News from BG: August 3, 2016

Refuse and Recycling Regulations

City Council passed legislation at the August 1 City Council meeting updating Chapter 94 of the Bowling Green Codified Ordinances, which covers garbage and litter laws within the City.  These changes were made by Council to help keep Bowling Green neighborhoods appealing and healthy as well as improving the efficiency of refuse/recycling collection.  Some of these changes include:

  • container lids shall be closed at all times.
  • all containers shall be set at the curb with the lid opening facing the street with the lid fully closed, and all containers shall be removed from the right-of-way by 7:00 am the day following collection.
  • on non-collection days, all refuse and recycling containers – including dumpsters – whether City or privately owned, shall be stored within an enclosed area or in the side or rear yard of the premises adjacent to the structure with the lid closed.

The purpose of requiring container lids to be closed at all times is to help prevent the breaking of the lid during the collection process.  If the lid is open or the container is facing the wrong way at the curb, the lid can break.  Also, if the lid is open during non-collection days or at the curb, the chances increase that the garbage within the container will fall out becoming loose litter.  These changes will go in to effect on August 31st.

The changes have been posted to the City’s homepage.  Call Public Works at 419-354-6227 or the Mayor/Municipal Administrator’s Office at 419-354-6204 for questions.

City Council vacancy

The Bowling Green City Council is seeking to fill a vacancy for the 4th Ward Council representative.  Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume to the Clerk of City Council, Kay Scherreik, by email at or by mail to 304 N. Church Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.  The deadline for applications to be received is Monday, August 8, 2016 at 4:30 pm.

Applicants will be asked to give a brief presentation before Council’s Committee-of-the-Whole on Monday, August 15, 2016, at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.

Police Division accreditation feedback

The Bowling Green Police Division has been an accredited law enforcement agency since 1993 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  This past week, assessors from CALEA were in Bowling Green conducting a comprehensive assessment of the Bowling Green Police Division.

The CALEA assessment team comprised of Lt. Col. Robert Johnson, (Ret. Illinois State Police) and Captain Brad Fraser, (Shelby North Carolina Police Department) completed the on-site assessment of the Bowling Green Police Division on July 27, 2016.  During the exit interview with Chief Hetrick and members of the police command staff, Lt. Col. Johnson indicated that the Police Division was in compliance with all CALEA Standards and that no changes or problems were encountered with the administration or operations of the agency. The Commission will make the final determination on re-accreditation and Chief Hetrick will appear before the commission on November 5, 2016  to receive the award in Charleston, S.C.

Chief Hetrick extends his thanks to the men and women of the Bowling Green Police Division for their outstanding work during the assessment period. He would also like to extend a thank you to the community and civic leaders who took time to call or appear in person to support the Police Division.

Isolated Water Main Line work – Update

As announced previously, the Water Distribution Division will be conducting waterline work on Pearl St, from Maple to Brigham, Knollwood Dr, from Ordway to the dead end, Hillcrest Dr, and Parkwood Dr.  The work is scheduled to begin August 15.  Affected property owners will be given notice 1 week prior to work beginning along with a reminder given 1 day prior.  The work will require a 1 day shut-off of water service followed by a 72 hour boil order advisory.  Once the boil order is in effect, a water boil advisory door hanger will be placed at affected residences and information will be posted on the City’s website.  Traffic will be affected during this work.

For questions or more information, please contact the Water Distribution Division at 419-354-6277.

Gypsy Lane/S. Main St. work – update

Work at the East Gypsy Lane Road/South Main Street intersection improvement project is progressing.  Underdrains beneath the road are complete, excavation and curbs for the widening of East Gypsy Lane is complete, and grading and milling of the existing roadway has commenced.  Dependent on weather and progress of work, paving is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday (August 5 and 6).  It is anticipated that the portion of East Gypsy Lane currently closed will re-open towards the beginning of next week.

The project is scheduled to last until the beginning of September,  Call the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227 or visit the Engineering Division webpage for more information.

Movie in the Park

The City of Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Department along with Park It Family Fun Nights will be hosting a free family event in City Park on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.  The event will include fun kids activities related to the theme of the night “Star Wars”, starting at 5:30 pm.   The live music will begin at about 6:30 pm on the Needle Hall stage and the movie “Star Wars The Force Awakens” will begin at approximately 8:15 pm.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to participate in our Community Glass Art Mosaic Project.  This project, being led by local artist Gail Christofferson will consist of 20 inch tempered glass squares which will be worked on by members of the community and will hang in the Community Center entryway.

For questions or more information, please call 419-354-6223 or visit the Park and Recreation website.