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BG plans waterline work on East Wooster by RR tracks

The Bowling Green Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will be installing a new water service line just east of the CSX railroad tracks, to 510 E. Wooster St. on Monday, Aug. 20, and Tuesday, Aug. 21. During this work, eastbound traffic will be reduced to one lane within the work zone. This lane restriction will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This schedule is dependent upon weather and progress of work. Questions may be directed to the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division at 419-354-6277.

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Taco Bell interested in old Burger King site on South Main Street

Taco Bell representatives have contacted the City of Bowling Green about opening a restaurant in an existing building on the south edge of the city. A sign outside the former Burger King restaurant at 1130 S. Main St., in front of Wal-Mart, states that hiring is underway for Taco Bell. Bowling Green Planning Director Heather Sayler said Monday that Taco Bell officials have been in contact with the city about changes to the building’s facade and landscaping. “I know we’ve been in contact,” Sayler said. Real estate records show the former Burger King property was purchased on June 7, by G-Made Inc. for $520,000.  


Democrats choose Hubbell-Staeble to run for state representative seat

On Saturday, the Wood County Democratic Party Central Committee voted unanimously to name Aidan Hubbell-Staeble the Democratic Candidate for District 3 State Representative, which covers all of Wood County. This position was vacant due to the resignation of Daniel Gordon from the race. Hubbell-Staeble will be running against Republican State Rep. Theresa Gavarone. “Aidan brings innovative ideas, proven leadership abilities and would be a great representative for us down in Columbus,” stated Mike Zickar, Wood County Democratic Party chairperson. Hubbell-Staeble is a lifelong Bowling Green resident and former president of the Bowling Green State University College Democrats. A member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union through the Kroger Company, he is completing a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy at Bowling Green State University. His work in the community includes annually volunteering for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Bowling Green and coaching an indoor youth soccer team. “I’m excited for this opportunity and pledge to earn Wood County voters’ trust and to never be a rubber stamp,” said Mr. Hubbell-Staeble. “Our legislature could do a better job planning for the future of our state, and I’m looking forward to working very hard in a bipartisan way to make this vision a reality.” Hubbell-Staeble’s platform includes a focus on affordable quality housing to attract young families, supporting Medicaid expansion and increasing oversight of for-profit charter schools. “I believe that our state legislative body should be representative of our citizens,” said Hubbell-Staeble. “We don’t need more business owners or more lawyers, we need more people with a stake in how our government is run.” Hubbell-Staeble is getting in the race late, taking over after Gordon withdrew from the race earlier this year. “I’ll have to work for every vote I get,” he said. Though young, Hubbell-Staeble has years of experience in political campaigns and issues. “I’ve been volunteering for campaigns that I believe in for years,” he said. His first effort to have an impact was his involvement in the One BG Campaign when he was just 13 years old….


Firefly Nights on Aug. 17 to close some downtown streets

In conjunction with the August Firefly Nights Festival scheduled for Aug. 17, certain street closures and parking restrictions will be imposed in downtown Bowling Green. Beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, on-street parking will be prohibited on Main Street. At 4 p.m. on Friday, Main Street between Court Street and Washington Street will be closed to vehicular traffic. While Main Street is closed, no through traffic will be permitted on Clough Street. Wooster Street will remain open for east and westbound traffic throughout the festival. During the Main Street closing, detour routes for local and truck traffic will be posted. All streets will reopen and parking will be reinstated on Friday following the event. The festival is scheduled to occur from 6 – 10 p.m. Details may be found on the Firefly Nights Festival website – www.fireflynightsbg.com.


West Wooster and South Main to be affected by gas line work

Columbia Gas of Ohio has provided the City with the following tentative work schedule for the continued installation of the natural gas line installation occurring downtown. Beginning Aug. 10, crews will begin installing the natural gas main line along the eastbound lane of West Wooster Street, which will require the closure of that lane of traffic. This portion of the installation is anticipated to last through next week. Installation on South Main Street will continue, resulting in a single lane of traffic through next week as well. A detour route around the work zone will be posted. Restoration and service line installation crews will continue following the main line installation. Currently, service line efforts are focused on City Parking Lot 1. Once they are complete in Lot 1, the focus will shift back to Main Street. Restoration crews are continuing work on E. Oak, N. Main, and East Court Street. Questions about the Columbia Gas project should be directed to Raquel Colon, External Affairs Specialist for Columbia Gas. Colon may be reached at rcolon@nisource.com or 419-539-6206.


Public can now access city’s tree inventory

Have you ever wondered what the street tree is in front of your home or what the overall environmental benefits are for all of the city’s trees? The City of Bowling Green has more than 7,600 trees growing in the right of way or on city property. Each tree is entered in the city’s tree inventory. The public can now access the tree inventory to look up a city tree or learn about the environmental benefits the city’s trees provide on the TreeKeeper website. To view a guide for using the tree inventory or to find other information on caring for trees, visit the Arborist website. Bowling Green has a history of making a strong commitment to its trees. The city has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation for 38 years. Additionally, BG has received the Growth Award 24 times – the most in Ohio – for enhancing its tree program.


Habitat for Humanity to break ground on first home in BG

Habitat for Humanity of Wood County Ohio will host a ground breaking ceremony for its inaugural build in Bowling Green at the corner of Clough Street and Manville Avenue Monday, Aug. 13, at noon. Future homeowner Marlene Lerch, along with representatives from the organization, City of Bowling Green and Bowling Green State University will share remarks. The ceremony will kick off construction for the first of three homes to be built in the city over the next three years. The lots for the homes were donated by the Department of Public Utilities in 2017, giving Habitat the land resources necessary to build within city limits for the first time. “We invite the public to join us and our partners in celebrating this pivotal event,” Executive Director Mark Ohashi said. Habitat is also partnering with the university through the “BGSU Builds” initiative with students, faculty and staff. To date, $40,000 has been raised through student organizations, community donations and private gifts. Sponsorship opportunities to complete funding for the project are still available. Contact Mark Ohashi at mohashi@wchabitat.org to become a sponsor.