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Residents Reminded to Keep Grass Clippings Out of Street

Residents and landscapers are reminded to keep grass clippings out of the street and the City’s storm drains. Blowing grass and other yard debris into the sidewalk, street, or storm drainage system is a violation of the City’s littering and stormwater ordinances.

Grass clippings, leaves, and other lawn debris can clog storm drains, resulting in street and private property flooding. Also, storm drains flow directly to local waterways untreated. Grass clippings add unnecessary nutrients, which help feed harmful algal blooms. In addition to environmental harm, you may be creating a safety hazard. When blown into the street, clippings can create a slippery and dangerous surface for traveling motorcyclists and bicyclists.

Using a mulching mower puts clippings back into the turf and keeps the nutrients where they belong.  Should you choose to use a discharging mower, please be sure to point the blower toward your property (away from the street) to prevent clippings from leaving the lawn. You may also choose to bag your clippings, but they may not be disposed of in your regular refuse containers.  City residents are encouraged to compost clippings on their property or take them to the City’s Yard Waste Drop-off Site, located on Tarragon Drive behind the Public Works Garage.

When finished mowing, please be sure to use a blower, broom, or rake to clean up any grass clippings or debris that have inadvertently made their way into the street, sidewalk, or storm drain.

News from BG: May 23, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Human Relations Commission is scheduled to meet June 1 at 8:00 am in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.

Memorial Day Parade – May 28

In conjunction with the Memorial Day Parade scheduled for 10:00 am on Monday, May 28, several Bowling Green streets will be temporarily closed while the parade is in motion.

Street closures will be “rolling” meaning that roads will be closed shortly before the parade goes by and will re-open once the parade is past.  The following parade route will be taken:

  • Parade starts at Washington Street
  • Parade will travel on North Main Street from Washington to Court Street
  • At Court, the parade will turn east and proceed to the Wood County Courthouse
  • The parade will turn north on Enterprise and proceed to Ridge Street for pedestrians and Merry Avenue for vehicles
  • Via Ridge and Merry, the parade will end at Oak Grove Cemetery where there will be a program.

The parade will also stop at the Wood County Courthouse for the laying of wreaths.

Anyone going directly to the cemetery should utilize Merry Street for access.  Note that only pedestrians will be allowed access to the Ridge entrance.

Delayed Refuse/Recycling Collection – Week of May 28

In observation of the Memorial Day holiday, non-24 hour City facilities will be closed on May 28.  As a result, refuse and recycling collection will be delayed one day the entire week.  Regular Monday collection will occur Tuesday, regular Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday, and so on.

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

Columbia Gas – Downtown Work

Columbia Gas of Ohio has announced that it will be upgrading existing low-pressure gas lines to medium pressure lines within the downtown of Bowling Green in 2018.  Work is scheduled to begin the first week of June and is expected to last through August, possibly in to September.  As a result of this work, changes to traffic patterns will occur and on-street parking will be affected.  The total project area will encompass Main Street, roughly from Clay to the area of Ordway and Lehman.  Certain side streets, alleys, and city parking lots will also be affected.

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

Delayed Refuse and Recycling Collection – Week of May 28

The City of Bowling Green offices will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observation of Memorial Day.

As a result, all refuse and recycling collection will be delayed by one day per the following:

  • Regular Monday collection will be collected on Tuesday
  • Regular Tuesday collection will be collected on Wednesday
  • Regular Wednesday collection will be collected on Thursday
  • Regular Thursday collection will be collected on Friday

Questions about this schedule or the City’s refuse/recycling program may be directed to the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.

Memorial Day Parade

In conjunction with the Memorial Day Parade scheduled for 10:00 am on Monday, May 28, several Bowling Green streets will be temporarily closed while the parade is in motion.

Street closures will be “rolling” meaning that roads will be closed shortly before the parade goes by and will re-open once the parade is past. The following parade route will be taken:

  • Parade starts at Washington Street
  • Parade will travel on North Main Street from Washington to Court Street
  • At Court, the parade will turn east and proceed to the Wood County Courthouse
  • The parade will turn north on Enterprise and proceed to Ridge Street for pedestrians and Merry Avenue for vehicles
  • Via Ridge and Merry, the parade will end at Oak Grove Cemetery where there will be a program.

The parade will also stop at the Wood County Courthouse for the laying of wreaths.

Anyone going directly to the cemetery should utilize Merry Street for access. Note that only pedestrians will be allowed access to the Ridge entrance.

Columbia Gas – Downtown Work

Columbia Gas of Ohio has announced that it will be upgrading existing low-pressure gas lines to medium pressure lines within the downtown of Bowling Green in 2018. Work is scheduled to begin the first week of June and is expected to last through August, possibly in to September.  As a result of this work, changes to traffic patterns will occur and on-street parking will be affected.  The total project area will encompass Main Street, roughly from Clay to the area of Ordway and Lehman.  Certain side streets, alleys, and city parking lots will also be affected.

Columbia Gas plans to work 1-2 blocks at a time, working Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 5:30 pm, possibly working periodic Saturday’s as well. Work will primarily occur within the curb lane of Main Street, with some crossings and installation on side streets and in alley’s as well.  At the end of each work day, steel plates or backfill will cover any open work areas.  Before leaving the respective blocks, Columbia Gas has indicated that a temporary patch will be installed.  Once the entire network of upgraded gas lines has been installed, final site restoration will take place – including sidewalk and street repairs.  Columbia Gas has been supplied with a list of downtown events including Classics on Main, Firefly Nights, and Black Swamp Arts Festival.

This work is in anticipation of the City replacing water and sewer lines late in 2018 prior to the downtown paving project in 2019 on Main Street, from Oak to Ordway, and Wooster Street, from Church to Prospect.

Questions about the Columbia Gas project should be directed to Raquel Colon, External Affairs Specialist for Columbia Gas. Ms. Colon may be reached at rcolon@nisource.com or 419-539-6206. Questions about the City utility work or paving project may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

Community Development Block Grant Public Hearing – June 6

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – FY 2018 Annual Action Plan

The City of Bowling Green will hold a public hearing on June 6, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in the City Council Chamber, 304 North Church St., Bowling Green, Ohio. The purpose of the hearing is to announce proposed activities and to receive citizen input regarding the FY 2018 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant program. The City of Bowling Green, an entitlement community, will receive an estimated $288,575 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in FY 2018 for housing and non-housing community development activities.

Citizen participation is essential to the City’s involvement in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) CDBG Program. The 5-Year Plan and the Annual Action Plans serve as the planning documents for addressing overall community development and housing needs that will utilize the annual entitlements of CDBG funding available to the City. All Community Development Block Grant activities address the housing, economic and non-housing community development needs of low-income citizens. Housing needs include direct homeownership assistance, housing repair, elderly housing repair, mobile home repair and rental housing rehabilitation. Non-housing community development needs include transitional housing for the homeless, public transportation support and economic development loans from the City’s Business Revolving Loan Fund.

The FY 2018 Annual Action Plan is available at the Grants Administration Office, 304 N. Church St., Bowling Green between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for a 30-day public comment and review period, which begins June 7, 2018. Written comments may be mailed or hand delivered to Tina Bradley, Grants Administrator, City of Bowling Green, 304 N. Church St., Bowling Green, OH 43402. Comments may also be submitted by e-mailing BGGrants@bgohio.org. Comments are welcomed prior to the start of the review period, but all comments should be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on July 6, 2018 to be considered.

Those individuals who require special accommodations or are non-English speaking and need an interpreter should contact the City of Bowling Green Grants office at 419-354-6203 at least 48 hours prior to the public hearing. Hearing impaired individuals needing special assistance may call The Ohio Relay Network at: 1-800-750-0750 at least 48 hours in advance of the public hearing. Upon timely request, these services are provided free of charge.

Persons from diverse backgrounds and those at extremely low-, very low- and low-income levels are especially encouraged to attend.

News from BG: May 16, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • City Council Committee of the Whole is scheduled to meet May 21 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St, to discuss potential changes to Chapter 113 of the Codified Ordinances (food trucks).  The Committee will also discuss an appeal for a State of Ohio F-permit at 6:45 pm.  The permit was filed by Firefly Nights Festivals to allow for the sale of alcohol.  City Council is scheduled to meet at 7:00 pm.
  • Parks and Recreation Board is scheduled to meet May 22 at 7:00 pm in the Bartlett Shelter located at Carter Park, 401 Campbell Hill Rd.

Firefly Nights 5k – May 18

The Firefly Nights 5k run will take place in Bowling Green on May 18.  The run will begin at 9:00 pm and will proceed along the following route:

  • Start near the City Administration Building – 304 N. Church St.
  • South on Church St.
  • East on Wooster St.
  • South on Main St.
  • West on Pearl St.
  • North on Maple St.
  • West on Conneaut Ave. into City Park
  • One lap counterclockwise around City Park
  • East on Conneaut Ave.
  • North on Fairview Ave.
  • East on Curtis Ave.
  • South on Grove St.
  • East on Court St.
  • North on Church St.
  • East on Oak St. (finish line)

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

Construction Update:

  • Liberty St. Water and Sewer Project: work continues with the sewer replacement project on Liberty St.  The Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division has finished the waterline portion of the project and has transitioned to replacing the sewer line.  This work is anticipated to last another 3 weeks.  Once all underground work is finished, Liberty, from Fairview to Grove, will be repaved including the temporary patch located within the intersection of Grove St.
  • Morton/Meeker Water and Sewer Project: this project will occur within the intersection of Morton and Meeker and will proceed east along Morton Avenue.  It is scheduled to begin once work is complete on Liberty St (towards the beginning part of June).  Crews from the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will begin with replacing the sewer line, which is anticipated to last roughly 4 weeks.  Once that work is complete, the waterline is scheduled to be replaced as well.  Pavement restoration will be conducted once all underground work is complete – estimated to be in August.
  • Conneaut Sewer and Pump Station: the force main portion of the sewer line replacement portion of this project is nearly complete.  Work on the new sanitary sewer lift station construction located at 1353 Conneaut continues.  The installation of a new gravity sewer located along Conneaut, from roughly Lafayette to the pump station, is scheduled to begin later this summer.  This portion of the project will include a deep trench excavation, which will impact traffic.  Once all underground infrastructure has been installed, site restoration throughout the project area will be conducted.  This includes repaving Conneaut, from Wintergarden to Lafayette.
  • Manville Ave. Paving: Manville Avenue, from Napoleon Rd to Wooster St., is scheduled to be repaved beginning May 21.  The contractor is expected to work Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm.  Throughout the project, temporary traffic changes may occur including detours around the work zone.  Access to properties will be maintained throughout the project.
  • Thurstin Ave. Closure: In conjunction with Bowling Green State University rehabilitation work on a utility tunnel, Thurstin Avenue, between Court St and Pike St, will be closed to traffic beginning May 21 until July 2.  A posted detour will be established using Court St, Enterprise St, and Pike St.

Columbia Gas downtown project – May 21 community meeting

Beginning in June, Columbia Gas of Ohio will be replacing natural gas lines in downtown Bowling Green. This project will affect about 113 customers as well as traffic along Main Street.  Residents are invited to attend a community meeting to learn more on Monday, May 21 at 6:00 pm, in the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St.

The work area is primarily on Main Street in downtown, from Clay St to roughly Ordway, but will extend down certain side streets, alleys, and parking lots.

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

Columbia Gas downtown gas line upgrade – Public Meeting notice

Columbia Gas of Ohio is starting a gas line replacement project in Bowling Green. Work will begin by June, affecting about 113 customers.

Residents are invited to attend a community meeting to learn more. The event will take place on

Monday May 21 at 6 pm, held at the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St.

The work area is primarily on Main Street in downtown. (See a map of the work area on the next page)

What will this mean for residents?

  • Columbia Gas contractors will work street by street to install new main lines and service lines up to each customer’s home or building.
  • Gas service will not be impacted until it is time for Columbia Gas to connect the customer to the new gas system at their meter. For most customers, gas service will be interrupted for approximately two hours. Customers will get advance notice of this service interruption.
  • If the gas meter is currently inside, it will be moved outside.
  • Any surface that has to be disturbed will be repaired by Columbia Gas. This includes sidewalks, driveways, lawns and landscaping.
  • Once this work is complete, customers will have a gas system with state of the art safety features.

The work and clean-up are expected to be completed by October 2018.

Columbia Gas of Ohio has invested more than $1.5 billion in communities around the state to replace aging gas lines over the last decade. This is paying off in safety, with leaks reduced by 40 percent.

Residents can contact Raquel Colon, External Affairs Specialist for Columbia Gas of Ohio, with questions or concerns at 419-351-8398 or rcolon@nisource.com.

Visit www.columbiagasohio.com/replacement for more information on the construction process.

Map of 2018 Columbia Gas work in downtown Bowling Green.

Firefly Nights 5k – May 18

The Firefly Nights 5k run will take place in Bowling Green on May 18. The run will begin at 9:00 pm and will proceed along the following route:

  • Start near the City Administration Building – 304 N. Church St.
  • South on Church St.
  • East on Wooster St.
  • South on Main St.
  • West on Pearl St.
  • North on Maple St.
  • West on Conneaut Ave. into City Park
  • One lap counterclockwise around City Park
  • East on Conneaut Ave.
  • North on Fairview Ave.
  • East on Curtis Ave.
  • South on Grove St.
  • East on Court St.
  • North on Church St.
  • East on Oak St. (finish line)

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

Court Street Closure – May 16

The Electric Division will be closing East Court Street, from Main St to City Parking Lot 1, on Wednesday, May 16 from 8:00 am – noon. The closure is required to remove a laminate utility pole.  Access to City Parking Lot 1 and businesses will remain.  Pedestrian traffic will be prohibited from using the sidewalk in the work zone.

Questions about this work may be directed to the Electric Division at 419-354-6260.