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Adult fall volleyball is starting soon!

A variety of leagues for all levels of play will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. A deposit of half the total fee must be submitted by the registration deadline and the balance is due the first game.

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Registration deadline is August 3rd and play begins at various parks on August 24th.
League plays and prices include:

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•  Coed Church: Plays on Thursdays at Lampkin Park; $100

•  Coed-6 ‘C-Rec’: Plays on Mondays at Preston Miller; $100

•  3-Man Sand: Plays on Wednesdays at Preston Miller; $75

•  Coed-6 ‘A’: Plays on Tuesdays at Preston Miller; $100

•  6-Woman Sand: Plays on Thursdays at Preston Miller; $100

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For more information on the leagues or to register, please contact the Parks and Recreation Athletics Department at 270-393-3624.

City Hall Renovations

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Under the guidance of Mayor George T. Wilson (1903-1909), the City began to build City Hall at 10th & College in 1907. Construction on City Hall was completed in 1908. City Hall has been the seat of city government ever since, with the exception of when the building was vacated during the extensive renovation of 1986-87. Now, in 2015, City Hall will see major changes in renovations once again.

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The original layout of the City Hall building included the Mayor’s and City Clerk’s offices, which are still in the building today, plus several other offices. Both men’s and women’s jail cells were located in City Hall as well as the City Physician, Library, Chief of Police, Police Court, City Engineer, the City Attorney, and Prosecuting Attorney. The old plans show jail cells where the City Manager’s Office and lower level Human Resources reception desk are located, with a spiral staircase connecting the two. The Health Department was still located in the building into the 1950’s.

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At one point in the mid-1980’s, prior to purchase and renovation of the City Hall Annex, City Hall held its current functions plus what are now the Finance, Information Technology, and Neighborhood & Community Services departments.

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There have been several renovations to the building. In 1962 construction opened up additional offices where the jail cells stood. A 1978 renovation included a sound system, more seating in the Commission Chambers, and modifications to the lower level. City Hall was completely renovated in 1986-87, adding an elevator, new restrooms with handicapped access, and restoring some of the unique original design features that had been lost through modernization. Employees who worked in the building prior to the 1987 renovation described a décor of green shag carpeting and brown paneling.

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Although the basement was renovated in late 1998, this is the first major change to the whole building since 1987.  The current remodel in City Hall includes the removal of wallpaper, all new paint and carpet, bathroom updates, new window treatments, and the renovation of the City Hall Commission Chamber which feature new chairs, new audio visual equipment, additional seating and new carpet and paint. The Commission Chamber is scheduled to be completed by the first of September while the overall project should conclude in November of 2015. We encourage citizens to stop by when they can, and a formal Open House will take place in December.

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Fire Department Recent News

Water Rescue (pictures are from BGFD Water Rescue Training):
Last week, four young adults in their 20’s (two guys and two girls) were down at the river below Weldon Peete Park in the evening. Three of them decided to go for a swim. The river was out of its banks and up in the trees. Soon after entering the water, all three were clinging to a tree and the water was still rising.

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Luckily, the fourth person in the group who did not enter the water called 911. The Bowling Green Fire Department response to the river was less than 5 minutes. BGFD personnel from Station 5 put their boat in the water below the bridge and Firefighters Bill Jones and Jacob Lee headed up stream. Other Fire crews responded through the park and illuminated the scene.

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On arrival, Jones and Lee could see that one of the victims had lost her grip and was being held by the other two. By maneuvering the boat between some trees, Jones was able to put Lee in contact with the victims.

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In order of need, Lee grabbed the two females and then the male, bringing them into the boat. A minute or so later they were back at the ramp helping the victims into a waiting ambulance. The river continued to rise.

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This was an all-around professional response that most likely saved lives.

World Fire and Police Games
Last week two Bowling Green Firefighters, Assistant Chief Greg Elrod and Firefighter Shane OBanion traveled to Maryland to represent the City and Fire Department in the World Fire and Police Games (WPFG), which features competitions in many sports.

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The WPFG is a biennial athletic event, open to active and retired law enforcement and fire service personnel throughout the world. The WPFG Federation is an arm of the California Police Athletic Federation (CPAF), an American non-profit organization. The Games attract approximately 10,000 entrants.

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Both men are expert competitors in motor cross events. OBanion won a Gold, Silver, and Bronze in three events and Elrod finished 5th and 6th in two events. The motor cross events fielded competitors from all corners of the world and the Police and Fire Competitions are considered some of the most competitive events worldwide.

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It is an honor to compete and a true distinction to finish at such a high level.

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Many people in the City of Bowling Green are familiar with the Citizens Police Academy (CPA) hosted by the Bowling Green Police Department each year. The CPA is an 11 week course for adults 18 years of age and over which provides an opportunity to learn first-hand about police operations through a series of classes and hands on demonstrations.

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In addition to the CPA, every July, the BGPD holds a three day Junior Police Academy camp for student’s age 10 to 13 years old. The class takes place at Safety City in front of Greenwood High School on Scottsville Road with trips to the BGPD headquarters and the Warren County Jail.

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This action packed program covers several aspects of police work including presentations on patrol operations, the BGPD K9 unit, the Critical Response Team, traffic safety, Crime Scene Processing and much more. Students will have a hands-on experience with staff by getting their finger prints taken, testing their traffic safety skills, trying on equipment and getting up close and personal with a patrol car.

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The last day of camp features a jail tour, BGPD tour, and a mock trial at the Warren County Justice Center. Lunches, t-shirts, caps, transportation and back packs are provided.

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The cost of the Junior Police Academy is $50. The July 2015 class is currently full but we look forward to welcoming new students each and every year.  If you or your child has an interest in the Bowling Green Police Department and learning more about the organization, please call 270-393-BGPD.

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On Wednesday, July 1st, beginning at 7 a.m., the City of Bowling Green will issue pre-applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The Housing Division office is located at 707 East Main Avenue on the bottom floor of the building.

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Only a limited number of pre-applications will be issued with a maximum of two per person.  To pick up a pre-application, you must bring a photo copy of your picture ID. If you are picking up a pre-application for someone else, bring a photo copy of their picture ID.

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The housing choice voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

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Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs). The PHAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.

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A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Under certain circumstances, if authorized by the PHA, a family may use its voucher to purchase a modest home.

Although general pre-applications are only open every one to two years, applications with Scholar House Education Program preference, Homeless Preference or Homeownership preference are continually accepted between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm until further notice.

Fireworks are Coming!

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Many things come to mind when thinking about the 4th of July: freedom, summer, BBQ’s, pool parties and of course, fireworks!
There are those who love fireworks and those who loathe them. To help make sure that everyone has a great 4th of July holiday, the City of Bowling Green has offered some good neighbor courtesies as well as some safety guideline and regulations to keep in mind for the 2015 season.

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Because not everyone is excited about the loud bangs and bright lights, notify your neighbors before using any large fireworks near your home and never put other people or their property at risk.
Fireworks are NOT permitted on public streets, and any debris left by fireworks should be picked up and disposed of properly. Never point or throw fireworks at another person, and always keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of a fire or other mishap. Consumer fireworks may only be used by individuals at least 18 years of age.

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The city DOES NOT require a permit to discharge fireworks from June 27th through July 5th from noon until 10 p.m., and on July 4th from noon until 11 p.m. All other dates require a Special Fireworks Discharge Permit from the Bowling Green Fire Department.

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Keep in mind that enforcement of firework guidelines is a complaint driven process. Please call the Bowling Green Police Department non-emergency line at 270-393-4244 to file a complaint regarding fireworks. For more safety guidelines or to obtain a Special Fireworks Discharge Permit, contact the Bowling Green Fire Department at 270-393-3702, or visit their website at www.bgky.org/fire.

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Most importantly, have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

The Annual Paul Walker Memorial Golf Tournament will take place on June 6th and 7th and is open to the public and limited to the first 100 paid players.

Participants will enjoy 2 rounds of great golf with riding carts and lunch. There will be a shotgun start at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Cost is $100 for non-members and $90 for members.

Visit www.bgky.org/assets/files/7UlG5Vlz.pdf for more information.

 

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Sinkholes

Bowling Green and the majority of Warren County are located in an area with the highest potential for karst activity. A karst area is defined as being an irregular limestone region with sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns, and because of this our area has very few surface streams and rivers because most of our water is underground. Sinkholes are not new in this area they are simply a function and by product of the karst area we live in.

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The most common type of sinkhole in this area is caused by sub-surface water eroding soil thru cracks in the limestone leaving voids just below the surface that eventually collapse that we call sinkholes. Heavy rains, construction, various land use changes and concentrated surface runoff may increase the occurrence of sinkholes in specific areas and one of the reasons sinkholes may appear more often in newly constructed areas.

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On the surface sinkholes tend to appear rather suddenly and without provocation, but in general and in reality they have been forming slowly over time and finally appear when the surface can no longer support its own weight. Small areas can be examined with ground penetrating radar looking for anomalies in high risk areas but such methods are slow, laborious and expensive.

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The City of Bowling Green provides guidance to builders and developers that govern how they manage areas of concentrated runoff that hope to avoid creating karst collapses.  Further we provide guidance on how to repair sinkholes properly so that they do not reoccur.  Please visit www.bgky.org  or our partners at www.underbgky.org for more information.

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Summer Strolls

June 1st  2015 will mark the start of the 15th Summer Stroll Series hosted by the Neighborhood and Community Services division of the City of Bowling Green.

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Summer strolls are designed to create an informal setting where neighbors can walk with each other as well as City staff and elected officials in order to share and discuss neighborhood strengths, problems or needs.

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Strolls take place at various neighborhoods throughout the City on Monday evenings in June, July and August. A complete list of strolls – along with rain dates – is posted at bgky.org/calendar.

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The first stroll of the summer will take place on Monday, June 1st from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pine Grove Neighborhood.

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Remember that Summer Stroll dates are scheduled on a first come, first served basis with priority given to areas where we have not recently strolled. Start times are 6 p.m. for June dates and 7 p.m. for July and August dates, and neighborhood contacts are responsible for selecting the staging location and routes. Rain dates will be reserved and all strolls are a “go” at the scheduled time unless a severe weather watch or warning is in effect for Warren County.

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A complete list of strolls – along with rain dates – are posted at bgky.org/calendar.

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If you are interested in scheduling your neighborhood for a stroll or if you would like to speak with our Neighborhood Action Coordinator, please contact Karen Foley at 270-393-3674.

The City of Bowling Green hosted a reception on May 12 to recognize those individuals who have recently become naturalized United States Citizens.  Fifty new Citizens and many guests attended this inaugural recognition led by the International Communities Liaison program in partnership with Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, the International Center of Kentucky, Community Action of Southern Kentucky, and First Baptist Church. Over 70 new citizens were recognized.

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The program featured soloist Berenice Anaya, a naturalized US Citizen originally from Cuba serving in the US Army, who sang the National Anthem.  City Manager, Kevin DeFebbo, was the featured speaker, and each new citizen was recognized individually by City officials.

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The goal is for this to be a yearly event and to recognize that our citizen base is becoming more diversified. Many foreign-born immigrants and refugees are eligible to pursue naturalization and become active members of our community and to exercise their rights.

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The City has worked with various community partners who have been actively involved with immigrants and refugees through Citizenship classes and helping to process applications for naturalization. The process of naturalization is not simple: the eligible applicant has to submit an application to USCIS that has a costly fee, pass a citizenship exam, complete an interview process, and pass a thorough background check.

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The Reception for New Americans joins nationwide efforts to better integrate immigrants into American communities.  On November 21, 2014, President Obama established the White House Task Force on New Americans that has launched an integration strategy for the federal government, including goals and recommended actions to build welcoming communities; strengthen existing pathways to naturalization and promote civic engagement; support the skill development, entrepreneurship, and protect new American workers; expand opportunities for linguistic integration and education; and strengthen federal immigrant and refugee integration infrastructure.

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For more information on the Reception for New Americans and the City of Bowling Green’s International Communities Liaison program contact Leyda Becker at (270) 393-3766 or email leyda.becker@bgky.org

 

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