Update: April 8, 2020
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Remember, a call center to answer questions regarding COVID-19 is now open.
The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

1-833-4-ASK-ODH
CLOTH FACE MASKS
The CDC and the Ohio Department of Health strongly recommend that people begin wearing cloth face masks or coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and parks. The links below provide more information on this recommendation.
DONATE. The  Wood County EMA  is collecting donations of cloth masks, N95 masks, and other PPE items for health care workers and first responders. Please drop off at the Wood County Courthouse main entrance and leave with security. Questions? Call: 419-354-9269

Locally,  Grounds for Thought  is coordinating “BG Sews for Health” email bgsews@yahoo.com for more information.
Wood County Health Department
Medical Reserve Corps

We know lots of people want to help our communities respond to COVID-19. We're encouraging people to sign up and train at home now to become part of Wood County Medical Reserve Corps. To learn more, go to  http://woodcountyhealth.org/ep/mrc.html .

No special skills are required and anyone 18+ is welcome. We expect an increased need for medical volunteers soon and are especially interested in people who have health care backgrounds and certifications. To save us some time, please fill out the online application at  www.ohioresponds.odh.ohio.gov
Stay. At. Home.

On Thursday, April 2nd, under the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH issued a director’s order to extend the current "Stay at Home" order, which requires all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This new order begins at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 6, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2020. This order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. Residents can return home from out of state and can leave the state.

For more information on what this order means for you and answers to frequently asked questions, click the links below:
USING 911 APPROPRIATELY REGARDING ILLNESS

IF YOU THINK YOU’RE SICK, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
BEFORE you do anything CALL YOUR DOCTOR:  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Individuals with concerns or flu-like symptoms should call their health care provider first with questions. The Ohio Department of Health has a COVID-19 hotline 1.833.4ASK.ODH

By utilizing 911 for only true emergencies such as fires, motor vehicle accidents, life threatening injuries or medical emergencies such as, but not limited to, a heart attach, severe respiratory symptoms or allergic reactions will reduce the potential exposures to first responders, hospital based healthcare workers, and the general public. Bottom line, utilizing the 911 system for only true emergencies is the best practice at this time.
APRIL BRUSH COLLECTION
The window to schedule an April Brush Collection will be open from April 1 to April 13. Residents may  GO ONLINE  to register their address for this month’s collection!

Residents may also call 419-354-6227 to be added to the list of locations where crews will stop.

Collection is scheduled to begin on April 20. Those who do not register by April 13 will NOT be included on the collection route!

For collection guidelines, visit  our website .
INCOME TAX
Need help completing your forms?
Call 419.354.6212
The City of Bowling Green is extending the tax filing due date to July 15, 2020 for 2019 tax returns to be in alignment with the IRS and the State of Ohio. Payments of your 2019 tax return and first and second quarter 2020 estimated tax payments are also extended until July 15, 2020 without assessed late penalties or interest.

Employers withholding Bowling Green local tax are still required to remit withholding deductions to the City in the time frames stated in the Ohio Revised Code and Bowling Green City Ordinances.

Thank you to all the taxpayers who have already filed and paid their 2019 tax returns!

Income tax filings may be turned in using the drop box located outside the building or mailed in. Staff will frequently check the drop box throughout the business day (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm).
Do Not Flush Wipes!

As some Ohioans search for alternatives to toilet paper, Ohio EPA is advising people not to flush any products other than toilet paper to avoid clogging sewers and septic systems.

Flushing products other than toilet paper is a bad idea! Cleaning wipes, tissues, and paper towels will eventually clog public sewers and home septic systems. Flushing these items can cause sewage backups into homes and expensive repairs.

Even in normal times, only toilet paper should be flushed. Toilet paper dissolves more easily in water. Wipes, including baby wipes and disinfectant wipes (even if they are labeled flushable) , are among the most commonly flushed items which shouldn’t be flushed.

Wipes should always be bagged and thrown in the garbage. More information is available online from the  Water Environment Federation  and  U.S. EPA .
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Clean Up After Your Pet

Did you know that the ditches and streams in and around Bowling Green drain to Lake Erie?

Rain that falls on our City makes its way to Lake Erie picking up excess fertilizer, animal waste, litter, sediment, and more. Even in small amounts, these items can have a negative impact on our waters. We want to do our part to keep our City clean and improve the water quality of the streams, rivers, and the lakes in our region.

Clear Choices, Clean Water—Greater Toledo Lake Erie  is a Stormwater Coalition campaign to increase awareness about choices we make and the impact we have on our streams and lakes. This month, we take a closer look at proper pet waste disposal.

Click here to  Learn More, Join Others, and Make a Pledge to clean up after your pet.


2020 Primary Election

On March 25, 2020, the Ohio General Assembly passed H.B. 197, a sweeping piece of legislation aimed at dealing with the state’s response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Among other items, the bill sets April 28, 2020 as the final day of Ohio’s primary election.

Follow the Links Below for More Details:


For more information, contact the Wood County Board of Elections.
**ALL PARKS REMAIN OPEN**

Training & Community Center: Closed
Programs & Classes: Postponed or Cancelled
Building Reservations: Suspended Until Further Notice
Wintergarden Nature Center: Closed
Playgrounds: Closed
Public Restrooms: Closed
Skatepark: Closed
Inline Rink: Closed
Horse Shoe Pits: Closed
Basketball Courts: Closed

Check out the Wintergarden/St. John's Woods Facebook Group Page or the BG Virtual Parks & Recreation Community Page for fun activities & ways to stay engaged with our Parks and Rec employees!

Parks & Recreation
N ot Closed: The Great Outdoors

You MUST maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others utilizing trails and other public spaces.

Our trails are still open, but please:

  • Avoid crowds.
  • Keep a 6 ft. distance between you and other park users.
  • It is okay to step off the trail to allow distance.
  • When passing, call out, "On your left!", to notify those on the trail in front of you.

During this period of precautionary social distancing, The Great Outdoors remains open. There are almost 400 acres of parkland in the City; a park within 1.5 miles of every resident. Bowling Green Parks and Recreation encourages individuals to explore the parks, get some fresh air, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the natural world. Playgrounds and public restrooms remain closed.

The Bowling Green Training & Community Center remains closed. Parks and Recreation business may still be conducted online or via phone. Pass holders will be credited for this disruption once the full extent of this fluid situation is known.

Questions? 419.354.6223
PUBLIC MEETINGS
During the COVID-19 response and to practice good social distancing, public meetings will be live streamed over YouTube. Only those, whose meeting participation is required, will be permitted to attend in person. The address for the YouTube channel is www.bgohio.org/meetings.

This is a great way to stay engaged with local government from the safety of your home! Information for how the public may participate in meetings will be released to local media, posted on the City's website, and through social media.
Utility Payments
The public is urged to consider alternate arrangements to pay utility bills.

  • Set Up Auto Pay
  • Use Outside Drop Box
  • Mail - Use Envelope Provided
  • Pay Online: Processing Fee Applies
  • Pay by Phone: 1-800-206-9415 Processing Fee Applies
The processing fees are assessed directly to the customer by the processing company. The City does not collect the fee. The online fee is $3.50 and by phone is $5.95. If these fees are a concern, we’d recommend customers use the drop box or mail in their payment.

At this time, we have suspended late payment penalties from now to May 12.  Temporary shutoffs for non-payment will be suspended until May 12 as well.

Questions? 419.354.6252
Refuse & Recycling
Public Works is focused on continuing essential services such as trash collection and maintenance items. Refuse and Recycling will continue to be collected weekly per your normal collection schedule. Large Item and Mattress Collection has been suspended until further notice.

Questions? 419.354.6227

Please note: The Bowling Green Recycling Center has notified us that they have temporarily closed their facility and 24 Hour Drop Off.
Permits
Residents and customers that need to turn in permits or other paperwork to the City Building may still do so. Permits and other commonly used forms may be filled out or turned in using the drop box located outside the building, mailed in, or submitted electronically via email (if applicable). Staff will frequently check the drop box throughout the business day (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm).

We ask for your patience as there may be a delay in the approval process.

Questions?

Public Works: 419.354.6227
Planning: 419.354.6218
General/Admin: 419.354.6204
SCHEDULE A RIDE: 1-800-579-4299
BG Transit
As of right now, BG Transit is continuing operations but in modified form.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday through Friday
6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
No service on Sunday or Holidays

Questions? 419.354.6203
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