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The City of Bowling Green will host the 29th Annual Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) October 1 through 3, 2015 at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green. The RNNC provides a framework for government officials to collaborate on issues of importance with neighborhood leaders. Cities from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee will be represented.

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This three day event will provide those who attend with valuable ideas to help transform their community.

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The conference is geared towards volunteers, community organizers, government staff, neighborhood associations, business and church leaders and non-profit staff and board members. Attendees can expect engaging workshops; presentations by experts and leaders in neighborhood development; dynamic neighborhood tours; and lots of fun, food and entertainment!

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Standard registration is $125 and includes admittance to all conference workshops, meals and events.

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To view the full schedule or to register online you can visit www.2015rnnc.com.

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RNNC: Neighbors Geared to Lead. Grow. Equip. Advance. Renew.

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Do you want to be a part of Public Safety in the City of Bowling Green? We are currently accepting applications for multiple public safety positions including Police Officer, Firefighter and Communications Dispatcher. All applications are accepted online at http://www.bgky.org/hr/jobs. If you do not have access to a computer, applications may be filled out online at 1001 College Street in the Human Resources Department.

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Applications for Bowling Green FIREFIGHTER are being accepted through Friday, September 11, 2015.

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DUTIES: Provides protection of life and property through general firefighting activities.  Duties and responsibilities include performing general firefighting; handling hazardous materials, and man-made and natural disasters; performing routine maintenance work in the upkeep of equipment and fire station; conducting inspections; and completing routine clerical work.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • US Citizen
  • Age 21 by February 16, 2016
  • Good driving, police, personal and employment record
  • High school Diploma or equivalent
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Males between 18 & 26 registered with Selective Services

SALARY: $37,905 ($41,005 upon completion of basic training)

HOURS:  After the initial twelve weeks of training, one will work one 24 – hour shift and be off 48 hours.  The work day starts at 7:00 a.m.

Miranda Pederson/Daily News Yellow Cab Co. at 1586 Old Louisville Road was destroyed Wednesday in a fire. About 30 Bowling Green firefighters responded to the scene.

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Yellow Cab Co. at 1586 Old Louisville Road

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Applications for Bowling Green POLICE OFFICER are being accepted through Friday, September 25, 2015.

STARTING SALARY:  $37,905 ($41,005 upon completion of basic training) plus full benefits.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY:

  • Age 21 by October 29, 2015
  • Good driving, police, personal, & employment record
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • U. S. Citizen
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Males between 18 & 26 registered with the Selective Service

Preference will be given to individuals with 60 college credit hours OR 4 yrs. military service (active or reserve) OR certified officers not currently under contract with another law enforcement agency.

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Out-of-state officers must provide documentation of ability to become KY certified at time of application

Tattoos cannot be visible while in uniform and body studs and/or earrings will not be worn while on-duty

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Physical agility test, including job-related practical skills.
  • Oral interview; polygraph; psychological test; background investigation; drug test.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE AND IMPORTANT

  • September 25 – Deadline to submit completed applications
  • October 10 – POPS Registration/ PAI (Personality Assessment Inventory)/POPS Phase I Fitness Practice Session
  • October 29 & 30 – State certification physical agility and psychological testing
  • Nov. 2, 2015 – Feb 5, 2016 – Polygraph/Psychological Evaluation/Backgrounds/Oral Interview
  • March 28, 2016 – Candidates start to work
  • TBD –  22 week Basic Training begins
  • TBD –   Graduation of Basic Academy

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Trevor Frey/Daily News Melissa Carter, with phone, and Leisha Carr, foreground, work to get the Bowling Green Police Department 911 telephone lines rerouted to the WKU dispatch center during the pre-dawn hours of Sunday morning during a power loss emergencey exercise.

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Applications for COMMUNICATIONS DISPATCHER are being accepted through Friday, September 4, 2015.

Duties:  Dispatchers respond to all emergency calls to the 911 system in Warren County, make appropriate reports and relay information as accurately and quickly as possible, and dispatch emergency services in response to calls.  Employee monitors multiple radio frequencies while answering/handling phone and radio calls; constantly maintains officers and fire units’ status of activities to ensure safety of officers and firefighters.  Employee also operates computer terminal, transmitting, obtaining and entering a variety of data and records; checks data as requested; prepares briefing sheets and various reports.

REQUIREMENTS:  Must be able to work under stress and remain calm during emergencies.  Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with: callers; police officers; other agencies; and fire departments.  Requires ability to quickly dispatch telephone and radio messages, and utilize computer for dispatching calls & data records; requires confidentiality in dealing with police records.  Must be able to perform essential duties of position. Age 21+ preferred.  High school diploma or GED required, with one to two years of administrative and computer experience.  Must achieve appropriate state certification within one year of hire and must maintain certification.

WORK HOURS: The Communications Center is a continuous operation that requires working days, nights, weekends, and holidays.  Full-time employees will work 40 hours per week.  Overtime required as needed.  Must be available to work all shifts during first 6-8 month training period including 5 weeks out-of-town training.  Hours will then likely be afternoon/evening shift with flexibility required.

SALARY: Pay Grade 116, $35,499/yr; excellent retirement & insurance benefits; earn 10 hours/month vacation, 8 hours/month sick; 9 other leave days/year.

HIRING PROCEDURE:  Successful candidates must pass written test, LESI (psychological test), very thorough background investigation, polygraph, and interview to be eligible for employment.  TEST ADMINISTERED SEPTEMBER 19, 2015.

 

West End Park

The City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department will host a Ribbon Cutting for the new West End Park on September 8th, 2015 at 3 p.m.

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In 1996, the City of Bowling Green entered into a lease agreement with Minit Mart Foods Inc. to construct and maintain a playground park at 500 10th Avenue.  Since 1997, Bowling Green Parks and Recreation maintained the park complete with a play structure, swings, spring toys, and picnic tables.

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During this time, Hickey Steel purchased this property from Minit Mart.  In August, 2013, Hickey Steel notified the City of Bowling Green of their intent to reclaim 500 10th Avenue in efforts to expand their business operations.  By November, 2013, Bowling Green Parks and Recreation removed the existing playground structure and amenities.

At this point, property and funds were earmarked to build the new West End Park. The Board of Commissioners authorized the purchase of property at 519 W. Main Avenue in order to combine it with adjacent City-owned property to provide a new and improved park for this area of town.

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The park now includes one playground for 5 – 12 year olds, one playground for 2 – 5 year olds, a four bay swing set, one tire swing, benches, a shelter with two picnic tables and a concrete trail for walking and biking.

In addition to the West End Park, a new soccer field is also being created at 531 West 11th Avenue.  The soccer field is in the final stages of construction and will be ready for play in October. An additional Ribbon Cutting and first game will follow at a later date.

 

 

2015 Puppy Paddle

August has arrived and there are a lot of great things coming up in the City that we will work very hard to keep everyone up to date on. Over the next several months, we will have free Annual Report Calendars, leaf pick-up will begin, the Veteran’s Day Parade, Fire Safety Month and more.

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Saturday, September 12th marks the 12th Annual Puppy Paddle in Bowling Green. Russell Sims Aquatic Center will be open from 10 a.m. until noon for you and your pooch to come out and take a dip one last time.

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The fee for each dog is $10 but humans are FREE and there will be activities and contests for the pups as well as plenty of playmates. And speaking of playmates, please make sure that your dog is sufficiently socialized in order for everyone to enjoy this event. Basically, if your dog thinks that other dogs are a chew toy, you may want to re-consider coming out.

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All dogs must also have proof of current rabies vaccine either through a tag or documentation in order to join in the fun.

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The weather will hopefully be sunny and beautiful so mark your calendars now to come out and enjoy the last bit of summer while donating to the Bowling Green Humane Society and taking advantage of the City’s beautiful facilities.

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Russell Sims Aquatic Center is located at 2303 Tomblinson Way.     thCA01WK7H

School Crossing Guards

August is here and with the new school year almost in full swing, it’s important that motorists pay special attention to crosswalks and school crossing guards outside of local schools.  Although a large number of students ride the bus or are dropped off at school, many still walk daily.

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Crossing guards direct pedestrian crossings and traffic flow in order to ensure the safety of children by staying alert to traffic hazards.  Crossing guards typically work one hour before and one hour after school hours and are essential in assisting students in getting to school safely.

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Please remember to use caution when going through a school zone and obey all traffic signals, speed limits and crossing guard directions. In the event that a crossing guard is unavailable to work, a Bowling Green Police Department employee will be monitoring the school zone.

Crossing Guards are located at T.C. Cherry, Potter Gray, Parker Bennett/Curry, Dishman McGinnis and Lost River Elementary Schools.

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If you are interested in becoming a school crossing guard or for more information about the program, contact 270-393-3642.  Help keep our streets and our students safe.

During this past winter, the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Fitness Facility located at 225 East Third Avenue suffered roof damage due to a heavy winter storm with approximately 12 inches of snow. Equipment from the facility was immediately moved to our large Parks and Rec Conference room and discounted rates were offered to patrons in order to continue to allow members to work out.

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From July 30th to August 2nd, the fitness facility will be closed in order to prepare for the grand re-opening on August 3, 2015. After months of renovations and work, the improved facility will include a new layout for all equipment, increased fitness hours, the return of our full line of cardiovascular machines and free weights, and all aerobics and spin classes will return to the aerobic room.

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Unlike many fitness facilities, the City offers membership with no contracts, no enrollment fees and no initiation fees.  Packages range from $5 for a daily visit to $190 for a yearly membership for weights and cardio.  Multiple options also include up to four fitness/instruction sessions by appointment. Additional packages are available for single parents, any two people, students, families and more. Gift certificates are also available from basic memberships to a full year total fitness plan.

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In addition, the City offers multiple classes including aerobics, yoga, spin classes, silver sneakers and palates.  With a full membership, users can also enjoy racquetball, basketball and wallyball courts, and we are staffed with nine fitness instructors and six aerobic instructors.

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Please join us on August 3rd for snacks, information and to tour the improved facility.

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For a complete list of pricing and information, visit us at bgky.org/bgpr/fitness. To learn more about the City Fitness Facility, please call 393-3582.

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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