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B. G. Transit Passengers Ride Easy Via Safety Measures

Safety remains a top priority for public transportation providers across the state of Ohio—including the City of Bowling Green’s B.G. Transit. On September 20, the Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA) launched the Ride Easy Ohio campaign, highlighting safety initiatives to maintain public transportation as a safe and viable option during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The B.G. Transit, Bowling Green’s public transit system, adopts this campaign, adhering to a myriad of significant steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Best practices include the required wearing of facial coverings (drivers and passengers), practicing social distancing when possible, the installation of plastic barriers inside the vans between drivers and passengers, the elimination of ride grouping, free fare rates (to prevent money handling), the continuous cleaning and sanitizing of vehicles and facilities, employee safe hygiene practices, and driver self-monitoring. In addition, the B.G. Transit continuously adapts to new practices–based on the latest guidance–to ensure the safety of all onboard its vehicles.

“The Ride Easy Ohio campaign highlights the enormous amount of precaution our public transportation providers undertake to provide safe and reliable transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohioans can ride easy knowing that their public transit systems will provide safe and reliable transportation while continuing to connect them to jobs, housing, education, medical appointments, shopping and recreational activities throughout our urban and rural areas,” notes Matt Carle, Executive Director, OPTA.

 The B.G. Transit is fully accessible to persons with disabilities, and open to all for use. For more information about the B.G. Transit, please call (419) 354-6203. To schedule a ride, please call 1-800-579-4299. For persons with speech and/or hearing impairments, contact us through the Ohio Relay Network at 1-877-750-9097 or 1-800-750-0750, respectively.

 The B.G. Transit is funded, in part, by the City of Bowling Green as well as a Community Development Block Grant allocation and grant funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Fire Hydrant Flushing and Testing Program

The Water Distribution Division will begin the process of flushing and testing fire hydrants on Wednesday, September 23. Crews will begin by flushing the transmission mains and then will move into the 4th Ward. Once complete in the 4th Ward, they will move on to Ward 1, followed by Ward 2, and then Ward 3. This work 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 of time until the discoloration clears.

Although the discolored water is not harmful to drink, it may stain light-colored clothes laundered in it.  For this reason, consumers are advised to monitor the cold water for discoloration.  Residents experiencing problems may pick up laundry rust remover from the municipal water distribution office at 324 North Maple Street from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm weekdays.

Hydrants in the City are flushed each year to ensure proper operation during fire emergencies and to clean any build up in the water lines that may occur.  Hydrants that require maintenance are repaired by the Water Distribution crews.

During this process, City crews will be working in and near the road.  Motorists are encouraged to slow down and use caution when approaching City crews performing this work.

For additional information on the fire hydrant flushing and testing program, please visit the City’s website or call the Water/Sewer Division at 419-354-6277.

West Merry Street Closure – September 22 and 23

The Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will be closing West Merry Street, from Main to Grove, on Tuesday, September 22 and Wednesday, September 23, from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm each day, reopening overnight.  Local access will be maintained.

The closure is required in order to replace a sewer lateral.  This timeline is dependent upon progress of work and weather.

Pearl Street Closure – September 21 and 22

As part of the South Maple Street Improvement Project, Pearl Street will be closed from Buttonwood to Gorrell on Monday, September 21 and Tuesday, September 22, from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, reopening overnight.  Local access will be maintained for South Maple Street residents from West Wooster; local access for Pearl Street properties will also be maintained.

The closure is required in order to disconnect the old water main and to replace the old water valve located within the intersection of South Maple and Pearl.

City Announces New Approach To Community Marketing

The challenges and impacts associated with COVID 19 continue and, in response to declining revenues, the City is analyzing how to maximize its utilization of public funds.  As a result, Mayor Aspacher is announcing changes for a more efficient use of funds allocated for community marketing.  In the coming months, the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will assume oversight of a new community marketing approach – that of a Destination Marketing Organization, or DMO.

The DMO will assume the role of the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and will help maximize the allocation of public funds for the marketing of the Bowling Green community by encompassing and consolidating the marketing efforts done by the Chamber and the DMO.  Mayor Aspacher thanks Wendy Chambers, Executive Director of the CVB, along with her staff and the numerous CVB Board members who served over the last 15 years, for the exceptional job in laying a sound foundation for this next phase in community marketing. Over the remaining months of 2020, the Chamber along with an advisory committee will continue to finalize and shape a transition plan for this change, which will take effect in January 2021.

Mayor Aspacher Congratulates BGFD For Receiving American Heart Association Award

I am very proud to announce that the Bowling Green Fire Division has been awarded the 2020 Mission: Lifeline Silver Plus award for pre-hospital cardiac care by the American Heart Association (AHA).  This award is the result of a combined superior performance by paramedics at the Fire Division.  Firefighter/Paramedic Brandon Westerman organized the effort, briefing Division personnel of the criteria needed to achieve recognition, and then analyzed all pertinent EMS responses from 2019 to compile the data for AHA to demonstrate that BGFD excels in all the set criteria.

There are 5 total “measures” looked at by the AHA for this award.  Measures 1 through 4 must be achieved by a score of 75% or greater for all four quarters to receive the Silver designation, which is the highest level that can be achieved in the first year of review.  The 5th measure, also known as the “Plus Measure”, must also be achieved by a score of 75% or greater in order to qualify for the “Plus” designation.

Chief Moorman informs me that he fully intends to complete the Gold Plus designation application in 2021 and I am very confident in the Fire Division’s ability to attain that level of recognition.  There are approximately 88 agencies recognized at the Silver Plus or Gold Plus level in Ohio, of those, only 5 agencies are in the Northwest Ohio Region. (Bowling Green Fire Division, Huron Fire Department, Perkins Township Fire Department, Sandusky County EMS, and Sandusky Fire Department).

Measure 1: Percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain/ Acute Coronary Syndrome symptoms in patients ≥ 35 years of age, treated and transported by EMS who received a pre-hospital 12 Lead ECG.

-This measure demonstrates patients meeting the criteria are receiving proper treatment in the field at all times.  (BGFD Performance- 98.1% annual average)

Measure 2: The percentage of hospital transmissions suggesting a STEMI alert (or Cardiac Cath Lab Activation) that are performed ≤10 minutes of the first STEMI positive 12 lead ECG in the field.

-This measure ensures prompt notification to the hospital so the team can prepare for emergency surgery as soon as that patient arrives. (BGFD Performance- 80% annual average)

Measure 3: Percentage of patients treated and transported directly to a STEMI Receiving Center, with EMS First Medical Contact to device time ≤90 minutes and/or EMS First Medical Contact to PCI≤120 minutes when transport time≥45 minutes and Door to Balloon ≤30 minutes.

-This measure ensures the patients having heart attacks are getting to the correct facility, in a expedited fashion, and receiving the best definitive care to cure the problem within 90 minutes of placing the call to 911.  This is a team effort between the agency and the hospital. (BGFD Performance- 100% annual average)

Measure 4: Percentage of STEMI patients treated and transported directly to a STEMI Referring Hospital, for reperfusion A) With a Door-to Needle time of ≤30 minutes OR B) Initial EMS FMC to PCI of the transfer for PCI patients ≤120 minutes.

-BGFD is exempt from measure 4 because we transport all patients to STEMI Receiving Centers instead of STEMI Referring Hospitals.  This ensures all patients receive definitive care in the quickest possible time without adding an extra step to the process.

Plus Measure: Of those patients who received a 12 Lead ECG (measure 1 numerator volume), the percentage of 12 Lead ECG’s performed ≤10 minutes of EMS First Medical Contact on patients with an initial complaint non-traumatic chest pain/ACS symptoms who are ≥ 35 years of age. (Required for reporting but not used for baseline recognition analysis)

-The “Plus Measure” builds on Measure 1 to see that not only are all patients receiving a 12-lead EKG, but they are also receiving it within 10 minutes of crew arrival to the scene.  (BGFD Performance- 87.7% annual average)

Virtual Public Meeting – Wooster Street & Campbell Hill Road Roundabout

In  order to protect the health of all Ohio citizens, and in accordance with the executive orders issued by the Governor of the State of Ohio and the Director of the Ohio Department of Health, the City of Bowling Green with assistance from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) invites you to a virtual public meeting to present information regarding a proposed project at the intersection of Wooster Street (State Route 64) and Campbell Hill Road/Alumni Drive in the City of Bowling Green. The meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM with a project presentation at 4:00 PM

The proposed work includes the construction of a new roundabout at the intersection of Wooster St. (SR-64) & Campbell Hill Road / Alumni Drive.  Other improvements will include a new median along the center of Wooster Street from the Campbell Hill intersection to the existing roundabout at the I-75 interchange. The new median will restrict access and convert commercial drives to right-in and right-out which is expected to improve safety.  The new medians will also have decorative lighting and trees. This project is part of the City of Bowling Green’s plan to provide a gateway to the City of Bowling Green and the BGSU campus.

The purpose of the meeting is to explain the overall project, present the preliminary roundabout design and potential impacts, discuss how traffic will be maintained during construction for vehicles and pedestrians, the proposed detour route for vehicles, answer any questions, and get your input. During construction traffic on Wooster Street will be maintained throughout the project.  Traffic on Campbell Hill will be detoured for approximately 45 days and traffic on Alumni Dr. will be detoured for approximately 60 days. There will be the need for some temporary and/or permanent right of way from the properties directly adjacent to the intersection. In that case, a representative from the City of Bowling Green will contact you. Construction is expected to occur around the summer of 2023.

Attendees may find information about how to join the meeting at the following website:


you can call 855-925-2801 code 7790 to join the meeting.

The project team will give a presentation about the project.  Then participants can submit questions to the project team live during the meeting or later.  Your attendance at the meeting would be greatly appreciated; however, all materials presented during the meeting, including the presentation, exhibits, handout, and comment form, will be available on the website before, during, and after the meeting so they can be viewed at your convenience.

If there are questions or comments about this project or the meeting, please use the contact options below:

  • Virtual meeting options:
    • Call 855-925-2801 code 7790
  • Text: W046 to 73224
  • Email to:
  • Call: (419) 354-6227
  • Mail comment form or letter to: BradleyHolman, P.E., City of Bowling Green, Engineering Division, 304 N. Church Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

The public meeting comment period ends Friday, October 16, 2020.


Informational Handout


Public Comment Form


Virtual Public Meeting Flyer

Boy Scout 5k/10k – August 29

In accordance with the current guidance and order from the Ohio Department of Health along with a safety plan developed in consultation with the Wood County Health Department, the Boy Scout 5k/10k will take place in Bowling Green on August 29.  The run will begin at approximately 7:30 am on Poe Road from the Wood County Fairgrounds.  The route will be as follows:

  • West on Poe Rd
  • North on Haskins Rd
  • East on W. Newton Rd.
  • South on Fairview Ave.
  • East on Poe Rd.
  • South on N. Grove St.
  • West on Conneaut Ave.
  • North on Fairview Ave.
  • West on Poe Rd.
  • North on Village Dr. through the Village subdivision
  • North on Brim Rd. exiting into the Fairgrounds

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

Traffic Signal Upgrades – Main and Wooster Intersection

As released previously, the traffic signals within the downtown were upgraded to include a camera detection system and traffic control cabinets that power and run the traffic signals.  The Main and Wooster intersection is scheduled to have the camera detection system installed tomorrow, August 20, beginning at 7:30 am.

During the project, intermittent disruption to traffic will occur.  Police Officers will be present in order to direct traffic.

Parks & Recreation to host a socially distant Movie Night in City Park

On Friday August 28th, 2020 City Park will hold a showing of the classic movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” on the Needle Hall stage at City Park.   There will be seating marked off to ensure social distancing and a limited amount of people will also be able to view the movie from their cars if they wish to.  Masks will also be mandated.  The movie will begin at approximately 9:15 pm.

This event is made possible through the funding of several organizations.

Twenty-one Ohio Parks and Recreation Association member agencies received grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 for programs designed to assist communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants, made available by the OPRA Foundation, help to cover costs for new programs which have been developed in response to the pandemic. Grant recipients include agencies of all sizes and types from all regions of the state.

Locally, the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department won a $500 amount grant from the OPRA Foundation that was used towards the purchase of some of the equipment needed to host an event like this.  Additional funding for the equipment and the licensing rights to the film was provided by the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Foundation.

“We are very grateful for the support provided by both our state and local parks and recreation foundations that makes a community night like this possible.  We are excited to be bringing people together in a safe manner for enjoyment of a classic movie that can be enjoyed by all ages,” states Ivan Kovacevic, Recreation Coordinator for Bowling Green Parks and Recreation.

“These grants were made possible by the generous contributions of our members to the OPRA Foundation over the years. Things like the golf outing, conference auctions and raffles, and individual contributions by OPRA members made this happen,” said OPRA Executive Director Woody Woodward. “I am grateful for the creativity of our Foundation Board in creating this program. I know that it is funding that will make a difference in communities around the state.”

Grants are judged by a panel of parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio.

The OPRA Foundation, the charitable arm of Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA), undertakes research, educates critical audiences, and collaborates with allied partners to further the cause of public parks and recreation.