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Fairview Cemetery Clean-up

Have you ever wondered what the rules are at Fairview Cemetery?  Maybe you have not, unless you have loved ones buried there or you have purchased graves for you and your family members.  Some of the more common rules are often not followed and we want to explain why we have them in place.

One of the main rules that are frequently not followed, is the planting of unapproved landscaping.  Often times, people come into the cemetery and plant items for their loved one.  But we ask that before you plant, please contact the Cemetery Administration Office to make sure what you have planned is approved landscaping.  We have over 30,000 burial plots on 109 acres that we maintain on a weekly basis.  This includes mowing, weed eating, weed killing and general maintenance.

Another rule at Fairview Cemetery is to keep all items off the ground during mowing and mulching season.  We do not want mowers and weed eaters to accidentally destroy something that might be of sentimental value to the family member that placed it there.  Items may not be placed on the ground from March 1st through October 31st which is mowing/mulching season.  However, exceptions are granted for Easter, Mother’s/Father’s Day, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and birthday of the deceased.  Many families also place beautiful artificial flower arrangements at their loved ones grave.  Unfortunately, many times these arrangements come up missing.  There are many reasons for this; the wind might blow them off during a storm or they were not placed tightly enough on the headstone or in the vases.  These items, if found, are held approximately one week next to the Cemetery Administration Office back patio.  If an ID tag can be affixed to the arrangement with the name as it appears on the monument, Cemetery Staff will do their best to see the arrangement is placed back to the correct monument.  But unfortunately, the main reason for these arrangements to disappear is theft; so we ask that you do not place anything sentimental or valuable at a grave.

Fairview Cemetery Staff will be conducting their Annual Cleanup beginning March 1st and continuing through mowing/mulching season.  We advertise this event several weeks before in the newspaper, through PSA’s, at www.bgky.org, on social media and we post signs in all 4 cemeteries which include:  Fairview Cemetery 1 and 2, Mount Moriah Cemetery and Pioneer Cemetery.  Cleanup will include decorations, flowers, statuary, plaques, and other items that are on the ground; this includes items that will get in the way of mowers, weed eaters and grave maintenance.  Cemetery Staff will also be removing any holiday decorations which include any Christmas decorations, as well as, any worn or faded flowers and trinkets.

If you have any questions regarding our Annual Cleanup please call our office at 270-393-3607, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00am and 4:00pm and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.

 

Sidewalks

The City of Bowling Green constructs new sidewalk every year as part of the New Sidewalk Program. This program generally consists of the construction of about 1 mile of sidewalk. On average, the cost of new sidewalk is approximately $400,000 to $500,000 annually and currently funded projects can be found at https://www.bgky.org/publicworks/new-sidewalk-program. Request to be added to the new sidewalk list can be made by contacting emily.angel@bgky.org.

While new sidewalk increases connectivity and pedestrian safety, what about the sidewalk that does not need to be replaced but does require repairs? Each year, City sidewalks are inspected for trip hazards, ADA compliance, deterioration and more. In December of 2020 almost 900 “spots” on sidewalk were repaired with a method called cutting. Cutting allows for trip hazards of ½ inch or less to be ground down (repaired) instead of being replaced. This makes for safer travels for walkers, runners and bikers alike.


For any sidewalk damage that is over ½ inch in trip hazard, severely cracked, missing or not ADA complaint, that section is being completely replaced. Replacement can range is size from 4 feet by 4 feet to much longer stretches. Section replacement is ongoing now and is scheduled to be complete by June 1, 2021.

Please note that sidewalk construction can impact traffic. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/citybgky  or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CityofBGKY for updates on any road closures, traffic impacts or detours throughout this project. All projects are weather dependent.

BGPR Sweethearts Challenge

Are you wondering what to do with your friends, family or loved one this Valentine’s Day? While many typical indoor venues may not be an option due to COVID, the City of Bowling Green is offering the “Sweethearts Challenge” to anyone in the community looking for an exciting journey through Downtown Bowling Green!

This fun challenge is open February 11 through February 14 and will take you in and around our City, stopping at some of our local parks and community landmarks. Stops include Fountain Square Park, SOKY Marketplace Pavilion, BGPD, Riverwalk Walking Bridge, Circus Square Park and more. Each stop has a Valentine’s themed display or a designated area for a photo to be taken.

The Family Fun version of this challenge also includes a storybook trail along the way. At each stop, there will be pages of the book, “The Hug Machine,” for you and your family to read. If you complete all of the stops you will have read the entire book from start to finish.

We hope that everyone who participates will share all their adventures on social media using #BGPRSweetheartsChallenge.

Don’t forget! As an added bonus, Spencer’s Coffee will be offering buy one get one free to those who are participating and Little Fox Bakery will be offering 10% off your sweet treats.

Sign up and get started by texting “SweetheartsBG” to 833-494-0660 today! Participate any time Thursday, February 11th through Sunday, February 14th.

BG Disc Golf

There’s no doubt that folks are currently trying to find fun, outdoor (and COVID safe) activities that they can do to hang out with friends and family. The City of BG offers a free, outdoor, family friendly activity year round that can be enjoyed by all; Disc Golf. Here in our City, we have an abundance of great Disc Golf Courses. Eighteen-hole courses are located at Lovers Lane, Hobson Grove, Preston Miller and Kereiakes Parks. Oliver French, an individual sponsored by the largest producer of discs in the world, was even sent to Bowling Green to document our great fields.

The Bowling Green Disc Golf Courses offer challenging and fun play in all areas of town. With a variety of pars and holes ranging in distance and difficultly levels, there is something for everyone from novice to the most experienced players.

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970’s and shares with “ball golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the “hole”. The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole® an elevated metal basket.

As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is completed. Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it’s sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are a few differences, though. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won’t need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad “tee time.” It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.

If you have yet to try disc golf, we encourage you to get out see what you think. Enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise and try and fun new activity.

Calling 911 is a lesson that is learned by almost all Americans at an early age. If there is a crime, emergency, fire or a life threatening injury, we know to pick up the phone and dial those 3 numbers. But often times, we don’t think about the individuals who are always on the other end of our emergency calls.

Those who work in the Bowling Green Police Department Communications Center, also known as the 911 Center, are called Telecommunicators. Telecommunicators work in high stress and fast paced atmospheres answering 911 and non-emergency calls around the clock and dispatching police, fire, animal control and county fire calls for our community.

911 calls should ALWAYS be reserved for true emergencies. But let’s talk about what happens when someone calls 911. In order to correctly assess the situation for a prioritized response, you will be asked certain questions which are vital to the safety of the caller and the responding Officer(s).

When you call 911, the telecommunicator is automatically provided with the phone number and the location that you are calling from. You will be asked to verify this information since quite often individuals call 911 from locations other than where the incident is occurring. If you call 911 from a cell phone it is very important that you provide the location to the telecommunicator when using a cell phone.

 

Next, the telecommunicator will ask “what is your emergency.” At this point you should give a quick description of what occurred. Then you will be asked a series of questions which are extremely important to the proper handling of the call. These may include:

  • Is anyone injured?
  • How long ago did the incident occur?
  • Were there weapons involved and if so, what type?
  • Did the suspect flee, and if so, which direction?
  • What was the mode of transportation, a car, bike or on foot?
  • If a vehicle was involved, what was the description and what was the direction of travel?
  • What was the physical description of the suspect?
  • What was the clothing description?

Although these may seem like an unreasonable number of questions during an emergency, they are very important to emergency personnel. For example, if a robbery has just occurred and the suspect flees, the officers have a much better chance of apprehending the suspect if they have a good description of the suspect and the direction that was taken. More important, if the incident in question involved a weapon, the life of the Officer may depend on the information given.

One common misconception of 911 Communications is that telecommunicators wait until finishing the call before sending help. During a true emergency, the telecommunicators work as a team. One remains on the line with the caller and passes on information to another telecommunicator, who dispatches Police Officers, Firefighters or other emergency personnel.

It is very important that you stay on the line during a call to 911. The telecommunicator will continue to ask you questions while the police are en route.

Please note, if you call 911 by accident, DO NOT HANG UP. Stay on the line and explain that you do not actually have an emergency. If a caller to 911 hangs up without stating the problem, the caller may be contacted in order to ensure that no actual emergency exists. This may involve the dispatching of a police officer to your home or place of business in order to ensure that a problem does not exist.

If you need the police, but it is not of an emergency nature, please call the non-emergency line at 270-393-4000.

Road Paving

Have you ever wondered how it is determined which roads are paved in the City of Bowling Green? The City maintains approximately 278 miles of streets; a length which grows annually with the build-out of new subdivisions. The total number of lane miles to be paved will vary from year to year and depends largely on the cost of asphalt as well as existing conditions such as the need to do more intensive repairs beyond a typical overlay in some locations.

Street conditions are surveyed annually by an outside consultant using a vehicle with high-tech equipment including lasers, cameras, computers and other measuring devices.  The data which is collected is maintained in a pavement Management Application (PMA).  The PMA performs an analysis recommending the most economically efficient allocation of available funds to sustain pavement quality throughout the street network.

In addition to the above method, staff also conducts field inspections to evaluate and prioritize projects and develop the final project list each year. This allows the City to use both data and personal inspection to make sure the right roads are being paved.

The Board of Commission approved the FY 2021 Street Resurfacing Contract in the summer of 2020. Scotty’s Contracting and Stone was awarded the ~$1,500,000 contract for the City’s Street Resurfacing Project which began in the fall of 2020. This program is funded annually through Liquid Fuel Tax revenue received from the state of Kentucky and will be complete before the end of the fiscal year.

The total number of lane miles to be paved will vary from year to year and depends largely on the cost of asphalt, as well as existing conditions such as the need to do more intensive street repair beyond a typical overlay in some locations. Any additional work will increase the cost of a typical mile of paving. In FY 2021 the City plans to pave approximately 18 miles of streets. During this year’s budget process in June of 2021, it will be determined how many miles will be paved during 21/22.

Below is the current list of streets to be paved:

https://www.bgky.org/publicworks/fy21-street-resurfacing-contract

 

 

 

The 2021 City of Bowling Green Board of Commissioners has three new members to welcome! Mayor Todd Alcott and Commissioner Carlos Bailey are both serving their first terms while Commissioner Melinda Hill has served almost 3 full previous terms in the past. These three new elected officials join Commissioner Sue Parrigin and Commissioner Dana Beasley-Brown.

Please take the time to find out more about your new elected officials below.

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Mayor Todd Alcott:

Todd Alcott is a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) teacher at Warren East High School in Bowling Green, KY. In the fall of 2016, Todd retired as a Lt Colonel after serving over 21.5 years in the U.S. Air Force. He and his family traveled all over the world during his Air Force service.

Todd and his family returned to Bowling Green in 2016, following his retirement from the U.S. Air Force. His wife, Debra is a school teacher at Alvaton Elementary, following her career of teaching all around the world. Their son, Jacob, graduated from Purdue University with a Computer Science degree, and works for a software company in Chicago. Todd and Debra both graduated from WKU, and Todd grew up on a small farm in Warren County, and graduated from Rich Pond Elementary and Warren Central High School.

Mayor Alcott’s full biography can be found at https://www.bgky.org/city-commission/todd-alcott

Contact Information
Phone: 270-792-1488
Email: 
todd.alcott@bgky.org

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Commissioner Carlos Bailey:

As an attorney with over a decade of experience, Carlos Bailey has fought against racial injustice, employment discrimination, and has lent his voice to those who would have otherwise gone unheard. He began his legal career as a public defender in 2009 where he provided high-quality legal representation for clients charged with criminal offenses. Ultimately, Carlos decided he wanted to expand his practice areas to help people facing an array of legal issues, not just criminal matters. In 2011, he opened the Bailey Law Firm of Southern Kentucky, PLLC.

Carlos graduated from Warren Central High School in 1994 and then received a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Kentucky University. After college, he interned for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).

Carlos was raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky, by Ms. Marilyn Bailey, a single mother. She instilled in him the principles of perseverance and the importance of believing in himself. In 2001, he married Shenica Bailey. Together, they have four beautiful daughters: Akaiya, Ahulani, Aaliyah, and Arianna. Carlos credits his family with shaping him into the man, father, and husband that he is today.

Commissioner Bailey’s full biography can be found at https://www.bgky.org/city-commission/carlos-bailey

Contact Information
Phone: 270-594-1233
Email: 
carlos.bailey@bgky.org

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Commissioner Melinda Hill:

Melinda Hill brings more than thirty years’ experience designing and implementing programs for Fortune 500 Companies, a major local bank, and governmental agencies. She has eight years’ experience providing senior leadership in accomplishing the goals of state and local governments and is particularly effective in the organization of new strategies and communicating these with all levels of the organization.

During her 2011-2016 tenure on the Bowling Green City Commission, Hill was a City Commissioner and two-time Mayor Pro Tem.

A Warren County native, Melinda graduated from Warren East High School where she held many leadership positions. During college, Melinda was active in student affairs serving as Vice President of the Student Government Association, Chairperson of homecoming for three years, and as a member of Chi Omega sorority. In 2001, Melinda received her Master of Business of Administration degree from Western Kentucky University.

Melinda has two children. Hilary Hill Anderson a pediatrician living in Birmingham, AL along with her husband Chris, who is an anesthesiologist and their daughter, Adley Mae. Thomas Hill is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and is the owner of Mosquito Zero in Bowling Green.

Commissioner Hill’s full biography can be found at https://www.bgky.org/city-commission/melinda-hill.

Contact Information
Phone: 270-792-7212
Email: 
melinda.hill@bgky.org

 

The City of Bowling Green is committed to strengthening our vibrant community by focusing on quality of life, service delivery, fiscal responsibility, public safety, neighborhood revitalization, visionary leadership, and economic development.”

Commission meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the Commission Chamber, 1001 College Street.

For a full list of City Mayors and Commissioner’s throughout the years, please visit https://www.bgky.org/files/Si099ACF.pdf.

 

The City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department Fitness Facility has seen some changes due to COVID, but they are still up and running to help the residents of Bowling Green with any fitness related New Year’s resolutions.  Parks and Rec offers a variety of programs, classes, and activities to help folks achieve their fitness goals and get more physically active!

Hours are currently 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. Saturday and Sunday finish out the week with opening hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parks and Rec offers the following:

  • Expansive variety of Cardiovascular Equipment
  • Hammer Strength and Selectorized Equipment
  • Expansive Free Weight Area
  • Functional Fitness Training Area
  • Spinning, Yoga, Zumba, Bootcamp and more!
  • Racquetball/Wallyball Courts
  • Saunas, Lockers and Showers (currently closed due to COVID).

Hours and programs may be modified, but prices are too! You can currently join Parks and Recreation for NO COMMITMENT, NO CONTRACT and only $10 a month for those under 55 and $5 a month for those over 55!

B.G.P.R. Fitness Facility….Be Active, Get Fit, Stay Healthy!

225 East Third Ave, Bowling Green, KY, 42101

270-393-3582

www.bgky.org/bgpr/fitness

Online Bill Paying

Did you know that the City of Bowling Green Finance Department is now accepting online payments for various bills? The Treasury division is responsible for the collection and reconciliation of all City revenues. Collection types include but are not limited to: Real and Personal property taxes, Insurance Premium taxes, Transient Room taxes, code violations, alarm permits, and all Occupational License division generated revenues.

The division also reconciles all decentralized revenue collection points from all over the City prior to general ledger approval. Real and Personal Property taxes and Occupational License Fees are the City’s main revenue sources.

Traditionally, the above mentioned bills have been hand delivered or mailed to the City of Bowling Green City Hall Annex for payment. Today it’s as easy as the click of a button to take care of any necessary payments.

Residents can now visit www.bgky.org to pay through the new eMiscellaneuous billing webpage. There is a $2.00 transaction fee to use this service. Those wishing to pay online can click on “online payments portal” and create a new account. The only information needed to get started is the invoice number, the invoice date, and the mailing address.

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The direct link to the website is https://esuites.bgky.org/websites.FM.MiscBilling/LoginScreen.aspx. Traditional payments can still be mailed in to the City of Bowling Green, PO Box 1410, Bowling Green, KY 42102 or by placing them outside the City Hall Annex in the drop box at 1017 College Street.  

Holiday Fire Safety

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!

 

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