News from BG: November 30, 2016

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • Human Relations Commission is scheduled to meet December 2 at 8:00 am in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.
  • City Council Committee-of-the-Whole is scheduled to meet December 5 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss complete streets.  City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting is scheduled to take place at 7:00 pm.
  • Planning Commission is scheduled to meet December 7 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.

Mayor Edwards Announces Free Parking During Holidays

Mayor Edwards has declared that there will be no charge to park within City parking lots during the month of December.  All other parking regulations will be in effect.

The free parking will not include the on-street meters in front of the Wood County Courthouse on Court Street, between North Summit and North Prospect, or the meters in the County Parking Lot.

Although the charge for parking will be removed during December in designated spaces, all other parking restrictions, such as the two-hour parking limit, parking in handicapped spaces, prohibition of on-street parking in the downtown from 3:00 – 5:00 am, and other regulations will continue to apply and will be enforced.

The Mayor encourages businesses, proprietors, and persons working in the downtown to share rides and park in long-term spaces to allow parking turnover for those shopping and/or dining in the downtown.

Coffee with a Cop

Join Police Officers from the City, University, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol for coffee and conversation on Tuesday, December 6 from 8:00 – 10:00 am.  This Coffee with a Cop will be at The Falcon’s Nest located in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union on the campus of BGSU.

Ask questions, voice concerns, discuss ideas on how they might better serve this community, and get to know the men and women protecting us!

BG Utilities Scholarship Opportunities

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.

Visit the City’s webpage for more information.

First year of Bowling Green’s Five-year CDBG Program Successful

August 31 of this year marked the close of Bowling Green’s FY 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program year. FY 2015 was the first year of the City’s CDBG’s five-year planning period (the City’s CDBG Five-year Consolidated Plan was finalized in July 2015).

In accordance with Title 24 Code of Federal Regulations (24 CFR) Part 91, Bowling Green submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) last week. The CAPER is a summation of the City’s CDBG accomplishments achieved in FY 2015.

As in prior years, FY 2015 was highly successful. Following the City’s longstanding practice, Bowling Green administered CDBG funds responsibly and in a federally compliant manner throughout FY 2015; adhering to all mandated percentage caps, timeliness and other requirements. Utilizing a combination of CDBG Entitlement and Business Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) dollars (totaling $701,640.76), the following accomplishments took place in FY 2015, all benefitting persons with low and moderate incomes:

  • 17 housing repairs performed;
  • 84 added adults (elderly and disabled) were issued B.G. Transit ID cards, providing them with access to half-priced fares;
  • 129 persons who were homeless were transitionally housed;
  • 7 jobs were created/retained as a result of Business RLF loans made; and
  • Fair Housing education and outreach was provided locally.

CDBG FY 2016 is underway, and already recording accomplishments.  To view the FY 2015 CAPER, visit the City’s webpage. To learn more about CDBG programming, contact Grants Administrator Tina Bradley at 419-354-6220.