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April BG Slow Roll – Pedal for the Planet

The City of Bowling Green’s next slow roll bike ride, titled Pedal for the Planet, will be held Sunday, April 28th at 2:00 pm.  Meet at the Montessori School of Bowling Green Parking Lot and join us for a leisurely ride focusing on our local gem, the Slippery Elm Trail!  After the ride, you’ll want to stick around for the annual Earth Day Celebration hosted by 20+ local organizations on the beautiful Montessori Campus!

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. It is highly recommended that young riders, who are still learning to ride, 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.

While designed for fun and exploration, monthly rides will also stress the importance of safe riding practices and responsibilities of riders while navigating city streets. Multiple trained leaders will facilitate the ride to ensure that all riders complete the route, including providing assistance for mechanical or personal issues that may arise.

To register for monthly rides, please visit www.bgohio.org/bike-bg/ or call 419-354-6222.

BG named Tree City USA and Growth Award Winner

The Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Bowling Green a 2018 Tree City USA in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The City also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care.  This is the 39th year Bowling Green has been recognized as a Tree City and the 25th time the City has received the Growth Award.

Bowling Green achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2.00 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

More information on the program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

News from BG: April 17, 2019

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Parks and Recreation Board is scheduled to meet April 23 at 7:00 pm in the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave.

News from ODOT

In conjunction with the I-75/Wooster Street roundabout project, through August lane restrictions will be in effect.

Through May 19, westbound traffic along Wooster Street over I-75 will be closed.  The established detour route will be Dunbridge, Poe, Mercer.  Eastbound traffic will be maintained.  The ramp from Wooster Street to northbound I-75 will also be closed.  The established detour for getting onto northbound I-75 will be Dunbridge, US 6.

Beginning Monday, May 20 through July, Wooster Street in both directions will be closed over I-75.  The established detour will be Dunbridge, Poe, Mercer.

Construction Update – Downtown Utility Project

The utility project within the downtown has progressed up Main Street to East Oak with the installation of the replacement water line.  The contractor will now move onto the installation of water and sewer lines on Wooster Street and various side streets.  This includes West Wooster, from Church to Main; East Wooster, from Main to Prospect; East Court, from Main to Prospect; East and West Washington; Pearl Street; Lehman; and Ordway.  During this work, intermittent road closures will occur along side streets.

It is anticipated that the end of the week of April 15, the contractor will begin installing the water and sewer line on West Wooster, from Main to Church St.  As a result, westbound traffic within this area will be prohibited and on-street parking will be removed.  Eastbound traffic will be maintained.  Following the West Wooster installation, the contractor will shift to East Wooster.  The East Wooster work will include the area from Main to Prospect.  A similar traffic impact will occur with eastbound traffic being maintained and the westbound lane of traffic being closed.

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.

10th Annual Community Earth Day – April 28

April is Earth Month and multiple agencies are collaborating throughout Wood County to provide events geared toward conservation, education and family fun. The 10th Annual Community Earth Day Celebration will be the culminating event held on Sunday, April 28th, 2019 from 2-4 pm.  This free family event is open to all and is filled with fun hands-on learning stations.

Try your hand at archery hosted by the Wood County Park District, take a nature walk with the Bowling Green Parks & Rec Department, power a light bulb with the City of Bowling Green’s power generating bicycle, give the Solid Waste Management District’s giant Earth Ball a roll, and hold a crayfish at ODNR’s Scenic Rivers station.  Interactive games will be provided by the Northwestern Water & Sewer District, BGSU, and others.  The Wood County Master Gardeners will host earth friendly activities and the Wood County Library’s CNG bookmobile will be onsite providing earth friendly stories!

The Montessori School of BG, located at 515 Sand Ridge Road, provides an ideal backdrop for this Earth Day Celebration!  Enjoy 14 acres of land, visit a Learning Lab, play on the playground and spend some time at the Black Swamp Preserve and Slippery Elm Trail.

We encourage you to get involved throughout the month of April to make Earth Day every day!  For a full list of volunteer and educational activities, please visit www.communityearthday.com.

Construction Update – Downtown Utility Project

The utility project within the downtown has progressed up Main Street to East Oak with the installation of the replacement water line. The contractor will now move onto the installation of water and sewer lines on Wooster Street and various side streets.  This includes West Wooster, from Church to Main; East Wooster, from Main to Prospect; East Court, from Main to Prospect; East and West Washington; Pearl Street; Lehman; and Ordway.

It is anticipated that during the week of April 15, the contractor will begin installing the water and sewer line on West Wooster, from Main to Church St. As a result, westbound traffic within this area will be prohibited and on-street parking will be removed.  Eastbound traffic will be maintained.  Following the West Wooster installation, the contractor will shift to East Wooster.  The East Wooster work will include the area from Main to Prospect.  A similar traffic impact will occur with eastbound traffic being maintained and the westbound lane of traffic being closed.

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.

BG to Hold Open-ended Fair Housing Public Outreach Forums

Currently, the City of Bowling Green is conducting a fair housing study. Known as the “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI),” the AI enables the City as a Community Development Block Grant recipient to, in part, “affirmatively further fair housing” as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The goals of the study are to identify whether barriers to fair housing choice exist locally in the rental and real estate markets as well as the mortgage lending, insurance, and appraisal industries. Further, the study examines private and public policies and practices that could, intentionally or inadvertently, lead to housing discrimination.

The AI process includes soliciting the opinions of persons involved in the housing industry, including renters and homeowners. For those who prefer not taking an online survey, need clarification, seek more information about Fair Housing laws or wish to provide added input, two forums will be held.

These identical, open-ended forums allow the public the opportunity to complete a paper copy of the fair housing survey (currently online at www.bgohio.org), receive Fair Housing Program materials, and provide any added input regarding your knowledge, opinions, experiences and feelings about fair housing choice.

Public Outreach Forum #1:
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Noon-1 p.m.
City of Bowling Green Council Chamber
Third Floor, 304 North Church Street
Bowling Green, OH

Public Outreach Forum #2:
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
City of Bowling Green Community Center
1245 West Newton Road – Classroom A-B
Bowling Green, OH

Should you need special accommodations, please provide at least 72-hour advance notice by calling (419) 354-6203 or via bggrants@bgohio.org. If you cannot make one of these forums, please call 419-354-6221 to receive a survey, discuss ways to provide input and receive any materials made available during the forums.

News from ODOT – I-75/Wooster St.

In conjunction with the I-75/Wooster Street roundabout project, through August lane restrictions will be in effect.

Beginning Monday, April 15, through May 19, westbound traffic along Wooster Street over I-75 will be closed.  The established detour route will be Dunbridge, Poe, Mercer.  Eastbound traffic will be maintained.  The ramp from Wooster Street to northbound I-75 will also be closed.  The established detour for getting onto northbound I-75 will be Dunbridge, US 6.

Beginning Monday, May 20 through July, Wooster Street in both directions will be closed over I-75.  The established detour will be Dunbridge, Poe, Mercer.

News from BG: April 10, 2019

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • City Council is scheduled to meet April 15 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.

Fair Housing Study

Currently, the City of Bowling Green is conducting a fair housing study. Known as the “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI),” the AI enables the City as a Community Development Block Grant recipient to, in part, “affirmatively further fair housing” as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The goals of the study are to identify whether barriers to fair housing choice exist locally in the rental and real estate markets as well as the mortgage lending, insurance, and appraisal industries.  Further, the study examines private and public policies and practices that could, intentionally or inadvertently, lead to housing discrimination.

The AI process includes the solicitation of opinions from persons involved in the housing industry, including renters and homeowners. If you live in Bowling Green’s city limits, you are invited to take part in this survey, sharing your opinions and experiences involving fair housing.

Your answers are anonymous and responses will only appear in compilation format. This survey should take less than ten minutes to complete. The survey will close on April 24, 2019.

The survey is available in both English and Spanish. To access online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7J3YNPF (in English) or https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/7T9NTVL (in Spanish).  To obtain a paper copy of the survey, please call 419-354-6203.

Bicycle Spokesperson of the Year Nominations Due May 1

The Bowling Green Bicycle Safety Commission is seeking nominations for the 19th annual Bicycle Spokesperson of the Year.  The award will be presented to the nominee who best exemplifies the spirit of bicycling through involvement in bicycling, bicycle safety or bicycle-related activities. Nominees must reside in Bowling Green.

Nominations must be submitted by May 1, 2019 and may be accessed from the Bicycle Safety Commission webpage.

CodeRED Community Alerts

The City of Bowling Green has entered into a partnership with Wood County for a free community notification system – CodeRED. This system will eventually take the place of the Nixle alert system currently being used.

CodeRED provides the City with the ability to notify residents in the event of emergency situations or critical information such as water boil advisories, snow emergencies, or large scale electrical outages.  In order to receive these notifications, residents need to sign up for this free service.  A link has been posted on the City’s website, www.bgohio.org, along the right-hand side with helpful facts and information as well as the opt-in link for residents to register.  Residents are also encouraged to download the free mobile app as well.  Personal information will be controlled by CodeRED and will not be released unless compelled to do so by a court of sufficient jurisdiction.

Through this system, residents will receive the type of notification of their choice – voice, text, and/or email.  This includes a notification for the visually impaired.

CodeRED Emergency and Critical Community Alerts

The City of Bowling Green has entered into a partnership with Wood County for a free community notification system – CodeRED. This system will eventually take the place of the Nixle alert system currently being used.

CodeRED provides the City with the ability to notify residents in the event of emergency situations or critical information such as water boil advisories, snow emergencies, or large scale electrical outages. In order to receive these notifications, residents need to sign up for this free service.  A link has been posted on the City’s website, www.bgohio.org, along the right-hand side with helpful facts and information as well as the opt-in link for residents to register.  Residents are also encouraged to download the free mobile app as well.  Personal information will be controlled by CodeRED and will not be released unless compelled to do so by a court of sufficient jurisdiction.

Through this system, residents will receive the type of notification of their choice – voice, text, and/or email. This includes a notification for the visually impaired.

Fair Housing Study

Currently, the City of Bowling Green is conducting a fair housing study. Known as the “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI),” the AI enables the City as a Community Development Block Grant recipient to, in part, “affirmatively further fair housing” as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The goals of the study are to identify whether barriers to fair housing choice exist locally in the rental and real estate markets as well as the mortgage lending, insurance, and appraisal industries.  Further, the study examines private and public policies and practices that could, intentionally or inadvertently, lead to housing discrimination.

The AI process includes the solicitation of opinions from persons involved in the housing industry, including renters and homeowners. If you live in Bowling Green’s city limits, you are invited to take part in this survey, sharing your opinions and experiences involving fair housing.

Your answers are anonymous and responses will only appear in compilation format. This survey should take less than ten minutes to complete. The survey will close on April 24, 2019.

The survey is available in both English and Spanish. To access online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7J3YNPF (in English) or https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/7T9NTVL (in Spanish).  To obtain a paper copy of the survey, please call 419-354-6203.

Mayor and City Council Joint Statement

In the wake of the March 31 incident at the Waffle House in Bowling Green, which resulted in charges of felonious assault and ethnic intimidation, the City of Bowling Green vehemently condemns this type of behavior. We, as a community, have worked long and hard to foster an atmosphere of tolerance and welcoming.  This type of behavior is not representative of Bowling Green or its residents.

While much work has been done by this community, more work remains. Namely, in helping to educate those visiting Bowling Green that while they are here, as a community we expect they exhibit the same tolerance we espouse.  While the two perpetrators were not residents of Bowling Green, their awful behavior should not and cannot be tolerated.  Further, that we help educate the community on how to identify hate and when to contact law enforcement.

As a city government, we encourage all residents of Bowling Green and those visiting this city to continue to stand together in order to present a united front against hate, violence, intolerance, and biased behavior. We call on our community partners, including but not limited to – Not In Our Town, the Human Relations Commission, and Bowling Green State University – to continue our efforts and remain committed to stamping out hate in all forms.