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Leaf Pickup Program

As the cold weather moves in and the leaves continue to change color and fall, the City’s Leaf Pickup Season kicks off. Starting on October 20th, residents can call 393-3333 to request a pick-up at their residence. Requested pick-ups will take place through November 3rd and are not guaranteed.

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Scheduled zone pick-up will tentatively begin on November 3rd and will run through January 31. 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 this three month period. 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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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May your leaf gathering go smoothly and here’s to hoping that they fall all at once and you don’t have to spend too many beautiful fall weekends outdoors with a rake!

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Each October, the City of Bowling Green works with various neighborhoods to participate in Celebrate Safe Communities month.

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Celebrate Safe Communities was developed by the National Crime Prevention Council and the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice. It was developed in 2008 in partnership with the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) to promote crime prevention in local communities across the country.

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Locally, Bowling Green’s Celebrate Safe Communities Month is coordinated by the Neighborhood and Community Services Department with participation by Bowling Green Police, Fire, and Parks & Recreation Departments.

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A Celebrate Safe Communities event can be anything large or small; such as a neighborhood block party or potluck, a community safety fair, or bike rodeo.  We hope that Bowling Green citizens join the movement to create communities where everyone works together for public safety.

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The City will again me making free event kits available to neighbors who host a neighborhood social event during October. The kits will include items like name tags balloons, small gift cars, and crime prevention information. For more information on events or to register your neighborhood online, visit http://www2.bgky.org/neighborhoods/watch.php or contact Karen Foley at 270-393-3674.

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The finishing touches are being placed on the renovation of 707 E Main and the Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) staff has spent the last week moving in and getting settled.  The newly updated facility has a community room that will hold approximately 60 people with a nearby kitchen facility for meal prep and food service.  The building houses three conference rooms that will allow for simultaneous meetings with clients or customers throughout the building and there is ample parking at both levels for convenient access to any of the divisions.

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The building received a complete overhaul with a focus on energy savings and durable low maintenance materials.  Throughout the project design, these key points remained a focus to ensure that operational and maintenance costs could be reduced in the future.

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The new building will allow for improved staff facilities including adequate storage space for records and materials, ample office space, and the ability to organize the divisions in a cohesive manner.  We look forward to the opportunity of improving services to the citizens of Bowling Green and having a facility to be proud of.

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The City partnered with Harshaw Trane of Louisville for mechanical system engineering and Harshaw Trane is providing a guarantee of energy savings.   Staff has used local vendors whenever possible to work on the building to ensure that we are supporting our local business community.

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The various divisions located within the Neighborhood and Community Services Department includes Building Inspections, Housing, Neighborhood Services, Code Enforcement, Administration/Grants and City Central.  Please note that all phone numbers and e-mail addresses of staff will remain the same.

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For more information about the NCS move from downtown to 707 East Main Avenue or for directions, please call 270-393-3444.

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Crime Stoppers

Have you ever been witness to or had information about a Crime? If so, the South Central Kentucky Crime Stoppers Program could use your help.  Crime Stoppers is a program which brings the public, the media, and the police together in the fight against crime. Those who report crimes can receive cash for their information.

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Citizens can phone in a tip on a crime or possible crime by calling 270-781-CLUE or toll free at 1-800-842-CLUE. Callers do not need to give their name. All that is required of the caller is to relay what is known or suspected. Once a tip is reported, the individual calling will be given a secret personal ID number that can be used later to find out if an arrest was made and how to collect any cash that they have been awarded.

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The Crime of the Week is posted online at http://www2.bgky.org/crimestoppers and citizens can obtain descriptions and or pictures of the current crime that is being investigated. Archives can be viewed and information can be reported on past crimes as well.

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In addition, those who call or visit the website may report information regarding a crime at any time, learn more about the Crime Stoppers Program or get information about donating.

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For more information about Crime Stoppers please call 270-393-4244.

 

BGPD Now Hiring

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Did you know that the City of Bowling Green’s population is drastically changing? According to the US Census, nearly 11% of Bowling Green’s residents are foreign-born (which is higher than any other city in Kentucky). Currently, residents in our City speak 49 languages and represent 39 different countries. As demographics change in our community, the importance of staff training to enhance customer service is undeniable.

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Over the next several months, the City will be hosting multiple two hour long cultural competency training sessions for all of our staff. These trainings will help staff build awareness, knowledge and skills through a variety of teaching methods including direct instruction, role playing, case studies, facilitated group discussions, and technology/media.

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Every City employee will have an opportunity to participate in the training and classes will be facilitated by Leyda Becker, the City’s International Communities Liaison. Leyda holds a training license in Cultural Competency from the nationally recognized Cross-Cultural Health Care Program in Seattle, Washington.

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If you have any questions about this training program, our language access services, the Amigos Resource Network or the City of Bowling Green International Communities Advisory Council, please feel free to contact Leyda at leyda.becker@bgky.org or at (270) 393-3766.

K9 Danny

Bowling Green Police Department, K-9 Danny was a special member of the Police Department. Danny was one of our two German Shepherds and was born in Slovakia in November of 2005. He became a K9 with the BGPD in 2007 and was paired with Master Police Officer Erik Woodward and the two were instant friends and before long, companions.

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The Bowling Green Police Department K9 Unit provides a great service to the community, tracking missing persons, apprehending suspects and locating evidence. The highly trained German Shepherds allow police officers to work in a safer and more efficient manner and perform functions that humans are simply unable to do.

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Erik and Danny worked countless hours honing skills in drug detection and tracking/apprehension and became very good at both. Over Danny’s career, he has located numerous pounds of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and countless sums of money. Once, Danny located over $40,000 in a wall safe during a search warrant.
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On July 27, 2014, Danny was diagnosed with cancer. As a result of the diagnosis, the veterinarian gave Danny mere weeks to live. Erik retired Danny on July 29th and made sure Danny was comfortable at home. On August 10, 2014, Erik knew Danny was beginning to feel sick and he made the hard decision to have Danny euthanized.
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All who listened to the police radio or came into the back parking lot of the station could hear the familiar bark of Danny. Danny was a great asset to the City, a great friend to Erik and will be missed by all the officers of the Bowling Green Police Department.

Thank you for your service Danny.

One of the subjects that seems to interest people most about Firehouse living is how we feed ourselves. Common questions include:  Who cooks?  What kind of food do you eat?  Does the City pay for your food?  How come I see your guys in the grocery store?  What happens if you get called out while you’re eating?

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I have learned to understand that these things may not be obvious to a lot of folks and now appreciate the fact that they are interested in how we do things.

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Here is how it works:

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Bowling Green Firefighters work 24 hour shifts starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 7 a.m. the next day.  They have to eat during that time so each shift includes two meals, lunch and dinner or “supper” depending on where you’re from.

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Who cooks?  Firefighters take turns cooking.  Sometimes for a two week period or it may be day to day.  It depends on the schedule.  Sooner or later everyone has to cook. Some Firefighters are pretty good cooks…others, not so much.  During my career I have worked with Firefighters who had been to French cooking schools and with others who could not boil water (at least when they first started).  Most Firefighters fall somewhere in between.  If you are willing to learn, there is usually a lot of interest in helping the cook, after all, everyone is stuck eating the result.

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What kind of food do you eat?  The food has changed a lot over the years.  25 years ago you would find a five gallon bucket of lard next to the stove. Just about EVERY DAY included beans and cornbread.  Fried food ruled! The food was good but maybe not so good for you.  Over time, Firefighters became more interested in healthy cooking. Today the grill gets used a lot and salads are the norm. During the winter, chili, soups, and large casserole type dishes are common table fare. Learning how to make the right amount for 10 to 12 hungry people is one of the most important things to learn.  Tradition says the cook goes through the line last. You learn not to come up short.

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What about shopping for groceries?  That’s right; the cook is responsible for procuring the day’s food.  Most of the time, the crew goes to the store with the assigned cook.  The cook is in charge of deciding what to cook and how much money to spend on it. They have a budget to follow.  

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Does the City buy your food?  No. All Firefighters chip in to finance the food. On average it will cost about $100.00 per month for each person. So in a typical year, Bowling Green Firefighters spend about $133,000 buying groceries.  That ain’t chump change!!

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What happens if you get an emergency call while you’re eating?  This happens a lot. We go.  It does not matter what you are doing when a call comes in – you have one minute to be on the truck ready to go.  Mealtime is no different. It is the cook’s job to turn of the stove and secure the kitchen. Sometimes you get back in time to finish the meal, sometimes not. It’s just part of the job.

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One thing you learn is to not complain about the cooking unless you are willing to help. I once overheard a guy complain about too much cheese in the lasagna. Guess what? Extra cheese went in immediately. Another complained about too much chicken to suit him. Guess what?  Chicken every meal for two months. Firehouse etiquette, you learn quick.

Thanks for your interest, Chief Johnson

BG Reinvestment Area

They City of Bowling Green partnered with citizens and agencies when developing the 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Consolidated Plan which includes a heavy focus on the newly identified BG Reinvestment Area. This new plan allows the City to prioritize its limited funding for the betterment of its citizens and the community as a whole.

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This strategic plan addresses the priority needs for years 11-15 of the program, covering Fiscal Years 2015 -2019. The CDBG program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.

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The BG Reinvestment Area is identified by six census tracts (Census tracts 101, 102, 103, 104, 105 and the city portion of 112). The area contains the largest portions of minority populations, the highest level of low income residents and the oldest homes. Each of the next five years, the City will contribute 60% of its CDBG allocation toward neighborhood improvements within this area.

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The projects completed within the BG Reinvestment Area will focus on public improvements and benefit the area as a whole. Projects will include the building or updating of City parks, improvements to City streets or sidewalks within the defined tracts, construction of public facilities and various other neighborhood improvements. The overall goal of this project is to create a better residential environment and address the housing needs in the area.

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The BG Reinvestment Area is 75% renter occupied compared to the City’s 63%; the income of the residents are below City-wide levels; and only 13% of the housing units in the area were built in the last 20 years.

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The City utilized publicly available data sources, citizen input, and past experiences in the planning and development of the CDBG Consolidated Plan. If you would like more information about the Bowling Green Reinvestment Area or any specific plans, please call 270-393-3658.

 

 

The City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department offers multiple recreation classes and leagues. This fall, there will be a new Silver Strength Class for our senior citizens and a Biddy Ball league for our youngest residents.

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The New Silver Strength Class will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 9:25 a.m. and will focus on orienting members to the cardiovascular and weight equipment in the facility. This new class is part of the SilverSneaker’s program at Bowling Green Parks and Recreation which is a fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging activity and offering social events.

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Additional SilverSneakers classes and their schedule can be viewed at http://www2.bgky.org/bgpr/fitness/silversneakers.php. The classes are located at Parks and Recreation, 225 East Third Avenue.

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Or maybe you are looking for a fun activity for your 3 to 5 year old? If so, Biddy Ball may be the perfect program. Biddy Ball is a great introduction to the sport of basketball with lowered rims and relaxed rules that makes the game enjoyable and allows for a learning of the basics. Kids will play on one half of the court with a smaller than normal basketball.

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Registration for the 2014 league will begin on Monday, August 4th and will run through Friday, August 8th from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at F.O. Moxley Community Center.

Games will begin on September 13 and the cost is $35 per child and includes a jersey. Space is limited so please register early. For more information call 393-3734.

 

 

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