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Would you like to receive text messages from the City of Bowling Green? We have recently changed to a new, more effective service! Just a few simple steps will allow you to sign up, or to continue receiving text messages regarding general info, golf, aquatics, sports, or BGCAN. Sign up for as many categories as you like, or even sign up to receive messages in Spanish!

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Simply text one of the following categories to the number 555-888 to immediately receive notifications. See the screen shot below for more detailed instructions.

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Don’t forget that you can also like us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/citybgky or follow us on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/cityofbgky. You can check out our blog @ www.bgky.org/blog or watch our videos on YouTube @ www.youtube.com/user/cityofbgky. And most recently, you can follow us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/cityofbgky.

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The City is embracing user-friendly social media technology to promote 24-7 access to City services with the push of a button from the palm of your hand.

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If you have any questions about how to sign up for texting or any of our other social media platforms, please contact Kim Lancaster at 270-393-3642.

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2016 Puppy Paddle

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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 10th marks the 13th 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.

School Crossing Guards

August is here and with the new school year just beginning, 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.

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

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.

Special Populations

The City of Bowling Green Special Populations Division offers a variety of programs for youth and adults who face mental and/or physical challenges. One of the main programs offered is the Area 5 Special Olympics.

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Area 5 Special Olympics is a twenty-county region surrounding Bowling Green and is dedicated to providing the following quality events: Area 5 Bowling Tournament, Special Olympics Kentucky Regional Softball Tournament, Special Olympics Kentucky Regional Basketball Tournament, Area 5 Power lifting Tournament, and Area 5 Spring Games.

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Now through September, Softball Registration is open to all Special Olympics Athletes. Practices will provide training for upcoming games and ages 8 and up are welcome to participate. There is a $30 registration fee per season and games and practices take place at Lampkin Park.

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Beginning August 24th, Special Olympics bowling will begin, and all athletes are invited to dust off their ball and pack their shoes! Practices will take place every Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and the cost is $3 for two games. Practices are located at Southern Lanes on Scottsville Road.

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The Special Populations program is always in need of volunteers.  Volunteer opportunities exist through many programs and special events. If you or your group would like to make a difference in our community, please contact Special Populations.  All volunteer applications are now online at www.bgky.org/hr/jobs.

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In addition, the Speciation Populations program also offers many activities for senior citizens. If you are interested in more information or volunteering, please contact the City of Bowling Green at 270-393-3480.

Online Auction

The City of Bowling Green will hold an online auction at www.govdeals.com beginning August 1, 2016 and closing on August 8, 2016.

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Auction items include vehicles, dump truck, zero turn lawnmowers, computers and computer equipment, tires, office supplies, bikes and more.

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A complete list and description of all items along with photographs are available at govdeals.com starting on the 1st.  Instructions on the auction process are also available on the govdeals website.

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The general public is encouraged to participate.

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

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To access Bowling Green’s auction, simply search for Bowling Green, KY and items will be listed with pictures.

City of BG Sidewalks

Sidewalks in the City of Bowling Green provide many benefits for our residents including safety, mobility, and healthier communities. In addition, sidewalks are proven to provide opportunities for walking, access to busses and to increase real estate.

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The Board of Commissioners approves approximately $400,000 to $500,000 annually, allowing construction of approximately 1 mile of new sidewalk each year. All requests for new sidewalks are ranked based on a number of criteria including but not limited the ability to connect to existing sidewalks, project sponsorship, grant of easement, conformance with planned transformation improvements and more.

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The City of Bowling Green New Sidewalk Program, requested locations, and detailed information on how sidewalks are ranked can be found online at www.bgky.org/publicworks/new-sidewalk-program.

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The online table shows locations that have received funding and are currently under construction or in design. Additional information is available on requested locations, and how to request a sidewalk.

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The number of projects chosen in a given year is always dependent upon available funding and all new sidewalk construction is in addition to sidewalk repairs.

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For more information on the City of Bowling Green new sidewalk program please call 270-393-3642.

Brush and Limb Pick-Up

The heat and humidity of summer has brought many storms to the Bowling Green area. It is not unusual for the storms to cause trees to fall and to produce a large amount of debris. If you reside within the City of Bowling Green limits, Scotts Waste Services provides your trash pick-up.

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Often times, residents call the City regarding the disposal of brush and limbs. These calls increase after a storm due to the large amount of brush throughout the City that needs to be picked up.

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If you have brush or limbs that need to be picked up, please remember that it must be cut less than 5 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter. The brush must be placed in a trash receptacle or tied in a small bundles at the curb. Scott Waste can dispose of 3 cubic yards per week per household.  If a large tree has fallen it may take longer than one week for it to be picked up and disposed of.

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Please remember that if you use a professional service to cut down a tree that has partially or totally fallen, that person is then responsible for hauling away the waste and debris as well.

For more information, or if you have a large amount of brush that you need to request pick up for, you can always call Scott Waste at 270-783-4016.

City of BG Tennis Camp

Are you looking for a fun and physical activity for you or your kids this July?? If so, the City of Bowling Green 2016 Summer Tennis Camp is for you. This two-week fun camp is designed to introduce the game of tennis to kids and adults.

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To make scheduling easier, camps are offered during both the morning and evening hours for youth and at multiple dates throughout the summer. Classes take place Monday through Thursday and are offered as follows to age groups 6 to 11 and 12 to 16.

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July 11 – 22:  7:45 to 9:30 a.m. or 5:15 to 7:00 p.m.

July 25 – August 5: 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. or 5:15 to 7:00 p.m.

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All classes take place at Kereiakes Park tennis courts 9 and 10 and the cost is $50 per two-week session. Bring your own racquet or purchase one from Parks and Recreation for $15 and remember to mark any equipment with identifying signs. Balls will be provided. The focus of the camp will be on the basics of tennis play with fast paced interactive games integrated into instruction.

Participants are encouraged to wear loose comfortable clothing conductive to athletic activity, sunblock and/or a hat as there is not shade on the courts. Remember to bring water as hydrating is essential during all physical activities.

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Classes that are rained out throughout the week will be made up on Fridays. If you would like more information about these classes or if you would like to register, call 270-393-3249 or visit http://www.bgky.org/bgpr/athletics/tennis.php.

Every two years, the City of Bowling Green takes the time to participate in the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and National Research Center (NRC) National Citizen Survey (NCS).  This survey is a low-cost citizen survey service for local governments.

Residents living within the City limits of Bowling Green may receive a post card in the mail this July telling them that they have been randomly selected to participate in Bowling Green’s survey. This year, we ask that if you are receive a postcard you fill out the survey online at the address that will be provided to you. Additional information on how to access the survey will be provided if you are selected.

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If you are chosen at random and receive a notice in the  mail, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and let us know how you feel about our roads, public safety, parks, crime, public services and so much more. The survey is only a few pages long and it gives staff insight to what citizens are or aren’t happy with in the City.

To get a diverse and representative sample of Bowling Green residents, the adult (anyone 18 years or older) in your household who most recently had a birthday should complete this survey. Year of birth of the adult does not matter.

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Participation in this survey is very important since only a small number of households are being surveyed. If you have any questions about the Citizen Survey please call 270.393.3642.

Bowling Green has been utilizing the National Citizen Survey since 2008 and staff uses the results to improve service delivery, develop future projects and assist with budget preparation.   If you would like to see the results from previous surveys, please visit http://www.bgky.org/citizen-surveys.php. We would appreciate any feedback or suggestions for future surveys.

Please help us shape the future of Bowling Green. Thanks for your time and participation – we look forward to hearing from you!

2016 Fireworks

Many things come to mind when thinking about the 4th of July: freedom, summer, BBQ’s, pool parties and of course, fireworks!

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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.

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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.

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

 

 

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