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It’s SNAP Grant Time!

When warm weather settles in, people in my neighborhood get outdoors for walks around the block, brats and burgers on the grill, and even some front porch sitting. I like that my neighbors know who my kids are and that I can always count on them to keep an eye out on our place when we head out for a weekend away. (And we do the same for them.)

I hope you enjoy great neighbors where you live, but did you know that the City of Bowling Green offers many ways to help residents make their neighborhoods great places to live and make memories? Whether it’s organizing a block party to bring neighbors together or planning an improvement project to spruce up the neighborhood’s appearance, it’s my job as Neighborhood Services Coordinator to provide neighbors and neighborhood groups with technical advice, materials, and even a little cash (through SNAP) to help make it happen.

Select Neighborhood Action Program (SNAP) grants can provide funds to your neighborhood group to do projects of your choosing. The grants are just for neighborhoods in the City of Bowling Green, and the deadline for grant applications for this year’s SNAP grant cycle is 4:00 p.m. on July 14. The application and guidelines are posted online at: http://www.bgky.org/neighborhoods/nhgrants.php#snapforms  and training is required.

What kinds of projects will SNAP fund?  Here’s just a few examples:

With some sweat equity, passing the hat, and obtaining SNAP grants, the Crestmoor Neighborhood has made their entry median off Nashville Road truly beautiful with landscaping, decorative rock, and lighting.

Hillview Mills Homeowners Association has added a gazebo and decorative signposts in their subdivision, and neighbors have added curbing in many areas of Bent Tree to keep vehicles in the street and off of yards.

SNAP Grants also helped to create an outdoor nature classroom at Parker Bennett Curry Elementary School:  a project that is one of several neighborhood-school partnerships that has helped to add new playground equipment and landscaping at area schools.

Neighbors in the Crossings at Cave Mill were able to give a fresh coat of paint to some plank fencing, and the historic Shake Rag community is commemorated with a Kentucky Heritage Council historic sign located at 2nd and State Street:  both because of SNAP.

Don’t let your neighborhood miss out on SNAP or one of our other great neighborhood programs! For more information, give me a shout at 270.393.3674 or shoot me an email at: karen.foley@bgky.org.

The City of Bowling Green, in conjunction with multiple sponsors, will be hosting the Paul Walker Memorial Golf Tournament on June 3rd and 4th, 2017 at the Paul Walker Golf Course.

This tournament is open to the public and limited to the first 100 players. The entry fee is $100 for non-members and $90 for members of Paul Walker and Riverview Golf Courses.  Your fee includes a Walker Memorial 3-Ball Sleeve, riding carts for Saturday and Sunday’s rounds and lunch provided on both days.

The 36 hole medal play will begin with a shotgun start at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.  Prizes will include Titleist AP1 irons, a Titleist 917 driver, a Titleist 915 driver, and a $75 BGPR Golf Division Gift Certificate.

The Paul Walker Memorial Golf Tournament is in its 34th year and sponsors of the tournament include J.B. Distributors; Chandler Real Estate; Coca-Cola; Rafferty’s; and Bowling Green Parks and Rec.

Paul Walker Golf Course is located at 1040 Covington Avenue.  For more information or to secure your place in the tournament, please contact the Paul Walker Golf Course at 270-393-3821.

Looking for fun and free things to do this spring and Summer? Click here for the City of Bowling Green’s top suggestions.

If you are looking for fun and free things to do this spring and summer then look no further. Below is five great suggestions for a variety of activities at City parks.


Take your mountain bike out for a ride along the trails at Weldon Peete Park on Old Louisville Road. With 54 acres of open space, greenways, bike trails and boat ramps Weldon Peete Park is sure to have something for everyone.
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling adventurous? Strap on your skates, grab your skateboard or jump on your BMX bike and visit the Bowling Green Skate Park at 400 Center Street and try out our 22,000 square foot concrete park. A variety of rails, ramps, bowls and half pipes await you. Several bleachers are available for spectators and the park is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

 



Interested in Civil War history? Take the time to visit Fort Webb Park at 299 Ft. Webb Drive. This 1.2 acre park is a Civil War Historical site known as one of the numerous fortifications in Bowling Green used by the CSA and Union forces. This park boasts stone terrain and lush vegetation and provides great views of Bowling Green’s country side.
   

Have you been looking for a great place to walk in the City limits that still feels like you are far out in the country? Look no further then Chuck Crume Nature Park at 2035 Nashville Road. This hidden gem of a park has 20 acres and plenty of trails for folks to enjoy a run or a walk. With two picnic tables, this park is also a great place for an outdoor lunch.
   

Is the heat getting to you? Are you looking for a great place to cool off? If so, Circus Square Park is just for you! Located at 601 State Street in downtown Bowling Green, this park not only has plenty of shaded green space but also has a large fountain that provides a refreshing way to cool off and have fun. Young and old alike are often found running through the water during our summer months.
     

If you would like more information on these parks or any other great places to go in Bowling Green, please visit www.bgky.org.

While we plant many trees in our City’s parks each year, a much greater portion of our urban forest is on private land.  You can contribute to our City’s vitality and improve your own landscape by planting trees.  While there is a right place for just about every tree, not every tree is a good fit for every landscape.

In our built environment we need to consider things that do not occur in a tree’s natural environment such as the presence of utilities and restricted growing space.  Here are 5 trees that are adapted to our environment.  You can fine more information at the Tree Board website www.bgky.org/tree or view the City’s Public Tree Ordinance at http://www.bgky.org/government/code-of-ordinances

  • Kousa Dogwood – Cornus kousa
    • This small flowering tree grows to approximately 20-30 feet and does well in full sun unlike the native flowering dogwood.  The Kousa Dogwood has nice bark and fall color.

  • Lacebark elm – Ulmus parvifolia
    • This medium size tree grows 40-50 feet with attractive bark and tolerates poor and compacted soils

  • Black gum or Tupelo – Nyssa sylvatica
    • This native medium size tree grows 30-50 feet with excellent red fall color. The Black Gum prefers acid soil.

  • Shumard Oak – Quercus shumardii
    • This large native tree grows to 40-60 feet or more and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions.  Similar to pin oak, but does better in limestone soils common to this area.

  • Sugar Maple – Acer saccharum
    • This large native tree grows to 60-75 plus feet with excellent fall color. This is a tree that draws people to the forests in the autumn.  Requires ample space above and below ground.

The National Arbor Day Foundation recognizes cities across the country for efforts to maintain their Urban Forest by designating them as a Tree City USA.  Bowling Green has been awarded the status of Tree City USA since 1994.  An Urban Forest is made up of all the trees growing within our city including public and private trees.  This collection of trees provides many benefits to all residents such as cleaning our air and water and also makes our city more attractive to visitors, which benefits our city and local businesses financially.

Here are a few tips for planting your tree

  • Choose the tree based on your location
    • Do not plant large trees near power lines
    • Call 811 to have underground utilities marked
    • Large trees need lots of soil area
    • If you are planting a public tree (near the street) please see Public Tree Ordinance
    • http://www.bgky.org/government/code-of-ordinances
  • Do not plant trees too deep
  • Apply mulch 2-3 inches deep
    • Keep mulch off of trunk
  • Water tree for at least first year
    • About 1 inch per week
    • Water deeply and infrequently (weekly, not daily)

Learn to Swim Program

The Learn to Swim program provides swimming instructions for ages infant to adult during the months of June and July at the Russell Sims Aquatic Center.

Registration dates are May 24th and 25th  at the Russell Sims Aquatic Center between the hours of 4 and 6:30 p.m. Classes are $75 for six classes over a two week period and $55 for four classes over a one week period. Participants will need to come dressed to get in the pool at the time of registration for a skills assessment test.

Classes will begin the week of June 5th and will run through August 3rd.

For more information on the Learn to Swim Program including specific dates, please call 270-393-3249.

Flyer and Registration Form: http://www2.bgky.org/bgpr/aquatics/documents/LearntoSwimFlyerRegistrationForm.pdf

 

Disaster Response Training

You may not think of building and code inspectors as responders, but in the event of a disaster in our community, NCS will be among the first wave of the City’s effort for recovery and helping to get families back into homes. From doing initial damage assessments and determining building safety, NCS electrical, building. and code enforcement inspectors have an important role to play.

Slated for demolition to make way for the addition of needed parking at Kereiakes Park, the former Trax Running building provided an opportunity for both the Police and Fire departments to conduct vitally important field training. After public safety trainings concluded, for the first time, NCS code enforcement and building inspectors used the building to participate in a local Disaster Assessment exercise in preparation for practicing the assessment steps they would take in evaluating conditions they might encounter following a local disaster.

Building Services Manager Jeremy Segur and Code Enforcement Inspector Brad Schargorodski led and coordinated the exercise, which was a follow-up to classroom training they presented together earlier this quarter. Our hard hats are off to Jeremy and Brad for their leadership in this endeavor!

Code Enforcement Coordinator James Napper is responsible for overseeing the final days of the Trax building: its ultimate demolition is merely days away.

Code Enforcement

As summer approaches, staff will start to get numerous calls regarding various code violations that are taking place throughout the City.  As a resident of Bowling Green, it is your responsibility to properly maintain your yard and home.

Neighbors, City staff or the general public may call the Code Enforcement Department to report a violation. Common violations include property that has a vehicle parked in the front yard (on the grass), property covered in debris or yard waste, inoperable vehicles on a driveway, or grass/weeds that are over 10 inches in height.

There are multiple other violations that can result in a citation – for a full list; you can visit the City of Bowling Green website at http://www2.bgky.org/ncs/codeenforce.php.

If you notice a violation, you can contact the City Central Department at 270-393-3641 to report a problem.  If you are tech savvy and would rather use your computer, you can submit a complaint online through the “City of Bowling Green Request for Action” form.  In order to access this easy to use form, log onto www.bgky.org, click on the resident drop down box and select service request form.  Once on the City of Bowling Green Request for Action page, click the request type drop down box, select the category that best fits your needs, and fill out the form.

In the event that you report a violation, or someone reports a violation on your property, there are multiple steps that will take place.  Once the complaint is reported, City Inspectors will have three days to view the property.  If in violation, you will be notified and you will have 10 days to correct a non-structural issue (such as overgrown grass/weeds).  After 10 days, an additional inspection will be conducted and if the property in question is not in compliance, a citation will be issued and action will be taken to bring the issue into compliance.

And always remember, if you feel as though you have received a citation incorrectly, you can appeal the citation to the Code Enforcement Board.  The CEB is made up of five citizens appointed by the Mayor who meet once a month to approve fees and/or citations that Code Enforcement staff has issued.

If you would like more information on the Code Enforcement please contact 270-393-3641.

 

 

The City of Bowling Green is currently working with Time Warner (now owned by Charter Communications and known locally as Spectrum) on the local Cable Franchise Agreement which expired December 31, 2016. All past and any future franchise agreements are nonexclusive agreements which means that other cable television providers may provide service in Bowling Green if they choose to.

The City was recently notified by Spectrum Cable of certain changes to their services in the City. The City of Bowling Green’s Government Access Channel 4 will become Bowling Green TV 196 on April 18, 2017.

In addition to this channel change, Spectrum customers will also be required to have a Spectrum receiver on each television they own by April 18, 2017.  Some existing customers will not be impacted by this action due to their current service arrangements. Customers of Spectrum Cable will need to call 1-844-830-4787 or visit the local cable office to order boxes or to enquire about any changes in their services.

The City of Bowling Green has very limited authority to regulate cable television service pursuant to Federal Law. Neither of the actions pointed out above are, or can be regulated or prohibited by the City. The City does not oversee Spectrum Cable.

All questions relating to Spectrum Services should be directed to 1-844-830-4787.  For more information on Bowling Green TV 196, please contact Kim Lancaster at 270-393-3642.

 

Arbor Day

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 15, 2017 at Kereiakes Park from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.

A variety of trees will be given away during Arbor Day including Hemlock, Serviceberry, Pawpaw, Tulip Poplar and River Branch trees. In total there will be 1,300 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 Bowling Green Police Department operates the Advanced Tactical Training Center located in the Hobson Grove area. While this facility has been around for many years, it hasn’t always been the quality training facility that it is today.  In May of 2010 a flood devastated the training center either destroying or severely damaging the entire training area. The City of Bowling green took this opportunity to update the facility in many ways.

After a major construction project and input from many sources, the range was updated and became a great tool in the belt for the City.  In more recent times, the facility was expanded and upgraded again by adding a K-9 training area and a Critical Response Team component.

Today, the Critical Response Team can put themselves through rigorous training using a variety of challenging obstacles.  The K-9s can hone skills needed to search large areas and the obstacles encountered during these tasks. 

Having a facility covering many facets of training keeps the City from being dependent on other facilities thus lowering the cost of training.  The department feels fortunate to have such a quality training center.

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