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News from BG: December 12, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • City Council is scheduled to meet December 17 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Tree Commission is scheduled to meet December 18 at 4:00 pm in Council Chamber.
    Snow Regulations Reminder

Snow Regulations Reminder

The City of Bowling Green reminds residents of snow streets and the clearing of sidewalks following a snowfall.

Several streets are designated “snow streets” throughout the city, and during a snow emergency, parking restrictions along these streets are implemented.  Snow streets are marked with blue and white signs.  A snow emergency within the City may be declared if 2 inches of snow accumulates.  If a snow emergency is declared between the hours of 7:00 am and 9:00 pm, vehicles parked on a snow street must be removed within two hours of the declaration.  If a snow emergency is declared overnight, vehicles must be removed by 9:00 am.  Vehicles parked in violation of snow regulations are subject to being towed at the owner’s expense and a citation may be issued.  Even if you don’t live on a snow street, it is very helpful to remove vehicles from the street whenever possible.  Doing so will expedite the removal of snow along the roads.  Designated streets and other winter regulations are posted to the City’s homepage.

Property owners in Bowling Green are required to clear their sidewalks of ice and snow within twenty-four hours after snowfall stops.  Failure to clear walks may result in the issuance of a citation or in the City ordering the sidewalks to be cleared by a contractor with all costs billed to the property owner.  Details on requirements and procedures for the clearing of sidewalks are outlined in Section 98.06 of the City’s Codified Ordinances or the Public Works Division webpage.

Citizens and snow plow contractors should not shovel, plow, or blow snow onto the City streets when clearing snow from sidewalks and driveways.  This can create an unsafe condition on the street and cause delays in the process of street clearing.

Questions about these regulations may be directed to the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.

Tree Commission Photo Contest

The inaugural Tree Commission photo contest has come to a close and the winners have been announced.  Congratulations go out to: Rob Holley – Winter; Mary Hinkelman – Spring; Brian Bushong – Summer; Nancy Wenning – Fall.  Visit the City’s Facebook page to view these photos!

The Tree Commission plans to have this contest again in 2019, so keep taking those photos! Check back to the Arborist’s webpage in early 2019 for details!

BG Residents Reminded About Snow Streets and Sidewalks

The City of Bowling Green reminds residents of snow streets and the clearing of sidewalks following a snowfall.

Several streets are designated “snow streets” throughout the city, and during a snow emergency, parking restrictions along these streets are implemented.  Snow streets are marked with blue and white signs.  A snow emergency within the City may be declared if 2 inches of snow accumulates.  If a snow emergency is declared between the hours of 7:00 am and 9:00 pm, vehicles parked on a snow street must be removed within two hours of the declaration.  If a snow emergency is declared overnight, vehicles must be removed by 9:00 am.  Vehicles parked in violation of snow regulations are subject to being towed at the owner’s expense and a citation may be issued.  Even if you don’t live on a snow street, it is very helpful to remove vehicles from the street whenever possible.  Doing so will expedite the removal of snow along the roads.  Designated streets and other winter regulations are posted to the City’s homepage – www.bgohio.org.

Property owners in Bowling Green are required to clear their sidewalks of ice and snow within twenty-four hours after snowfall stops.  Failure to clear walks may result in the issuance of a citation or in the City ordering the sidewalks to be cleared by a contractor with all costs billed to the property owner.  Details on requirements and procedures for the clearing of sidewalks are outlined in Section 98.06 of the City’s Codified Ordinances or the Public Works Division webpage.

Citizens and snow plow contractors should not shovel, plow, or blow snow onto the City streets when clearing snow from sidewalks and driveways.  This can create an unsafe condition on the street and cause delays in the process of street clearing.

Questions about these regulations may be directed to the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.

Manhole Repairs: December 11-14

The Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will be repairing manholes throughout the city starting at 7:30 am on December 11. It is anticipated that work will be complete at the end of the day on December 14.  This work will occur in the intersection of North Main and West Reed; near the intersection of Ridge and Thurstin; in the intersection of Frazee and Summit; in the intersection of Leroy and North Enterprise.  Lane closures will be temporary with traffic being impacted while workers are present at each location.

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

Pearl St. Closure – December 11 and 12

The Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will be closing Pearl from Gorrell to Maple St., December 11 and December 12. Each day, the road will close at 7:30 am and reopen at 3:00 pm.  Residents will have access to driveways throughout this closure.  This closure is required for the replacement of a water line.

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

South College St. Closure: December 5 – 7

The Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will be closing South College from Clough to East Wooster St. beginning December 5 through December 7. Each day, the road will close at 7:30 am and reopen at 3:00 pm.  Residents will have access to driveways throughout this closure.  This closure is required for the replacement of a water line.

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

Mayor Edwards Announces Free Parking During Holidays

Mayor Edwards has declared that there will be no charge to park within City parking lots during the month of December. All other parking regulations will be in effect.

The free parking will not include the on-street meters in front of the Wood County Courthouse on Court Street, between North Summit and North Prospect, or the meters in the County Parking Lot.

Although the charge for parking will be removed during December in designated spaces, all other parking restrictions, such as the two-hour parking limit, parking in handicapped spaces, prohibition of on-street parking in the downtown from 3:00 – 5:00 am, and other regulations will continue to apply and will be enforced.

The Mayor encourages businesses, proprietors, and persons working in the downtown to share rides and park in long-term spaces to allow parking turnover for those shopping and/or dining in the downtown.

News from BG: November 21, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Board of Public Utilities is scheduled to meet November 26 at 5:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • City Council Finance Committee is scheduled to meet November 29 at 5:00 pm in Council Chamber. The purpose of the meeting is to review the proposed 2019 budget.

Mayor Edwards Announces Free Parking During Holidays

Mayor Edwards has declared that there will be no charge to park within City parking lots during the month of December.  All other parking regulations will be in effect.

The free parking will not include the on-street meters in front of the Wood County Courthouse on Court Street, between North Summit and North Prospect, or the meters in the County Parking Lot.

Although the charge for parking will be removed during December in designated spaces, all other parking restrictions, such as the two-hour parking limit, parking in handicapped spaces, prohibition of on-street parking in the downtown from 3:00 – 5:00 am, and other regulations will continue to apply and will be enforced.

The Mayor encourages businesses, proprietors, and persons working in the downtown to share rides and park in long-term spaces to allow parking turnover for those shopping and/or dining in the downtown.

East Wooster Traffic Impact – November 19

Private work occurring on November 19 from approximately 7:00 am – noon at 101 S. Main St. (Milikin Hotel) will result in a closure of the eastbound lane of East Wooster within the work zone. The work will also result in the removal of parking in front of the building along East Wooster as well as the closure of the sidewalk within the work zone.  The left turn lane off of N. Main St onto East Wooster and right turn lane off of S. Main St onto East Wooster will also be closed.

News from BG: November 14, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • City Council is scheduled to meet November 19 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Tree Commission is scheduled to meet November 20 at 4:00 pm in Council Chamber.
  • Bicycle Safety Commission is scheduled to meet November 20 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber.

Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 16

The annual tree lighting ceremony is scheduled to occur on November 16 at roughly 7:00 pm from the front lawn of the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St.  In conjunction with this event, West Court Street, between Main and City Parking Lot 4, will be closed between 6:00 – 7:00 pm.  Access to parking lots will be maintained throughout the street closure.  On-street parking restrictions will be imposed on North Main Street between Oak and Court Streets and on Oak Street.

Questions about the ceremony may be directed to Downtown BG at 419-354-4332.

Holiday Parade – November 17

In conjunction with the Bowling Green Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 17, several Bowling Green streets will be closed and on-street parking will be prohibited in many downtown locations.  The parade is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:50 am, with the first parade float reaching Main and Wooster at approximately 10:00 am.  This year’s parade will be aired on Channel 11 – WTOL.

Main Street, from Poe Road to Napoleon Road, and Wooster Street, from Prospect Street and Church Street, will be closed from 9:30 am on Saturday until the end of the parade.  This closure will also impact traffic flow on streets that intersect with Main Street between Poe and Napoleon.  These side streets will also close at approximately 9:30 am.  In addition, side streets between Poe and Ridge will be utilized for parade preparations from approximately 8:00 am until 11:00 am.  During this period of time, access to these side streets will be limited to local use.

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

Thanksgiving Day Holiday

In observance of Thanksgiving Day, all non-24 hour City facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23.  As a result, the Thursday refuse and recycling collection route will occur on Wednesday.  Normal Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday collection will occur as normally scheduled.

Questions about this altered schedule should be directed to the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.

Scholarships Available to Local Seniors

Applications are now being accepted by the Director of Utilities Office for two $2,500 one-time scholarships to be awarded by American Municipal Power, Inc. Applications and related information about the scholarship program may be obtained from the Director of Utilities Office.   Bowling Green High School and Otsego High School graduating seniors may also pick up applications from their guidance counselor.

The Richard H. Gorsuch Scholarship is open to students of employees on the Municipal Electric Division’s payroll, or an employee or elected official who is in a position with the municipality to which the municipal electric division is subordinate.

The Lyle B. Wright Scholarship is open to students whose household receives electricity from an AMP member system. This scholarship is not open to students who qualify for the Richard H. Gorsuch Scholarship.

Please have all entries submitted to the Director of Utilities Office by December 4, 2018.

Please contact Michelle Mazey with any questions regarding this program at 419-354-6246 or mmazey@bgohio.org

Tree Commission Inaugural Photo Contest Finalists Selected

The Bowling Green Tree Commission has selected finalists for this year’s inaugural photo contest highlighting trees in Bowling Green. They are now asking for the public’s help selecting the winning photo in each of the four categories: Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter. The finalists’ photos are available online at the City of Bowling Green’s Facebook page – @cityofbg.

Please scroll through the photos and “like” your favorite(s). Voting ends November 30, 2018. The photo with the most “likes” in each category will receive a $25 gift certificate to Bostdorff’s Klotz Floral and Garden Center, or North Branch Nursery and a print from Main Street Photo and Portrait Studio.

To learn more about the City’s urban forestry program, please visit the Arborist’s page from the City’s website – www.bgohio.org.

Questions about the photo contest or the City’s urban forestry program may be directed to the City Arborist, Grant Jones, at 419-353-4101.

Main St. Sewer Work – Nov. 15

The Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will be inspecting the sanitary sewer lines in the 300 block of North Main Street on November 15 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.  This work will affect traffic in the southbound lanes of North Main Street within the work zone.  While this occurs, intermittent lane closures will occur.

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