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Final Leaf Collection Begins on December 16

The final round of leaf collection will begin on Monday, December 16th in Bowling Green. Residents who receive City-provided refuse/recycling service are eligible for the leaf pick-up.

The City of Bowling Green leaf pickup crew will begin working in Ward 3. When pickup in Ward 3 is completed, the crew will then move thru Ward 4, Ward 1 and Ward 2. Pickup is by ward NOT rubbish collection districts.

NOTE: This will be the final leaf collection for 2019. Once the crews leave a street, they will not return.

Bowling Green residents may also take leaves to the drop-off site located behind the Public Works garage on Tarragon Drive (off East Poe Road). Note that brush and branches are not accepted at the drop-off site.

Residents may also want to consider using a recycling mower to return shredded leaves to their yards. Grass clippings and finely chopped leaves add vital nutrients and organic matter to the lawn, thus improving lawn health.

City of Bowling Green Recognized as a Smart Energy Provider

Bowling Green Municipal Utilities has earned a Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association for demonstrating commitment to and proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and environmental initiatives that support a goal of providing low-cost, quality, safe, and reliable electric service. The SEP designations were presented on October 29 during the Association’s annual Customer Connections Conference.

The SEP designation, which lasts for two years (December 1st, 2019 to November 30th, 2021) recognizes public power utilities for demonstrating leading practices in four key disciplines: smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives; and the customer experience. This is the first year the Association has offered the SEP designation. Bowling Green joins more than 60 public power utilities nationwide that received the inaugural SEP designation.

“This designation highlights utilities that are really stepping up to deliver their customers top-notch programs and services,” said Van Dokkumburg. “These utilities are going beyond ‘keeping the lights on,’ and their communities should be proud.”

“We’re honored to be recognized for our efforts to support our community’s responsible energy use,” said Brian O’Connell, Utilities Director of Bowling Green. “We take a lot of pride in the programs we offer that help our customers save money and reduce our collective footprint on the environment. It’s encouraging to be recognized as a leading utility when it comes to smart energy.”

The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The Association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations.

More information on the SEP program is available at www.PublicPower.org/smart-energy-provider-program.

Leaf Collection to Begin Nov. 12th

The City of Bowling Green will begin collecting leaves during the week of November 12, 2019. Leaf collection is available for addresses that are eligible for refuse/recycling collection and is not connected to the regular refuse/recycling collection schedule. The City’s leaves are taken to the Wood County Landfill’s Yard Waste Recycling area, where they are composted and reused.

The primary method the City uses for collection of leaves is the “Grab and Go” method which utilizes a tractor with a rake on the back of it. The tractor will drive through the right-of-way loosely raking the leaves into the street for collection. This method is used so that crews can efficiently work their way through the city, minimizing fuel consumption and maximizing the amount of time the crews have to collect the leaves. This method may look messy, but re-rake your leaves, add more to the pile and crews will be back for another round. The final pass will be tidier. The date of the final pass will be announced after the Thanksgiving Holiday.

If you choose to use this method, please follow these guidelines:

• Leaves should be placed loose (not in bags) at the curbside.
• Do not rake leaves into the street. This blocks street drainage during rain events. Also, parked cars with warm exhaust systems are at risk of catching fire when parked over dry leaves. Children also tend to play in leaves making this a dangerous situation.
• Do not put brush or branches with the leaves as it will not be collected.

Please note:
Residents may also take Garden/Yard Waste/Grass/Leaves to the City Yard Waste drop-off. It is open daily from 8am-8pm. The site is located behind the Public Works garage on Tarragon Drive (off E. Poe Road). This site does NOT accept brush (anything with a bark covering).

The best thing residents can do with their leaves is leave them on their property. Fall leaves are a valuable resource that most homeowners let go to waste by having them blown or raked into piles curbside, left for City pickup. Leaf collection, hauling, and disposal are a huge annual cost to our City! In addition, the nutrients in the leaves are lost instead of being returned to nourish the soil and the grass or plants that grow on your property.

• Shred them with a lawn mower and leave them in place on your lawn
• Compost them in a pile or container (with or without shredding)
• Shred them and use them as mulch on your borders and flowerbeds

Questions about this year’s leaf collection may be directed to the Public Works Department by calling 419-354-6227.

October Slow Roll-Spooks & Spokes

The City of Bowling Green’s last slow roll bike ride for 2019 will have a Halloween twist. The ride, titled Spooks & Spokes, will be held Sunday, October 27th at 2pm. Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes and dress up in bike friendly costumes! This ride will begin and end at Wintergarden Park. Stops will feature local lore, treats, and some of Bowling Green’s most (allegedly) haunted locations. Upon completion of the ride, we’ll return to Wintergarden Park for S’mores and a fire.

Rides are free, family-friendly, and open to everyone. Each rider is required to wear a properly-fitted helmet and ride a correctly-sized bicycle in safe, working mechanical order. The route for this ride covers 5 miles. It is highly recommended that young riders, not able to travel this distance on their own, participate via a tow behind trailer or child bike seat. These rides are meant to be more recreational in nature and will travel at a speed comfortable for all riders.

While designed for fun and exploration, monthly rides will also stress the importance of safe riding practices and responsibilities of riders while navigating city streets. Multiple trained leaders will facilitate the ride to ensure that all riders complete the route, including providing assistance for mechanical or personal issues that may arise.

This will be the last slow roll ride for 2019. Rides will resume again in Spring 2020.

To register for monthly rides, please visit www.bgohio.org and follow the Bike BG link provided on the home page or call 419-354-6222.

Bowling Green Celebrates Public Power Week, Oct. 6-12

Bowling Green is celebrating Public Power Week (#PublicPowerWeek), Oct. 6-12, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 49 million Americans.

“Public power puts the people of Bowling Green first, and Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power to our citizens,” said Brian O’Connell, Utilities Director. “Our service is reliable and safe and we take pride in serving our friends and neighbors,” said O’Connell.

Since the 1940’s, Bowling Green has owned and operated the Electric Distribution and Transmission System in and around the City. As a public power community, decisions are governed by the local Board of Public Utilities and City Council. Also, the work to maintain the electric system, from the interconnection to the power grid down to the meter that serves the customer, is performed by City employees.

As a member of American Municipal Power (AMP), Bowling Green is one of 135 municipal members who have partnered together to expand our ability to provide a reliable, sustainable, and cost competitive electric system for the benefit of our customers. For many years, Bowling Green has had a seat on the AMP Board of Trustees. This membership has allowed Bowling Green to build renewable energy projects and provide the Efficiency Smart program and the EcoSmart Choice program.

The Bowling Green community has supported these efforts for clean energy and environmental stewardship. In a typical year, every Bowling Green electric customer can expect to receive up to 40% of their electric energy from renewable resources which exceeds the State and National averages.

Today Bowling Green Municipal Utilities serves 12,797 residential customers, and 1,870 commercial and industrial customers.

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Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C. The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The Association represents public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million people that public power utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ. It advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations. Its members strengthen their communities by providing superior service, engaging citizens, and instilling pride in community-owned power. More at www.PublicPower.org.

City Celebrating Energy Efficiency Day

4th annual national event urging everyone to

“Save Money. Cut Carbon. Breathe Easier.”

In recognition of the 4th annual national Energy Efficiency Day (EE Day) on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, Bowling Green is joining regional and national organizations, businesses, utilities, universities, and individuals in promoting energy efficiency – the cheapest, quickest way to meet our energy needs, cut utility bills, and reduce pollution.

The City’s Efficiency Smart Program helps customers lower their electric bill through energy efficiency and guides them to savings through financial incentives and expert advice. Residents along with business and industrial customers have derived benefits from this innovative and helpful program. Since 2011, Efficiency Smart has partnered with the City to provide energy efficiency services to more than 100 Bowling Green businesses and institutions, saving more than 29 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy and more than $2,228,000 in annual electric costs, expecting to save nearly $32.5 million in electric costs over the lifetime of the energy-saving products that were installed.

Reducing the energy used by manufacturers, homes, and businesses benefits everyone – especially energy bill-payers. The average household saves almost $500 yearly thanks to efficiency standards that apply to new appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators and water heaters.

To learn more about the energy efficiency programs that are available, visit https://www.efficiencysmart.org/bowling-green-ohio.

About #EEDay2019: On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, a growing network of advocates, companies, government agencies, utilities, and others will showcase the benefits of energy efficiency during the 4th annual nationwide Energy Efficiency Day. Learn more at www.energyefficiencyday.org

Brush Collection-Schedule between Oct. 1-14

The window to schedule an October Brush Collection will be open from October 1 to October 14. Residents may now 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 October 21. Those who do not call in or go online to register by October 14 will NOT be included on the collection route! This will be the final brush collection for the year.

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 call prior to the October 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.

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 2.

As a result, 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 about this schedule may be directed to Public Works at 419-354-6227.

Never miss a “trash day” again! Download the Recycle Coach App to receive a custom calendar and reminder notifications for special collections.

Visit the Recycle Coach web page for more details.

August Bike BG-Slow Roll-Art Ride

The City of Bowling Green’s next slow roll bike ride, titled Art Ride, will be held Saturday, August 31st at 2pm. In anticipation of the Black Swamp Arts Festival, we’ll be riding to and through some of Bowling Green’s most unique art installations! We’ll also meet the team who just completed BG’s newest mural! The mural, which was painted on the future home of Arlyn’s Good Beer Brewery, was designed by Gordon Ricketts of the School of Art Bowling Green State University. Fourteen BGSU undergraduate art students and five graduate students painted the mural. Gordon Ricketts was assisted by Yusuf Lateef, a Toledo based artist. Chad Havek, a spray paint artist, brought the roosters to life. This ride will meet and end at the Wooster Green.

Additional rides planned for this year include a Glow Roll night ride taking place on Friday, September 20th in partnership with the Wood County Park District and the Halloween Ride, Spooks & Spokes, planned for October.

Rides are free, family-friendly, and open to everyone. Each rider is required to wear a properly-fitted helmet and ride a correctly-sized bicycle in safe, working mechanical order. It is highly recommended that young riders, who are still learning to ride, participate via a tow behind trailer or child bike seat. These rides are meant to be more recreational in nature and will travel at a speed comfortable for all riders.

While designed for fun and exploration, monthly rides will also stress the importance of safe riding practices and responsibilities of riders while navigating city streets. Multiple trained leaders will facilitate the ride to ensure that all riders complete the route, including providing assistance for mechanical or personal issues that may arise.

For more information, please visit www.bgohio.org/bike-bg/ or call 419-354-6222.

Additional Downtown Road Closures Announced

The paving contractor has made considerable progress in the Downtown area this morning accelerating the completion of additional sections of concrete. This progress is allowing them to advance faster than anticipated onto the southbound lanes of N. Main St. As a result, the southbound lane of N. Main St. will be closed from Clay St. to W. Wooster from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Friday, July 26th. Northbound traffic on Main St. will be maintained.

Below is the (updated) anticipated pour schedule and traffic impacts for the next week:

• Southbound lanes of N. Main St. closed Friday, July 26th from 7:00 AM-10:00 AM
• W. Washington intersection reopens Friday, July 26th.
• Ordway intersection scheduled to reopen Friday, July 26th
• W. Oak intersection scheduled to reopen Monday, July 29th
• Pearl & S. Main intersection will be poured Monday, July 29th and will reopen on Wednesday, July 31st
• W. Court intersection will be closed and poured Monday, July 29th and will reopen on Wednesday, July 31st
• On Tuesday, July 30th, the remaining southbound lanes of N. Main St. will be poured

The utility contractor is finishing the installation of water service and fire lines on West Wooster. This work is anticipated to last until the end of this week or possibly into next week. This will complete the utility portion of the Downtown project.

The timeline above is dependent upon progress of work and weather. Continued patience with the ongoing construction is appreciated. Questions about this work may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.