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Christmas Tree Recycling

For locations served by city refuse & recycling collection, CHRISTMAS TREES will be collected through a special one week collection in January.

This year’s collection will begin on Monday, January 6th. Collection is not connected to your regular refuse/recycling schedule.

Please follow the guidelines below:

  • Trees should be placed curbside by 7:00 AM the Monday of the scheduled collection week.
  • Please remove all decorations, metal nails, lights and tree stands.
  • Trees should not be left in bags.

Once crews complete a street, they will not return.

Christmas trees are taken to the Yard Waste Recycling Facility operated by the County and ground into mulch in the spring.

A Farewell Message from Mayor Edwards

Thank you for the honor of serving as your Mayor for the past eight years.

It is a bittersweet time for me and my family. On one hand, I welcome the opportunity to return to private life but conversely I will miss my daily interactions with the City’s outstanding and dedicated staff headed by Municipal Administrator, Lori Tretter, and also with the members of City Council and citizens throughout the whole of the community, including BGSU students, faculty and staff.

We are reminded every day that Bowling Green is a distinctively wonderful community with so much to offer residents and visitors alike.

It is unmistakable that the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in BG. Residents are always extending themselves and helping in so many ways to make BG an even stronger and more attractive community. I am especially grateful to those citizens who serve so unselfishly on the City’s more than 20 boards, commissions and committees.

Please be assured that the City’s best interests will be admirably and effectively served by the next Mayor, Michael Aspacher. Good luck, Mike!

In closing, may I also take this means to extend warm holiday greetings to all and best wishes for 2020.

Thank you!

Mayor Richard A. Edwards
City of Bowling Green

Delayed Refuse and Recycling Collection

City offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 25th and Wednesday, January 1st so our employees may spend the holidays with friends and family.

As a result, the following collection schedule will occur for refuse and recycling during those weeks:

  • Monday’s route will be collected on Monday.
  • Tuesday’s route will be collected on Tuesday.
  • Wednesday’s route will be collected on Thursday.
  • Thursday’s route will be collected on Friday.

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

Never miss a “trash day” again! Download the Recycle Coach App to receive a custom calendar and reminder notifications for special collections.

Visit the Recycle Coach web page for more details.

Winter Fire Safety Tips

Have Your Furnace Checked

Although this is something that many people believe they can do themselves, it is often safer to invest in hiring a professional to come and inspect your furnace annually.

Check Your Chimneys & Vents

Fireplaces can produce creosote which has the capability of igniting. If your family lights the fireplace often, you most likely need an annual chimney inspection.

Test Your Smoke Alarms

Check that your batteries are fresh and will last you through the winter. Always place smoke alarms in the kitchen, bedrooms, basement, and the laundry room.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Install these detectors if you have any fuel burning appliances (i.e. natural gas).

Cover Fireplace With A Screen

Either a metal screen or tempered glass will protect any sparks from leaving the fireplace.

Beware Of Space Heaters!

These devices require a good amount of space to be used without any fire hazards. Just like fireplaces, children and pets should not sit closer than 3 feet in front of a space heater. Avoid placing heaters near curtains, tablecloths or other flapping fabrics. Make sure your space heater has an automatic shut off switch, which forces the heater to shut-off as soon as it reaches a dangerously high heat level.

Downtown Construction Update

The contractor working on the downtown reconstruction project has announced the schedule for the Wooster Street portion of manhole and utility valve adjustments.

On Monday, December 2, the eastbound lane of Wooster Street, from Church to Prospect, will be closed to traffic.  During that time, the manholes and utility valve boxes within the eastbound lane will be adjusted up to grade, the asphalt will be removed around each, and concrete collars will be poured.  The eastbound lanes will remain closed overnight in order to allow the concrete to cure, reopening on December 3.  The same process will then occur within the westbound lanes of Wooster on Tuesday, December 3, at which time the westbound lanes will close.  This process will conclude on December 4 with the reopening of the westbound lane, weather and progress of work dependent.  Parking will be removed within the respective work zones on both days.

Once work on Wooster Street is complete, certain punch list items remain.  This may result in temporary parking restrictions or impacts to traffic.

Downtown Construction Update

The contractor working on the downtown reconstruction project has finished adjusting the manholes and utility valve boxes along with installing concrete collars on Main Street. This work will now shift to Wooster Street. The contractor has amended the previously announced schedule and will now begin the Wooster Street portion during the week of December 2, instead of Monday, November 25.

Certain punch list items remain, which may result in temporary parking restrictions or impacts to traffic.

Downtown Construction Update

The contractor working on the downtown reconstruction project has nearly finished adjusting the manholes and utility valve boxes along with installing concrete collars on Main Street.  Dependent upon weather, this work on Main Street is scheduled to be complete on Monday, November 18.

The contractor is scheduled to return on Monday, November 25 to adjust the manholes and utility valve boxes along with installing concrete collars on Wooster Street.  In order to expedite this process and to ensure the safety of the traveling public and construction crews, East and West Wooster will close while this occurs.  Both sections of Wooster Street will close to traffic on Monday, November 25 and then reopen in the afternoon of Tuesday, November 26.  By doing so, the contractor will be able to core the manholes and utility valve boxes spread out throughout each section of Wooster, pour the concrete collars, and then allow the concrete to cure properly before traffic is restored.  The intersection of Main and Wooster will remain open throughout this process, allowing for north and south traffic to continue.

Certain punch list items remain, which may result in temporary parking restrictions or impacts to traffic.

Holiday Parade: Street Closures and Parking Restrictions

In conjunction with the Bowling Green Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 23, 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 9:00 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.

A truck detour route will be posted.

Parking during the parade will be prohibited on Main Street between Ridge and Pearl.  Vehicles are to be removed from Main Street prior to 3:00 am on Saturday, November 23.  Any vehicle parked on Main Street after 3:00 am will be towed at the owner’s expense.

On-street parking will also be prohibited in the following locations:

  • Dixie Avenue between South Main and Kenwood
  • South Church Street between Sand Ridge and Pearl
  • Clay Street between North Church and North Grove
  • North Grove between Wooster and Poe

Parking will be reinstated on Main Street and other locations after the parade “clean-up”.  All roads impacted by these closures will reopen as soon as possible upon completion of the parade.

For more information about this year’s parade, visit the Chamber of Commerce website at www.bgchamber.net