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#BGGovToGo is a neighborhood outreach initiative designed to bring City government into the neighborhoods and other special events around Bowling Green.  Request a service, learn about job opportunities, and find out all the ways you can connect to City government through technology and good old-fashioned neighborly interaction.

 

We know that not everyone c an come down to City offices during business hours to express their concerns about issues or to request information. By bringing staff out into community events we are able to answer questions, provide forms and information, and connect residents with the offices they need assistance from. BG GovToGo provides a face to face interaction with City Staff and Elected Officials.

This summer, BG GovToGo will be setting up at multiple community wide events in order to best reach the citizens of Bowling Green. Take the time to come out to at least one of the events below for community fun and great City information.

Thursday, June 13: 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Rock Creek Drive, hosted by Greenhaven Apartments

 Tuesday, June 18: 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Bowling Green Ballpark for Stand for Children Day hosted by Community Education

Thursday, June 20: 4:30-6:30 p.m. at West End Park on West Main for Independence Bank Family Fun Night

Saturday, June 29: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Lampkin Park for World Refugee Day hosted by the International Center

Saturday, June 29: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Stratford & Glen Lily Road, for “Power Street” block party, hosted by Powerhouse Ministries

To invite #BGGovToGo to your neighborhood or event, call 270-393-3444 or email Karen.foley@bgky.org. Check the City’s website at www.bgky.org or facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/citybgky/ for additional events and locations.

Sidewalk Open House

Walkability is a measure of how friendly an area is to walking and has health, environmental, and economic benefits. Walkability is an important concept in sustainable urban design.

Sidewalks and walkability are an integral part of our day to day lives in Bowling Green and the City works hard to not only repair sidewalks when needed, but to also continue building new sidewalks in order to create a connectivity throughout the City.

On Thursday, June 6th, 2019 between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. the City will host a Sidewalk Open House at our Neighborhood and Community Services Community Room located at 707 East Main Avenue. Folks are welcome to “pop in and out” at any time during the open house to get information on our annual sidewalk construction program, locations that are scheduled to receive new sidewalks, easement issues, etc.

The goal of this open house is to obtain input on any or all of the sidewalk projects that will be discussed. We will present conceptual layouts of sidewalk projects, discuss project characteristics (side of street, width, etc.), as well as offer residents the opportunity to provide feedback regarding the projects.

As a general rule, sidewalk rankings are updated as new requests are received, and are subject to change. Sidewalks chosen to be constructed in the upcoming fiscal year are selected by rank from the prioritized list as of March 1. Any new requests received after March 1 are entered and analyzed for consideration in subsequent years. The number of projects chosen for construction in a given year is dependent upon available funding.

If you would like to request a new sidewalk in your neighborhood, please contact City Central at (270) 393-3444 or you may email emily.angel@bgky.org.

For more information about the sidewalk program, please visit https://www.bgky.org/publicworks/new-sidewalk-program

The Bowling Green Parks and Recreation 2019 Adult Flag Football League registration is open now through June 6th for both Men’s and Coed Divisions. Registration will take place online at https://playbgpr.bgky.org.

Flag football is a version of American football where the basic rules of the game are similar to those of the mainstream game, but instead of tackling players to the ground, the defensive team must remove a flag or flag belt from the ball carrier (“deflagging”) to end a down, and contact is not permitted between players; it will result in a penalty for the team that initiates it.

2019 Adult Flag Football League-7×7

Men’s Division-$350/team

Coed Division-$350/team

Team Entry includes officials, six regular season games, a post-season tournament and awards for regular season and tournament champions.  Only the first 10 teams registered will be accepted. All registration fees must be paid in full at the time of registration.  No partial payments will be accepted. All games will be played at West End Soccer Field, 531 W. 11th Avenue.

Games play-Sundays from 1pm-6pm

Registration Deadline:  June 6

Season Begins:  June 9

Registration is online only at https://playbgpr.bgky.org

For more information contact Pete Samios at 270.393.3624 or 270.393.3549 or email Pete.Samios@bgky.org.

 

 

Russell Sims Aquatic Center

This year feels like we received more rain than ever and now the weather can’t seem to make up its mind! The temperatures look like they are going to start climbing this week and we hope folks are ready to go for a swim at The Russell Sims Aquatic Center when it opens!

Opening day is scheduled for Friday, May 24th, 2019 weather permitting. Remember that our former entrance has been closed off to make room for more restrooms and showers, a larger changing area and the addition of two family changing rooms. The new entrance area allows for four lines of patrons during our busier hours.

 

In addition, the Preston Miller Park has recently had a ribbon cutting for the new FREE outdoor fitness area located behind the pool and sand volleyball courts.

As always, children of all ages will enjoy the zero depth entry, palm trees, water buckets, lemon drops, splash playground, and beautiful beach area. In addition, Russell Sims boasts a 50 meter pool, two awesome water slides, and two diving boards where you can amaze the crowd.

Don’t forget to make it a point to come hungry. We have a full line of concessions that is sure to have what you are craving. The Russell Sims Aquatic Center is staffed with American Red Cross certified lifeguards and we make customer service our #1 priority!

General admission is $8 for adults (16+ years), $5 for youth 6 to 15 years, $4 for children ages 3 to 5 and babies under 2 are only $2. Half price admission begins after 4 p.m.! Individual season passes can be purchased for $100 and family passes for up to four members can be purchased for $200! See all pricing details at http://www2.bgky.org/bgpr/aquatics/rates.php.

Sign up for text alerts to get the latest updates for park closures, special events and discounts. Text “WaterBG” to 555-888. We hope to see out there soon!

 

Sinkholes

Have you ever heard people talk about the “Karst” typography of Bowling Green? Have you heard anyone describe how we use our cave systems to move water rain water?

Bowling Green and the majority of Warren County are located in an area with the highest potential for Karst activity. A karst area is defined as being an irregular limestone region with sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns, and because of this our area has very few surface streams and rivers because most of our water is underground. Sinkholes are not new in this area they are simply a function and by product of the Karst area we live in.

The most common type of sinkhole in this area is caused by sub-surface water eroding soil thru cracks in the limestone leaving voids just below the surface that eventually collapse that we call sinkholes. Heavy Rains, Construction, various land use changes and concentrated surface runoff may increase the occurrence of sinkholes in specific areas and one of the reasons sinkholes may appear more often in newly constructed areas.

On the surface sinkholes tend to appear rather suddenly and without provocation, but in general and in reality they have been forming slowly over time and finally appear when the surface can no longer support its own weight. Small areas can be examined with ground penetrating radar looking for anomalies in high risk areas but such methods are slow, laborious and expensive.

The City of Bowling Green provides guidance to builders and developers that govern how they manage areas of concentrated runoff that hope to avoid creating karst collapses.  Further we provide guidance on how to repair sinkholes properly so that they do not reoccur.  Please visit www.bgky.org  or our partners at underbgky.org for more information

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 if your property has a vehicle parked in the front yard (on the grass), if your property is covered in debris or yard waste, if there are inoperable vehicles on your driveway or yard, or if you have 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 https://www.bgky.org/ncs/code-enforcement.

If your concern is that your neighbor might be in violation, you can contact the City Central Department at 270-393-3444 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 process, you can contact our City Central Division at 270-393-3444.

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 27, 2019 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

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

Submission entries will be accepted May 1 through May 31!

Entering is free and easy. Visit https://www.bgky.org/photo-contest-2019 to view all rules, criteria, prizes and to upload your photo (starting May 1).

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 May 1 through May 31.

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

 

Census 2020

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.

Arbor Day 2019

 

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 13th, 2019 at Kereiakes Park from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.

 

A variety of trees will be given away during Arbor Day including Sugar Maple, Green Giant Arborvitae, Paw Paw, Redbud and Catalpa 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

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