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Parks & Rec. 5-year Master Plan

The Parks & Recreation Department is seeking input from citizens as they prepare the 5-year Master Plan.  Five focus group meetings have been scheduled – each focusing on different issues.  The first of these will be on April 6 beginning at 7:00 pm at the Community Center, 1245 W. Newton Rd.  The focus of this first meeting will be on “Youth Programs”.

Not able to attend?  Not a problem!  Send your comments to Dr. Shannon Orr – .  See the attached flyer for more information.

News from BG: March 16, 2016

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Revolving Loan Fund Committee will meet March 17 at 3:00 pm in the Bowling Green Community Development Foundation Office, Four Corners Center, 130 S. Main St.
  • City Council Finance Committee will meet on March 21 at 4:30 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • City Council will receive the 5-year housing survey from the Wood County Health District on March 21 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St. Once every five years, the Health District performs an Exterior Housing Evaluation Survey at the request of the City.  This allows the Health District to identify neighborhoods that have exterior structure, maintenance, and sanitation problems.
  • City Council will have its regular meeting on March 21 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.
  • Parks and Recreation Board will meet on March 22 at 7:00 pm at the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave.

Interfaith Breakfast

If you’re still considering whether or not to join the Human Relations Commission and Not In Our Town at the Interfaith Breakfast, it is not too late to RSVP.  The FREE breakfast will occur on March 22 from 7:30 to 9:00 am at the Wood County Fairgrounds, Junior Fair Building.  Please RSVP to Carol Lenox at 419-352-0682.

Coffee With A Cop

Join the BG Police Division next week on March 23 from 8:00 to 10:00 am at Tim Hortons for “Coffee With A Cop“.  Get to know some of the officers working in your neighborhood and discuss how they may better serve you.   See the attached flyer for more information.

Large Item Pick-Up

The Public Works Division will begin large item pick-up on March 21.  To ensure collection, items must be placed curbside by 7:00 am on the 21st.  Collection is by ward, once crews complete a street, they will not return.  For more information, visit the City’s website.

Oak Grove Winter Decorations

In preparation for the spring season, the Cemetery Maintenance Crew will be removing all decorations. The Director of Public Works requests that all wreaths and winter decorations be removed from Oak Grove Cemetery prior to April 4, 2016.

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

Brown Bag Music Series

The Brown Bag Music Series continues this Friday, March 18 with a performance by Chelsea Cloeter and her voice students in recital.  Bring your lunch and enjoy the musical performance at the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave.  The event begins at 11:45 am with the performance beginning at 12:15 pm.  Call the Parks and Recreation Department, 419-354-6223 for more information.

Bowling Green named Tree City USA and Growth Award Winner

The Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Bowling Green a 2015 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.

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: March 9, 2016

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Board of Public Utilities will meet March 14 at 5:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Tree Commission will meet March 15 at 4:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Bicycle Safety Commission will meet March 15 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • BG Housing Agency Board of Trustees will meet March 16 at 3:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.

Manville, Third, and Clough Waterline Project (Update)

The waterline improvement project has progressed onto Third Street.  B.Hill’z Excavating is currently installing the waterline going towards South College.  Day closures on Third Street will continue for the next few weeks. In case you missed it last week – the City of Bowling Green has contracted with B. Hill’z Excavating, Inc. for the waterline improvements on Manville (between Second St. and Third St.), Third Street (between Manville and S. College) and Clough Street (between S. Prospect and S. Summit).  The improvements include the installation of an 8″ waterline to replace the older, smaller pipe that is in the ground.  The larger size and newer material improves water distribution in the area, improves reliability, and reduces maintenance. A brochure with more information can be found on the City’s website.

Interfaith Breakfast

There is still time to RSVP for this year’s Interfaith Breakfast!  This year’s event is March 22nd from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at the Wood County Fairgrounds Junior Fair Building.  Come join the discussion and enjoy a FREE breakfast.  RSVP’s can be made to Carol Lenox of the First United Methodist Church: 419-352-0682 or email .

Respect the clover, Drive Sober

Safe Communities of Wood County will be providing a FREE ride home for Bowling Green residents that find themselves unable to safely operate a vehicle on St. Patrick’s Day.  The service is available on March 17 from 8:00 am – Noon and 4:00 pm – 2:00 am.  Those needing a ride are to call 419-823-7765.

Solar Project Update

American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) has announced a joint development agreement with DG AMP Solar, LLC.  The joint agreement provides the framework for the development, construction and operation of new solar electric generation facilities.  One of these facilities is planned for Bowling Green.  The solar field is proposed to be a 20 megawatt generating facility on 140 acres of property owned by the City.  The site will be located on Carter Road between Gallier Road and Newton Road.  It is projected  the City’s 10 megawatt share of this solar project will generate 4% of all electric kilowatt hours used in Bowling Green.  This will reduce the City’s carbon footprint and increase sustainability.

Natural Gas Aggregation Program

Columbia Gas customers in Bowling Green will receive or have recently received a mailing from the City about the natural gas aggregation program.  American Municipal Power (AMP) coordinates the pricing on behalf of Bowling Green customers in the Natural Gas Aggregation Program.  The new pricing that will begin April 1, 2016 will be $0.399 per ccf.  This is a 16.7% decrease from the current pricing of $0.479 per ccf.  The rate was locked in for a six month term given the relatively low price that was able to be secured through September 2016.  The City’s program offers residents another option in their choice of natural gas suppliers and there is no penalty for switching to another gas supplier at any time.  Customers can also switch to the Aggregation Program if they are with another gas supplier, however their current supplier may charge the customer a contract cancellation fee depending on their particular agreement.

Fairview Avenue closure

Fairview Avenue from West Evers to West Merry Street will be closed beginning March 14 for a sanitary sewer main replacement.  The work is expected to last until Friday, March 18 depending on weather.

News from BG: March 3, 2016

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Human Relations Commission will meet March 4 at 8:00 am in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Taxicab Board of Review will meet March 4 at 1:30 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • City Council will meet March 7 at 6:00 pm to discuss Complete Streets.  Council will have its regularly scheduled City Council meeting immediately following.  Both will occur in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Zoning Board of Appeals will meet March 9 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.

Interfaith Breakfast

RSVP’s for the Interfaith Breakfast are due next week, March 11.  More information can be found on the City’s website.

Brown Bag Music Series

The Brown Bag Music Series continues this Friday, March 4 from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm.  The performance will begin at 12:15 pm with “Dueling Sopranos: Dr. Jane Schoomaker Rodgers and Jennifer Creswell in recital!”  The event will be held at the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave.  For more information call 419-354-6223 or visit the Parks & Recreation page on the City’s website.

Wintergarden Nature Preserve

Construction of the Wintergarden Nature Preserve Storage Building is expected to begin the week of March 7. This new structure will include a maintenance shop area for the natural resources staff and a public unisex restroom. The restroom will be open dawn to dusk upon completion of the project. The main parking lot at the Nature Center will be blocked for construction vehicles and equipment so park users will need to park in the angled parking spots along the drive after entering the woods. Access to the Nature Center will remain open but users will need to be aware of construction vehicles and equipment when walking to the building. The project is anticipated to be completed by the beginning of June.

This project is being funded in part by a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and from the generous donations of many through the the BG Parks & Recreation Foundation’s Building on Nature Campaign.

BG Transit, A Great Alternative!

The B.G. Transit is Bowling Green’s public transportation system, providing service to the general public throughout the entire city limits.  B.G. Transit provides an added transportation option to and from local destinations such as the grocery store, university classes or medical appointments.  The B.G. Transit’s curb-to-curb service is convenient and can save passengers from extra steps on the snow and ice.   All seven transit vehicles are accessible to persons with disabilities.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

For rides originating and ending within Bowling Green’s corporation limits, the general fare (one way) is $3.50. For rides originating and/or ending outside the city limits, the general fare is $4.00. Half-priced fares are available to persons aged 65 years or older, children (4-13 years of age) and those with disabilities.  For more information about the B.G. Transit (including how to receive the reduced fares noted above), please call (419) 354-6203.

When scheduling a ride call 1-800-579-4299. Persons with hearing impairments may make contact through the Ohio Relay Network at 1-800-750-0750. Those with speech impairments may contact the Ohio Relay Network at 1-877-750-9097.

The B.G. Transit is funded, in part, by the City of Bowling Green, dollars from the City’s Community Development Block Grant and capital and operating grants from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Mayor invites community to Interfaith Breakfast

Mayor Richard Edwards invites the Bowling Green Community to the Second Annual Interfaith Breakfast on March 22nd at 7:30 am.  The breakfast will be held at the Junior Fair Building.  Please RSVP by 3/11/16 to Carol Lenox at or 419-352-0682.