News from BG: November 25, 2016

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Board of Public Utilities is scheduled to meet November 28 at 5:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Human Relations Commission is scheduled to meet December 2 at 8:00 am in Council Chamber.

BG Utilities Scholarship Opportunities

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.

Visit the City’s webpage for more information.

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.

BGPD CALEA Accreditation Confirmed

The Bowling Green Police Division’s CALEA Accreditation has officially been confirmed.  In a letter addressed to Chief Hetrick, the CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) Chairperson, Richard Myers, and Executive Director, W. Craig Hartley, Jr., informed him that the accreditation will become effective on November 20, and will remain in effect for four years.  BGPD has been accredited for 23 years and has gone through the CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation process eight times over that time period.

The process of CALEA Accreditation is lengthy and detailed – beginning with a self-assessment reviewing policies, practices and processes against internationally accepted public safety standards.  Independent assessors, with significant public safety experience, conduct a site assessment which includes public feedback, agency interviews, and an assessment of the overall service delivery capacity.  Public feedback is received to promote community trust and engagement.

A governing body of 21 Commissioners determines accreditation following a public hearing along with a review of all reporting documentation.

Public Transit System – Your Community Transportation Resource

This past weekend’s Community Tree Lighting ceremony officially kicked off Bowling Green’s holiday shopping season.  Avoid traffic, the need to park your vehicle and possibly snowy, ice-covered roadways by using the B.G. Transit, Bowling Green’s public transportation system, while you shop locally this year. The transit is available for everyone’s use and operates all throughout the corporation limits of the city of Bowling Green as well as up to one mile outside of it.  All seven of the B.G. Transit vehicles are handicap accessible.

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.

Visit the City’s webpage for more information.

BG Police Warn Businesses of Billing Scam

The Bowling Green Police has been made aware of a billing scam involving several phone calls to a local business in which the caller stated they were with Toledo Edison.  The caller claimed that the business risked a shut down of service if payment was not immediately received.  The business was not a Toledo Edison customer and recognized the call as a scam.  The numbers associated with the scam are as follows: 1-800-872-2202 and 1-800-677-4032, ext 202.

The City of Bowling Green Utilities Department does not rely exclusively on phone calls to warn of past due accounts, but rather utilizes a more formal process of notification.

If your business received a similar call do not provide them with any information.  If you have a question about your business account call the Bowling Green Utilities Business Office at 419-354-6258.