News from BG: January 3, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Human Relations Commission is scheduled to meet January 5 at 8:00 am in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to meet January 10 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute – January 12

On Friday, January 12 at 1:00 pm, a tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held at the Performing Arts Center located at the Bowling Green High/Middle School, 530 W. Poe Rd.

The tribute is sponsored by the City of Bowling Green Human Relations Commission and will feature keynote speaker and Tuskegee Airman, Dr. Harold Brown, as well as Dr. Marsha Bordner.  Drs. Brown and Bordner’s presentation is titled – “Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman”.  Musical selections will be performed by the BGHS Madrigals along with Sheila Brown and Kingdom M’Powerment Praise Team.

Also at the event, the Human Relations Commission will present the annual Drum Major for Peace Award, named in honor of Dr. King.

Snow Streets and Sidewalks – What You Need To Know!

Did you know that the snow emergency declared by the Wood County Sheriff and the City of Bowling Green are declared for different purposes?  Did you know that home owners are required to clear the sidewalk in front of their residence within 24-hours of a snow event?  Ever wonder why this ordinance is in place?

The snow emergency declared by the Sheriff is done to alert motorists of the driving conditions around the county, while the snow emergency declared by the City imposes parking restrictions on snow streets.  Snow streets have been designated within the city to help ensure that during snow events of 2 inches or more, certain roads throughout the city remain open and passable for emergency services.  If vehicles are not moved from these roads during a snow event of 2 inches or more, that road could quickly become hazardous to anyone attempting to use it – including emergency services and snow plows.  This also may inhibit other services such as refuse and recycling collection because of the piled snow left when plows have to go around parked vehicles.

Homeowners with sidewalks in front of their residence are required to clear the sidewalk(s) within 24-hours of a snow event.  The reason this ordinance is in place is to help ensure that sidewalks throughout the city remain open and safe for pedestrians.  Keeping sidewalks accessible is important to pedestrian and student safety and is something Bowling Green has long strived to maintain.  Failure to clear sidewalks within the allotted time may result in civil citation and/or the City contracting to have the work done on behalf of the homeowner.  If the City orders the sidewalk cleared, the homeowner pays for that work.

Upcoming Refuse/Recycling Collection Changes

2018 will bring with it some changes to the way residents are accustomed to receiving refuse and recycling services from the City.  The biggest change is that those receiving the service will begin to pay a $13.00 per month fee for the service beginning in 2018.  This fee will be reflected on utility bills – itemized much like the different utility services such as water, sewer, and electric.  Residents will begin to see the fee on their utility bill with the January billing cycle – invoiced in February.  Because of the billing software and the timing of implementation, the fee may be listed on the January utility bills but the charge amount will be zero.  For those that have more than the standard one refuse container and one recycling container, there will be an additional $5.00 fee per container per month added to utility bills.  During the first two months of 2018, there will be a grace period to allow residents to decide if two containers are needed or not, and notify the City of this decision by calling Public Works at 419-354-6227.  The $5.00 per month per container fee will go in to effect beginning March 2018.

Changes to Large Item Collection and Brush Collection are also in the works.  The City is working on the details to make these collections more convenient to residents – changing them from set dates during the year, to an on-call service.  Residents will no longer have to wait for these services, but will be able to schedule a pick-up instead!  The details will be finalized during the first part of 2018.

Residents are encouraged to visit the City’s website for more information and details as we progress into 2018.  Residents may call the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227 with questions.