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Do you ever wonder where your tax dollars are going or what your local government has done lately? Are you ever curios about the City’s upcoming budget, road projects, public safety goals or Parks and Recreation Facilities? If so, the 2015/2016 Annual Report and Calendar is just for you. If you are also someone who wants to have a yearly calendar but you don’t want to go to the mall or a bookstore to buy one, then our calendar is REALLY for you!


Each year around November, the City releases a 12-month calendar that features pictures of Bowling Green with a theme.  This year will highlight sunrises and sunsets that take place in our great City.  Along with beautiful photography comes information on our budget, past projects, future ideas and general information of what government has done for you over the past year.


Approximately 4,500 copies of this calendar are produced each year and they can be picked up at a variety of local businesses including Cambridge Market, Warren County Library, Greenwood Mall, Tea Bayou, JD Bakery, US Bank, and of course, City Hall and all other public city buildings. We will also have plenty of copies available at our Christmas Open House this year which will take place on Friday, December 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1001 College Street.


Want to make sure that you don’t miss out on a calendar this year?  Feel free to make a request for your copy by contacting us through Facebook or this blog to provide your contact information. Calendars are now available!


Enjoy this sneak-peek at some of the pictures we will feature this year! We’re always open to future ideas and themes so feel free to contact us with feedback and ideas or to contribute photos!

Toys for Tots


It may be hard to imagine a five year old child with no gifts to open on Christmas day.  For many of us the more common problem is trying to rein in the excess of toys coming from grandparents, aunts, uncles and all the other relatives.


The reality is that right here in our city, for a lot of different reasons, many kids may not see Christmas Day as different from any other day. No gifts, no celebration, just another day.


The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is designed to keep that from happening. Each year the local Marine Corps League teams up with Bowling Green Firefighters to provide Christmas toys for local children that might not otherwise receive a gift of any kind.


This year, Bowling Green Firefighters will be collecting toys at Toys R Us on Saturday, November 14th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at Walmart on Campbell Lane on Saturday November 28th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Toys may be purchased on these days and handed to a local first responder or toys may be dropped off at any of the six Bowling Green Fire Stations or Fire Administrative building through December 20th. Please keep in mind that all toys need to be new, unused and unwrapped to be accepted.


This successful program would not be possible without the generous support of the community.  Toys are needed for boys and girls ages birth to 12.


Last year was a great success with more than 400 local children having toys delivered to their door on Christmas morning by Bowling Green Firefighters who play Santa in the effort.


Toys are still needed for this year’s Toys for Tots program. Again, new unwrapped toys may be delivered to any City Fire Station.  For more information you may call the BGFD at 270 393-3702 or visit www.toysfortots.org.

Veteran’s Day Parade


November 7th will mark the 2015 Veteran’s Day Parade in downtown Bowling Green hosted by the Bowling Green-Warren County Military Liaison Board. The parade is expected to feature more than 300 units honoring our past, present and future troops and their families. Veterans Day is a Federal holiday that recognizes those who have served in our armed forces and who have fought for our freedoms.


The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at 6th Street and College Street near Circus Square Park and will wind its way through the streets of downtown Bowling Green by traveling up College Street towards WKU, then turning left onto 10th Avenue and then left on to State Street. The parade will end at 6th Street and State Street near Circus Square Park.


Parade entries will include “Vets in Vettes,” the Bowling Green-Warren County All-Star Band featuring members from all local high schools, Floats, Broadway the Clown, Sparky the Fire Dog and so much more.


Immediately following the parade there will be a flag-raising ceremony at the Warren County Courthouse Veterans Memorial Courtyard at 429 E. 10th Avenue with remarks from Judge Executive Mike Buchanon and Mayor Bruce Wilkerson.


The Veterans Parade student essay winner will also be announced at the flag raising ceremony and will be awarded $100 from the American Legion and VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary. Student essays were solicited from 4th and 5th grade classes in Bowling Green and Warren County.


All events are entirely free and open to the public. For more information about the parade or other November 7th events, contact parade coordinator Brent Belcher at (270) 393-3584 or email: brent.belcher@bgky.org.


Fall/Halloween Fire Safety

The cooler weather and the holidays bring warm fires, good food, friends, family and great decorations. Unfortunately, the holidays can also bring a higher risk for fires.

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While you are celebrating fall holiday’s like Halloween this year, take time to make sure that you follow the guidelines below provided by the Bowling Green Fire Department. Also remember that The National Fire Protection Association reports that Halloween is the fifth highest day of the year for candle fires.


  • Only burn well-seasoned dry wood in your fireplace and never burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Make homemade costumes or purchase only flame-resistant or flame-retardant costumes.
  • Use flashlights when illuminating jack o lanterns.
  • If you choose candles, keep the pumpkin away from anything that can burn. This is especially critical if your area is experiencing drought conditions. Lawns and shrubbery can be extremely dry and a fire can start in an instant. Keep decorations such as dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper away from heat sources.
  • Illuminate walkways with flashlights instead of candles or torch lights.
  • Provide your child with a lightweight flashlight for trick or treating.
  • Always use power strips so that you don’t overload electrical outlets.
  • Never leave your holiday cooking unattended.


For additional fire safety tips on candles, cooking, fire place, or turkey frying, visit http://www.bgky.org/fire/safety-tips/holidays.  Please remember to be safe and have fun this holiday season!!!!!!

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Follow us on Twitter or email kim.lancaster@bgky.org for tips!


City of BG Online Auction

The City of Bowling Green will hold an online auction at www.govdeals.com beginning October 26, 2015 and closing on November 2, 2015.

Auction items include Panasonic Toughbooks (in lots of 3), Broadcast Equipment, tools, exercise equipment, bicycles, cameras, and more.

A complete list and description of all items along with photographs will be available at govdeals.com starting on the 26th.  Instructions on the auction process are also available on the govdeals website.

The general public is encouraged to participate.

Currently, featured items can be found at http://www.bgky.org/government/auction

To access Bowling Green’s auction, simply search for Bowling Green, KY and items will be listed with pictures. Again, items will not be available to view on govdeals until August 17th.

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Halloween Trick-or-Treating

On Saturday, October 31, 2014, the ghosts and the goblins will come out in the City of Bowling Green for candy, costumes and parties. Whether you have kids who are excited about going out to their neighbor’s house for candy or you are planning on passing out treats to others, remember that the official day of trick-or-treating for the City will be on Saturday, the 31st between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Even if you forget to buy candy and your goal is to turn off all of your lights and lay low during the trick-or-treating process, being aware of the official day and times will help you succeed in your hiding game.

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The ultimate goal on this spooky and candy-filled holiday is safety and fun! Help make sure that your child is in a safe costume with good vision, that jack-o-lanterns or other decorations with candles in them are far enough away from trick-or-treaters that they do not pose a fire threat, and make sure that any prop your child carries is smooth and flexible to avoid injury. Above all, teach your little ones basic safety for this Halloween and everyday including not talking to strangers, looking both ways before crossing the street and never getting in a car with someone they don’t know.


On top of the safety tips, always remember that making a nice Halloween dinner before trick-or-treating will help curb the sugar and candy appetite later in the evening and will give you more of a chance to look over their haul.

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And finally, don’t forget to sneak a few of your favorite treats out of your kid’s pumpkin when they aren’t looking – you’re doing them a favor as ALL of that candy wouldn’t really be good for them.

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Happy Halloween!

Fire Safety Month

October is Fire Prevention Month which has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire that occurred on October 9, 1871. The fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9.

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One way the City works to spread the word of fire prevention is through education with schools and day cares. The Bowling Green Fire Department Public Information Officer and Fire Fighters often travel to local schools to teach students the basics of fire safety. A firefighter can dress in their protective gear and students will also get a first-hand look at the fire truck and its equipment.

Basic fire safety lessons and a tour of the Headquarters Fire Station are also offered to the public. While at the station, we recommend that students visit the Fire Safety House which is a miniature house designed to education visitors on kitchen safety and how to exit a building safely in case of a fire.

Also, remember to check your smoke detector batteries at least once per month, keep candles out of reach of children and pets, don’t leave food cooking in the kitchen unattended, and always have a fire escape plan ready for you and your family.


Below is a link to BGFD’s Home Fire Safety Checklist, designed for home self- inspection.

Leaf Pick-up Season


As the cold weather moves in and the leaves continue to change color and fall, the City’s Leaf Pickup Season kicks off. Starting on October 19th, residents can call 393-3333 to request a pick-up at their residence. Requested pick-ups will take place through November 1st and are not guaranteed.


Scheduled zone pick-up will tentatively begin on November 2nd and will run through January 3rd. Dates may change depending on weather, equipment breakdown, or the rate of leaf fall in certain zones. Each zone will be picked up at least twice during this period. Please remember that Scott Waste will also pick up bagged leaves if you miss your City date or if you would simply rather bag them.


No pick-up will occur on major holidays as our crews will be home with their families during that time.

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Zone pick-up dates, zone descriptions, maps and leaf pickup guidelines are already published on the city’s web site at http://www.bgky.org/publicworks/leafpickup/ and will be published in the Daily News, in SOKY Happenings, the City’s Facebook Page, Twitter and on Government Access Channel 4. Pickup dates will also be available on a weekly basis via the Leaf Hotline (393-3333). Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns about your zone.


Finally and MOST importantly, please remember these simple rules when raking leaves to your curb. Although leaves may damage your grass, that is where they belong. Leaves that are raked into the street or onto a sidewalk may cause stormwater, traffic and/or pedestrian issues, and the City reserves the right not to pick these leaves up.  DO NOT put debris, pumpkins, rocks, tires, trash or other non-foliage items in your leaf pile.  The trucks that pick up these leaves are meant for just that – leaves.  Other items can damage this equipment causing delays in zone pick-up. Always try and rake your leaves to the curb a few days early just in case there are changes to the schedule.

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If your leaves are INTENTIONALLY not picked up, you may not have followed one of the above rules. If this is the case, an orange door hanger will be placed on your door explaining the reason why your leaves were not picked up along with a contact number.


May your leaf gathering go smoothly and here’s to hoping that they fall all at once and you don’t have to spend too many beautiful fall weekends outdoors with a rake!

Have you been holding on to old paint, chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, oils, antifreeze or other products that cannot be disposed of easily? If so, the City of Bowling Green and Warren County have partnered to provide one day only to dispose of these items for you.

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The Annual Household Hazardous Waste and E-scrap Collection Day will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greenwood High School (Scottsville Road – rear parking lot).  Warren County residents can bring items such as old paint, chemicals, household appliances and electronics to dispose of in a safe and legal manner.

This event is FREE and open to all Warren County residents.

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While most home computers and appliances are acceptable (most anything with a circuit board or a cord), Freon devices, yard equipment, radioactive materials and large appliances such as stoves, washers, dryers, etc. are not acceptable. Single containers larger than 5 gallons will require prior inspections and approval, and tires will not be accepted.


In addition, shredding will be available on site to dispose of and shred papers, cds/dvds, magazines, phone books, folders, etc.


For more information, a full list of acceptable and unacceptable items along with a map of the disposal location, please visit http://www.warrencountygov.com/departments/StormWater or http://bit.ly/1poyT0M.


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Neighborhood and Community Services has seen multiple changes over the last couple of the years, but one constant is that staff receives numerous calls regarding various code violations that are taking place throughout the City.  As a resident of Bowling Green, it is your responsibility to properly maintain your yard and home.


Neighbors, City staff or the general public may call the Code Enforcement Department to report a violation on any property that has a vehicle parked in the front yard (on the grass), is covered in debris or yard waste, if there are inoperable vehicles on the driveway or yard, or if there is grass/weeds that are over 10 inches in height.

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There are multiple other violations that can result in a citation – for a full list; you can visit the City of Bowling Green website at http://www2.bgky.org/ncs/codeenforce.php.

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If your concern is that your neighbor might be in violation, you can contact the City Central Department at 270-393-3444 to report a problem.  You can submit a complaint online through the “City of Bowling Green Request for Action” form.  In order to access this easy to use form, log onto www.bgky.org, click on the resident drop down box and select service request form.  Once on the City of Bowling Green Request for Action page, click the request type drop down box, select the category that best fits your needs, and fill out the form.


In the event that you report a violation, or someone reports a violation on your property, there are multiple steps that will take place.  Once the complaint is reported, City Inspectors will have three days to view the property.  If in violation, you will be notified and you will have 10 days to correct a non-structural issue (such as overgrown grass/weeds).  After 10 days, an additional inspection will be conducted and if the property in question is not in compliance, a citation will be issued and action will be taken to bring the issue into compliance.


And always remember, if you feel as though you have received a citation incorrectly, you can appeal the citation to the Code Enforcement Board.  The CEB is made up of five citizens appointed by the Mayor who meet once a month to approve fees and/or citations that Code Enforcement staff has issued.

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