News from BG: June 2, 2021
ADDITIONAL BIKE RACKS INSTALLED DOWNTOWN
Good news! Riding your bicycle to Downtown Bowling Green businesses is now easier and safer than ever!

Over the past year, City staff completed an inventory of the number and placement of bike racks in and around the Downtown area. The staff then worked with the Bicycle Safety Commission members to identify gaps where additional bike parking could be added throughout the Downtown area. The announcement of free parking and the removal of the parking kiosks also provided additional space to install bike racks and encourage biking to local shops and restaurants. 

In the Fall of 2020, the Bowling Green Community Foundation awarded the Bicycle Safety Commission a grant of $1200 to partially fund additional bicycle racks in Downtown BG. The Bicycle Safety Commission used the grant and their budget to purchase the additional racks and the BG Public Works Department has been installing them over the past month. Four of the seven new racks have been added so far. As weather permits, the remaining racks will be installed, bringing the total number of bike racks in the Downtown area to 30+!

We encourage all citizens to take advantage of the existing and new racks throughout the Downtown area (including three on Wooster Green) and get some healthful exercise by riding your bicycle when you come Downtown! 
Lunch in the Park
Returns June 4th!

Bowling Green Parks and Recreation, along with series Title Sponsor Premier Bank, and entertainment sponsor Bowling Green Exchange Club will be kicking off the 2021 Lunch in the Park series on Friday June 4th, 2021. Food from Kabob It will be available for purchase from 11:30am-1:00pm at City Park’s Martin and Kiwanis Shelters. There will be a live performance by Tim Tegge and The Black Swamp Boys throughout the lunch. 

This is a rain or shine event with the event taking place at the Martin and Kiwanis Shelters or inside the new Veteran’s Building in the case of inclement weather. 

ODOT Announces Road Closures/Bridge Repairs

ODOT began a $2.7 million bridge rehabilitation project on the Gypsy Lane Road and Poe Road bridges over I-75 in Bowling Green by installing false work in preparation for bridge closures. 

The Gypsy Lane Road bridge over I-75 will close Tuesday, June 1. The detour is Campbell Hill Road to Napoleon Road to Dunbridge Road.

The Poe Road bridge over I-75 will close Monday, June 7. The detour is Mercer Road to Wooster Street/SR 64 to Dunbridge Road.

Each bridge will be closed for approximately three months while crews replace the bridge decks, rehabilitate the abutments, replace the approach slabs, and other necessary roadway work.

ODOT District 2 Contact Information: 419-373-4428
Refuse/Recycling Delay
Week of May 31st

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all non-24 hour City facilities were closed on Monday, May 31st, and refuse and recycling collection is delayed by one day:

Monday's route will be collected on Tuesday.

Tuesday's route will be collected on Wednesday.

Wednesday's route will be collected on Thursday.

Thursday's route will be collected on Friday.

Questions about this schedule may be directed to Public Works at 419-354-6227.

Never miss a "trash day" again! Download the Recycle Coach App to receive a custom calendar and reminder notifications for special collections.

Visit the Recycle Coach web page for more details.
AN UPDATE FROM COLUMBIA GAS

Hi everyone. Ben Cutler here from Columbia Gas. Just a quick heads up that our Haskins Pipeline Replacement Project in BG should get underway next week. Crews will begin with mainline installation and then move onto service lines for individual properties. Please remember that restoration of any disturbed property takes a bit of time. Crews will initially apply temporary restoration to ensure the area is safe and accessible and then follow-up with permanent as the project nears completion.
As always, please don't hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns as we get underway. Thanks and have a great Memorial Day!
Best,
Ben Cutler, MBA | Public Affairs Specialist | Columbia Gas of Ohio
7080 Fry Road | Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Cell: 216.215.4103
Gas Emergency: 1-800-344-4077
WOOD COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
WEEKLY UPDATE
Most pandemic health orders in Ohio ended on Wednesday:

  • Help people feel welcome:
  • Each person who lives or works in Wood County is a member of our community, regardless of vaccination status or mask use. We must be as committed to each other as we are to putting this pandemic behind us.
  • Support one another:
  • Be considerate and think about the needs of the people around you. Be willing to hear each other and recognize that people’s decisions maybe motivated by different reasons than your own. Rather than focusing on differences, which could lead to divisions, consider how to build each other up.
  • Keep your health habits:
  • Vaccination opens new opportunities to protect yourself and others from COVID. Those remaining unvaccinated can fight the disease by continuing the habits that have kept us safe over the last year. Everyone should continue to monitor for symptoms and talk to your doctor if you could have COVID.
  • Stay engaged:
  • Continue to check trusted sources, like Wood County Health Department, ODH, and the CDC, for the latest information on how to stay safe and healthy. Being well informed will help us to stay ahead of COVID and position us for the best-possible recovery from the pandemic.

Below are upcoming chances to be vaccinated for COVID-19:

  • Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available at all events. Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for those ages 12-17, who must have a parent or legal guardian present.

  • Wednesday, June 2
  • 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Rossford Municipal Building (133 Osborne St.)
  • 11 a.m.-7 p.m., North Baltimore EMS (205 N. Main St.)
  • 12:30-6:30 p.m., Pemberville Town Hall (115 Main St.)
  • Thursday, June 3
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wood County Health Department
  • 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Perrysburg Heights Community Association (12282 Jefferson St.)
  • 3-8 p.m., Perrysburg Farmers Market (Louisiana Avenue)
  • Friday, June 4
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Wood County Health Department
  • 12-5 p.m., CSX Intermodal (17000 Deshler Road, North Baltimore)
  • 3-8 p.m., BG Middle School (1079 Fairview Ave.)
  • 4-8 p.m., Lake High School (28080 Lemoyne Road)
  • Saturday, June 5
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Northwood High School (700 Lemoyne Road)
  • Sunday, June 6
  • 2-6 p.m., Eastwood Middle School, 4700 Sugar Ridge Road

A student-led research project is requesting Wood County residents to complete a brief 15-minute survey to collect data that can be used to inform future public health interventions:

  • This research is approaching the topic of whether Ohio’s mandated COVID-19 preventative measures made a difference.
  • Please consider completing the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9Y6KVBD