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.