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Who Maintains that Road?

Have you ever been driving down a road in or around Bowling Green and you notice a problem with the road condition, traffic signal, a pot hole or a street cut? This can be frustrating for a resident and we want to make sure you know who to contact about a specific issues – as different roads are maintained by different agencies.

The City of Bowling Green staff take a lot of phone calls about traffic, road conditions and street lights, and our goal is to assist you regardless of whether the road is cared for by the City, the County or the State; having said that, we’ll try and give you a general and brief lesson on the roads that we drive every day.

The quick answer is that if a road has a number on it, it is State maintained. This is not always easy to determine.  For example, nearly everyone who lives in or travels through Bowling Green knows of Scottsville Road.  While the average motorist may call it Scottsville Road, its official name is KY 231.  Other examples include, Nashville Road (31-W), Russellville Road (68/80), and Three Springs Road (844) to name a few.  These “number roads” are maintained by the State regardless of whether or not they are located in the City or County limits.  As such, the City and County have no authority over the way these roads are maintained or the traffic signals that are located on them.

In addition to State maintained roads, the County is responsible for roads and streets as you leave the City limits. Often times, one road may be partially maintained by the City and partially by the County.  A good example of this type of situation is Dishman Lane/Dishman Lane Extension/Cave Mill Road, (why this same stretch of road has three different names is the subject of a whole other blog post) which connects Russellville Road and Scottsville Road running in an East to West direction.  This road meanders in and out of the City and County limits more times than it has names.  Again, I know this can be confusing.

If you want to become more educated on this, please visit the GIS section of the City website at http://www.bgky.org/gis/ to get a good idea of where the City/County boundaries are.

The City is still responsible for a lot of roads. If you are downtown or in a City neighborhood and you happen across an issue with the road you are driving on, you most likely need to contact the City.  If you would like to file a complaint or notify staff of an issue, you can contact our City Central department at 270-393-3644 or you can do file a complaint online at http://bit.ly/2CLbnmN.

And remember, The City of BG prides itself on being constituent friendly so feel free to call on us no matter where the problem is and we’ll do our best to assist you with contacting the correct person or agency.

Bowling Green History

In 1792, the Kentucky territory had entered the new United States as the 15th state and in December of 1796, with the assistance of a petition by the new residents, the General Assembly passed an act, effective in March 1797, to establish Warren County; named to honor Dr. Joseph Warren, a hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Robert Moore and his brother George donated a two-acre plot on which to build a log county courthouse and jail. (This site is now the location of Fountain Square Park.)

The following year, the Moores offered an additional donation of more than 30 acres for the creation of a town to surround the recently constructed public buildings. At the first county commissioners meeting in early 1798, the pioneers decided that the new town would be “called and known by the name of Bolin Green.” This name was after the Bowling Green Square in New York City, where patriots had pulled down a statue of King George III and used the lead to make bullets during the American Revolution.

Within only a few decades, Bowling Green was established as a commercial and transportation center for the South Central Kentucky area. After a brief competition with the small Jeffersonville and New Town settlements alongside the Barren River, Bowling Green gained the official designation of county seat in 1809 and was incorporated in 1812.

Bowling Green continued to grow throughout the 1800’s and its residents saw the construction of the Mariah Moore House (which still stands today as the oldest building in Bowling Green), churches, a doctor’s office, a private school, a drug store and more.

In 1907, under the guidance of Mayor George T. Wilson (1903-1909), City Hall was built at the corner of 10th and College Streets. Bids went out that July. Several firms submitted bids, but C. H. Smith was selected to complete the job. The original bid came in at $29,000 for the three story building but was reduced to $25,239 after modifications such as not adding a large balcony in the Commission Chambers. The original plans also showed three large interior windows that would have opened views of the Commission Chambers to the hallway. 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.

Today, Bowling Green is the third largest City in Kentucky with a population of almost 68,000 and occupying a land area of 38.5 square miles. Our city operates under a City Manager form of government, which was adopted pursuant to a general election held in 1966 and by ordinance in 1968.

This article was in part taken from Lena Sweeten’s article posted on www.bgky.org.

Stormwater and Bowling Green

Spring and summer rains are essential to our City, but they can also bring issues in the form of flooding and water pollution. The City of Bowling Green is always working to improve our stormwater program in order to help prevent future flooding and water quality issues.

Stormwater is water that originates during rain events and does not soak into the ground but becomes surface runoff, which either flows directly into surface waterways (rivers and streams), or is channeled into storm sewers, which eventually discharge to surface waters.  These waters can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants. If heavy rains occur, flooding can also develop.

All cities deal with stormwater pollutants and flooding, but Bowling Green is unique. Bowling Green and Warren County are located in a karst region that is made up of caves, sinkholes, springs, and underground streams. There are very few surface streams and rivers. While most cities use streams and storm sewer systems for handling urban stormwater, Bowling Green uses a series of caves to handle water runoff.  A major concern with alternative methods of handling stormwater is water quality. Bowling Green faces unique challenges with respect to stormwater management.

Many of the challenges that are created by our unique typography are handled in large part by our Public Works Department.  The City of Bowling Green focuses on multiple stormwater projects every year and budgets accordingly. Each year BG focuses on various stormwater issues that can range from large scale retention basin projects to smaller neighborhood concerns.

In addition to the City working to fix the large scale stormwater problems, there are MANY things that the average citizen can do to help our water quality.  First, you can use household cleaners that are labeled non-toxic (that may be something to do anyway), pick up animal waste from your back yard (hey – we know it’s not pleasant but it’s better than drinking it), never blow sweep, or rake leaves/grass clippings into storm drains or sinkholes, and properly maintain your car to reduce leakage of oil and other fluids.  These are just a few hints and tips – for a full list, you can visit http://www2.bgky.org/publicworks/planningdesign/stormwater/index.php.

Trees, Brush and Limbs

The coming of Spring often bring storms and heavy rains 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, Scott Waste Services provides your trash pick-up.

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.

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.

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.

Spotlight On Bowling Green

The City of Bowling Green has produced the long standing television program Spotlight on Bowling Green for over 20 years. Spotlight on Bowling Green was developed in 1995 as creative way to educate viewers on various City departments, programs and events.


Over the years, this 12 to 15 minute long program airing bi-monthly has focused on everything from the Bowling Green Police Department to the Bowling Green Fire Department; from Parks and Recreation and their programs to Public Works and our streets; and from special events and programs, to the way that we operate day to day.


Spotlight on Bowling Green originally aired on Cable Channel 3 – which was then shared with Warren County Government. All City TV programming moved to BG TV Channel 4 in the early 2000’s.


Spotlight on Bowling Green has been produced both in-house by staff, and by various video production companies throughout the community. Most recently, the City has hired Harris Visual of Bowling Green to produce 6 programs over the course of the 2018 year.


The first program in 2018 aired in early February and features our Public Works Fleet Division. Future programs will air in April, June, August, October and December of this year. Videos can be viewed online at www.bgky.org, on BG TV Channel 4, or on the City’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuC4VY1KH1meQgLsku4uEOA.


For more information on these programs or to offer suggestions for future shows, please contact City Hall at 270-393-3642.

February is a busy month for the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department. All of our upcoming events can be found online at http://www.bgky.org/events/2018-03?calendars=4, but below is a brief summary of many of the things we have going on!

Shelter reservations are open for Spring and Summer and early bird season passes for the Russell Sims Aquatic Center are on sale now through May 4th.

The Pre-Spring Volleyball Season begins on February 26th and the registration deadline is February 21st. There are multiple leagues with various fees and all games will take place at Kummer/Little Recreation Center.

Multiple events will be taking place throughout the month at the FO Moxley Center. Mommy and Me takes place on Mondays from 9 to 11 a.m. for moms and little ones to enjoy fellowship, free play time and arts and crafts. Pickleball is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is a lively racquet game for all ages. Kid’s Corner is open every Saturday through February 17th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 8 to 15 years. Kids will enjoy board games, ping pong, pool and foosball.

More can be found at http://www2.bgky.org/bgpr/ regarding Superbowl Tailgating, Youth Kickball League, and Healthy Choices for Everybody!

In addition to all of the above fun activities, volunteers are always needed at Parks and Recreation. If you want to get involved in your Community, Parks and Recreation is the place to be.  Help with our Afterschool Programs at the F.O. Moxley and Parker Bennett Centers or Volunteer with Special Olympics.  If you want to volunteer, applications can be submitted online at www.bgky.org/hr/jobs.  The City does background checks on all volunteers for the safety of the participants in our programs.

City Manager, Kevin DeFebbo

On January 1, 2006, Kevin DeFebbo began his career with the City of Bowling Green as City Manager. Kevin came to Bowling Green from Schenectady County, New York where he served as the County Manager. Prior to that, he served as the County Manager of Wyoming County, New York; Borough Manager of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; and City Manager of Follansbee, West Virginia.

Kevin and His wife Barb have four children who currently reside in Texas, Tennessee and Florida. They are also the proud grandparents of their granddaughter Bailey and a new arrival coming this summer.

Throughout his time with the City, Kevin’s main accomplishments have been working with staff and the Board of Commissioners to complete the following goals:

  • To provide the best city services at the lowest appropriate cost;
  • To adequately maintain and invest in our public infrastructure;
  • To compete economically on a global and national basis by helping to incentivize the jobs that fuel our community;
  • To be a democratic local government organization that adheres to the highest standards of honesty, and ethics; and
  • To be a city government that seeks to improve the quality of life for all residents.

Kevin was born and raised in the upper Ohio area of West Virginia where as a young adult he worked in the steel mills. Kevin initially attended seminary school, studying to be a priest, but now holds a Master of Public Administration from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Franciscan University.

Over the past 12 years Kevin has worked hard to form his team and the City has prospered. His core values are anchored in integrity, open communication, respect for others and accountability to the public.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys participating in Living History re-enactments, spending time with his granddaughter, Bailey, blacksmithing, and traveling. We hope the when his retirement begins at the end of next month, Kevin is able to spend much more time doing the things he loves.


Over 50 Citizen’s Academy

Are you Over 50? Are you interested in Bowling Green? Do you want to know more about your City’s form of government? Then the 6th Annual Over Fifty Citizen’s Academy is perfect for you!  The Academy will be held weekdays, Thursday, March 1st through Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, for Bowling Green City residents age 50 and older.

A portion of the sessions will include bus transportation and very light walking, with accommodations as needed. The Academy is provided at no cost to participants. The participant is expected to attend each session throughout the five days. Applicants are chosen solely on a first come, first serve basis, using receipt of application to determine order.

Throughout this five-day course you will learn how we pay for City government, gather information about aging resources and services, be introduced to all of our City departments, find out about transportation needs and planning, and so much more.

For more information or to apply, please visit:   http://www.bgky.org/ncs/over-fifty-citizens-academy or contact Karen Foley at 270-393-3674. Application deadline is February 15, 2018.

Previous Over Fifty Academies have been a huge success with attendees providing the following feedback to City staff on evaluation forms:

  • “After living here since the mid-70s it was extremely informative and educational to be exposed to all of the key areas of our city.  I thoroughly enjoyed all of the presentations and tours and feel a much greater sense of appreciation for our City employees.”
  • “I felt every presenter was excellent.  They really showed how much B.G. city government cares about the citizens and each showed great pride in their department and the work they do.”
  • “Loved, loved, loved this program!  It so opened my eyes to what makes BG run.  I had no idea.  Thank you so very much for all your efforts pulling this together!!”
  • “I have really enjoyed this.  This is the best learning experience I have attended.”

If you think this week-long Academy may be something you are interested in, please don’t hesitate to contact the City or apply online. Space is limited and we’re looking forward to another great program in 2018!!


Parks and Rec Kickball

Do you have children ages 6 to 12 years old who are interested in playing a fun and active sport this winter? If so, the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation kickball league is for you. Kids can get in a “kick” with this great activity.

The Parks and Rec kickball program is a supervised event that includes fun, meeting new friends and it’s a great way to improve health and fitness – especially during these cold winter months.

Registration dates are February 5th – the 16th from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 225 E. Third Avenue. Games will take place on Thursdays at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the FO Moxley Center.

The cost is only $20 per child! We’re looking forward to kick-starting this year in a fun way!

The City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department will host an Open House from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on January 9th and 10th at 225 East Third Street. Our facility offers a variety of programs, classes, and activities to help you achieve your fitness goals and get you more physically active!

Light refreshments will be served at various times both days and there will be drawings for door prizes. Door prizes include BGPR water bottles, BGPR drawstring backpacks, free one month memberships, $5 off a monthly renewal coupon, gift certificates, and a gym bag.

BGPR Fitness will also be offering NEW members who sign up the 9th or 10th a BOGO month deal; buy one month, get one month free. Current members will receive $5.00 off if they renew their membership on these days.

Fitness, Fun and Friends….you’ll find them all at B.G.P.R. Fitness. Work out with others, at your own pace, in our SilverSneakers Fitness Program, or enjoy a game of wallyball with friends.

Come enjoy the many opportunities awaiting for you, with no contracts, initiation, or enrollment fees. Student rates and senior citizen discounts are available along with a variety of fitness plan rates to fit your specific needs.

Join us on January 9th and 10th!

B.G.P.R. Fitness Facility….Be Active, Get Fit, Stay Healthy!
225 East Third Ave, Bowling Green, KY, 42101

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