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Holiday Fire Safety Tips

 

The cold weather and the holidays bring warm fires, good food, friends, family and great decorations. Unfortunately, the holidays can also bring a higher risk for fires.

While you are celebrating the holidays this year, take time to make sure that you follow the guidelines below provided by the Bowling Green Fire Department:

 

Only burn well-seasoned dry wood in your fireplace and never burn paper in a fireplace.
Never leave burning candles unattended or place them near anything combustible.
Always use power strips so that you don’t overload electrical outlets.
Inspect and replace lights and extension cords with exposed wires or damage.
Never run electrical cords through doorways or under rugs.
Unplug all of your lights before leaving your home or going to bed.
Never decorate metal trees with electric lights.
Keep Christmas trees away from all heat sources and exits.
Keep fresh cut Christmas trees sufficiently watered so the needles don’t dry out and shed.
Never leave your holiday cooking unattended.

For additional fire safety tips on candles, cooking, fire place, or turkey frying, visit https://www.bgky.org/announcements/407.  Please remember to be safe and have fun this holiday season!!!!!!  For more information on live Christmas trees, please visit http://www.bgky.org/announcements/408.

And seriously, if you decide to fry a turkey over the Christmas break – make sure you follow ALL safety guidelines. The Bowling Green Fire Department has been tweeting for weeks on what to do and what NOT to do. Follow us on Twitter or email kim.lancaster@bgky.org for tips!

 

Each year in December, City Hall opens its doors to the residents of Bowling Green and Warren County during our annual Christmas Open House. This year will be no exception as we will welcome guests on Friday, December 6th, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The City will again partner with the The District and multiple Downtown Businesses to combine the City Hall Christmas Open House and the Downtown Lights Up Event.

Expect a few changes again this year as part of our open house will take place in a large tent outside of City Hall. The City will provide delicious appetizers from Cambridge Market, a free keepsake ornament to the first 500 visitors, free 2019/2020 Annual Report and Calendars and free Carriage Rides from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. courtesy of US Bank

In addition to holiday cheer, ornaments and great food, we will have special visitors from the North Pole and the City of Arendelle (think Disney), a reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, a holiday photo booth, a giant snow globe, BG Gov To Go and so much more.

Oh – and did we mention FREE carriage rides?

Alex Slitz/Daily News

 

After you have toured City Hall, grabbed a bite to eat, ridden in a horse drawn carriage, and picked up your holiday gifts, make sure to head down to Fountain Square Park where we will be officially lighting the Square just before 6 p.m.!

Be sure to join us downtown for Holiday Cheer!

Toys for Tots 2019

It may be hard to imagine a five year old child with no gifts to open on Christmas day.  For many of us the more common problem is trying to rein in the excess of toys coming from grandparents, aunts, uncles and all the other relatives.

The reality is that right here in our City, for a lot of different reasons, many kids may not see Christmas Day as different from any other day. No gifts, no celebration, just another day.

The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is designed to keep that from happening. Each year the local Marine Corps League teams up with BGFD and BGPD to provide Christmas toys for local children that might not otherwise receive a gift of any kind.

This year, Bowling Green Firefighters and Bowling Green Police Officers will be collecting toys at Walmart on Campbell Lane on Saturday, November 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Toys may be purchased on this day and handed to a local first responder, or toys may be dropped off at any of the six Bowling Green Fire Stations or the Fire Administrative building through December 22nd. Please keep in mind that all toys need to be new, unused and unwrapped to be accepted.

Station addresses are:

Station 1/Headquarters – 625 E. 6th Ave.

Station 2 – 1108 Woodhurst Ave.

Station 3 – 150 Bennett Ln.

Station 4 – 835 Morgantown Rd.

Station 5 – 250 Porter Pike.

Station 6 – 201 Cherry Farm Ln.

This successful program would not be possible without the generous support of the community.  Toys are needed for boys and girls ages birth to 12.

Last year was a great success with more than 400 local children having toys delivered to their door on Christmas morning by Bowling Green Firefighters who play Santa in the effort.

Toys are still needed for this year’s Toys for Tots program. Again, new unwrapped toys may be delivered to any City Fire Station on or before December 22nd.  For more information you may call the BGFD at 270 393-3702 or visit www.toysfortots.org.

Inclement Weather

As we have recently seen with the cold temperatures, winter is definitely here. Although road conditions can get hazardous with inclement weather, the City of Bowling Green Public Works Department is working hard to clear and de-ice our streets in order to keep the City up and running.

There are many factors that play into how and why our streets get plowed. Plowing will only begin when snowfall reaches two inches unless the forecast predicts considerable snowfall. There are 271 miles of City streets broken up into 10 zones that are maintained by our Crews. These roads are broken down into A (129 miles); B (32 miles); C (45 miles); and D (65 miles) routes. “A” routes consist of roads traveled most often by emergency services, school routes and major thoroughfares. These roads are required to be cleared first. Often times, neighborhoods and especially cul-de-sacs are “D” routes which are cleared last.

When large scale snow events happen, crews begin working in 8 hour shifts 24 hours a day. The City has 8 large trucks and 2 small trucks for plowing. The crew rotation is continued 24 hours per day until the event is over and streets are in good condition.

The City has approximately 2,000 tons of deicer that is designed to last throughout a winter season. In addition, there is about 5,800 gallons of salt brine in stock.  Salt brine is applied to the streets prior to a snow event which helps keep the snow from adhering to the asphalt and aids in the plowing process. Deicer (rock salt with magnesium chloride) is also used to aide in the melting of ice and snow. The average snowfall for Bowling Green is 9 inches per year and deicer and salt brine is purchased based off those averages.

Three separate weather forecasts are monitored during the winter months and the Operations Division of the Public Works Department heads out into the elements when light to moderate snowfall or ice is predicted.  All Operations personnel are subject to recall 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, year round, including holidays, in order to keep the roadways safe for the residents of Bowling Green.

Please also remember that City crews clear only City streets. It is not uncommon to see a City/County/State truck out on the roads without their plows down. These vehicles must travel through each other’s roads in order to get to the appropriate streets. All agencies do their best to work together during major events for the safety of our residents.

Thanks to all of our hard working staff who brave the cold, wind, snow and ice in order to keep us moving throughout the City! For more information about snow, routes and what zone/route you are in, visit http://www.bgky.org/publicworks/snow-routes.

 

Each year in December City Hall opens its doors to the residents of Bowling Green and Warren County during our annual Christmas Open House. This year will be no exception as we will welcome guests on Friday, December 6th, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The City of BG will again partner with the The District and multiple Downtown Businesses to combine the City Hall Christmas Open House and the Downtown Lights Up Event.

Alex Slitz/Daily News

Expect a few changes again this year as part of our open house will take place in a large tent outside of City Hall. The City will provide delicious appetizers from Cambridge Market, a free keepsake ornament to the first 500 visitors, free 2019/2020 Annual Report and Calendars and free Carriage Rides from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. courtesy of US Bank.

In addition to holiday cheer, ornaments and great food, we will have special visitors from the North Pole and the City of Arendelle (think Disney), a reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, a holiday photo booth, a giant snow globe, BG Gov To Go and so much more.

Oh – and did we mention the FREE carriage rides?

After you have toured City Hall, grabbed a bite to eat, ridden in a horse drawn carriage, and picked up your holiday gifts, make sure to head down to Fountain Square Park where we will be officially lighting the Square just after 5:30 p.m.!

Be sure to join us downtown for Holiday Cheer!

Census 2020 Update

As the weather turns cooler and we get closer to the new year, cities, counties and states are gearing up for the 2020 Census!

The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once and in the right place. In order to help accomplish this goal, the City of Bowling Green, Warren County and many other businesses and entities have created a Census 2020 Complete Count Committee. The committee is dedicated to making sure all residents in the Bowling Green and Warren County area are counted in 2020.

The first census began more than a year after the inauguration of President Washington and shortly before the second session of the first Congress ended. Congress assigned responsibility for the 1790 Census to the marshals of the U.S. judicial districts. The pay allowed for the 1790 “enumerators” was very small, and did not exceed $1 for 50 people properly recorded on the rolls.

As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, our nation gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The U.S. census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives (a process called apportionment) and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.

The next census in 2020 will require counting an increasingly diverse and growing population of around 330 million people in more than 140 million housing units. To get an accurate count, the Census Bureau must build an accurate address list of every housing unit, maximize self-response to the census, and efficiently follow up with those who do not respond.

The decennial census is the largest mobilization and operation conducted in the United States and requires years of research, planning, and development of methods and infrastructure to ensure an accurate and complete count.

In 2020, the Census Bureau will continue to improve its use of mobile technology, geospatial innovations, and internet self-responses to reach their goals. Help us, and make sure that you respond to census questionnaires and requests. Spread the word, and if you have any questions or concerns, please visit https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/2020-census.html.

Do you ever wonder where your tax dollars are going or what your local government has done lately? Are you ever curious about the City’s upcoming budget, road projects, public safety goals or Parks and Recreation Facilities? If so, the 2019/2020 Annual Report and Calendar is just for you. If you are also someone who wants to have a yearly calendar but you don’t want to buy one, then our calendar is REALLY for you!

Each year, in the month of November, the City releases a 12-month calendar that features pictures of Bowling Green with a theme.  This year we will highlight some of the amazing ‘We are Bowling Green’ photos from our 2019 contest.  Along with beautiful photography comes information on our budget, past projects, future ideas and general information of what government has done for you over the past year.

Approximately 4,500 copies of this calendar are produced each year and they can be picked up at a variety of local businesses, City Hall, and all other public city buildings. An entire list of all locations will be posted when the calendars arrive. We will also have plenty of copies available at our Christmas Open House this year which will take place on Friday, December 6th, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 1001 College Street.

Want to make sure that you don’t miss out on a calendar this year?  Feel free to contact us through Facebook, Twitter, or this blog to provide your contact information. We will take down your name and/or address and make sure that you receive yours.

Enjoy this sneak-peek at some of the pictures we will feature this year! We’re always open to future ideas and themes so feel free to contact us with feedback and ideas or to contribute photos!

 

Halloween 2019

On Thursday, October 31, 2019, the ghosts and the goblins will come out in the City of Bowling Green for candy, costumes and parties. Whether you have kids who are excited about going out to their neighbor’s house for candy or you are planning on passing out treats to others, remember that the recommended day for trick-or-treating for the City will be on Thursday, the 31st between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Even if you forget to buy candy and your goal is to turn off all of your lights and lay low during the trick-or-treating process, being aware of the recommended day and times will help you succeed in your hiding game.

The ultimate goal on this spooky and candy-filled holiday is safety and fun! Help make sure that your child is in a safe costume with good vision, that jack-o-lanterns or other decorations with candles in them are far enough away from trick-or-treaters that they do not pose a fire threat, and make sure that any prop your child carries is smooth and flexible to avoid injury. Above all, teach your little ones basic safety for this Halloween and everyday including not talking to strangers, looking both ways before crossing the street and never getting in a car with someone they don’t know.

On top of the safety tips, always remember that making a nice Halloween dinner before trick-or-treating will help curb the sugar and candy appetite later in the evening and will give you more of a chance to look over their haul.

And finally, don’t forget to sneak a few of your favorite treats out of your kid’s pumpkin when they aren’t looking – you’re doing them a favor as ALL of that candy wouldn’t really be good for them.

Happy Halloween!

Leaf Season Kick Off!

Leaf season is almost here!

As the stifling heat moves out and the cooler weather moves in, the leaves will begin to change color and fall, and the City’s Leaf Pickup Season will kick off. Starting in October, residents can call 270-393-3333 to request a pick-up at their residence. Requested pick-ups will take place through early late October and are not guaranteed.

Scheduled zone pick-up will begin On October 31 and will run through January 2019. Dates may change depending on weather, equipment breakdown, or the rate of leaf fall in certain zones. Each zone will be picked up at least twice during the leaf season. Please remember that Scott Waste will also pick up bagged leaves if you miss your City date or if you would simply rather bag them.

No pick-up will occur on major holidays as our crews will be home with their families during that time.

 

Zone pick-up dates, zone descriptions, maps and leaf pickup guidelines are published on the city’s web site at http://www.bgky.org/publicworks/leaf-pickup and will be published in the Daily News, in SOKY Happenings, the City’s Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram and on Government Access Channel 4. Pickup dates will also be available on a weekly basis via the Leaf Hotline (270-393-3333). Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns about your zone.

Good Leaves                                                  Bad Leaves

Finally and MOST importantly, please remember these simple rules when raking leaves to your curb. Although leaves may damage your grass, that is where they belong. Leaves that are raked into the street or onto a sidewalk may cause stormwater, traffic and/or pedestrian issues, and the City reserves the right not to pick these leaves up.  DO NOT put debris, pumpkins, rocks, tires, trash or other non-foliage items in your leaf pile.  The trucks that pick up these leaves are meant for just that – leaves.  Other items can damage this equipment causing delays in zone pick-up. Always try and rake your leaves to the curb a few days early just in case there are changes to the schedule.

If your leaves are INTENTIONALLY not picked up, you may not have followed one of the above rules. If this is the case, an orange door hanger will be placed on your door explaining the reason why your leaves were not picked up along with a contact number.

May your leaf gathering go smoothly and here’s hoping that your leaves fall all at once and you don’t have to spend too many beautiful fall weekends outdoors with a rake! More dates and information will follow in the next month.

Mark your Calendars! Save the Date!

Harvest Festival is back in 2019 and it’s going to be better than ever. Harvest Festival will take place in Downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky on Friday, October 18th starting at 4 pm! This family-friendly fall event will have activities for ALL AGES.

Pumpkin Palooza, brought to you by Warren County Public Library and the City of Bowling Green, KY – Municipal Government Parks and Recreation, will be at Circus Square Park and will have tons of kids activities including pumpkin painting, carnival games, and a hay bale fort for kids to climb on and through.

New Additions since last post:

Dunk Tank
Pie Throwing
Edgar Allen Poe Reading
Live DJ
Flippin’ Axe
Massive Life Size Hungry Hippo game
S’mores
BG Hot Rods Characters
Craft Market
Beer Gardens
Photo Ops
Outdoor Movie
Live music from the Carmonas at 7 p.m.
Craft Festival
So. Much. Food.

Right outside Circus Square, College Street will be closed to traffic from 6th to 7th Avenue and there will be inflatables and “Toot” the Train rides. BG Kiwanis will also be in attendance offering zombie face painting!

Don’t forget to come hungry! Some of BG’s best food vendors will be located in and around Circus Square Park to feed all who are coming downtown.

Come one and come all! Bowling Green Harvest Festival is going to be the best kick off to the Fall season that BG has ever seen. Special surprises and additional events will also take place.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/472230760222489/ to join our facebook event and get updates!

 

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