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UPDATE: Conneaut and Wintergarden Intersection

As previously released, during work on the installation of the new sanitary sewer line along Conneaut Avenue, the contractor inadvertently hit the existing sanitary sewer line within the intersection of Conneaut and Wintergarden. As a result, that intersection was closed until the repairs to the sewer line and pavement could be completed.

Repairs to the sanitary sewer line have been completed as well as the installation of the new sanitary sewer line through the intersection. The contractor has re-opened the intersection and is scheduled to patch the pavement next week.  This material will remain in place until the end of the project when final pavement will be installed.

Questions about this may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

UPDATE: Ridge St. Closure – April 24

The Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will be closing Ridge Street, from Thurstin to N. Enterprise, on Tuesday, April 24 from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. This closure is required in order to conduct manhole repairs.

It was previously released that this work would occur on April 20, however, because of unforeseen circumstances the work was delayed to the date above. Contact the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division at 419-354-6277 with questions about this work and the required closure.

Conneaut and Wintergarden Intersection

During work on the installation of the new sanitary sewer line along Conneaut Avenue, the contractor inadvertently hit the existing sanitary sewer line within the intersection of Conneaut and Wintergarden. As a result, that intersection has been closed and will remain closed until the repairs to the sewer line and pavement have been completed.

Questions about this may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

News from BG: April 18, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Board of  Utilities is scheduled to meet April 23 at 5:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Parks and Recreation Board is scheduled to meet April 24 at 7:00 pm in the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave.
  • Charter Review Committee is scheduled to meet April 26 at 4:00 pm in Council Chamber.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

The re-scheduled tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. will occur on April 27 at 1:00 pm in the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St. The tribute is sponsored by the City of Bowling Green Human Relations Commission and will feature keynote speaker and Tuskegee Airman, Dr. Harold Brown, as well as Dr. Marsha Bordner.  Drs. Brown and Bordner’s presentation is titled – “Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman”.  Musical selections will be performed by the BGHS Madrigals along with Sheila Brown and Kingdom M’Powerment Praise Team.

Also at the event, the Human Relations Commission will present the annual Drum Major for Peace Award, named in honor of Dr. King.

City Receives Arbor Day Foundation Awards

The Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Bowling Green a 2017 Tree City USA in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.  The City also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care.  This is the 38th year Bowling Green has been recognized as a Tree City and the 24th time the City has received the Growth Award.

Check out the rest of this news release on the City’s website!

Brown Bag Music Series

The final Brown Bag Music Series of the season is scheduled to occur April 20 at the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave, from 11:45 am – 1:00 pm.  The performance by “Opera Scenes, featuring singers from the BGSU Opera Theatre” will begin at 12:15 pm.  Come and have your lunch while enjoying a musical performance in a comfortable and warm setting. Drinks and desserts will be available for purchase.

Call the Parks and Recreation Department for questions at 419-354-6223.

9th Annual Community Earth Day Celebration – April 22

April is Earth Month and multiple agencies are collaborating throughout Wood County to provide events geared toward conservation, education and family fun. The 9th Annual Community Earth Day Celebration will be the culminating event held on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 from 2-4 pm.  This free family event is open to all and is filled with fun hands-on learning stations.

Check out the rest of the Earth Day planned activities on the City’s website!

Bowling Green Tree Commission Photo Contest

The City of Bowling Green Tree Commission is kicking off its inaugural photo contest.  The Commissioners want to raise awareness of Bowling Green’s Urban Forest that is found both on public and private property.

Throughout 2018 we are asking citizens to submit photos highlighting trees in three seasons of the year: spring, summer, and fall.
How the Contest Works:

  • Submit any eligible photo on the Arborist section of the City website (https://www.bgohio.org/departments/public-works-department/arborist/).
  • The contest will run until October 31.
  • The Tree Commission will select the top photos from the tree categories: Spring, Summer, and Fall.
  • The public can vote on the selected photos to choose the top overall photo in each category.

Eligibility:

  • Any amateur photographer residing in Bowling Green
  • Photos must be taken within the Bowling Green City Limits
  • Photos must be of a tree and not other landscape plants (i.e. shrubs, annuals, perennials, etc)

Prizes:

  • The top photo in each category will receive a $25 gift certificate to one of the following: Bostdorff’s, Klotz Floral Design and Garden Center, or North Branch Nursery.

Questions about this contest may be directed to the City Arborist, Grant Jones at 419-353-4101 or arborist@bgohio.org.

Ridge Street Closure – April 20

The Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will be closing Ridge Street, from Thurstin to N. Enterprise, on Friday, April 20 from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. This closure is required in order to conduct manhole repairs.

Contact the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division at 419-354-6277 with questions about this work and the required closure.

Bowling Green named Tree City USA and Growth Award Winner

The Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Bowling Green a 2017 Tree City USA in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The City also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care.  This is the 38th year Bowling Green has been recognized as a Tree City and the 24th time the City has received the Growth Award.

Bowling Green achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2.00 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

More information on the program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

Bowling Green Tree Commission Photo Contest

The City of Bowling Green Tree Commission is kicking off its inaugural photo contest. The Commissioners want to raise awareness of Bowling Green’s Urban Forest that is found both on public and private property.

Throughout 2018 we are asking citizens to submit photos highlighting trees in three seasons of the year: spring, summer, and fall.

How the Contest Works:

  • Submit any eligible photo on the Arborist section of the City website (https://www.bgohio.org/departments/public-works-department/arborist/).
  • The contest will run until October 31.
  • The Tree Commission will select the top photos from the tree categories: Spring, Summer, and Fall.
  • The public can vote on the selected photos to choose the top overall photo in each category.

Eligibility:

  • Any amateur photographer residing in Bowling Green
  • Photos must be taken within the Bowling Green City Limits
  • Photos must be of a tree and not other landscape plants (i.e. shrubs, annuals, perennials, etc)

Prizes:

  • The top photo in each category will receive a $25 gift certificate to one of the following: Bostdorff’s, Klotz Floral Design and Garden Center, or North Branch Nursery.

9th Annual Community Earth Day Celebration

April is Earth Month and multiple agencies are collaborating throughout Wood County to provide events geared toward conservation, education and family fun. The 9th Annual Community Earth Day Celebration will be the culminating event held on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 from 2-4 pm. This free family event is open to all and is filled with fun hands-on learning stations.

Try your hand at archery hosted by the Wood County Park District, take a nature walk with the Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Department, power a light bulb with the City of Bowling Green’s power generating bicycle, give the Solid Waste Management District’s giant Earth Ball a roll, and hold a crayfish at ODNR’s Scenic Rivers station. Interactive games will be provided by the Northwestern Water & Sewer District, BGSU, and others.  The City of Perrysburg, the Wood County Master Gardeners, and Partners for Clean Streams will host earth friendly activities, and the Wood County Library’s CNG bookmobile will be onsite providing earth friendly stories!

The Montessori School of BG, located at 515 Sand Ridge Road, provides an ideal backdrop for this Earth Day Celebration! Enjoy 14 acres of land, visit a Learning Lab, play on the playground and spend some time at the Black Swamp Preserve and Slippery Elm Trail.

We encourage you to get involved throughout the month of April to make Earth Day every day! For a full list of volunteer and educational activities, please visit www.communityearthday.com.

News from BG: April 11, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Charter Review Committee is scheduled to meet April 12 at 4:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Public Lands and Buildings Committee of City Council is scheduled to meet April 12 at 5:30 pm in Council Chamber.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Chapter 113 of the Codified Ordinances pertaining to peddlers, solicitors, and itinerant merchants (food trucks).
  • City Council is scheduled to meet April 16 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.
  • Tree Commission is scheduled to meet April 17 at 4:00 pm in Council Chamber.
  • Bicycle Safety Commission is scheduled to meet April 17 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber.

Tree Commission Seminar

The Bowling Green Tree Commission will be hosting a class on “Caring for Fruit Trees” on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 am at Simpson Garden Park. The event is free to the public. The class will be held in the classroom and outside. Attendees will learn about how to prune their fruit trees and how to identify and manage key pests..

Please contact the Bowling Green Arborist, Grant Jones, at gjones@bgohio.org or 419-353-4101 with questions.

Wintergarden/St. John’s Nature Preserve Controlled Burn

Periodic fires have been conducted in the nature preserve since 2000.  These controlled burns have greatly enhanced the natural habitat for wildlife and assist with plant management – efficiently removing non-native invasive species that invade our local habitat and shade out native plants.  Controlled burns are considered a natural resource manager’s most cost-effective tool for managing a natural habitat.

Given the correct weather conditions, the nature preserve will conduct a prescribed burn this spring to maintain the prairie grasses and flowers.  Questions about this may be directed to the Naturalist Office at 419-353-0301.

Rules of the Road – Biking

Bicycling around Bowling Green during warm weather can be fun, easy, and a safe way to enjoy everything this community has to offer.  While doing so, it may be worth reflecting on where and how you ride – on the road or on the sidewalk.

When riding your bicycle on the street, you have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists; however, if you ride your bicycle on sidewalks, you are considered a pedestrian and must act accordingly.  Interestingly, bicyclists are actually safer when they ride on the road as opposed to riding on the sidewalk – especially at intersections and at driveway openings – primarily because they are more visible to vehicles making turns.  This was one of the many lessons learned in 2016 when 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.  They also provided information to help City staff when considering 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 this article on the City’s website!

Wintergarden/St. John’s Nature Preserve Controlled Burn

Periodic fires have been conducted in the nature preserve since 2000.  These controlled burns have greatly enhanced the natural habitat for wildlife and assist with plant management – efficiently removing non-native invasive species that invade our local habitat and shade out native plants.  Controlled burns are considered a natural resource manager’s most cost-effective tool for managing a natural habitat.

Given the correct weather conditions, the nature preserve will conduct a prescribed burn this spring to maintain the prairie grasses and flowers.  Questions about this may be directed to the Naturalist Office at 419-353-0301.