10 Nov 2011

City Council Providing Electric Car Charging Spots and Possibly New Aquatics Facility

Author: Anna Christoff | Filed under: Fall 2011, Student Contributor

By: Anna Christoff

The City of Bowling Green  and Bowling Grenen State University are providing spots for electric cars to charge.

Bowling Green City Council, taken from bgohio.org

Brian O’Connell, director of utilities, said that the city and the University will each have 3 spots for electric cars to park and charge. 

Anthony Palumbo, who works for the University, filed for the federal government grant to help pay for 50 percent of the charging stations, which are estimated to cost around $10,000.  The cities green initiative fund will pay for the remainder of the cost.

O’Connell said the city is waiting to pass the regulations so construction can begin.

He said, the city will not charge people to plug in their cars, but users will still have to pay the meter cost.  

The university will charge by having a credit card swiping system.

The electric car charging stations will be done before the end of this year, O’Connell said. 

In addition, Council also discussed the possibility of a new outdoor aquatics facility at the City Park.

Jodi Anderson, member of the Parks and Recreation Board and the Aquatics Board, said the pool is 50-years-old and in need of repair.

“There have been efforts to replace the facility since 2005,” Anderson said”

The pool is an outdoor activity that is utilized by many members of the community, it is not an option to go without a facility, she said. 

If passed, the new aquatics facility would require a 0.6 mill tax levy request on the March 2012 ballot.

City council will vote for the new aquatics facility at their next meeting on Nov. 21. 

In other action the council:

  • Adopted an ordinance for seven parks in the area in favor of new zoning.
  • Adopted to have Darr’s Cleaning, Inc., for the cleaning of the Dunbridge Road sanitary sewer between Napoleon Road and East Poe Road.
  • Adopted for Bowling Green and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office to administrate activities funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 
  • An ordinance allowing for additional parking for the Heritage Corner Healthcare Campus on Klotz Road.

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