmission Line Panel Discussion

A panel discussion regarding the science involved with the NEXUS Natural Gas Transmission Line and its potential impact on the City’s water source has been scheduled on May 8, from 4:00 – 5:30 pm, in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.

The panel will consist of Dr. Charles Onasch, retired Professor Emeritus of Geology at BGSU; Dr. Andrew Kear, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Environment and Sustainability at BGSU; Mark Baranoski, retired Geologist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; and Stephen Champa, a Senior Hygrologist for Eagon & Associates.  Steve Kendall from WBGU and host of the Northwest Ohio Journal will act as moderator.

Residents are welcome to submit questions regarding the science of this issue to the Mayor’s Office or to their elected representatives on City Council.  Questions are encouraged to be emailed or submitted no later than 4:00 pm on May 4th.

Did You Know? – Biking

The “Did You Know?” is a series of short articles intended to inform residents and visitors of Bowling Green about current topics of interest.  The series will run throughout the year, with articles issued every few months.

Did you know that when riding your bicycle on the street you have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists?  Did you know that if you ride your bicycle on sidewalks you are considered a pedestrian and must act accordingly?  This past fall the City asked –  Yay Bikes! – a biking advocacy non-profit out of Columbus – to come to Bowling Green to assess the “bikability” of our streets as well as help City staff consider the application of complete streets in Bowling Green.  Complete streets or Active Transportation is the concept of making roads more accessible to all users – vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic.

Check out the rest of the Did You Know? article on the City’s website!