News from BG: August 19, 2020
As we near the time when BGSU students will return to our community, it is important that our entire community consider how we can work cooperatively to optimize the health and safety of all those living, working, studying, and visiting Bowling Green. To that end, citizens have reached out to me to ask about community plans for the increasing population associated with the BGSU return to campus.   Communicating about the start of fall semester is a regular activity for the City and the University and, in any other year, we would be having conversations about traffic flow during move-in, off-campus student conduct, how to educate students about their responsibilities while living within the community, and other routine items. As we are all aware, though, 2020 is anything but routine. As we face the fall of 2020, it is more important than ever that we take a community approach to the months ahead and recognize each of our roles and responsibilities as members of the Bowling Green Community.....MORE
S. Maple Water & Sewer Project Update
Crews have completed the water and sewer connections at the intersection of W. Wooster and Maple. The intersection was paved and opened to traffic early this week. Stay up-to-date with this project and others by clicking the PROJECTS button below.
Tying North & South Maple into the
water line on W. Wooster.
Paving the intersection of
W. Wooster & Maple Street.
Eviction Prevention

HUD has put together a set of tools for landlords to help identify and engage at-risk tenants, as well as to inform and guide tenants seeking a rent repayment plan. These tools should be utilized by both parties to help prevent evictions. Review the tools below or contact your local Fair Housing Office at 419-354-6221.

  • Tools for Landlords with Tenants Impacted by COVID-19 – This document helps landlords to engage with at-risk tenants while remaining in compliance with fair housing laws and understand the key elements of a repayment plan. The document provides links to sample rent repayment agreements.

  • Tenant Guidance: Rent Repayment Plans – This document assists at-risk tenants in understanding and pursuing rent repayment agreements with their landlords. The document includes links to helpful resources and a sample script for requesting a repayment agreement from a landlord
2020 Census:
Nonresponse Follow-up

It's not too late to respond to the 2020 Census. Households can respond by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received, by responding ONLINE, or by phone at 844-330-2020. Those who respond will not need to be visited to obtain their census response.  

Census Takers in Your Neighborhoods
Nonresponse Follow-up began in Wood County on August 9 and will continue through September 30, 2020. Census Takers go door to door to obtain census data from households who have not responded.

What Households Can Expect
The Census Bureau will provide face masks to census takers and requires that census takers wear a mask while conducting their work. They will follow CDC and local public health guidelines when they visit. Census takers must complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing protocols and other health and safety guidance before beginning their work in neighborhoods. 

It is important to note that Census Takers are hired from your local communities. All census takers speak English, and many are bilingual. If a census taker does not speak the household’s language, the household may request a return visit from a census taker who does. Census takers will also have materials on hand to help identify the household’s language. 

How to Identify Census Takers 
Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. To confirm a census taker’s identity, the public may contact the Philadelphia regional census center at 267-780-2600 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.  
Put a Lid on It! Youth
Bike Helmet Distribution

To help prevent injuries and save lives, the Bowling Green Bike Safety Commission is joining the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) in a statewide effort to remind children to “Put a Lid on It! Protect Before You Pedal”. Bicycle helmets will be going to children across Ohio this summer thanks to a continued partnership between the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio AAP.

Bowling Green was one of 140 local communities to receive youth bike helmets for distribution. Helmets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Those in need of a youth helmet may pick one up at the Bowling Green Community Center during regular operating hours. Sizes and quantities are limited.

Refuse & Recycling Container Address Labels
The Public Works Department has resumed the work of placing address labels on all refuse and recycling containers that are picked up by the City. Crews have completed the majority of Wards 1 & 2 and have begun Wards 3 & 4. City employees will be applying labels on containers placed at the curb on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday’s collection route.

Residents, whose scheduled collection day is on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday, are asked to help in this effort by placing containers – full or empty – at the curb on their regular collection day. Containers should not be pulled back to the house until 4:00 PM that day. This will help crews move through streets efficiently, missing as few addresses as possible. This work will be ongoing over the next several months and...MORE
Ohio Public Health Advisory System
The Public Health Advisory Alert System is a color-coded system designed to supplement existing statewide orders through a data-driven framework to assess the degree of the virus’ spread and to engage and empower individuals, businesses, communities, local governments, and others in their response and actions.

The system consists of four levels that provide Ohioans with guidance as to the severity of the problem in the counties in which they live. The levels are determined by seven data indicators that identify the risk level for each county and a corresponding color code to represent that risk level.
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