All posts by Amanda Gamby

Delayed Refuse and Recycling – Week of Dec. 24

Non-24 hour City facilities will be closed on December 25.  As a result, refuse and recycling collection will be delayed one day following the Monday collection.  Regular Monday collection will occur as normally scheduled, regular Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday, regular Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday, and so on.

Questions about this schedule may be directed to Public Works at 419-354-6227.

South Main Lane Closures-Wednesday, Nov. 28

Due to scheduled road maintenance, one lane on South Main St. will be closed in each direction beginning at 7am on Wednesday, November 28. Traffic will be maintained in both directions while this work is occurring. Also, as a result of this project, the eastbound and westbound turn lanes in the 100 block of East Napoleon will be closed at short intervals throughout the day.

This schedule is dependent upon weather and progress of work. Questions about this work may be directed to the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.

Final Leaf Collection Begins on Wednesday, Nov. 28th

The final round of leaf collection will begin on Wednesday, November 28th 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 be 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 2018. 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.

September Bike BG Ride: “Read & Roll”

The fourth of a series of themed “slow roll” bike rides will be held Sunday, September 30th at 2pm. This ride titled, Read and Roll, will be held in partnership with the Wood County Library. Each stop will feature a read aloud of the story, “The Fox and the Bike Ride,” as we travel by several of the mini libraries that have sprouted up around town. Upon completion of the story, we’ll return to the Library for a special snack.

The ride will meet and end at the Wood County Library. 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.

Can’t make it to this ride? Mark your calendar for the October Bike BG ride, Spooks and Spokes, planned for October 28th. Decorate your bike and show up in costume for this fun Halloween themed ride! Stay tuned for more details!

To register for monthly rides, please visit  https://www.bgohio.org/bike-bg/ 

August Bike BG Ride

The third of a series of themed “slow roll” bike rides will be held Sunday, August 26th at 2pm. This ride titled, Back to School, will include a leisurely ride to Bowling Green City Schools. Stops will feature safe route suggestions for students riding to school, bike safety education, and important tips for all riders.

The ride will meet and end at the Girl Scout Building, City Park. 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 6 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.

Additional monthly rides are planned for September and October and will take place on the last Sunday of each month at 2pm. Stay tuned for more fun themes including story books and Halloween! 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.

REFUSE AND RECYCLING CONTAINER ADDRESS LABELS-WARDS 1 & 2 ONLY

The Public Works Department is in the process of placing address labels on refuse and recycling containers in Wards 1 & 2 only. If you live in Wards 1 or 2, your garbage day occurs on Wednesday. At this time, other areas of the City will not be impacted by this project until next year.

Crews will be working Monday-Friday over the coming weeks to complete Wards 1 and 2. In an effort to expedite this process, City employees, who will be wearing City supplied uniforms, may move your containers to the curb for you. Please leave the containers at the curb until the labels have been placed. At this time, this work will occur exclusively within Wards 1 and 2.

The address label is a black sticker with orange letters approximately 3 inches by 7 inches. Each sticker will associate a particular container with the address it is registered to. This work is being done to ensure a proper inventory of container locations.

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

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.

Columbia Gas Update-Week of June 18

Columbia Gas of Ohio has provided the City with the following tentative work schedule for the week of June 18.

In conjunction with the Columbia Gas project, East Oak St., from North Main to North Prospect, will be closed to traffic from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 19 through Friday, June 22. On-street parking on East Oak St. will be restricted throughout the week as well. The closure is required in order to install a 2” gas main.

Questions about the Columbia Gas project should be directed to Raquel Colon, External Affairs Specialist for Columbia Gas. Ms. Colon may be reached at or 419-539-6206.