News from BG: November 2, 2016

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Planning Commission is scheduled to meet tonight, November 2, at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • Human Relations Commission is scheduled to meet November 4 at 8:00 am in Council Chamber.
  • City Council Committee of the Whole is scheduled to meet November 7 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the 2017 City budget.  City Council is scheduled to meet at 7:00 pm.
  • City-University Relations Commission is scheduled to meet November 8 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.
  • Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to meet November 9 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.

Leaf Pick-Up

Curbside leaf collection will begin Monday, November 7.  Residents who receive City-provided refuse/recycling service are eligible for the leaf pick-up.  Leaf pickup crews will begin working in Ward 3, followed by Ward 4, Ward 1 and Ward 2.  Pickup is by ward NOT by refuse/recycling collection day.  Several passes of the City will be made.    Leaves should be placed loose (not in bags) at the curb.  Do not place branches in with leaves as it will not be collected.  Do not rake leaves into the street. This is very important for public safety.  During periods of rain, leaves in the street are more prone to block the drainage system causing flooding and other concerns.  Placing leaves in the street is a violation of the City’s Storm Water Management Policy.  Even when leaves are dry, they are still a safety hazard when placed in the street, as warm exhaust systems from vehicles can cause the leaves to catch fire.   Residents may also want to consider using a recycling mower to return shredded leaves to their yards.  Grass clippings and finely chopped leaves add vital nutrients and organic matter to the lawn, thus improving lawn health.  Bowling Green residents may take leaves to the drop-off site located behind the Public Works garage on Tarragon Drive (off East Poe Road).  Note that brush and branches are not accepted at the drop-off site.   The City provides tracking of the leaf crews on its web site at  An announcement will be made prior to the final pass through the City.  Call Public Works with questions – 419-354-6227.

Conneaut Ave. Water Main Line Replacement

The Water Distribution Division has announced that the water main line located along Conneaut Ave. from Wintergarden Rd. to Mitchell Rd. requires replacement. The current water main, along with service connections, is becoming unserviceable, requiring numerous repairs annually.  The preliminary work along Conneaut has begun.

During this project, traffic restrictions from Wintergarden to Mitchell will occur. Once service line connections begin, boil orders will be issued; this may include customers east of Wintergarden.  Affected property owners will be notified before any boil order is implemented.

On Thursday, November 3 from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Conneaut Avenue from Mitchell to Beech St. will be closed to through traffic – this closure will last through Friday, November 4.  Cedar Lane, from Conneaut to Dogwood, will also be closed during this timeframe. For additional information please call the Water/Sewer Division at 419-354-6277.

News from ODOT

Interstate 75: Widening: Interstate Restrictions:  Through November, overnight, from 7:00 pm until 6:00 am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-75, between the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg and CR 99 in Hancock County.  Through December, southbound I-75 is reduced to two lanes from US 20 to I-475 in Perrysburg. Through December, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between US 20 in Perrysburg and CR 99 in Hancock County.  Southbound I-75, between Portage Road and Oil Center Road, is now open to three lanes.   Additional traffic pattern changes will be announced. Ramp Restrictions: Effective Thursday, November 3 at 8:00 pm, until Friday, November 4 at 6:00 am, the ramps to/from southbound I-75 to/from SR 64/105 Wooster Street (Exit 181) may be closed for resurfacing.  Southbound I-75 to SR 64 detour: US 6 (Exit 179); northbound I-75.  SR 64 to southbound I-75 detour: Dunbridge Road; US 6.  Through November, the ramp from southbound I-75 to SR 582 is closed for pavement widening.  Detour: SR 64/SR 105 (Exit 181); northbound I-75. Through November, the ramp from SR 582 to southbound I-75 is closed for pavement widening.  Detour: northbound I-75; US 20 (Exit 193); southbound I-75. U.S. Route 6: Pavement Reconstruction and Bridge Work *UPDATE*:  Through November, US 6, between SR 25 and Dunbridge Road, is reduced to one lane in each direction.  Lane widths are restricted to 11 feet in this work zone.  Project complete: October – All work is weather permitting.  State Route 25: Diverging Diamond Interchange:  Through October 2017, overnight from 7:00 pm until 6:00 am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-475, between the I-75/475 interchange and Fort Meigs Road.  Additionally, overnight from 9:00 pm until 6:00 am, lane restrictions are possible on SR 25, between Levis Commons Boulevard and Eckel Junction Road.  Project complete: October 2017 – All work is weather permitting.

Tree Commission Seminar

The topic of the next Tree Commission seminar will be – “Protecting Trees During Construction.”  The seminar will occur on November 12 from 9:00 – 11:00 am in the classroom at the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave.  The seminar will focus on how to protect trees during construction projects and how selecting building materials can help with stormwater run-off and allow air and water to reach tree roots.  For a practical exercise, attendees will create a tree protection plan. For more information please contact BG’s Arborist, Grant Jones, at 419-353-4101 or email him at .  This seminar will take the place of the Tree Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting in November.