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Columbia Gas update

Columbia Gas of Ohio has provided the City with the following tentative work schedule for the continued installation of the natural gas line installation occurring downtown.

Beginning August 10, crews will begin installing the natural gas main line along the eastbound lane of West Wooster St, which will require the closure of that lane of traffic. This portion of the installation is anticipated to last through next week.  Installation on South Main St will continue, resulting in a single lane of traffic through next week as well.

A detour route around the work zone will be posted.

Restoration and service line installation crews will continue following the main line installation. Currently, service line efforts are focused on City Parking Lot 1.  Once they are complete in Lot 1, the focus will shift back to Main St.  Restoration crews are continuing work on E. Oak, N. Main, and E. Court St.

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

News from BG: August 8, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Board of Public Utilities is scheduled to meet August 13 at 5:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.

Tree Inventory

Have you ever wondered what the street tree is in front of your home or what the overall environmental benefits are for all of the City’s trees? The City of Bowling Green has over 7,600 trees growing in the right of way or on City property. Each tree is entered in the City’s tree inventory. The public can now access the tree inventory to look up a City tree or learn about the environmental benefits the City’s trees provide on the TreeKeeper website.

To view a guide for using the tree inventory or to find other information on caring for trees, please visit the Arborist website.

Bowling Green has a history of making a strong commitment to its trees. The City has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation for 38 years. Additionally, BG has received the Growth Award 24 times – the most in Ohio – for enhancing its tree program.

Firefly Nights Festival – August 17

In conjunction with the August Firefly Nights Festival scheduled for August 17, certain street closures and parking restrictions will be imposed in downtown Bowling Green.

Beginning at 2:00 pm on Friday, August 17, on-street parking will be prohibited on Main Street.

At 4:00 pm on Friday, August 17, Main Street, between Court St. and Washington St., will be closed to vehicular traffic.  While Main Street is closed, no through traffic will be permitted on Clough Street.  Wooster Street will remain open for east and westbound traffic throughout the festival.

During the Main Street closing, detour routes for local and truck traffic will be posted.

All streets will reopen and parking will be reinstated on Friday following the event.

The Festival is scheduled to occur from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.  Details may be found on the Firefly Nights Festival website – www.fireflynightsbg.com.

News from BG: August 1, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • The Community Improvement Committee of City Council is scheduled to meet August 6 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss possible changes to the City Charter Preamble.  City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.
  • Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to meet August 8 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.

2018 Citizens Academy

The City of Bowling Green cordially invites interested residents to sign up and participate in the 2018 Citizens Academy.  The Academy is scheduled to meet 8 times on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from August 14 until November 27.  Each session will take place at a different City facility from 6:30-8:00 pm.

The Academy is organized to give residents a “behind the scenes” look into City operations.  Various facility tours such as the Water Treatment Plant and Police and Fire Stations will be provided as well as meeting City staff and elected officials.  Each session will focus on a different aspect of City operations – including organizational structure, safety, utilities, public works, sustainability, and much more.

The class is set at 25, so those interested are encouraged to sign up!  Visit the Citizens Academy page on the City’s homepage.  Residents may also call the Mayor/Municipal Administrator’s Office for more information at 419-354-6204.  Registration will close August 8 at 4:30 pm.

Columbia Gas update

Columbia Gas of Ohio has provided the City with the following tentative work schedule for activities planned to begin August 4.

Beginning Saturday, August 4, crews will begin installing the natural gas main line across Wooster St at Main St.  This work will occur along the eastern portion of the Main and Wooster intersection.  Once through the intersection, work will commence along the eastbound lane of East Wooster, resulting in a removal of on-street parking and a closure of that lane up to approximately the area just west of the intersection of South Prospect.  During this work, the East Wooster entrance into City Parking Lot 2 will remain open with the exception for a brief portion of time while work is within the entrance.  Westbound traffic and the sidewalks will remain open.

It is anticipated that this work will last through next week.

Columbia Gas has announced that while the work on East Wooster commences, additional installation crews will be arriving.  These crews will continue the natural gas line installation on South Main (within the northbound lane) followed by West Wooster (within the westbound lane) in the coming weeks.  Traffic and parking will be impacted.

A detour route around the work zone will be posted.

Restoration and service line installation crews will continue following the main line installation.  Currently, service line efforts are focused on City Parking Lot 1.  Once they are complete in Lot 1, the focus will shift back to Main St.  Restoration crews are continuing work on E. Oak, N. Main, and E. Court St.  Once service line installation is complete in Lot 1, restoration will occur there.

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

Refuse and Recycling Container Address Labels

The Public Works Department has contracted with GIS Landmark to place address labels on all refuse and recycling containers that are picked up by the City.  At this time, this work is occurring in Wards 1 & 2 only.  Crews are in the process of finalizing the placement of the labels for several remaining addresses.  Residents are asked to help in this effort by placing containers – full or empty – at the curb.  Containers should be left at the curb until the labels have been placed.

Crews will be working Monday-Friday over the coming weeks to complete this project.  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 by the GIS Landmark team.

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.

Private building work affecting City Parking Lot 2

Private building work behind SamB’s restaurant will require the partial closure of City Parking Lot 2 beginning Wednesday, August 1 for approximately one week.  Select parking spots within the 2-hour parking area will be blocked off as a result.

The remainder of the parking lot will be open.

Columbia Gas Update – beginning August 4

Columbia Gas of Ohio has provided the City with the following tentative work schedule for activities planned to begin August 4.

Beginning Saturday, August 4, crews will begin installing the natural gas main line across Wooster St at Main St. This work will occur along the eastern portion of the Main and Wooster intersection.  Once through the intersection, work will commence along the eastbound lane of East Wooster, resulting in a removal of on-street parking and a closure of that lane up to approximately the area just west of the intersection of South Prospect.  During this work, the East Wooster entrance into City Parking Lot 2 will remain open with the exception for a brief portion of time while work is within the entrance.  Westbound traffic and the sidewalks will remain open.

It is anticipated that this work will last through next week.

Columbia Gas has announced that while the work on East Wooster commences, additional installation crews will be arriving. These crews will continue the natural gas line installation on South Main (within the northbound lane) followed by West Wooster (within the westbound lane) in the coming weeks.  Traffic and parking will be impacted.

A detour route around the work zone will be posted.

Restoration and service line installation crews will continue following the main line installation. Currently, service line efforts are focused on City Parking Lot 1.  Once they are complete in Lot 1, the focus will shift back to Main St.  Restoration crews are continuing work on E. Oak, N. Main, and E. Court St.  Once service line installation is complete in Lot 1, restoration will occur there.

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

Private Tree work affecting City Parking Lot 2 – July 30

Private tree work in front of 128 S. Prospect will require the partial closure of City Parking Lot 2 on Monday, July 30 from 8:00 – 11:00 am. The southern entrance to the parking lot off of S. Prospect St will be closed during this time and select parking spots within the lot closest to Prospect will be blocked off.  The sidewalk in front of the property will also be closed to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

The remainder of the parking lot will be open as will all other entrances.

Columbia Gas Update July 28 to August 4

Columbia Gas of Ohio has provided the City with the following tentative work schedule for July 28 to August 4.

Saturday, July 28, crews will begin saw-cutting North Main Street from west to east in the vicinity of 129 North Main. Once on the east side of North Main, crews will then begin saw-cutting north to south from this area along the eastern portion of North Main towards mid-block of the 100 block of South Main, which may include saw-cutting across Wooster St.

Beginning Monday, July 30, crews will begin excavating and installing the natural gas main line in the area that was saw-cut in the 100 block of North Main. Once the main line is installed up to Wooster St, the crews will begin installing on South Main.

Service line installation will continue in City Parking Lot 1 next week as will restoration efforts on North Main, from Oak to Court St.

On Saturday, August 4, the crew is tentatively scheduled to install the natural gas main line across Wooster Street at Main St.

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

 

Community Monthly Bike Ride – July 29

The second of a series of themed “slow roll” bike rides will be held Sunday, July 29th at 2pm.  This ride titled, Home Slice, will include stops themed around pizza!  Pizza Pub 516 has promised a small slice for those who venture out with us!  Riders will also receive a behind the scenes tour of BGSU’s The Oaks’ rooftop herb garden.

The ride will meet and end at Ridge Park, 225 Ridge Street. 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, with the longest distance between stops being 1-2 miles. It is highly recommended that young riders, not able to travel these distances 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 August through October and will take place on the last Sunday of each month at 2pm. Stay tuned for more fun themes including story books, Halloween, and more!  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.

South Main Street Electric Work

The Electric Division has announced that it has begun replacing electric poles within the 1100 block of South Main Street on both the east and west side of the street. This work is anticipated to last approximately 3 weeks – weather and progress of work dependent.  While this occurs, intermittent traffic impacts may occur.

Questions about this work may be directed to the Electric Division at 419-354-6260.

News from BG: July 25, 2018

Upcoming Public Meeting:

  • Planning Commission is scheduled to meet August 1 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.

Columbia Gas update

Columbia Gas of Ohio has provided the City with the following tentative work schedule.

The installation of natural gas lines will continue within City Parking Lot 1 this week.  As previously released, the western most parking spaces within City Parking Lot 1 (closest to Main St.) will be marked no parking while installation of the natural gas line occurs.  The remainder of the parking lot will remain open and accessible.

Natural gas service lines will continue to be installed in the vicinity of the 200 block of North Main Street along the west side of the street.  Traffic patterns and parking may be impacted during this work.

Crews will remain on Main St., from Clay to Oak St. restoring pavement and sidewalk conditions as well as soft surfaces affected by the installation of the natural gas line.  Once this portion of Main St. has been restored, crews will move onto East Oak restoring pavement and sidewalks within the work zone.

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

2018 Citizens Academy

The City of Bowling Green cordially invites interested residents to sign up and participate in the 2018 Citizens Academy.  The Academy is scheduled to meet 8 times on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from August 14 until November 27.  Each session will take place at a different City facility from 6:30-8:00 pm.

The Academy is organized to give residents a “behind the scenes” look into City operations.  Various facility tours such as the Water Treatment Plant and Police and Fire Stations will be provided as well as meeting City staff and elected officials.  Each session will focus on a different aspect of City operations – including organizational structure, safety, utilities, public works, sustainability, and much more.

The class is set at 25, so those interested are encouraged to sign up!  Visit the Citizens Academy page on the City’s homepage.  Residents may also call the Mayor/Municipal Administrator’s Office for more information at 419-354-6204.

Feet on the Street 5k fun run – July 28

The Feet on the Street 5k fun run will take place in Bowling Green on July 28.  The run will begin at 8:30 am from the Bowling Green High School, 530 West Poe Rd and will proceed along the following route:

  • West along Poe Rd from the exit of BGHS (western drive)
  • South on Haskins Rd.
  • East on Conneaut Ave.
  • North on Fairview Ave.
  • West into the parking lot of the Bowling Green Junior High off of Fairview (finish line)

While runners are present on each road, traffic will be affected and traffic patterns may be altered.