News from BG: December 2, 2020
Several streets are designated “snow streets” throughout the city, and during a snow emergency, parking restrictions along these streets are implemented. Snow streets are marked with blue and white signs. A snow emergency within the City may be declared if 2 inches of snow accumulates. If a snow emergency is declared between the hours of 7:00 am and 9:00 pm, vehicles parked on a snow street must be removed within two hours of the declaration. If a snow emergency is declared overnight, vehicles must be removed by 9:00 am. Vehicles parked in violation of snow regulations are subject to being towed at the owner’s expense and a citation may be issued. Even if you don’t live on a snow street, it is very helpful to remove vehicles from the street whenever possible. Doing so will expedite the removal of snow along the roads. Designated streets and other winter regulations are posted on the City's Website.

Agency: Bowling Green Police Division
Person: Civil Enforcement Technician
Phone: 419-352-1131
Property owners in Bowling Green are required to clear their sidewalks of ice and snow within twenty-four hours after snowfall stops. Failure to clear walks may result in the issuance of a citation or in the City ordering the sidewalks to be cleared by a contractor with all costs billed to the property owner. Details on requirements and procedures for the clearing of sidewalks are outlined in Section 98.06 of the City’s Codified Ordinances or the City's Website.

Citizens and snow plow contractors should not shovel, plow, or blow snow onto the City streets when clearing snow from sidewalks and driveways. This can create an unsafe condition on the street and cause delays in the process of street clearing.
Leaf Collection: Final Round Begins Monday, Dec. 7th
The final round of leaf collection will begin on Monday, December 7th. Leaf collection is available for addresses that are eligible for City refuse/recycling collection and is not connected to the regular refuse/recycling collection schedule. 
Crews will begin working in Ward 3. When pickup in Ward 3 is completed, crews will then move thru Ward 4, Ward 1 and Ward 2.
NOTE: This will be the final leaf collection for 2020. Once the crews leave a street, they will not return. A MAP has been posted to the City’s website allowing residents to follow crews as they move through the City:
If you choose to use this method, please follow PROGRAM GUIDELINES.

Bowling Green residents may also 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.
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.

Questions may be directed to the Public Works Department by calling 419-354-6227.

Mailboxes &
Snow Removal

Mailbox Preparedness Check: Residents are asked to check their mailbox alongside the roadway to ensure it will be sturdy enough to handle winter weather and roadway snow removal operations. Check the mailbox for rotten or leaning posts, cracked sections or general overall poor condition that needs attention. This will help the mailbox withstand snow or ice being removed from the roadway.

If a properly positioned mailbox, (usually 6-8″ behind the face of curb or edge of pavement) meeting United States Postal Service requirements, is struck by City snow removal equipment due to non-weather related causes, the City will either repair or replace the mailbox. The City shall not pay more than a  maximum rate for a
replacement. The City
reserves the right to make a determination on a case by case basis.

The City is not responsible for damage to mailboxes located in the City right-of-way which are damaged as a result of snow and/or ice or any other object dispersed from the snow plow blade during street clearing of snow by City crews....MORE
American Municipal Power
Scholarship Opportunities

The City of Bowling Green is accepting scholarship applications in the memory of Lyle B. Wright and Richard H. Gorsuch for their exemplary leadership in public power. The nominee will be reviewed by the American Municipal Power Selection Committee.

Two $3,000 one-time scholarships are available to graduating seniors based on academic performance, good score on the public power test and participation in a variety of extracurricular activities/programs.

Lyle B. Wright Scholarship – Applicant must be a graduating senior living in a household that receives electricity from Bowling Green Municipal Utilities. This scholarship is not available to those who qualify for the Richard H. Gorsuch Scholarship.

Richard H. Gorsuch Scholarship – Applicant must be a graduating senior who has a parent or guardian that is employed by the Bowling Green Municipal Electric System....MORE
Alert Notifications

CodeRED provides the City with the ability to notify residents in the event of emergency situations or critical information such as water boil advisories, snow emergencies, or large scale electrical outages. 

In order to receive these notifications, residents need to sign up for this free service. A link has been posted on the City’s website with helpful facts and information as well as the opt-in link for residents to register. Residents are also encouraged to download the free mobile app as well.  Personal information will be controlled by CodeRED and will not be released unless compelled to do so by a court of sufficient jurisdiction.
Through this system, residents will receive the type of notification of their choice – voice, text, and/or email. This includes a notification for the visually impaired.
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
COVID-19 cases continue to increase across Ohio, and the upcoming holidays create a risk that this will continue:

  • Most people are doing a good job at school and work, but the things we do at home around our friends and family are just as important to prevent COVID-19.
  • If we’re smart, we can enjoy the holidays and drive cases down, because we know how to effectively reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Find tips from the CDC about how families can safely enjoy the holidays HERE.