News from BG: November 14, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • City Council is scheduled to meet November 19 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Tree Commission is scheduled to meet November 20 at 4:00 pm in Council Chamber.
  • Bicycle Safety Commission is scheduled to meet November 20 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber.

Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 16

The annual tree lighting ceremony is scheduled to occur on November 16 at roughly 7:00 pm from the front lawn of the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St.  In conjunction with this event, West Court Street, between Main and City Parking Lot 4, will be closed between 6:00 – 7:00 pm.  Access to parking lots will be maintained throughout the street closure.  On-street parking restrictions will be imposed on North Main Street between Oak and Court Streets and on Oak Street.

Questions about the ceremony may be directed to Downtown BG at 419-354-4332.

Holiday Parade – November 17

In conjunction with the Bowling Green Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 17, several Bowling Green streets will be closed and on-street parking will be prohibited in many downtown locations.  The parade is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:50 am, with the first parade float reaching Main and Wooster at approximately 10:00 am.  This year’s parade will be aired on Channel 11 – WTOL.

Main Street, from Poe Road to Napoleon Road, and Wooster Street, from Prospect Street and Church Street, will be closed from 9:30 am on Saturday until the end of the parade.  This closure will also impact traffic flow on streets that intersect with Main Street between Poe and Napoleon.  These side streets will also close at approximately 9:30 am.  In addition, side streets between Poe and Ridge will be utilized for parade preparations from approximately 8:00 am until 11:00 am.  During this period of time, access to these side streets will be limited to local use.

Check out the rest of this news release on the City’s website!

Thanksgiving Day Holiday

In observance of Thanksgiving Day, all non-24 hour City facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23.  As a result, the Thursday refuse and recycling collection route will occur on Wednesday.  Normal Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday collection will occur as normally scheduled.

Questions about this altered schedule should be directed to the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.

Scholarships Available to Local Seniors

Applications are now being accepted by the Director of Utilities Office for two $2,500 one-time scholarships to be awarded by American Municipal Power, Inc. Applications and related information about the scholarship program may be obtained from the Director of Utilities Office.   Bowling Green High School and Otsego High School graduating seniors may also pick up applications from their guidance counselor.

The Richard H. Gorsuch Scholarship is open to students of employees on the Municipal Electric Division’s payroll, or an employee or elected official who is in a position with the municipality to which the municipal electric division is subordinate.

The Lyle B. Wright Scholarship is open to students whose household receives electricity from an AMP member system. This scholarship is not open to students who qualify for the Richard H. Gorsuch Scholarship.

Please have all entries submitted to the Director of Utilities Office by December 4, 2018.

Please contact Michelle Mazey with any questions regarding this program at 419-354-6246 or

Tree Commission Inaugural Photo Contest Finalists Selected

The Bowling Green Tree Commission has selected finalists for this year’s inaugural photo contest highlighting trees in Bowling Green. They are now asking for the public’s help selecting the winning photo in each of the four categories: Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter. The finalists’ photos are available online at the City of Bowling Green’s Facebook page – @cityofbg.

Please scroll through the photos and “like” your favorite(s). Voting ends November 30, 2018. The photo with the most “likes” in each category will receive a $25 gift certificate to Bostdorff’s Klotz Floral and Garden Center, or North Branch Nursery and a print from Main Street Photo and Portrait Studio.

To learn more about the City’s urban forestry program, please visit the Arborist’s page from the City’s website –

Questions about the photo contest or the City’s urban forestry program may be directed to the City Arborist, Grant Jones, at 419-353-4101.