News from BG: September 30, 2020

The Wood County Health Department (WCHD) is helping events take place safely by working with organizers to understand and meet requirements and best practices. The WCHD is reviewing proposed events to ensure they are allowed and comply with COVID-19 guidelines:

  • Information about approved events and how organizers can contact the WCHD about their plans can be found on the WCHD website.
  • Examples of events that require a plan are things like 5K races, car shows, charity walks, dance recitals or marching band shows.
  • Some events do not require a plan and may not be listed on the WCHD webpage.
  • If WCHD determines an event is allowed, it is placed in “Pending” status. Once the event organizer has met all public health guidelines, the event will be moved to the “Approved” list. 
  • Organizers of approved events have demonstrated they are aware of the safety requirements and have plans to address them. 
  • If you are aware of an event that requires a plan, and it is not listed on the WCHD webpage, contact the event organizer to encourage them to connect with us.
The window to schedule an October Brush Collection will be open from October 1 to October 12. 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 October 19. Those who do not register by October 12 will NOT be included on the collection route! This will be the last brush collection for 2020.

For collection guidelines, click HERE.
Efficiency Smart Challenge
Deadline - Sept. 30

Spending more time at home means using more electricity. And using more electricity means higher electric bills. Fortunately, your energy usage is within your control and there are actions you can take to reduce it. Efficiency Smart has launched the Home Energy Challenge to help you get started.

The challenge includes three steps to encourage you to investigate items in your home that use electricity, identify ways to reduce your consumption, and motivate you to become more energy efficient. In addition to any savings from using less energy, you'll be rewarded with energy-saving products for completing all three steps...MORE
Bowling Green by Bicycle
Adventure Lab™

With the free Adventure Lab™ app you can explore an off the beaten path around town. The app requires a (free!) membership account at but skips the physical containers associated with geocaching. Instead, you observe your surroundings and answer a question to claim the find.

Download the Adventure Lab™ app to get started. Bowling Green by Bicycle is a bike-friendly route to five of the smaller parks around town, with a bit of history behind how each property came to be. Starting and ending your tour from the Black Swamp Preserve (parking and restroom area off of Gypsy Lane Road) will give you a 6.5-mile route. You may also park at the Montessori school on evenings and weekends for a shorter 4-mile loop.

Need help getting started? Contact Cinda Stutzman at
Election Sign Placement Guidelines

  • The sign may not block any visibility or be located in the visibility triangle.
  • Signs are not permitted in the right-of-way unless a permit is first obtained from the Municipal Administrator (Ex: Garage Sale or Real Estate signs). Such permits are discretionary and limited to a day.

Questions may be directed to the Planning Department.
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
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to use caution and plan ahead for Halloween festivities. Click HERE for Recommended Best Practices provided by the State.