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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

 

Crime Stoppers

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Have you ever been witness to or had information about a Crime? If so, the South Central Kentucky Crime Stoppers Program could use your help.  Crime Stoppers is a program which brings the public, the media, and the police together in the fight against crime. Those who report crimes can receive cash for their information.

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Citizens can phone in a tip on a crime or possible crime by calling 270-781-CLUE or toll free at 1-800-842-CLUE. Callers do not need to give their name. All that is required of the caller is to relay what is known or suspected.

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Once a tip is reported, the individual calling will be given a secret personal ID number that can be used later to find out if an arrest was made and how to collect any cash that they have been awarded.

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The Crime of the Week is posted online at www.781clue.com and citizens can obtain descriptions and or pictures of the current crime that is being investigated. Archives can be viewed and information can be reported on past crimes as well.

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In addition, those who call or visit the website may report information regarding a crime at any time, learn more about the Crime Stoppers Program or get information about donating.

For more information about Crime Stoppers please call 270-393-4244.

 

City of Bowling Green Zoning

The City of Bowling Green is undergoing a transformation in many of its neighborhoods.  This transformation is the result of a variety of factors over an extended period of time.

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Bowling Green saw tremendous growth from the nineties moving forward.  We have seen steady population increases over the past 25 years with approximately 45% growth since 1990.  This amount of growth creates a demand for housing on the local market.  Bowling Green has been able to support that growth with the construction of new housing stock.  Since 2000 there has been a significant change in the type of housing stock people are looking for in Bowling Green.  The number of owner occupied units grew by 2% from 2000 to 2010, while the number or renter occupied units grew by 32% over the same time period.

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It is important to differentiate between how a specific piece of property is zoned, the allowable land use, and the type of structure that was built.  Many of our neighborhoods are comprised of Single Family detached structures; however, they are located on property that is zoned multi-family.

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Much of Bowling Green’s older neighborhoods are zoned RM-2 or RM-3, which is multifamily, even though there is a house on the property.  This can often cause confusion about who is able to live in, or rent the home. If you live in property that is zoned RS-1A through D; you are zoned for single family use. Single-family means a person living alone, or any of the following groups living together as a single non-profit housekeeping unit sharing common living, sleeping, cooking and eating facilities:

  • Any number of people related by blood, marriage, adoption, guardianship or other duly-authorized custodial relationship;
  • Two unrelated people;
  • Two unrelated people and any children related to either of them;
  • Not more than eight people living in any residential care facility.

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The City of Bowling Green Neighborhood and Community Services Department often gets calls from homeowners trying to clarify the zone they are located in and the allowable use. The chart below provides zoning classifications, use restrictions and example neighborhoods.

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Current Zoning Classification Use Restrictions Example Neighborhoods
RS-1A Single Family Dutch Gardens/Bent Tree/Covington/Crestmoor
RS-1B Single Family Hartland along Fairway
RS-1C Single Family Chenoweth
RS-1D Single Family Fieldstone Farms/Deer Park
RM-2 RS-1B and Duplex Magnolia/Nutwood/

Sherwood/TC Cherry

RM-3 RS-1C, Duplex and up to 8 units in a building Ironwood-Steeplechase/Portion of Crossridge/Springhill/Glen Lilly/Cabell Drive
RM-4 RS-1D, Duplex and multiple units per building McFaddens Ferry /Nutterville/Upper East Main

If you have questions or concerns about how your property is zoned or would like to request a zoning change, please contact Planning and Zoning at 270-843-1953. If you would like to file a complaint about a potential use restriction violation you can contact the City Central Department in Neighborhood and Community Services at 270-393-3641. For more information on your property and zone you can visit the GIS feature of the City website at http://www.bgky.org/gis/ and use the zoning information layer.

Summer was designed to give kids a break from school and help them try new experiences and grow mentally, physically, and socially.  Whether your child wants to be introduced to new innovative games, get creative, play, learn magic, cook, fish, or explore the great outdoors, F.O. Moxley Community Center’s Summer Fun Day Camp has something to offer.

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Camp Dates are May 26 – June 26 and July 6 – July 31 and children ages 5 to 13 are welcome (all 5 year olds must have attended kindergarten).

Registration for camp is open now and will run through May 8, 2015.  More information and registration forms are posted online at www.bgky.org/blog.

 

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Space is limited for camp, and pre-registration is required. Fees vary depending on drop off and pick up time.

For more information, please call 270-393-3642.

 

 

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