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OFFICES CLOSED ON LABOR DAY-REFUSE & RECYCLING DELAYED NEXT WEEK

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all non-24 hour City facilities will be closed on Monday, September 7th, and refuse and recycling collection will be delayed by one day:

Monday’s route will be collected on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s route will be collected on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s route will be collected on Thursday.

Thursday’s route will be collected on Friday.

Questions may be directed to Public Works.

September Brush Collection – Register between September 1-14

The window to schedule a September Brush Collection will be open from September 1 to September 14.  Residents may go online to register their address for this month’s collection!  Follow the Brush Collection Link located on the home page of the City’s website (www.bgohio.org) to complete the form.  Residents may also call 419-354-6227 to be added to the list of locations where crews will stop.  Collection is scheduled to begin on September 21.  Those who do not call in or go online to register by September 14 will NOT be included on the collection route!

Brush should not be placed curbside any sooner than one week prior to pick up.

Brush and limbs should not be more than 6″ diameter and 6′ in length and placed loosely at the curb – not bundled.  Brush mixed with leaves or other yard debris will not be collected.  The City, at its discretion, will not collect entire tree(s) placed in the right of way because of work by a contractor.

For cul-de-sacs, please do not place brush in the cul-de-sac green space as it may block fire hydrants, and/or it is unmanageable for City equipment to remove.

NOTE: Pickup is by WARD and NOT by normal refuse collection day. To be included on the collection route, residents must register their address prior to the September 14 deadline.

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

Bowling Green to Host ‘Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz’ Event in Celebration of Pollinators

The Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a BioBlitz event as part of the national Parks for Pollinators campaign, which is aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of pollinators and positioning parks as national leaders in advancing pollinator health. Organized by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, the Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz event is held during September.

The Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz will run from Saturday, September 12 through Sunday, September 27.  Two socially distanced kickoff programs will be held at Wintergarden/St. John’s Nature Preserve on Saturday, September 12 for adults and families interested in learning how to use the iNaturalist App.  Programs will be held at 10 AM and 1 PM with 10 participants each.  Pre-registration is required, as well as masks and adherence to social distancing guidelines.  For more information and to register go to the Parks and Recreation Department web page on-line at www.bgohio.org or call the Bowling Green Community Center at 419-354-6223.  Attendance at a kick off program is not required to participate.  For more information on participating at your leisure, please contact Kaleigh Obrock at .

Pollinators are a vital component of our ecosystem, and an essential link to the world’s food supply. According to the White House’s Pollinators Health Task Force, during the last 30 years, the United States has seen a steady decline of pollinators (such as bees, bats and butterflies) at an alarming rate of 30 percent annually — making it vital to act on pollinator protection.

“Pollinators are critical for the health and wellbeing of our communities. Taking steps to protect our various pollinators has never been more important,” said Karl Schrass, NRPA director of conservation.

Kristin Otley, the City’s Parks & Recreation Director, stated, “This information will help us understand how we can better protect pollinators and other important wildlife in our community.  We can use this information when planning for our park areas.”

“Research shows us that people want to take action and protect pollinator health, but often times, they simply don’t know what to do,” said Carol Nowlin, corporate responsibility manager at ScottsMiracle-Gro. “A key piece of our partnership with NRPA is educating more community members, families and children on the steps they can take to support pollinators. And there’s no better location to do that than at their local park.”

To learn more about Parks for Pollinators, visit www.nrpa.org/parks4pollinators

To register for a local kickoff event, visit the Parks & Recreation Department Page at www.bgohio.org

To participate at your leisure, contact Kaleigh Obrock at

To learn more about NRPA, visit www.nrpa.org

About the National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all people have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.

Put a Lid on It! Youth Bike Helmet Distribution

In 2017, the number of people injured by not wearing a bike helmet was 51,000, enough people to fill Nationwide Arena in Columbus 2½ times. Universal use of bicycle helmets by children ages 4 to 15 could prevent between 135 and 155 deaths, between 39,000 and 45,000 head injuries and between 18,000 and 55,000 scalp and face injuries annually. The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that all 50 states enact laws requiring bicyclists to wear helmets to stem an increase in bicycle deaths on U.S. roadways.

To help prevent injuries and save lives, the Bowling Green Bike Safety Commission is joining the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) in a statewide effort to remind children to “Put a Lid on It! Protect Before You Pedal”.  Bicycle helmets will be going to children across Ohio this summer thanks to a continued partnership between the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio AAP.

Bowling Green was one of 140 local communities to receive youth bike helmets for distribution.  Helmets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.  Beginning Sunday, August 16th, those in need of a youth helmet may pick one up at the Bowling Green Community Center during regular operating hours.  Sizes and quantities are limited.

To learn more and show your support, visit OhioAAP.org, or the “Put a Lid on It” Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bikehelmetsafety.

Refuse and Recycling Container Address Labels

The Public Works Department has resumed the work of placing address labels on all refuse and recycling containers that are picked up by the City.  Crews have completed the majority of Wards 1 & 2 and have begun Wards 3 & 4.  City employees will be applying labels on containers placed at the curb on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday’s collection route.

Residents, whose scheduled collection day is on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday, are asked to help in this effort by placing containers – full or empty – at the curb on their regular collection day.  Containers should not be pulled back to the house until 4:00 PM that day.  This will help crews move through streets efficiently, missing as few addresses as possible.  This work will be ongoing over the next several months and will be weather dependent.

Residents may disregard this notice when they see that the address label has been added to their containers.  The address label is a black sticker with orange letters and approximately 3 inches by 7 inches in size.  Each sticker will associate a container with the address it is registered to.  This work is being done to ensure proper tracking of containers so individual properties are not assessed an incorrect amount for the refuse/recycling fee.

Questions about this work may be directed to the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.

DORA Opening Announced

The City of Bowling Green and Downtown Bowling Green S.I.D announce DORA opening.

The City of Bowling Green, OH is announcing the opening of a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) on Thursday, July 30, 2020.  A DORA is a designated public area where alcoholic beverages can be purchased from permitted establishments and consumed outside within the district.  The DORA will complement the massive street improvements made in downtown Bowling Green to make the Main Street Corridor a more accessible, beautiful place that supports and serves businesses, workers, and the public.

The City of Bowling Green and all its departments, BG City Council, business owners along with the Downtown Bowling Green S.I.D. worked for several months on the project.  The DORA will serve to enhance the experiences of the patrons of the business establishments and the special events within the Downtown Bowling Green area.  It provides options for those visiting Bowling Green and positions the community as a vibrant destination for entertainment, culture, and activity.  Safety and cleanliness are priorities of the Bowling Green DORA proposal.

Patrons of six bars/restaurants within the DORA are permitted to sell alcoholic beverages “to-go” which will be poured into designated, marked cups.  Customers must consume the beverages within the marked DORA district. (See enclosed map). The bars/restaurants are Bar 149, City Tap & The Attic, Doc’s Big City Saloon, SamB’s Restaurant, The Clay Pot (formally Naslada Bistro) and Trotter’s Tavern.  More are expected to join.  The DORA shall be in effect annually from the Friday prior to Memorial Day weekend until the end of the day on the Monday of Labor Day Weekend.  The following hours will be in effect each week: Monday – Thursday: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Friday – Sunday: 11:00am – 10:00 pm.  Please note that the last sales shall occur no later than 9:30 pm and all cups must be disposed of by 10:00 pm.

Mayor Aspacher said – “I am excited about the possibility of the DORA program creating more foot traffic within the downtown businesses and the added benefit of allowing bars and restaurants to continue to serve customers while enabling social distancing.”

“Establishing a DORA in downtown Bowling Green enables us to build on our efforts to create a Think Local atmosphere which invites a shop, dine and explore environment,” Tony Vetter, Director of Downtown Bowling Green S.I.D. said.

More information can be found at www.downtownbgohio.org.

Message from Mayor Aspacher: Mask Update

It’s been nearly 2 months since our community began reopening under the Responsible RestartOhio protocols.  During this time, our businesses and residents have adapted to the continually evolving guidance being issued by the State of Ohio.  While we are all anxious to return to our “normal” lives and activities, it is paramount that we maintain our discipline.  We need to wear masks/face coverings, keep our distance, and continue good hygiene by washing hands and staying home when feeling sick.

As the Governor announced yesterday, Wood County has been upgraded to a Level 3 (Red) on the Public Health Advisory Alert System.  As a result, masks/face coverings are no longer just a recommendation, but a requirement as of 6:00 PM, July 10, 2020.  It’s important that we remember that we are experiencing unprecedented challenges and are fighting a very real threat to our community, from both a health and economic standpoint.

I urge you to wear a mask, not out of fear, but to protect those around you, especially those who are most vulnerable to this virus.  I urge you to wear a mask, not because of your political affiliation, but because health experts have determined that this simple act can help to slow the spread of this virus.  I urge you to wear a mask, not because it’s been ordered, but because you care about our community and want us to get back on track as quickly as possible.

We, as a community, need to continue to work together to determine how we can best make our way through these unusual times.  Let’s continue to work together so that our businesses can stay open and our children can return to school, both while keeping our community safe.

Community Energy Savings Days

Bowling Green Community Energy Savings Days

Community Energy Savings Days are called for when demand for electricity is expected to be high.  This can occur during very hot or very cold weather, when homes and businesses are using high amounts of electricity at the same time.

When a Community Energy Savings Day is called, residents can help by simply using less energy between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  If residents use less energy during these times of peak demand, we can spread demand more evenly on the network, reduce the cost of providing energy and reduce the amount of greenhouse gases generated.

Participating in a Community Energy Savings Day is easy.  Residents can take simple conservation steps such as: shutting off lights when not needed; unplugging small appliances and electric chargers (especially those with small lights); raising the air conditioner thermostat a degree or two; closing curtains, drapes and blinds; doing laundry and other household chores requiring electricity during hours other than 2:00 – 6:00 PM; and turning off televisions, computers, gaming consoles, and other electronic devices when not being used.

There’s plenty of power available and the grid is in good shape, but if we can conserve during these peak hours, the City can save on transmission and capacity costs in the future.  Bowling Green residents are requested to voluntarily lower electricity usage during the peak period from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm over the course of the next few days when extreme high temperatures have been forecasted.

As a municipal electric system, owned by its citizens and customers, it is contingent upon those same citizens and customers to keep the electric rates for themselves and all other customers of Bowling Green Municipal Utilities as low as possible. Our citizens and customers have the opportunity to make a difference in their system and their rates by conserving energy during the periods stated for the upcoming days. As forecast dictates, we will most likely be asking our citizens and customers to again conserve energy at additional times this summer.

Avoid & Prevent Mosquitoes

Climate conditions (rain and temperature patterns) can affect mosquito numbers on a yearly, monthly or even weekly basis. The first thing we must ask ourselves is why so many mosquitoes so fast and where are they coming from? Although it seems natural to assume the mosquitoes are coming from large areas of visible standing water, that is not necessarily the case. Trees have small cavities where water can pool and serve as a spot for mosquitoes to reproduce without any predators to consume the larvae. Yes, large, stagnate areas like undrained lawns can produce many adult mosquitoes, but even the smallest puddle can support mosquito larvae (bird baths, clogged gutters, kids’ toys, buckets, used tires, etc.).

Wetlands are often cited as a place people speculate the mosquitoes are coming from, however, in a healthy functioning open wetland the mosquito larvae are kept in check by the other larvae (such as damselfly and dragonfly larvae). It’s a challenge to find mosquito larvae while sampling aquatic creatures from local wetlands. Typically, students find buckets full of damselfly larvae. That is a good thing as not only will the damselfly larvae eat the mosquito larvae; the adult damselflies will consume adult mosquitoes.  Scientists have proven that the creation of healthy wetlands near
forests can decrease adult mosquito populations as the wetland will overproduce adult mosquito predators. However, the creation of more wetlands is expensive and often controversial.

HOW CAN YOU AVOID & REDUCE MOSQUITOES IN YOUR BACKYARD?

  • Eliminate or Treat Standing Water. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquito larvae.  Walk around your yard and empty water from containers, empty/refill bird baths daily, fill in low areas with soil/mulch. Larvicides can be used to treat wet areas that will not be used for drinking, where mosquitoes may breed. The Wood County Health Department distributes mosquito dunks to residents free of charge. They can be used in areas like rain barrels, pool covers, fountains, septic tanks and gutters. For more information, visit the Health Department’s Environmental Health Division on East Gypsy Lane Road in Bowling Green, or call 419-354-2702.
  • Use Mosquito Repellents that contain DEET, or another EPA approved product. Natural repellents containing lemon eucalyptus oil may provide relief as well. Do not like sprays?  Consider Thermacell portable mosquito repellent devices or wear long, loose fitting clothing.
  • Use Mosquito Netting and Fans around gazebos, decks, and patios to keep mosquitoes away from sitting areas.
  • Plant Mosquito Repellent Plants. Citronella, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Cat Nip, and Marigolds have been shown to contain mosquito repelling properties.
  • Limit Outdoor Activity from Dusk to Dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Avoid & Reduce Mosquitoes Flyer

Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Announces Opening Dates

 The City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation, in compliance with State Guidelines, is able to open the following:

  • Limited Restrooms in the Park – beginning May 23
  • Skatepark in City Park – beginning May 26
  • Eli Joyce Softball Field – beginning May 26
  • Bowling Green Training & Community Center – beginning June 1
  • Most Facility Rentals – beginning June 1

Still closed, by order of the Governor, are all playgrounds.

For questions or more information call 419-354-6223 or visit the City’s website, www.bgohio.org.