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Ashley Furniture plans store on South Main Street

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   A home furnishings store is looking to make a home here in Bowling Green. Ashley Furniture has applied for a zoning variance to put up a large sign at 816 S. Main St., in the same strip of stores as Big Lots and Subway. The location was formerly a Hallmark store. “They just want a larger sign to be seen from the road,” said Bowling Green Planning Director Heather Sayler. The variance request will go before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., in the city Administrative Services Building, at 304 N. Church St. Ashley Furniture has had a warehouse in Bowling Green for several years. The warehouse, located in Bellard Business Park on the north end of the city, is currently undergoing an expansion to double its size, Sayler said. The retail Ashley Furniture site is leasing the South Main Street space from Southwood Plaza LLC/Tolson Enterprises, in Toledo. “Having a filled-in space is wonderful,” Sayler said Friday morning. And having a retail store in the same community as the warehouse will make it more convenient for customers, she added. Also moving into the same strip of stores is a Rapid Fire Pizza restaurant, which will be located just to the south of Ashley Furniture. The zoning variance for Ashley Furniture was requested by Advance Sign Group, to allow the construction of a wall sign that would be 191.42 square feet in size, which is 79.42 square feet larger than allowed in the city’s B-2 general commercial zoning district. The request also asks for permission for the sign to extend 4 feet, 2 inches above the roof line, which is not allowed under zoning. The application stated that since the façade of the building is being remodeled for the furniture store, the larger sign will be better suited to the scale of the new façade. The sign on the building, reading “Ashley Homestore Select,” will be the only sign for the new business. Ashley Furniture currently has retail locations in Findlay and in Spring Meadows shopping center near Toledo.


Bringing solar power out of the dark ages

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Ohio may be the nation’s leading solar manufacturer, but some state leaders’ attitudes about solar are back in the dark ages, according to Bill Spratley, executive director of Green Energy Ohio. However, Bowling Green could be a “game changer” – building the largest solar field in the state. “Next year, Bowling Green, Wood County will be the mecca.” It’s appropriate that Bowling Green take the lead, Spratley said, since the city was the first to erect utility scale wind turbines in 2003. Maybe the Bowling Green solar field can convince politicians that harnessing the power of the sun is no longer radical. “They still think solar is out in the future. Solar is here now,” Spratley said. “We’ve got to get past these buggy whip manufacturers.” Spratley said he runs into solar investors around the country, curious about Ohio’s reluctance to support solar power. “What the hell is happening in Ohio,” he said they ask him. The state legislature has frozen Ohio’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, he said. Consequently, renewable energy comprises just 3 percent of the overall mix of electricity sources in the state. “We need to send a message to free the hostages in Columbus,” he said of possible solar funding to “get power to the people.” Spratley was one of many speakers at the “Building Big Solar Across Ohio” conference in Bowling Green on Thursday. He was joined by leaders of renewable energy companies, representatives of solar companies, officials from communities using solar power, and green energy advocates. Solar power used to be “for off-the-wall hippies,” said David Dwyer, president of American Renewable Energy. But that is no longer the case. For those unable to access solar power on their roofs, community solar was created, according to Mark Wilkerson, of Clean Energy Collective. “Solar had to transcend politics,” said Wilkerson, who has worked in the solar industry for more than three decades. “It’s the extension of the American dream.” And it is working in some areas. Take the small town of Minster, with just 2,850 people. It was formerly famous for its Oktoberfest and winning sports titles. But now it’s also on the map for its 18-acre solar field which produces 4.2 MW of electricity. The conference pointed out the top 25 solar sites in…


Farmer asks county to not declare Lake Erie ‘impaired’

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Mark Drewes tried to convince the Wood County Commissioners Tuesday to not fall for claims by city folk that farmers don’t care about the region’s water. He asked that the commissioners not jump on board with other regional officials asking that Lake Erie be designated as “impaired.” The self-professed “simple farmer” sat down in front of the county commissioners and handed out his charts showing phosphorus runoff rates, county livestock populations and maps of extensive soil sampling on his farm. The water issue became a very public matter in 2014 when the algae rendered Toledo water undrinkable for a few days. But according to Drewes, who farms near Hoytville in the southwest corner of Wood County, the water issue had already been a hot topic for the agricultural community. “We’ve been talking about it for years,” he said. “This problem is the No. 1 problem we face as farmers in Wood County.” But declaring the lake “impaired” will only make matters worse, the farmer said. “That is a very drastic measure,” said Drewes, who farms corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. He also works closely with large livestock operations, and serves on the Ohio Corn Growers Board. Drewes said he was troubled to see Toledo Councilman Mike Ferner ask the commissioners to help declare the lake as impaired, while implying that farmers don’t care about the water. “That’s absolutely incorrect,” he said. Drewes’ family has farmed the land for generations – and plans to continue for many more. So the water quality is important to them as well. “It’s something we think about every day,” he said. Both commissioners Joel Kuhlman and Craig LaHote asked Drewes how the “impaired” designation would hurt farmers – especially if they are already doing all they can to reduce algal blooms. If the lake is declared impaired, scientific studies will be conducted to determine where the phosphorus is originating. “We want to know where it’s coming from, so it can be addressed,” Kuhlman said. LaHote said that agriculture could benefit if studies show farm phosphorus isn’t as much of the problem as suspected. But Drewes said was skeptical of any studies. “Impaired status will push agriculture to its breaking point. We are regulated beyond belief,” he said.  “Let’s figure this thing out…


Makers of adult incontinence products to expand

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   It’s a sad fact of life. As the nation’s population gets grayer, they have a greater need for adult absorbent products for incontinence. That means more business for a Wood County company that has been meeting those bladder control needs for more than 40 years. So the company, Principle Business Enterprises, is looking to expand in response to greater demands. The company, located north of Bowling Green, near Interstate 75 and Devils Hole Road, is planning a $4 million expansion which would add 47,000 square feet to the existing building. On Tuesday, the Wood County Commissioners approved an enterprise zone agreement with the company for 100 percent real and personal property tax abatements over 10 years. Principle Business Enterprises currently employs about 235 people, and will create at least five new jobs with the expansion. That estimate is very conservative since each new line at the plant will employ six or seven people. The firm produces various products for incontinence, including “Tranquility” and disposable swimwear, and footwear like Pillowpaws and slipper socks. “We are really making a difference in the lives of people with difficult physical challenges,” said Chuck Stocking, CEO of the company. “The bad news is people need our products,” Stocking said Tuesday to the commissioners. The good news is, the company is continuing to work on meeting the demands for adult absorbent products and wound care items. “We’ve had such consistent growth,” said Larry Jones, CFO of Principle Business Enterprises. “As the boomers shift into that period of their lives” when they have more physical needs, the company is expanding to meet them. “It’s a good problem to have,” Jones said of the company’s need to expand. Stocking also told the county commissioners that the company is now working with the Veterans Administration. “It took us seven years to crack the code on how to do business with the Veterans Administration,” he said. “We have a team working on better care for our veterans.” The long term vision for Principle Business Enterprises includes additional expansions, Stocking said. Jones said the company provides a safe and good work environment, so the longevity of its employees is quite high. Wood County Planning Commission Director Dave Steiner also said the company is a good neighbor. “They have…


Ohio’s cottage food rules focus of seminar, Sept. 26

From CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE FOOD TECHNOLOGY Implications to recent changes in Ohio’s cottage food laws will be the topic of discussion at a seminar hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT), Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK). Dennis Delong, R.S., food safety specialist, Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), will discuss the new regulations and its relevance to local food producers. The new regulations primarily address the criteria and definitions for cottage food operations, labeling, sampling, food items allowed and prohibited.  Cottage food producers are prohibited from producing potentially hazardous foods.  They are allowed to produce the 20 items listed in the cottage food regulation. Ohio regularly ranks in the top 10 for most farmers markets in the nation, and Delong will also explain changes for such venues including what can and cannot be sold at farmers markets. These processing procedures will be explained within the NOCK – a kitchen-based setting that educates and advises entrepreneurs interested in starting a food business.  Food-related business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and those who are producing a product to sell at markets and/or other retail establishments are encouraged to attend. The cost is just $25/person or $20/person for group of two or more (pay online, or cash/check at the door) which includes great networking opportunities and light refreshments.  Advanced registration is preferred.  The NOCK/AIF is located at 13737 Middleton Pike (St. Rt. 582) in Bowling Green, Ohio. Visit ciftinnovation.org to register and pay online, or contact 419-535-6000, ext. 140 or rsvp@ciftinnovation.org.


Gavarone gets quick course on county issues

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Wood County’s new state representative got a lesson in county government last week from advocates who fight on behalf of counties all across Ohio. State Rep. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, met with members of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio and Wood County’s commissioners to learn about challenges faced by county governments. They wanted to make sure Gavarone, a former Bowling Green City Council member, doesn’t forget about counties as she takes her post in Columbus. “That’s why I’m here. I want to know what’s going on,” Gavarone said to CCAO officials. The top priorities right now include replacing voting equipment, preserving sales tax, responding to the opiate epidemic, and funding infrastructure. Gavarone said she has a special interest in opiate and mental health issues, which are putting demands on county jails and child protective services. As much as 70 percent of the jail population has some type of addiction or mental health issues, according to John Leutz, CCAO legislative counsel. “Wood County’s not exempt, that’s for sure,” Wood County Commissioner Doris Herringshaw said. “I look forward to working with you on this,” Gavarone said. She was cautioned by CCAO officials that it takes more than verbalized support to move issues like this forward. It takes financial support as well, said Brian Mead, policy analyst with CCAO. “If it’s a passion for you, fund it as well,” Mead said. “It’s not going to succeed if there’s not funding for it.” Counties also need help funding new voting equipment, which was purchased after the “hanging chad” controversy with punch card voting machines. “We’re now to the end of the useful life of that equipment,” said Suzanne Dulaney, executive director of CCAO. The goal is to have the next generation of electronic voting machines in place by the 2020 presidential election. “We simply don’t have the money to pay for this ourselves,” Dulaney explained. Wood County has 500 voting machines, plus another 100 for backup. “When you start pricing out 500 machines, it can be a very high number,” Herringshaw said. “It’s not in our budget.” Wood County Commissioner Joel Kuhlman estimated the new equipment will cost at least $1 million. In the past, when county boards of elections used punch card machines, the price was much cheaper and…


Food truck rules leave bad taste for vendors

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green’s mobile food vending ordinance is not exactly a recipe for success for food trucks. Mac Henry would like to open a food truck business in Bowling Green, but told City Council Monday evening that its ordinance is too restrictive. Henry, who lives just outside the city, said the ordinance limits hours of operation to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and restricts food trucks to 150 feet from the throughway. The rules are “not very conducive to opening a food truck in this town,” he said. Henry said food trucks are currently “a big part of the culinary innovation” going on in the nation. City Council president Mike Aspacher said council is the body that would have to make any changes to the ordinance. He added that modifications would only be made after the ramifications are studied. Council member John Zanfardino agreed with Henry that changes were in order. “Right now our ordinance is totally prohibitive, if you get right down to it,” he said, mentioning the growing trend of food trucks. “I think it’s a coming thing.” Council member Sandy Rowland noted the success of food trucks in Perrysburg, where the businesses set up one evening a week. “It might be an opportunity to provide people with something to do,” she said. After the council meeting, Henry said he doesn’t have a food truck operation now, but would like to get one started. “I’d like to get into it,” he said. “I thought it would be a good opportunity to try something like that in my hometown.” Henry said he realized mobile food businesses can be a “touchy subject,” since they are seen as competition for brick and mortar restaurants already in business. But food trucks offer young people a chance to break into the business, he said. “Ultimately, if you’re a young individual and you don’t have that much capital, it’s a good way for Bowling Green to give a young person a chance,” he said. Also at the meeting, Mayor Dick Edwards told city council that he would like them to pass a resolution dedicating the former school site at West Wooster and South Church streets as a green space. The community has waited a long time for the city to take action,…


Pipeline attempt to use eminent domain protested

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Eminent domain often allows pipeline companies to plant their lines where they wish. The only point left to dicker is the amount they have to pay landowners to cross their property. But the pipeline case being heard in all three common pleas courts in Wood County is different. Unlike pipelines that are sending gas to companies that supply energy for public consumption, the Utopia pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan would be sending ethane, a byproduct of the fracking industry, to a private plastics company in Ontario. Kinder Morgan is planning to start construction later this year on the $500 million ethane pipeline from shale sites in southeast Ohio to Canada. The proposed Utopia line would run south of Pemberville, then north of Bowling Green, then cross the Maumee River south of Waterville. Kinder Morgan claims the company has the power of eminent domain to bury the pipeline in 21 miles of Wood County. “Our position is they absolutely do not,” said Andy Mayle, an attorney working with Maurice Thompson of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law. According to Thompson, a private pipeline company’s taking of land for its own gain violates the Ohio Constitution’s strict protection of private property rights. Thompson and Mayle represent 16 families in Wood County who are contesting the eminent domain claims of the Texas-based pipeline company. The case is being heard by all three common pleas courts in the county because Kinder Morgan has sued so many landowners, Thompson said. The landowners’ arguments are two-fold, Thompson explained. First, the private pipeline will provide no public use so it does not qualify for public domain authority. Second, the pipeline company did not explore alternative routes as suggested. The local families have asked that the pipeline company consider placing the line along road right-of-ways, to avoid going through farm fields or housing lots. The Wood County commissioners have also asked the company to consider routing the pipeline along highways to lessen the burden on landowners. But the pipeline company would not budge on its route. However, it appears the company is now reconsidering its previous reluctance to deviate from its proposed route. After last week’s court hearing, Mayle got a call from pipeline representatives saying that an engineer has now determined that the line…


Seeliger wins BG City Council Fourth Ward seat

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The retired football coach beat out the environmental attorney, political finance director, Realtor/chef, and scientist Monday evening to score the open seat on Bowling Green City Council. Scott Seeliger won unanimous approval Monday evening from council to fill the Fourth Ward seat vacated when Theresa Gavarone was named a state representative. He was sworn in after the vote, and took his seat with council for the remainder of the meeting. Five people presented themselves to council as candidates for the empty spot – Seeliger, Will Airhart, Jeff Dennis, Eric Eberly and William Herald. A sixth candidate, Jeremy Adams, withdrew his name prior to the meeting. Seeliger described how he came to Bowling Green in 1979 with his wife, Karen, and two daughters. He came for his dream job working with the BGSU football team, and never left. He later served as director of corporate development at BGSU, then as athletic director and football coach with Bowling Green City Schools. “This town, this city is everything I could possibly hope for my wife and I to grow and raise a family,” he said. Now retired, Seeliger said he would like to give back to the community. “Now I have time and I have a passion. I want to serve this community,” he said. His strength, he said, rests in working with other people. “I know the value of teamwork.” In serving the Fourth Ward, Seeliger said the most important goal is to preserve property values, strong schools, and city services. “The quality of life is the most important thing.” In serving the entire city, Seeliger noted the importance of working on the East Wooster corridor. He referred to it as the city’s “front porch,” with the need to make a good first impression. Before voting, city council discussed the difficulty making a decision, since so many good candidates applied. Airhart, an environmental attorney with Marathon, previously lived in Nashville and Houston, and moved to Bowling Green with his wife and three young children in 2015. He represents the young professionals that city leaders talk about attracting to the community, he said. His goals included moving ahead on the green space area and city building – both of which have not made much progress. Dennis, a Bowling Green native,…


Inmate opiate addicts given lifeline before leaving jail

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Doug Cubberley remembers the day a man came to the court probation office begging to go to jail. “We had one young man come to our office who said, ‘If I don’t go to jail, I’m going to die.’” The man was addicted to opiates and knew it was only a matter of time till he overdosed, Cubberley said Thursday. Probation workers in Wood County began noticing in 2014 that something was killing their clients. “They were dying at alarming rates,” said Cubberley, chief probation officer and court administrator at Bowling Green Municipal Court. So the conversation started about opiates and their growing grasp on people of all ages and backgrounds. “We all wanted to think it was only in Cleveland or Toledo,” he said. But it was clearly here, too. So leaders in the police, court and drug treatment professions started looking for a solution. Community meetings on the opiate epidemic were held in Bowling Green, Perrysburg and North Baltimore. Last week, another meeting was held for court, probation, police, EMS and drug treatment professionals. This time it was to introduce “a necessary evil” in response to the opiate epidemic – Project Direct Link. Statistics show the highest rate of accidental overdose occurs when an addict leaves jail or a treatment program, Cubberley said. “Once they are in jail, they lose tolerance to opiates.” And that often leads to deadly results. So Project Direct Link is intended to offer opiate addicts a different course. The program gives inmates an injection of Vivitrol, a drug that helps prevent cravings and doesn’t allow them to feel the positive effects of opiates. “People cannot get high,” said Julie Weinandy, of Renewed Mind, which has been working with a Vivitrol program in Lucas County. The injection lasts 28 days, which gives the person a “safety net” until they are linked up with treatment programs. “It’s an awesome tool for the clients,” Weinandy said. Inmates are the perfect clients, since Vivitrol can only be used when a person’s body is clean of opiates. Jail is the ideal “detox program,” she said. “It’s very difficult to get a client to detox at home.” The program doesn’t stop with the injection of Vivitrol.  The next steps require the client to: Report to the…


Issues, candidates file for Nov. 8 election

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Voters in Bowling Green will face two tax issues on their ballots in November – one for parks and recreation, the other for senior citizen services. Wednesday was the deadline in Ohio for filing issues and candidates for the Nov. 8 election. Since the national candidates don’t file at the Wood County Board of Elections, names may be added to those listings by the Ohio Secretary of State over the next couple weeks. Throughout the county, 27 tax levies will appear on the fall ballot for everything from schools and fire trucks, to roads and police protection. Following is a list of those issues, then a list of the candidates known to be on the local ballot. Wood County Wood County Committee on Aging, renewal of 0.7 mills, for five years, for providing and maintaining senior citizen services or facilities. Bowling Green Parks and Recreation additional 2-mill levy, for five years. Rossford Referendum amending an ordinance, adopting a new income tax credit for 2016 and thereafter. Bloom Township Tax levy replacement of 0.7 mills, for 5 years, for current operating expenses. Tax levy replacement of 1 mill, for 5 years, for fire protection. Freedom Township Tax levy renewal for 0.4 mills, for 3 years, for fire apparatus. Exclusive of the village of Pemberville, tax levy renewal for 1 mill, for 5 years, for road improvements. Tax levy renewal of 1 mill, for 3 years, for current expenses. Grand Rapids Township Additional tax levy for 2.3 mills, for 5 years, for new fire truck. Jackson Township Tax levy replacement and decrease for 2 mills, for 5 years, for ambulance services. Liberty Township Tax levy renewal and decrease for 0.4 mills, for 5 years, for emergency medical services. Tax levy renewal for 0.3 mills, for 5 years, for current expenses. Middleton Township Tax levy replacement for 2 mills, for 3 years, for providing, maintaining and operating Middleton Township Fire Department. Montgomery Township Tax levy renewal for 1 mill, for 3 years, for road improvements. Perrysburg Township Additional tax levy for 2 mills, for 5 years, for police protection. Bloomdale Village Tax levy renewal for 1.3 mills, for 5 years, for current expenses. Custar Village Tax levy renewal of 3.2 mills, for 5 years, for current expenses. Grand Rapids Village…


Six in running for open BG Council seat

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Six people are in the running to fill the empty Fourth Ward City Council seat. Submitting applications were Jeremy Adams, Will Airhart, Jeff Dennis, Eric Eberly, William Herald and Scott Seeliger. Applicants will each give a brief presentation before City Council’s Committee of the Whole on Aug. 15, at 6 p.m., in the council chambers. The presentations will be limited to about five minutes. City Council may then vote during its 7 p.m. meeting, also on Aug. 15, to select a person to fill the seat. The Fourth Ward seat was vacated when Theresa Charters Gavarone was appointed as state representative for Wood County. Following are some details on each of the applicants for the council seat. Jeremy R. Adams, 615 Normandie Blvd., holds bachelors and masters degrees in architecture. He currently works as a designer at JDI Group in Maumee. He has also served in the Ohio National Guard since 2006. “In addition to education I have had a multitude of professional career experiences which required strong skills in communication and coordination amongst contractors, engineers, project managers, architects, military leaders, etc.,” Adams wrote in his letter of interest. “The leadership and dedication qualities I bring to the table have been further sculpted by my military career,” he stated. “The military has instilled professionalism and attention to detail qualities within me, which are necessary in any organization. It is this experience and professionalism that I will bring to City Council.” Will Airhart, 222. N. Grove St., is a practicing attorney with Marathon Petroleum Co., in Findlay. He and his family moved to Bowling Green from Texas in early 2015. “My family has deep roots in this region, and I am delighted to call Bowling Green home. I can’t think of a better place to raise our kids,” he wrote in his letter of interest. Airhart said he has expertise in environmental and commercial issues. His profession has provided exposure to a broad range of issues affecting local government, he added. “We are excited about the future of this community, and I want to offer my time and abilities to serve the residents of the Fourth Ward,” he said. Jeff Dennis, 324 N. Grove St., is currently working as deputy finance director of the Strickland for Senate campaign….


Legislators asked to step up Lake Erie protection

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Two years after algal blooms created a water crisis in the Toledo area, local leaders want to know what Ohio and Michigan are doing to prevent the green water from returning. Last week, legislators from both states were asked to explain efforts at the state level to keep Lake Erie clean. The state senators and representatives were a captive audience for questions from regional city, village, township, county and school officials during a TMACOG forum. The legislators were asked about steps they had taken to protect the water quality in the northwest Lake Erie basin. One legislator from Ohio and another from Michigan said they had been “proactive” in their clean water efforts, with manure application on farm fields now being regulated. State Senator Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, stopped short of using the word “proactive,” but listed off several bills and proposals to protect the water. However, he then added, “I don’t believe we have done enough yet.” “We still have more work to do. This lake deserves it,” Gardner said. State Rep. Mike Sheehy, who represents several Lucas County subdivisions, said many Ohio waterways are in compliance with the Clean Water Act. “Guess which river is not on the list?” he asked – the Maumee River. State Rep. Bill Reineke, from the Sandusky County area, said he represents several farmers in his district who have been self-regulating their use of manure on fields. “We can’t be blaming anyone,” he said. Michigan Rep. Bill LaVoy said his region has worked with government sources of the problem, and is now starting to focus on farming sources. “We all have responsibility,” said State Rep. Steve Arndt of Ottawa and Erie counties. The problem is caused by failed septic systems, community wastewater system deficiencies, and agricultural runoff. “There just simply is not enough money,” to tackle the problem without turning to science to pinpoint the sources, Arndt said. The local officials asked about aging and failing water systems that need replacement, but are not affordable for most communities. “We definitely should do more,” Gardner said. “Isn’t it amazing that we live next to one of the most important fresh water sources” yet parts of the region have very high water rates and bicker over their systems. Gardner went on to…


Waterline work planned on Pearl, Knollwood, Hillcrest and Parkwood

The Bowling Green Water Distribution Division will be conducting waterline work on Pearl Street, from Maple to Brigham; Knollwood Drive, from Ordway to the dead end; Hillcrest Drive, and Parkwood Drive.  The work is scheduled to begin Aug. 15. Affected property owners will be given notice one week prior to work beginning along with a reminder given one day prior.  The work will require a one-day shut-off of water service followed by a 72-hour boil order advisory.  Once the boil order is in effect, a water boil advisory door hanger will be placed at affected residences and information will be posted on the city’s website.  Traffic will be affected during this work. For questions or more information, contact the Water Distribution Division at 419-354-6277.


BG explains new garbage bin rules

(Submitted by the city of Bowling Green) City Council passed legislation at the Aug. 1 meeting updating Chapter 94 of the Bowling Green Codified Ordinances, which covers garbage and litter laws within the City. These changes were made by Council to help keep Bowling Green neighborhoods appealing and healthy as well as improving the efficiency of refuse/recycling collection. Some of these changes include: – container lids shall be closed at all times. – all containers shall be set at the curb with the lid opening facing the street with the lid fully closed, and all containers shall be removed from the right-of-way by 7  a.m. the day following collection. – on non-collection days, all refuse and recycling containers – including dumpsters – whether City or privately owned, shall be stored within an enclosed area or in the side or rear yard of the premises adjacent to the structure with the lid closed. The purpose of requiring container lids to be closed at all times is to help prevent the breaking of the lid during the collection process. If the lid is open or the container is facing the wrong way at the curb, the lid can break. Also, if the lid is open during non-collection days or at the curb, the chances increase that the garbage within the container will fall out becoming loose litter. These changes will go in to effect on Aug. 31. The changes have been posted to the City’s homepage. Call Public Works at 419-354-6227 or the Mayor/Municipal Administrator’s Office at 419-354-6204 for questions.