News from BG: August 17, 2016

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Taxicab License Board is scheduled to meet August 19 at 8:30 am in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Parks and Recreation Board is scheduled to meet August 23 at 7:00 pm in the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave.
  • Traffic Commission is scheduled to meet August 24 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.

Plant Diagnostic Seminars

This fall, the Bowling Green Tree Commission will hold three free seminars to help residents diagnose issues with their plants.  Each seminar will begin at 9:00 am in the classroom at Simpson Garden Park, and end by 11:00 am.  The first seminar will be September 17 – “What’s wrong with my tree?”  We will discussing the steps in learning how to diagnose what is wrong with trees and shrubs.  Most of the class will be spent walking through Simpson Garden Park looking at problems caused by insects, disease, and environmental stress. The other two seminars will be on October 8 – “Getting the Soil Right for Trees” and November 12 – “Protecting Trees during Construction.”  More information about these seminars will be announced later. For more information please contact BG’s Arborist, Grant Jones, at 419-354-4101 or email him at arborist@bgohio.org.

Isolated Water Main Line Work – August 19 and 22

The Water Distribution Division in conjunction with a private contractor, the Utility Service Company, will be conducting isolated water main work on August 19 on Knollwood Dr, from Ordway to the dead end; Hillcrest Dr, and Parkwood Dr.  On August 22 this work will take place on Pearl St, from Maple to Brigham.  Each day’s work will begin at 7:30 am with water service being shut off to customers in the work area.  The work will consist of an ice slurry being run through the waterline in an effort to clean the waterline of deposits and increase water pressure and flow.  No digging will take place.  It is anticipated that water service to customers will be restored no later than 3:30 pm.    Once water service is restored, it is important that residents run the cold water through each tap for about 5 minutes to ensure that any disturbance in the water service line is flushed.  A boil advisory door hanger will be left at affected residences with instructions and an established timeline along with ways in which questions may be answered.   Information about this project is posted to the homepage of the City’s homepage, www.bgohio.org.

BGSU Move-In

The fall semester is almost here for BGSU!  The City of Bowling Green will be closing North Mercer Road, from East Wooster to Poe, on August 18 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  The purpose of the closure is to assist with traffic flow associated with the BGSU first year student move-in, which will begin at 8:00 am.

2016 Tree Planting

Each year the City of Bowling Green plants new trees to ensure the urban forest remains healthy and safe.  In 2016, a total of 230 trees will be planted city-wide.  This includes 103 trees that were planted on the campus of BGSU.  The trees being planted this fall are a part of a $44,000 Emerald Ash Borer Grant awarded to the City.  In October, 70 trees will be planted throughout the City in right-of-ways and in the parks.

Neighborhood Revitalization – Community Action Plan

The first community meeting for the Community Action Plan is scheduled on August 30 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Crim Elementary, 1020 Scott Hamilton Dr.  The Community Action Plan will advance goals from the City’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update by identifying city-wide neighborhood improvements. Call the Planning Department at 419-354-6218 or visit the Planning Department webpage for questions.

Community Center Closed for Maintenance – Week of 8/22

The Bowling Green Community Center will be closed to facility users during the week of August 22-26 for its Annual Shut-Down Week for maintenance.  The front desk will remain open on a limited basis from 8:00 am-6:00 pm to accept and process program registrations, rental reservations and payments, and other related business transactions.     During this time, BG Community Center passholders will be able to use the BGSU Student Recreation Center.  Members may pick up a temporary BGSU Parking Permit from the Community Center Front Desk for parking lots 10 (Ice Arena) or 18 (Perry Field House).  The parking permit is required to be displayed on driver’s side dashboard at all times. Paid parking is available in lot X (across from the Ice Arena). Lot X parking tickets are purchased from the kiosk located within the lot.  Valid BG Community Center  passes are  required to enter the Rec Center.  During the first visit, you will be required to sign a waiver at entry.  Recreation and Wellness recommends one parent/guardian for every four children using the facility. Same room supervision is required for children under 16. No day care facilities are available.   The BG Community Center will reopen for use on Saturday, August 27.

Increased Electric Usage will impact July electric bills

As the string of hot and humid days continues, residents may be reminded of the heat when they receive their utility invoices for July electricity usage.  Increased electric usage, typically due to air conditioning, will likely result in higher electric bills for customers.  July 2016 finished in the top 20% of the hottest months for Ohio as every day from July 5 through July 31 saw above normal temperatures.  Comparing the City’s overall usage, Bowling Green customers as a whole used 53,000,000 kWh in July.  This is a 21% increase from just two months ago in May. July 2016’s usage surpasses July 2012, which was one of the hottest months on record.