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The City of Bowling Green will kick off its #BGGovToGo season with a “Star Wars” themed May the 4th Community Block Party on Friday, May the 4th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at SOKY Marketplace, located at 636 Center Street behind SKYPAC.

Wear your favorite Star Wars gear, grab your lawn chair or blanket, and come out to enjoy free fun for all ages.  Free hot dogs, lemonade and pop ice will be available while supplies last, and food trucks will have additional treats for sale.  Young and old Jedi’s alike can try out obstacle courses, inspect the Imperial Fleet and Armory (which includes public safety and public works vehicles and equipment), and see our local community heroes up close:  including police, fire, public works, utility workers, parks and recreation and even elected officials.  Hands-on activities, lawn games, and other surprise attractions will be on hand as well.

Participating agencies include all City departments, BGMU, Scott Waste Management, the Planning Commission, Warren County Public Library, Warren County Health Department, Warren County Public Works, SOKY Marketplace, Momo Kitchen, and more.

Free parking is available at the Stadium Park Plaza parking garage, Circus Square Park, and on the street.

#BGGovToGo is a neighborhood outreach initiative that brings information about City services and programs out to special events and to neighborhoods while modeling low cost ways for neighbors to get to know one another and advocate for the needs in their area.  This focus on meeting people where they are kicks off with the May the 4th Community Block Party, continues in varied locations throughout the summer and fall, and concludes with Pumpkin Palooza and Food Truck Rally on Friday, Oct. 12 at Circus Square Park.  To plan a neighborhood #BGGovToGo block party or invite #BGGovToGo to your special event, call 270.393.3444 or email karen.foley@bgky.org.

Other upcoming dates (not all inclusive) are:

Saturday, June 2:  #BGGovToGo at Warren County Public Library’s Battle of the Bands

Tuesday, June 5:  #BGGovToGo at Community Connection Event at Dishman McGinnis Elementary School

Tuesday, June 19:  #BGGovToGo at Stand for Children Day

Friday, June 20:  #BGGovToGo at Independence Bank’s Family Fun Night at West End Park


To plan a neighborhood #BGGovToGo block party or invite #BGGovToGo to your special event, call 270.393.3444 or email karen.foley@bgky.org.

Online Auction

The City of Bowling Green online auction is back and as always, is offering a variety of items that will rival any Flea Market.  Bidding is now open at www.govdeals.com.

The City of BG regularly posts online auctions in order to sell surplus items.  A complete description and photographs of the pieces, along with instructions on the auction process is available on govdeals. The general public is encouraged to participate.

To access Bowling Green’s auction, simply search for Bowling Green, KY on the govdeals website and all items will be listed with pictures and current bid amounts. Please note that this auction will end on Monday, April 30th.

The list below includes most of the interesting and unique items that will be open to bid on.  Take this opportunity to get rims for your car, golf clubs, tools, holsters cellphones, vehicles and more! We really do have something for everyone

Shop till you drop – without even leaving your home! Please remember that all items are used and working condition is not always known. This is one of our largest auctions ever with over 40 lots of iPhones!

Remember, the pictures in this article only include some of the items. Log on to govedeals.com to see and bid on all items.

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.

The Annual Household Hazardous Waste and E-scrap Collection Day will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greenwood High School (5065 Scottsville Road).  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.

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.warrencountyky.gov/household-hazardous-waste-day

Arbor Day 2018

Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season. The idea for Arbor Day originally came from Nebraska. A visit to Nebraska today wouldn’t disclose that the state was once a treeless plain. Yet it was the lack of trees there that led to the founding of Arbor Day by J. Sterling Morton in the 1800s.

On January 4, 1872, Morton first proposed a tree-planting holiday to be called “Arbor Day” at a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture. The date was set for April 10, 1872. Prizes were offered to counties and individuals for properly planting the largest number of trees on that day. It was estimated that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.


The Bowling Green Community Tree Advisory Board, in conjunction with the City of Bowling Green, organizes an Arbor Day celebration every year to help make the public aware of how trees benefit us. This year, the annual Arbor Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at Kereiakes Park from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.

A variety of trees will be given away during Arbor Day including Norway spruce, columnar English oak, bald cypress, Japanese maple, and hazelnut trees. In total there will be 1,500 saplings available on a first come first served basis.

In addition to free trees, there will be a tree planting and care demonstration, tree planting items, stormwater information, children’s activities, inflatables and more.

Arbor Day is FREE and open to the public. We encourage everyone to spend time among trees and to learn about proper tree care and planting.

Please come join us for this fun and educational day.  For more information about the Tree Advisory Board or Arbor Day, please call 270-393-3111 or visit http://www2.bgky.org/tree/index.php

The Loops at Lovers Lane 2nd Annual 5k Run/Walk for Abilities will take place on Sunday, April 15th, 2018 at 2 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the local Bowling Green Special Olympics Program.

Pre-registration is $25; or $30 the day of the event and all entries will receive a goody bag and t-shirt. Winners will be announced for overall male and female, senior male and female and City staff male and female. Refreshments will be provided before and after the race and we will run rain or shine!

The Loops at Lovers Lane is a 1.6 mile gravel outer loop and a .7 mile paved inner loop, The Loops weave around and through the Lovers Lane Soccer Complex at 385 Lovers Lane. This trail is designed to give runners and walkers alike a great place to exercise and to connect to the City’s Greenways.

We hope to see Bowling Green residents come out to support the Special Olympics and to use this great new trail.

Registration can be done online at https://playbgpr.bgky.org or by visiting 225 East Third Avenue. For more information, please contact Kim Lancaster at 270-393-3642 or kim.lancaster@bgky.org.

The City of Bowling Green is inviting photographers of all ages to submit their best high resolution images celebrating our community in the Second Annual City of Bowling Green Photography Contest – We are Bowling Green!

Submission entries will be accepted April 1 – April 30th!

Entering is free and easy. Visit http://www.bgky.org/photo-contest-2018 to view all rules, criteria, prizes and to upload your photo.

Participants should select images that best depict Bowling Green’s beautiful environment, active people, and vibrant community life. This includes but is not limited to sky, parks, rivers, wildlife, cityscapes, landmarks, people participating in sports and arts, or special events, and other activities. We want to know what you love about Bowling Green and what makes you think makes Bowling Green is the special place that it is.

First, second and third place winners will be chosen by a panel of Judges and a first place People’s Choice award will be chosen by online voting. First place winners will receive a $100 gift card to Amazon and second and third place will receive $75 and $25 respectively.

Start snapping those photos today and upload April 1st – 30th.

We hope you enjoy a few of last year’s entries in this post!






Street Cuts

We’ve talked in the past about contacting the City, County or State for various road issues such as traffic lights, potholes or needed repairs. Today we’ll talk about the specific issue of street cuts and why they are necessary.

Have you ever gone across a metal plate in the road or a hole that has been filled with gravel? These are street cuts where the road has been opened up in order to reach utilities or fix a problem. As frustrating as it may be to cross over such a road cut, I can assure you that it would be far more frustrating to not have access to the necessary utilities because no one wanted the road to be cut up.

Often times we get calls or complaints about specific street cuts and sometimes it is work that the City has done, but many times it is work that has been done by a utility company or construction company. It is difficult for a citizen to determine who initiated a street cut and if you contact City staff, we will be more than happy to get you in contact with the correct agency and we will do our part to ensure that the respective company is being held accountable to repairing the road in an appropriate and timely fashion.

In recent years, the City has enforced stricter regulations on street cuts requiring notice, faster temporary and permanent repair times and heavier fines for violations. As always, our goal is to provide necessary services with as little disruption as possible.

In addition to the regulations, the City makes a concerted effort to coordinate any street paving with all local utility companies to ensure that we are not laying down new pavement only to have it cut up in the following months. Many times situations like this are unavoidable as no one knows when a utility emergency is going to necessitate a road cut, but please know that all the parties are working together to minimize as many road cuts as possible.

For more information on this topic you can visit http://www.bgky.org/publicworks/.

Boards and Commissions

I think it’s safe to say that everyone has an opinion about local government and what should and shouldn’t be happening, but often times people don’t know how they can get involved. Below are a list of ways that you can serve or be a part of your local government.

Residents can always come to a City Commission meeting in order to voice their opinion and there is always the voice that you get from voting (which we highly recommend you do). If you are really a glutton for punishment, you can simply run for office.  But, if you’re looking for more of a happy medium – we may have a solution for you.

Currently, there are 33 boards and commissions that require appointments from the Mayor.  These groups conduct planning, research, and discuss specific issues which are essential to the continued growth and prosperity of our City.  While some boards only make recommendations and advisory opinions to the Board of Commissioners, others are designed to be the policy-making authority over a particular entity.

Board appointments are generally two to four year terms and most boards meet monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly.  Some people choose to stay on a board for multiple terms and some rotate off after only one term – in most cases, the decision is yours. If you’re lucky, some boards even serve a lunch while you meet.

Now you may be asking yourself, what boards are out there that I would bring value to?  With so many boards to choose from, it’s almost a guarantee that something will interest you.  Fascinated with aviation? Check out the Airport Board.  If you’re interested in green space or City parks you can get involved with the Greenways Commission, Board of Park Commissioners or the Tree Advisory Board. And if the outdoors aren’t you’re thing but history is, there is always the Historic Preservation Board or the Hobson House Committee.   You can find a full list of boards and commissions online at http://www.bgky.org/boards.php.

I hope that you’ll take the time to consider serving on a local board. We are always looking for folks who are interested and committed to serving this community. For more information about current board openings or how to submit your resume, you can contact the office of the City Clerk at 270-393-3688.

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.

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