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October Firefly Nights Festival – October 19

In conjunction with the October Firefly Nights Festival scheduled for October 19, certain street closures and parking restrictions will be imposed in downtown Bowling Green.

Beginning at 2:00 pm on Friday, October 19, on-street parking will be prohibited on Main Street, from Clay to Washington, and along Clay St and West Oak St.

At 4:00 pm on Friday, October 19, Main Street, between Clay St. and Washington St., will be closed to vehicular traffic. While Main Street is closed, no through traffic will be permitted on Oak, Court, and Clough Streets.  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: October 10, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • City Council is scheduled to meet October 15 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Bicycle Safety Commission is scheduled to meet October 16 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber.

BGSU Homecoming:

  • Parade: In conjunction with the Bowling Green State University 2018 Homecoming parade on Friday, October 12, temporary road closures and other traffic restrictions will occur.

    East Wooster Street will close at 5:15 pm.  The parade will begin at 5:30 pm from the BGSU Intramural Fields off of Mercer Rd and Alumni Dr.  The parade will proceed south along Mercer Rd, turn west on East Wooster St, turn north on Thurstin Ave, and end in BGSU Parking Lot 7 near the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.  As the parade passes, individual roads will reopen.  Traffic delays are expected while the parade is present.

  • BGSU Food Truck Frenzy: Join Bowling Green State University on Saturday, October 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the Mileti Alumni Center parking lot (at the corner of Mercer and Alumni Dr.) for the Food Truck Frenzy.  This event is open for everyone in Bowling Green.  Come enjoy live music, great food, and celebrate BGSU Homecoming 2018!  This event will have 5 different food trucks to satisfy all your cravings from savory to sweet.  Come on down and bring a friend!

Firefly Nights Fall Festival – October 19

In conjunction with the October Firefly Nights Festival scheduled for October 19, certain street closures and parking restrictions will be imposed in downtown Bowling Green.

Beginning at 2:00 pm on Friday, October 19, on-street parking will be prohibited on Main Street, from Clay to Washington, and along Clay St and West Oak St.

At 4:00 pm on Friday, October 19, Main Street, between Clay St. and Washington St., will be closed to vehicular traffic.  While Main Street is closed, no through traffic will be permitted on Oak, Court, and Clough Streets.  Wooster Street will remain open for east and westbound traffic throughout the festival.

During the Main Street closure, 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.

Tree Commission Seminar – October 20

The Bowling Green Tree Commission will be hosting a class on the “ABCs of Pruning Trees” on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 am at Simpson Garden Park, 1291 Conneaut. The event is free to the public. The class will be held in the classroom and outside. Attendees will learn about proper pruning techniques and considerations for both young and mature trees. Part of the class will be spent outside as we prune several trees.

Please contact the Bowling Green Arborist at gjones@bgohio.org or 419-353-4101 if you have any questions.

Homeownership Assistance Program Funds Available Now!

Purchasing an affordable home may be out of reach for some Bowling Green residents at lower income levels. A CDBG-funded program, however, can help with this issue.

The City’s Direct Homeownership Assistance Program makes affordable homeownership possible for households often overcome by housing cost burden.
The program is designed to assist creditworthy persons with lower incomes by reducing their mortgage principal amount, paying reasonable closing costs, and/or required up-front private mortgage insurance premiums. In most cases the mortgage principal reduction will satisfy the lender’s down payment requirement.

Applicants must qualify through a traditional lender. Assistance is provided in the form of a supplemental subordinate loan for part of the purchase price with zero (0%) interest. The Loan is non-amortized, and non-declining, payable upon sale of the property, transfer of title, the property being vacated or the owner(s) no longer occupying the property as their primary residence.

Applicant(s) must complete the application process, and adhere to all program policies to be eligible. For more information contact Matthew Jay Snow in the City of Bowling Green’s Grants Administration office, 419-354-6221 or msnow@bgohio.org.

Homeownership Assistance Program Funds Available Now!

Purchasing an affordable home may be out of reach for some Bowling Green residents at lower income levels. A CDBG-funded program, however, can help with this issue.

The City’s Direct Homeownership Assistance Program makes affordable homeownership possible for households often overcome by housing cost burden.

The program is designed to assist creditworthy persons with lower incomes by reducing their mortgage principal amount, paying reasonable closing costs, and/or required up-front private mortgage insurance premiums. In most cases the mortgage principal reduction will satisfy the lender’s down payment requirement.

Applicants must qualify through a traditional lender. Assistance is provided in the form of a supplemental subordinate loan for part of the purchase price with zero (0%) interest. The Loan is non-amortized, and non-declining, payable upon sale of the property, transfer of title, the property being vacated or the owner(s) no longer occupying the property as their primary residence.

Applicant(s) must complete the application process, and adhere to all program policies to be eligible. For more information contact Matthew Jay Snow at the City of Bowling Green’s Grants Department, (419) 354-6221 or msnow@bgohio.org.

2018 BGSU Homecoming Parade Street Closings

In conjunction with the Bowling Green State University 2018 Homecoming parade on Friday, October 12, temporary road closures and other traffic restrictions will occur.

East Wooster Street will close at 5:15 pm. The parade will begin at 5:30 pm from the BGSU Intramural Fields off of Mercer Rd and Alumni Dr.  The parade will proceed south along Mercer Rd, turn west on East Wooster St, turn north on Thurstin Ave, and end in BGSU Parking Lot 7 near the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.  As the parade passes, individual roads will reopen.

Traffic delays are expected while the parade is present.

News from BG: October 4, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Human Relations Commission is scheduled to meet October 5 at 8:00 am in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Board of Public Utilities is scheduled to meet October 8 at 5:00 pm in Council Chamber.
  • Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to meet October 10 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.

Brush Collection

Did you miss the cut off or forget to schedule a September brush collection? Don’t worry!  Another brush collection is only a few weeks away!   The window to schedule an October collection is October 1-8, with collection beginning October 15.  Call Public Works at 419-354-6227 to get added to the schedule.  The October brush collection will be the last of 2018, so help spread the word!

Visit the Public Works website for a complete listing of special collections and the refuse/recycling collection calendar.

Fire Division Open House – October 6

The Bowling Green Fire Division will host its annual open house on October 6 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Pearl Street Fire Station, 1060 Pearl St.  The open house will feature a fire extinguisher demonstration at 10:00 am, a live fire/burn demonstration at 11:00 am, and an automobile extraction demonstration at noon.  Plus, FREE pizza will be available for visitors.

Meet your firefighters and learn all of the ways they serve our community!  Visit the Fire Division website for more details.

Bobcat and Falcon Home Sporting Events:

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Cheer on your BGHS Bobcats and BGSU Falcons!

BGHS Bobcats:

  • Homecoming Football Game – Friday, October 5.  Kick-off is at 7:00 pm.  Cheer on your Bobcats against Southview.
Falcons At Home: Oct. 5-7:
  • Friday, October 5, 6:00 pm – Volleyball v. Kent State – Stroh Center. Winners of SEVEN of their last EIGHT matches, our volleyball team is now in a three-way tie for first place in the MAC East. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Kent will serve as the team’s PINK MATCH! To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.
  • Saturday, October 6
    • 10:00 am – Swim & Dive v. Findlay/Northern Michigan – Cooper Pool. Come get your first look at the 2018-19 Falcon Swim & Dive team led by new head coach RICKEY PERKINS!
    • 5:00 pm – Volleyball v. Ohio – Stroh Center. BOGO Ticket Deal and post-match autographs! To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.
    • 7:00 pm – Men’s Soccer v. Akron – Cochrane Soccer Stadium. Come help the team take down perennial NCAA contender Akron for the first time in over a decade! It is Alumni Weekend and the FIRST 250 Fans will receive a FREE STADIUM CUP!
  • Sunday, October 7, 1:00 pm – Women’s Soccer v. Eastern Michigan. At 4-0 in the MAC the team is in sole possession of first place and recently swept the MAC offensive (Erica Hubert) and defensive (Maureen Kennedy) Player of the Week awards! This will be the team’s PINK MATCH and the first 500 fans will receive a FREE PAIR OF PINK SUNGLASSES!

October Brush Collection

The window to schedule a October brush collection will remain open until October 8. Residents requesting brush collection should call 419-354-6227 no later than October 8 so that they may be added to the list of locations where crews will stop.  Collection is scheduled to begin on October 15.  This is the last brush collection of 2018.

Brush Collection will occur during the 3rd week of April, May, September and October.  Residents simply need to call Public Works by the 2nd Monday of the respective month to schedule a brush collection.  Current restrictions for brush collection remain – such as the size of tree limbs and no yard waste (grass clippings).

Residents are encouraged to visit the City’s website for more information and details. Information about these changes may be found on the Public Works Division webpage or residents may call Public Works at 419-354-6227.

Scott Hamilton Closure – Oct. 2 and 3

The Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will close Scott Hamilton Ave, from High to S. College, on October 2 at 7:30 am in order to repair a sewer lateral. Depending on the weather and progress of work, the road is scheduled to reopen at 3:30 pm on October 3.  Access will be maintained for local traffic throughout the closure.

Questions about this work may be directed to the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division at 419-354-6277.

News from BG: September 26, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • City Council is scheduled to meet October 1 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Planning Commission is scheduled to meet October 3 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.
  • Human Relations Commission is scheduled to meet October 5 at 8:00 am in Council Chamber.

Read & Roll Bike Ride – September 30

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.

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

Fire Division Open House – October 6

The Bowling Green Fire Division will host its annual open house on October 6 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Pearl Street Fire Station, 1060 Pearl St.  The open house will feature a fire extinguisher demonstration at 10:00 am, a live fire/burn demonstration at 11:00 am, and an automobile extraction demonstration at noon.  Plus, FREE pizza will be available for visitors.

Meet your firefighters and learn all of the ways they serve our community!  Visit the Fire Division website for more details.

Brush Collection

Did you miss the cut off or forget to schedule a September brush collection? Don’t worry!  Another brush collection is only a few weeks away!   The window to schedule an October collection is October 1-8, with collection beginning October 15.  Call Public Works at 419-354-6227 beginning October 1.  The October brush collection will be the last of 2018, so help spread the word!

Visit the Public Works website for a complete listing of special collections and the refuse/recycling collection calendar.

Falcons At Home: Sept. 27-30

Check out the following BGSU home athletic events this week!

  • Thursday, September 27, 6:00 pm – Volleyball v. Miami (OH) – Stroh Center. Volleyball has won six (6) straight matches and looks to continue the streak!
  • Friday, September 28, 7:00 pm – Women’s Soccer v. Northern Illinois – Cochrane Soccer Stadium. Youth Soccer Night! Future Falcon Kids Club Night! 
  • Saturday, September 29
    • 5:00 pm – Volleyball v. Western Michigan – Stroh Center. 2017 MAC Tournament Re-Match! Also, FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT & Stadium Cup Give-a-Way!
    • 7:00 pm – Men’s Soccer v. Valparaiso – Cochrane Soccer Stadium.
  • Sunday, September 30, 1:00 pm – Women’s Soccer v. Western Michigan – Cochrane Soccer Stadium. DOG DAY!

East Court St. Closure – Sept. 24 and 25

The Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will be closing East Court St. from Prospect to the entrance of City Parking Lot 1 on September 24 and 25. Each day, the road will close at 7:30 am and reopen at 4:00 pm.  Access to City Parking Lot 1 will be maintained from Main St.  This closure is required for the replacement of a water service line.

Questions about this project may be directed to the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division at 419-354-6277.

News from BG: September 12, 2018

  • The Transportation and Safety Committee of City Council is scheduled to conduct a joint meeting with the Bicycle Safety Commission on September 17 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.  The purpose of that meeting is to discuss bicycle safety items identified in the Community Action Plan.  A public hearing to review Ordinance 8705 is scheduled to occur at 6:45 pm.  Ordinance 8705 would amend various sections of the zoning code regarding fees.  City Council is scheduled to meet at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.
  • Tree Commission is scheduled to meet September 18 at 4:00 pm in Council Chamber.
  • Bicycle Safety Commission is scheduled to meet September 18 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber.

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons

As announced last year, in the fall of 2015 a pedestrian safety study funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) was conducted around the campus of Bowling Green State University.  The goal of the study was to identify the locations that may require marked crosswalks.  As a result, ODOT, in cooperation with Bowling Green State University and the City of Bowling Green, installed 4 marked crosswalks along East Wooster Street – also funded by ODOT.  The 4 crosswalks include 2 traditional crosswalks with refuge islands and 2 crosswalks that will feature pedestrian hybrid beacons (PHB).

The 2 traditional crosswalks were installed at Founders (just east of Manville and Wooster) and just west of the Falcon Health Center.  The 2 PHBs will be installed across from McFall (just east of Troup St) and at the Stroh Center.  The installation of the PHB’s is scheduled to occur beginning September 11, with work lasting approximately a week.  Some minor impact to traffic is anticipated near the Stroh Center during this work.

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

Fire Hydrant Flushing and Testing Program

The City of Bowling Green’s Water Distribution Division will begin the process of flushing fire hydrants within the 4th Ward – followed by Ward 1, Ward 2, and then Ward 3.  This work will begin this week and will be on-going for several weeks occurring daily, Monday – Friday, between the hours of 7:30 am and 3:30 pm.

During the program, water consumers may experience rusty or discolored water.  This condition is temporary with water quality returning to normal as flushing is completed.  Customers are encouraged to check their cold water supply prior to using the water.  If discoloration is discovered, customers should flush their cold water line only for a short period until the discoloration clears.

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

Conneaut Ave. Sanitary Sewer Project Update

As previously announced, the next phase of the sanitary sewer project occurring on Conneaut Avenue is the installation of a deep gravity sewer.  This work is anticipated to commence this Friday.

During this work, the contractor will be excavating and installing the deep gravity sewer line which will require the closure of Conneaut to through traffic, from Wintergarden to Lafayette.  This closure is anticipated to last through the month of October.

Once this portion of the project is complete, Conneaut from Wintergarden to Lafayette will be re-paved.

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