News from BG: October 26, 2016

Upcoming Public Meetings:

  • The Transportation and Safety Committee of City Council is scheduled to meet November 1 at 6:00 pm in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss complete streets.
  • Planning Commission is scheduled to meet November 2 at 7:00 pm in Council Chamber.
  • Human Relations Commission is scheduled to meet November 4 at 8:00 am in Council Chamber.

Leaf Collection – begins November 7

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.

Oak Grove Decorations

Public Works is requesting that in preparation for the winter season, that all graveside decorations be removed. The exception would be winter grave blankets that have previously been placed on graves. The Director of Public Works requests that all other decorations be removed from Oak Grove Cemetery prior to Monday, November 7, 2016.

For questions, call Public Works at 419-354-6227.

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat on Main Street in downtown BG will take place on October 27 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  Businesses throughout the downtown area will be participating.  Join Downtown BG for freaky fun, frightening food, and bring your own bag for some trick or treating!

Trick or Treat night throughout the City will be held on Monday, October 31 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Citizens handing out treats should indicate participation by turning on porch lights.  Those driving during the evening of October 31 are asked to drive slowly and with caution being mindful of the large number of pedestrians that evening.