News from BG: March 9, 2016

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Board of Public Utilities will meet March 14 at 5:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Tree Commission will meet March 15 at 4:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Bicycle Safety Commission will meet March 15 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • BG Housing Agency Board of Trustees will meet March 16 at 3:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.

Manville, Third, and Clough Waterline Project (Update)

The waterline improvement project has progressed onto Third Street.  B.Hill’z Excavating is currently installing the waterline going towards South College.  Day closures on Third Street will continue for the next few weeks. In case you missed it last week – the City of Bowling Green has contracted with B. Hill’z Excavating, Inc. for the waterline improvements on Manville (between Second St. and Third St.), Third Street (between Manville and S. College) and Clough Street (between S. Prospect and S. Summit).  The improvements include the installation of an 8″ waterline to replace the older, smaller pipe that is in the ground.  The larger size and newer material improves water distribution in the area, improves reliability, and reduces maintenance. A brochure with more information can be found on the City’s website.

Interfaith Breakfast

There is still time to RSVP for this year’s Interfaith Breakfast!  This year’s event is March 22nd from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at the Wood County Fairgrounds Junior Fair Building.  Come join the discussion and enjoy a FREE breakfast.  RSVP’s can be made to Carol Lenox of the First United Methodist Church: 419-352-0682 or email church.office@fumcbg.org.

Respect the clover, Drive Sober

Safe Communities of Wood County will be providing a FREE ride home for Bowling Green residents that find themselves unable to safely operate a vehicle on St. Patrick’s Day.  The service is available on March 17 from 8:00 am – Noon and 4:00 pm – 2:00 am.  Those needing a ride are to call 419-823-7765.

Solar Project Update

American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) has announced a joint development agreement with DG AMP Solar, LLC.  The joint agreement provides the framework for the development, construction and operation of new solar electric generation facilities.  One of these facilities is planned for Bowling Green.  The solar field is proposed to be a 20 megawatt generating facility on 140 acres of property owned by the City.  The site will be located on Carter Road between Gallier Road and Newton Road.  It is projected  the City’s 10 megawatt share of this solar project will generate 4% of all electric kilowatt hours used in Bowling Green.  This will reduce the City’s carbon footprint and increase sustainability.

Natural Gas Aggregation Program

Columbia Gas customers in Bowling Green will receive or have recently received a mailing from the City about the natural gas aggregation program.  American Municipal Power (AMP) coordinates the pricing on behalf of Bowling Green customers in the Natural Gas Aggregation Program.  The new pricing that will begin April 1, 2016 will be $0.399 per ccf.  This is a 16.7% decrease from the current pricing of $0.479 per ccf.  The rate was locked in for a six month term given the relatively low price that was able to be secured through September 2016.  The City’s program offers residents another option in their choice of natural gas suppliers and there is no penalty for switching to another gas supplier at any time.  Customers can also switch to the Aggregation Program if they are with another gas supplier, however their current supplier may charge the customer a contract cancellation fee depending on their particular agreement.

Fairview Avenue closure

Fairview Avenue from West Evers to West Merry Street will be closed beginning March 14 for a sanitary sewer main replacement.  The work is expected to last until Friday, March 18 depending on weather.