News from BG: December 7, 2016

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Planning Commission is scheduled to meet tonight, 12/7, at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • City-University Relations Commission is scheduled to meet December 13 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.
  • The Finance Committee of City Council is scheduled to meet on December 14 at 4:30 pm in Council Chamber.  The purpose of the meeting is to review the proposed 2017 budget.
  • Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to meet December 14 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.

Winter Reminders

With winter approaching, the City of Bowling Green reminds citizens of responsibilities and regulations associated with winter weather.

The City has several designated “Snow Streets” throughout the City.  These streets are marked with blue and white signs.  A list of designated streets is available on the Public Works Division webpage.

Any vehicle parked on a snow street must be removed within two hours after accumulation of two inches of snow.  Vehicles parked in violation of snow regulations are subject to towing at owner’s expense and/or a citation.  Even if you don’t live on a snow street, it is very helpful to remove vehicles from the street whenever possible.  Doing so will expedite the road snow removal process.

For more information, visit the City’s website or call Public Works at 419-354-6227.

Roundabouts

With roundabouts appearing in different news articles and stories lately, you may be wondering – why is the City doing this or how do I use one?  To help answer these questions, the City has posted some helpful information to the City’s website.  This information includes answers to questions such as – how are roundabouts safer, are roundabouts really more efficient, and how does the design compensate for large vehicles such as semi trucks?

Also posted is a link to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration website.  The USDOT website goes into great detail about roundabouts including a helpful video.

As has been reported and shared with the public previously, the City in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Transportation will be installing two roundabouts on Wooster Street at I-75.  This is the first infusion of the East Wooster Street corridor that came out of the Future Land Use Plan which was released in late 2014.  Construction of the roundabouts is projected to take place in 2018 or 2019.

Questions about this may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

Recycling Plastics – Helpful Tips

A common misconception is that if a package says “recyclable” or contains the “chasing arrows” recycling logo that it is recyclable everywhere.  The number stamped on the bottom of the packaging designates what type of plastic was used to manufacture it.  For example, most plastic beverage bottles are stamped with the number one, representing PET (polyethylene terephthalate).  Because plastic bottles, plastic containers, and other plastic materials are different types of plastic, they do not all melt at the same temperature which means that they can not be used for the same type of recycled product.

Most companies seeking plastic supplies only want plastic bottles.  While there are markets for plastic containers and other plastic packaging and materials, they are few and it can be difficult to find businesses in need of this type of material.

The type of plastic accepted can vary from one community to another so it is very important to check and find out what types of plastic are accepted by your recycling program.  A current listing of what is accepted in the City’s curbside program may be found on the City’s website, and current listing of what is accepted at the Bowling Green Recycling Center 24-hour drop-off may be found on the BGRC website.

Conneaut Avenue partial closure

The Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division has announced that a partial closure of Conneaut Avenue, from Wintergarden to Lafayette, is required as part of the ongoing waterline replacement project.  The closure began on December 7 and will remain in effect until December 13.  This portion of Conneaut will be closed to through traffic, with access being maintained for residents to access their driveways.

Questions regarding this work may be directed to Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division at 419-354-6277.