News from BG: August 1, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • The Community Improvement Committee of City Council is scheduled to meet August 6 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss possible changes to the City Charter Preamble.  City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.
  • Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to meet August 8 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.

2018 Citizens Academy

The City of Bowling Green cordially invites interested residents to sign up and participate in the 2018 Citizens Academy.  The Academy is scheduled to meet 8 times on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from August 14 until November 27.  Each session will take place at a different City facility from 6:30-8:00 pm.

The Academy is organized to give residents a “behind the scenes” look into City operations.  Various facility tours such as the Water Treatment Plant and Police and Fire Stations will be provided as well as meeting City staff and elected officials.  Each session will focus on a different aspect of City operations – including organizational structure, safety, utilities, public works, sustainability, and much more.

The class is set at 25, so those interested are encouraged to sign up!  Visit the Citizens Academy page on the City’s homepage.  Residents may also call the Mayor/Municipal Administrator’s Office for more information at 419-354-6204.  Registration will close August 8 at 4:30 pm.

Columbia Gas update

Columbia Gas of Ohio has provided the City with the following tentative work schedule for activities planned to begin August 4.

Beginning Saturday, August 4, crews will begin installing the natural gas main line across Wooster St at Main St.  This work will occur along the eastern portion of the Main and Wooster intersection.  Once through the intersection, work will commence along the eastbound lane of East Wooster, resulting in a removal of on-street parking and a closure of that lane up to approximately the area just west of the intersection of South Prospect.  During this work, the East Wooster entrance into City Parking Lot 2 will remain open with the exception for a brief portion of time while work is within the entrance.  Westbound traffic and the sidewalks will remain open.

It is anticipated that this work will last through next week.

Columbia Gas has announced that while the work on East Wooster commences, additional installation crews will be arriving.  These crews will continue the natural gas line installation on South Main (within the northbound lane) followed by West Wooster (within the westbound lane) in the coming weeks.  Traffic and parking will be impacted.

A detour route around the work zone will be posted.

Restoration and service line installation crews will continue following the main line installation.  Currently, service line efforts are focused on City Parking Lot 1.  Once they are complete in Lot 1, the focus will shift back to Main St.  Restoration crews are continuing work on E. Oak, N. Main, and E. Court St.  Once service line installation is complete in Lot 1, restoration will occur there.

Questions about the Columbia Gas project should be directed to Raquel Colon, External Affairs Specialist for Columbia Gas.  Ms. Colon may be reached at rcolon@nisource.com or 419-539-6206.

Refuse and Recycling Container Address Labels

The Public Works Department has contracted with GIS Landmark to place address labels on all refuse and recycling containers that are picked up by the City.  At this time, this work is occurring in Wards 1 & 2 only.  Crews are in the process of finalizing the placement of the labels for several remaining addresses.  Residents are asked to help in this effort by placing containers – full or empty – at the curb.  Containers should be left at the curb until the labels have been placed.

Crews will be working Monday-Friday over the coming weeks to complete this project.  In an effort to expedite this process, City employees, who will be wearing City supplied uniforms, may move your containers to the curb for you.  Please leave the containers at the curb until the labels have been placed by the GIS Landmark team.

The address label is a black sticker with orange letters approximately 3 inches by 7 inches. Each sticker will associate a particular container with the address it is registered to.  This work is being done to ensure a proper inventory of container locations.

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

Private building work affecting City Parking Lot 2

Private building work behind SamB’s restaurant will require the partial closure of City Parking Lot 2 beginning Wednesday, August 1 for approximately one week.  Select parking spots within the 2-hour parking area will be blocked off as a result.

The remainder of the parking lot will be open.