News from BG: June 15, 2016

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • The Community Improvement Committee of City Council is scheduled to meet June 20 at 6:30 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.  City Council will conduct its regularly scheduled business meeting at 7:00 pm.
  • Bicycle Safety Commission is scheduled to meet June 21 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber.

Utilities Director receives national award

The Director of Public Utilities for the City of Bowling Green, Brian O’Connell, has been named the 2016 Robert E. Roundtree Rising Star Award recipient by the American Public Power Association.  Mayor Richard Edwards stated, “Bowling Green is fortunate to have such a talented, thoughtful, and dedicated person leading our Utilities Department and working closely with the City’s independent Board of Public Utilities.  Brian deserves this recognition and this award reinforces what we have known about him for a long time.”

O’Connell has served as the Director of Public Utilities since 2011.  He began his career with the City in 2004 in the Engineering Division.  He has a passion for public power issues at the federal, state and local level, and regularly attends the APPA National Conference and Legislative Rally.  He represents Bowling Green as well as 14 other municipal electric systems on the American Municipal Power Board of Trustees.  Under Mr. O’Connell’s leadership, Bowling Green is on track to achieve a balanced portfolio that is responsible, sustainable, and derived by nearly 37 percent from renewable sources such as wind, hydro, and soon to be solar.  Bowling Green’s rates remain competitive with the local investor-owned utility, and the system has a strong credit rating from AMP.Anchor

Mr. O’Connell received Roundtree Rising Star award at the Association’s national conference in Phoenix, AZ.

Lunch in the Park

This Friday’s (6/17) Lunch in the Park will be provided by SamB’s with musical entertainment by Jeff Tucker.  The food will be served from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.  Join title sponsor First Federal Bank and lunch sponsor Brookdale-Bowling Green in the park!

Concert in the Park

The Concert in the Park series continues on Father’s Day, June 19.  This week’s performance will be Joe Baker, Rock N’ Roll, Blues!  The performance will occur in City Park on the stage of Needle Hall beginning at 7:00 pm.  For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 419-354-6223.  Enjoy great music and City Park during this FREE event.

International Town & Gown Association Award

Not in Our Town Bowling Green has been named as one of three recipients of the ImpACT Award: Putting Practice into Action for the Betterment of Communities, presented by Brailsford & Dunlavey and the International Town & Gown Association. The ImpACT Awards were created to recognize groups involved in projects and initiatives that exemplify best practices in the field of town-gown relations.

ImpACT Award winners were chosen from those communities/organizations that participated in last year’s B&D/ITGA survey. The winners were selected based on the magnitude of the challenges faced, the level of collaboration between the institution and the municipality, the creativity or innovation in implementing the project or program, the data supporting measurable impacts of the project or program to the benefit of both the institution and the municipality, and the transferability of the project or program to other campus communities.

Congratulations NIOT BG!