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News from BG: February 13, 2019

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Community Improvement Committee of City Council is scheduled to meet February 19 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.  The purpose of the meeting is discuss plastic bags.  City Council is scheduled to meet at 7:00 pm.

Delayed Refuse/Recycling Collection Week of Feb. 18

In observance of President’s Day, all non-24 hour City facilities will be closed on February 18.  As a result, refuse and recycling collection will be delayed one day that week.  Normal Monday collection will occur on Tuesday, normal Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday, and so on.

Questions about the collection should be directed to Public Works at 419-354-6227.

2019 State of the City Address – Feb. 19

The 2019 State of the City Address is scheduled to take place Tuesday, February 19 from the Wood County District Public Library.  Doors will open at 7:30 am and the program will begin at 8:00 am.  This year’s address will feature remarks by Mayor Richard Edwards and BGSU President Dr. Rodney Rogers.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP with the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce at 419-353-7945.

Recycle Coach App

For residents looking to stay up to date on refuse/recycling collection changes, reduce their household waste and become better recyclers, look no further than the Recycle Coach platform—now available in Bowling Green.

With Recycle Coach, residents can:

  • Stay organized with custom curbside collection and events calendars
  • Receive collection reminders and real-time updates on service disruptions
  • Become recycling experts with a comprehensive “What Goes Where?” search tool, including local disposal information and collection requirements for common and uncommon items
  • Take the “What Type of Recycler Are You?” quiz for useful recycling tips and tricks
  • Use the problem-reporting tool, equipped with geolocation, to notify municipal customer services about issues like missed collections

The City is excited to partner with Bowling Green State University and join the Recycle Coach network, which will transform how local collection, waste, and recycling information is communicated to residents.

Residents can access Recycle Coach from their desktop computers, mobile devices, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. By leveraging the power of voice technology, the platform makes it easy for people to get local disposal information for thousands of household items when they need it. And the best part: it’s absolutely free.

Ultimately, the service takes the guesswork out of recycling, empowering residents to make smarter disposal decisions and take an active approach to reducing household waste. For Bowling Green, this will translate into higher recycling rates and less contamination in the recycling stream—a win-win for everyone.

Become a better recycler today by downloading the Recycle Coach app for free at the iTunes Store and Google Play.  This information can also be found on the City’s website at www.bgohio.org.

Questions may be directed to the City’s Sustainability Office at 419-354-6222.

2019 State of the City Address

The 2019 State of the City Address is scheduled to take place Tuesday, February 19 from the Wood County District Public Library. Doors will open at 7:30 am and the program will begin at 8:00 am.  This year’s address will feature remarks by Mayor Richard Edwards and BGSU President Dr. Rodney Rogers.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP with the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce at 419-353-7945.

News from BG: February 7, 2019

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Board of Public Utilities is scheduled to meet February 11 at 5:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to meet February 13 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.

BG Winterfest 2019

In conjunction with BG Winterfest on February 8-10, minor traffic impacts will likely occur.  On February 9, beginning approximately at 10:00 am, Clough Street between South Main and the entrance to City Parking Lot 2 will be closed to traffic.  This closure will last until approximately 11:00 pm.  Access to Lot 2 will remain.  On-street parking on Clough St, from Main to Lot 2, will be prohibited during the closure.

Also part of the event is a carriage ride.  The route for the carriage is as follows – pick-up and drop-off at the Four Corners Center (130 S. Main St.), the carriage will proceed south on Main St, east on Washington St, north on Church St, east on Court St, and south again on Main St to the Four Corners Center.

Construction Update – Main St. Utility Project

Construction crews began the next phase of the downtown utility improvements on February 4.  This week’s work will focus on Main St, between Ordway and Washington.  Traffic will be maintained on Main Street but will be diverted to the west side of the street, so crews can perform the tie-in to the existing water line.  After this work is complete, installation of the new water line will begin at Ordway Ave. and continue north on Main Street through the Lehman Ave. intersection

Once the water line tie-in is complete, crews plan to install two crossovers (from the east side of Main to the west side).  It is anticipated that this work will occur on or near February 11 and is scheduled to take place overnight to minimize traffic issues.  One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on Main Street during the crossover installation.  However, Ordway Ave. and Lehman Ave. will be closed during this time.  After the crossover piping is installed, the new water line will continue on the west side of Main Street and all traffic will be diverted to the east side of the street.  Please be mindful of intermittent lane closures and changes as this work progresses.

As released this past December, the construction within the downtown area will continue into much of 2019.  This work includes replacing and repairing the water and sewer lines on Main Street from Oak Street to Ordway Ave and Wooster Street from Church Street to Prospect Street.  The utility portion of this project is anticipated to last through the spring.  Once complete, a contractor will repave the downtown area.

The schedule outlined above is dependent on weather conditions and progress of work.

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

BGPD To Provide Liquor Establishment Employee Training

The Bowling Green Police Division will be providing Liquor Establish Employee Training (LEET) on Wednesday February 13, 2019. The training will run from 5:00-7:00 PM and will focus on civil liability, Ohio and Bowling Green liquor laws and fake ID recognition.

Employees and management staff of local businesses (bars and retail outlets) that sell alcoholic beverages are encouraged to attend. This training will take place at the Bowling Green Police Division’s Training Room at 175 W. Wooster St.

Pre-registration is highly preferred as space is limited. Participants are encouraged to register via the Bowling Green Police Division website’s LEET Registration page.

The session is free and certificates will be presented to attendees.

Please contact Detective Scott Frank at (419) 352-1131 or sfrank@bgohio.org for answers to questions related to this event.

2019 State of the City Address

The 2019 State of the City Address is scheduled to take place Tuesday, February 19 from the Wood County District Public Library.  Doors will open at 7:30 am and the program will begin at 8:00 am.  This year’s address will feature remarks by Mayor Richard Edwards and BGSU President Dr. Rodney Rogers.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP with the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce at 419-353-7945.

BG Winterfest 2019

In conjunction with BG Winterfest on February 8-10, minor traffic impacts will likely occur. On February 9, beginning approximately at 10:00 am, Clough Street between South Main and the entrance to City Parking Lot 2 will be closed to traffic.  This closure will last until approximately 11:00 pm.  Access to Lot 2 will remain.  On-street parking on Clough St, from Main to Lot 2, will be prohibited during the closure.

Also part of the event is a carriage ride. The route for the carriage is as follows – pick-up and drop-off at the Four Corners Center (130 S. Main St.), the carriage will proceed south on Main St, east on Washington St, north on Church St, east on Court St, and south again on Main St to the Four Corners Center.

Next Phase of Downtown Utility Improvements Scheduled to Begin

On Monday February 4, construction crews are scheduled to begin the next phase of the downtown utility improvements. Next week’s work will focus on Main St, between Ordway and Washington.  Traffic will be maintained on Main Street but will be diverted to the west side of the street, so crews can perform the tie-in to the existing water line.  After this work is complete, installation of the new water line will begin at Ordway Ave. and continue north on Main Street through the Lehman Ave. intersection

Once the water line tie-in is complete, crews plan to install two crossovers (from the east side of Main to the west side). It is anticipated that this work will occur on or near February 11 and is scheduled to take place overnight to minimize traffic issues.  One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on Main Street during the crossover installation.  However, Ordway Ave. and Lehman Ave. will be closed during this time.  After the crossover piping is installed, the new water line will continue on the west side of Main Street and all traffic will be diverted to the east side of the street.  Please be mindful of intermittent lane closures and changes as this work progresses.

As released this past December, the construction within the downtown area will continue into much of 2019. This work includes replacing and repairing the water and sewer lines on Main Street from Oak Street to Ordway Ave and Wooster Street from Church Street to Prospect Street.  The utility portion of this project is anticipated to last through the spring.  Once complete, a contractor will repave the downtown area.

The schedule outlined above is dependent on weather conditions and progress of work.

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

News from BG: January 30, 2019

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Human Relations Commission is scheduled to meet February 1 at 8:00 am in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Bicycle Safety Commission and the Transportation and Safety Committee of City Council is scheduled to hold a joint meeting February 4 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber. The purpose of the meeting is to continue to discuss bicycle infrastructure and road treatments. City Council is scheduled to meet at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.
  • Planning Commission is scheduled to meet February 6 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.

City of Bowling Green Launches Recycle Coach

For residents looking to stay up to date on refuse/recycling collection changes, reduce their household waste and become better recyclers, look no further than the Recycle Coach platform—now available in Bowling Green.

With Recycle Coach, residents can:

  • Stay organized with custom curbside collection and events calendars
  • Receive collection reminders and real-time updates on service disruptions
  • Become recycling experts with a comprehensive “What Goes Where?” search tool, including local disposal information and collection requirements for common and uncommon items
  • Take the “What Type of Recycler Are You?” quiz for useful recycling tips and tricks
  • Use the problem-reporting tool, equipped with geolocation, to notify municipal customer services about issues like missed collections

The City is excited to partner with Bowling Green State University and join the Recycle Coach network, which will transform how local collection, waste, and recycling information is communicated to residents.

Residents can access Recycle Coach from their desktop computers, mobile devices, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. By leveraging the power of voice technology, the platform makes it easy for people to get local disposal information for thousands of household items when they need it. And the best part: it’s absolutely free.

Ultimately, the service takes the guesswork out of recycling, empowering residents to make smarter disposal decisions and take an active approach to reducing household waste. For Bowling Green, this will translate into higher recycling rates and less contamination in the recycling stream—a win-win for everyone.

Become a better recycler today by downloading the Recycle Coach app for free at the iTunes Store and Google Play.  This information can also be found on the City’s website at www.bgohio.org.

Questions may be directed to the City’s Sustainability Office at 419-354-6222.

Tips for Residents to Stay Safe & Protect Property During Extreme Cold

With temperatures expected to remain near or at record lows for the next few days, City residents are encouraged to read through the following tips to stay safe and protect their property.

Stay Safe: 
Be sure to check your carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries regularly.  If you are using space heaters, be sure to use them on a hard, level surface away from flammables, and make sure that they are plugged directly into an outlet-not a power strip.  Do not use stoves, ovens or grills for heat.  Check your meter and areas around heating equipment and use a broom to remove any remaining snow and ice.
If you can, please stay indoors as frostbite can develop quickly in these extreme temperatures.  If you must venture out, be sure to bundle up and make sure your vehicle has at least a half tank of fuel.  Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, and be sure to bring pets indoors.

Protect your Property:

Extreme cold temperatures cause concerns for frozen water pipes.  Taking the time now to insulate or apply heat tape to water pipes can help prevent this issue.  Allowing a faucet to drip and keeping the doors open to cabinets with pipes inside them can also help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.  Be sure to locate and label your water-shutoff valve.  Should your pipes freeze and burst, shutting off the water as quickly as possible will help minimize property damage.
Whether heating your home with electric or gas, your appliances will be working overtime to keep your residence warm when temperatures drop.  To avoid “sticker shock” on next month’s utility bill, limit the use of space heaters when possible.  Also, keep your thermostat at a consistent temperature and resist the urge to crank it up.  Add a layer of clothing or an extra blanket instead.

An energy audit can be a great way to identify areas in your home where insulation and other energy saving features can be applied.  In the short term, you can seal air leaks where you feel cold drafts by hanging blankets over windows and doors, installing DIY plastic insulation kits on your windows, or by placing draft stoppers along the base of your doors.  Despite best efforts, with such extreme cold temperatures, utility bills will likely be higher next month.  If you are having trouble paying your heating bill, please contact the Salvation Army at 419-352-5918.
If someone identifying themselves as a City utility employee approaches your home, residents are welcome to call the Utility Business Office during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm) at 419-354-6252 to confirm the person’s identity.  After-hours calls should be directed to the Police Division at 419-352-1131.  Any suspicious behavior can be reported by calling the Police Division’s non-emergency line at 419-352-1131.

Impersonation of a City of Findlay Employee

The City of Findlay has reported that an individual has been impersonating a City of Findlay employee, going door-to-door in Findlay purportedly seeking to enter the homes in order to perform a water quality test. While this activity has not been reported in the City of Bowling Green, the City reminds residents that if someone identifying themselves as a City employee approaches their home, the individual will have identification showing them as a City employee and will also be in a marked vehicle.

If someone identifying themselves as a City utility employee approaches your home, residents are welcome to call the Utility Business Office during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm) at 419-354-6258 to confirm the person’s identity.  After-hours calls should be directed to the Police Division at 419-352-1131.  Any suspicious behavior can be reported by calling the Police Division’s non-emergency line at 419-352-1131.

City of Bowling Green Launches Recycle Coach

For residents looking to stay up to date on refuse/recycling collection changes, reduce their household waste and become better recyclers, look no further than the Recycle Coach platform—now available in Bowling Green.

With Recycle Coach, residents can:

  • Stay organized with custom curbside collection and events calendars
  • Receive collection reminders and real-time updates on service disruptions
  • Become recycling experts with a comprehensive “What Goes Where?” search tool, including local disposal information and collection requirements for common and uncommon items
  • Take the “What Type of Recycler Are You?” quiz for useful recycling tips and tricks
  • Use the problem-reporting tool, equipped with geolocation, to notify municipal customer services about issues like missed collections

The City is excited to partner with Bowling Green State University and join the Recycle Coach network, which will transform how local collection, waste, and recycling information is communicated to residents.

Residents can access Recycle Coach from their desktop computers, mobile devices, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. By leveraging the power of voice technology, the platform makes it easy for people to get local disposal information for thousands of household items when they need it. And the best part: it’s absolutely free.

Ultimately, the service takes the guesswork out of recycling, empowering residents to make smarter disposal decisions and take an active approach to reducing household waste. For Bowling Green, this will translate into higher recycling rates and less contamination in the recycling stream—a win-win for everyone.

Become a better recycler today by downloading the Recycle Coach app for free at the iTunes Store and Google Play. This information can also be found on the City’s website at www.bgohio.org.

Questions may be directed to the City’s Sustainability Office at 419-354-6222.

News from BG: January 23, 2019

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Board of Public Utilities is scheduled to meet January 28 at 5:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Parks and Recreation Board is scheduled to meet January 29 at 7:00 pm in the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave.

Construction Update – Downtown Paving and Utility Project

As released this past December, the construction within the downtown area will continue into much of 2019.  The completion of the Columbia Gas natural gas line replacement was the first of the underground utilities to be completed in conjunction with the downtown paving project.  The next phase of the improvements will include replacing and repairing the water and sewer lines.  The project area will encompass Main Street, from Oak to Ordway, and Wooster Street, from Prospect to Church.

Construction crews are scheduled to begin mobilizing for this work on February 4.  The project will begin on South Main, specifically near Lehman and Ordway.  While this work occurs, traffic will be impacted and detours will likely be necessary.

The utility portion of this project is anticipated to last through the spring of 2019.  Once complete, a contractor will repave the downtown.

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

2019 Tree Commission Photo Contest

The Bowling Green Tree Commission is kicking off its 2nd annual photo contest.  The Tree Commission’s goal is to raise awareness of Bowling Green’s Urban Forest found both on public and private property.

In 2019, the Commission is asking citizens to submit photos highlighting trees in all four seasons – winter, spring, summer, and fall.

How the contest works:

  • Visit the City’s website, go to the Arborist’s page and submit any eligible photo via the photo contest link.
  • The deadline to submit entries is October 31.
  • Finalists will be selected by the Tree Commission
  • Once finalists are selected, the public will be invited to vote in order to identify the top photo for each season.

Eligibility:

  • Any amateur photographer residing in Bowling Green.
  • Photos must be taken within the corporation limits of the City of Bowling Green.
  • Photos must be of a tree, not of other landscape plants such as shrubs, annuals, perennials, etc.

Prize:

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

Questions about the photo contest may be directed to the City Arborist, Grant Jones, by calling 419-353-4101 or gjones@bgohio.org.

Construction Update – Downtown Paving and Utility Project

As released this past December, the construction within the downtown area will continue into much of 2019. The completion of the Columbia Gas natural gas line replacement was the first of the underground utilities to be completed in conjunction with the downtown paving project.  The next phase of the improvements will include replacing and repairing the water and sewer lines.  The project area will encompass Main Street, from Oak to Ordway, and Wooster Street, from Prospect to Church.

Construction crews are scheduled to begin mobilizing for this work on February 4. The project will begin on South Main, specifically near Lehman and Ordway.  While this work occurs, traffic will be impacted and detours will likely be necessary.

The utility portion of this project is anticipated to last through the spring of 2019. Once complete, a contractor will repave the downtown.

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