Chapter 2.23   COMMUNITY AND FAMILY RESOURCES DEPARTMENT

Sections:


2.23.000   Establishment—Appointment of director.

There is created and established a community and family resources department within the administration of the corporate city of Bloomington. The department shall be administered by the director of community and family resources.

(Ord. 97-05 § 2, 1997; Ord. 83-6 § 2 (part), 1983).

2.23.010   Scope and duties.

The scope and duties of the community and family resources department may include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

(1)

Assessing the social service delivery and support functions available in the city and the county;

(2)

Assessing methods of improving coordination and delivery of social service delivery support services in the community;

(3)

Developing a plan for coordinating social services and support functions of the city;

(4)

Developing grant application expertise and grant review capacity to be available for local agencies in the area of social services, including information and technical assistance for federal, state and local monies which might be available and relevant; receiving and reviewing grants for federal, state and local technical and financial assistance; and recommending, where appropriate, that such grants be sought; such duties to be carried out in conjunction with the controller's office;

(5)

Creating a communication and information center for social service programs in the community, including the implementation and operation of an information and referral system;

(6)

Coordinating citizens' recommendations for the use of governmental funds for social service programs;

(7)

Planning and developing contractual arrangements with the advice of the city attorney, for the use of governmental funds by noncity agencies to insure the efficient delivery of social services;

(8)

Provide direct supervision and staff assistance for the programs of the commission on the status of women;

(9)

The development, implementation and operation of needed programs which help Bloomington citizens attain their maximum individual capacities for living and which improve the quality of life for citizens.

(Ord. 97-05 § 3, 1997; Ord. 83-6 § 2 (part), 1983).

2.23.020   Community and family resources defined.

The subject matter of community and family resources shall be construed to include any topic of social concern, including but not limited to, the following:

(1)

Citizen participation in the decision making process;

(2)

Consumer affairs;

(3)

Child care;

(4)

Drug abuse and mental health issues;

(5)

Veteran's affairs;

(6)

The status of women;

(7)

Community employment and manpower;

(8)

Issues affecting persons living with disabilities;

(9)

Criminal justice planning;

(10)

Youth issues;

(11)

Senior citizen issues;

(12)

Minority issues;

(13)

Advocacy;

(14)

Energy and utility issues;

(15)

Information and referral;

(16)

Provision of any social services or programs for the citizens of Bloomington for which there exists a demonstrable need and for which there is no other local source of adequate provision;

(17)

Equal employment opportunity.

(Ord. 97-05 § 4, 1997; Ord. 83-6 § 2 (part), 1983).

2.23.030   Other community and family resources activities.

It shall be the responsibility of the director of community and family resources to provide services to other city departments, boards and commissions formed to address the social concerns listed in the definition of community and family resources contained in this chapter. Those city departments, boards and commissions shall include, but not be limited to: Bloomington human rights commission and the commission on the status of women.

The director of community and family resources shall exercise direct supervision over all staff working for the program of the commission on the status of women.

(Ord. 97-05 § 5, 1997; Ord. 83-6 § 2 (part), 1983).

2.23.050   Commission on the status of children and youth.

There is created within the City of Bloomington's community and family resources department a commission on the status of children and youth. The purpose of the commission shall be to promote connections in our community which empower, enhance and nurture children and youth. The commission will access resources and information to make recommendations to people and organizations with authority to create and support systems that encourage healthy development of children and youth.

(1)

Aims and Goals.

(a)

Identify and assess needs, resources and services relating to children and youth;

(b)

Encourage collaboration between local agencies, schools, businesses and individuals;

(c)

Monitor legislative developments relating to children and youth;

(d)

Encourage local, state and federal legislation that will improve the lives of children and youth;

(e)

Empower children and youth to have a stronger voice in our community;

(f)

Empower children and youth to reach their full potential;

(g)

Report assessments and make recommendations; and

(h)

Celebrate successes.

(2)

Appointments. The commission shall consist of nine members, five to be appointed by the mayor and four by the common council.

(3)

Qualifications. To the extent possible, members of the commission should include representatives of agencies that work with children and youth, low-income people and social service providers. To the extent possible, preference will be given to people with experience working with children and youth advocacy groups, direct knowledge of children and youth needs and community resources, and/or knowledge of legislative and policy-making processes.

(4)

Procedure. The commission may adopt and amend rules and regulations to effectuate the purpose of this section and may create procedures deemed necessary for the orderly and equitable compliance with this section. New rules, regulations and guidelines may be adopted by the commission after a public hearing by a majority of the commission. The rules and regulations of the commission will be available to the public at the office of the commission and on the city's website.

(5)

Powers and Duties.

(a)

The commission shall make two appointments to the city's citizen advisory committee (CAC) for community development block grants. One of the commission appointments shall serve on the CAC social service subcommittee and one shall serve on the CAC physical improvement subcommittee;

(b)

To gather and distribute information and to issue such publications and educational information as in its judgment will further the purposes and intent of this section;

(c)

To apply for any appropriate grants, appropriations or gifts upon approval of the community and family resources department director in order to carry out the purposes of this section;

(d)

To cooperate with any department, division, board, bureau, commission or other agency of the government to carry out the purposes of this section.

(e)

To refer people to appropriate governmental units or private organizations as necessary, and

(f)

To report in writing on its activities to the common council and the mayor annually.

(6)

Educational Programs. The commission may prepare educational programs to advance and promote the cause of children and youth among various entities and individuals in the city and to further goodwill and cooperation between and among such interested parties.

(Ord. 04-29 § 2, 2004).

(Ord. No. 12-06, § I, 4-4-2012)

Editor's note— Ord. No. 12-06, § I, adopted April 4, 2012, amended the Code by repealing former § 2.23.050 and adding a new § 2.23.050 as set out herein. The former § 2.23.050 pertained to the establishment of the community and family resources commission, and derived from Ord. No. 04-29, § 2, 2004.

2.23.060   Commission on the status of women—Establishment.

There is created within the community and family resources department a commission on the status of women. The purpose of this commission is to assure that women and men have equal opportunity to function fully and optimally as citizens of the city, as equal participants in the economy, in politics and government, in education, in social development, in the system of justice, and in all other facets of life.

(1)

Aims and Goals. It shall be the aim and goal of the commission:

(a)

To identify the needs of women in the city, available resources and services meeting the needs of women in the city, and gaps in existing services;

(b)

To monitor and review federal, state and local policy for its impact on city women and to make recommendations regarding those policies to the community and family resources department for appropriate action to assure women's equity;

(c)

To stimulate and encourage legislation for the development of social services of particular benefit to women in the city and the state;

(d)

To issue publications, educational materials and results of research, legislative review and investigations in order to educate the entire community as to the aims and goals of this commission;

(e)

To establish and maintain a close working relationship with, and to support the efforts of, the Bloomington human rights commission and the Bloomington league of women voters;

(f)

To maintain close liaison with other women's commissions throughout the state; state women's advocacy groups; and other local, state or federal programs that relate to the needs, problems and opportunities of women;

(g)

To maintain close liaison with federal efforts in programs affecting women to insure appropriate city participation in such programs and to consolidate those federal programs for maximum efficient uses of federal efforts at the local level;

(h)

To enter into contracts and accept grants for the administration of research projects, as may contribute to the strengthening and refinement of a coordinated program, upon approval of such contracts by the mayor and, when appropriate, the common council;

(i)

To assure a coordinated city-wide effort in achieving a comprehensive women's program to improve opportunities for women of the community.

(2)

Appointments. The Bloomington commission on the status of women shall be composed of nine members. Five members shall be appointed by the mayor, and four members shall be appointed by the common council.

(3)

Qualifications. The members of the Bloomington commission on the status of women shall be representative of the diverse educational, employment, economic, business and community service elements of the community. Preference for appointments shall be given to persons with experience working for women's issues, knowledge of legislative and policy making processes, and direct knowledge and experience working with women's needs and community resources.

In order that the concerns of the total community be adequately represented on the commission, commission membership may include both women and men.

(4)

Procedure—Rules and Regulations. The commission may adopt substantive rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this section and to make more specific the procedures deemed necessary for orderly and equitable compliance with this section.

New rules, regulations, and guidelines may be adopted by the commission after a public hearing by a majority vote of the commission.

The rules, regulations, and guidelines of the commission shall be available to the public at the office of the commission.

(5)

Powers and Authority. The commission shall have the power and authority to carry out the aims and goals as defined in this chapter, including but not limited to the following:

(a)

To advise the mayor, and where appropriate, the common council, on the hiring of personnel necessary to the implementation of this section; all such personnel shall be employees of the community and family resources department and shall be subject to supervision and direction by the director of community and family resources;

(b)

To hold hearings and undertake any other activities which may be necessary, desirable, or proper to carry out the purposes of this section;

(c)

To gather and distribute information and to issue such publications and educational information and the results of such investigations and research as in its judgment will further the purposes and intent of this section;

(d)

To report in writing on its activities to the common council and the mayor quarterly;

(e)

To apply for any federal, state, local or private grants, appropriations or gifts upon approval of the community and family resources department director in order to carry out the purposes of this section;

(f)

To cooperate with, and secure the cooperation of, any department, division, board, bureau, commission or other agency of the state, federal and local government to facilitate properly the execution of the powers and duties of this commission;

(g)

To enter into a working relationship with the city human rights commission to perpetuate the mutual objectives set forth in this section and the Bloomington human rights commission section;

(h)

To propose other ordinances in order to carry out this section and to propose additions or amendments to this section as deemed necessary and appropriate to insure the effectiveness of this section; and

(i)

To refer persons to the appropriate governmental unit or private organizations which can adequately deal with their problem.

(6)

Education Program. The commission may prepare educational programs in order to support and emphasize the purpose and intent of this section among the various groups and individuals in the city and to further goodwill among such groups and individuals; to publicize and encourage participation in this and other boards and commissions.

(7)

Intragovernmental Cooperation. All boards, councils, commissions and departments of the government of the city of Bloomington are directed to give full cooperation to the city of Bloomington commission on the status of women.

(Ord. 08-03 § 1, 2008; Ord. 97-05 § 8, 1997; Ord. 83-6 § 2 (part), 1983).

2.23.070   Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males—Establishment.

There is created in the community and family resources department the Bloomington commission on the Status of Black Males.

(1)

Members. The Commission shall be composed of seven members.

(2)

Appointments. Three members shall be appointed by the Mayor, two by the Common Council and one each by the Bloomington Human Rights Commission and the Bloomington Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Celebrations Commission.

(3)

Qualifications. Commission members shall be residents of Monroe County. Preference for appointments may be given to people with expertise in, or representing, one or more of the following areas: education, health, employment, criminal justice, black history, the faith community and the social service community.

(4)

Terms. The terms of all members of the commission shall be for two years.

(5)

Purpose and Duties. The commission shall do the following:

(a)

Develop action committees addressing problems of black males in education, health, criminal justice and employment; and

(b)

Serve as a catalyst to promote positive public and private remedies to the multi-faceted problems confronting black males in our community and the resulting effects on the entire community; and

(c)

Organize and convene community forums and neighborhood-based focus groups to discuss the status of black males; and

(d)

Network with like-minded groups such as the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, the African American Male National Council and local commissions throughout the state, sharing ideas, information, data and plans.

(6)

Reporting Requirement. The commission shall submit identical written reports to the mayor and the common council office by the end of February of each year describing the activities of the commission in the previous calendar year as well as future plans. Any issues or concerns regarding the commission itself, its organization or its purpose shall also be addressed in this report.

(Ord. 06-25 §§ 1, 2, 2006; Ord. 03-26 § 1, 2003; Ord. 01-03 § 1, 2001).

2.23.080   Commission on Hispanic and Latino affairs—Establishment.

There is created in the community and family resources department the commission on Hispanic and Latino affairs:

(1)

Members. The commission shall be composed of seven members.

(2)

Appointments. Four members shall be appointed by the mayor and three by the common council.

(3)

Qualifications. Commission members shall be residents of Monroe County who represent organizations serving Bloomington's Hispanic/Latino residents or who have expertise and/or interest in quality of life issues as they relate to the Hispanic/Latino community.

(4)

Terms. The initial terms of one mayoral and one council appointment shall expire on January 31, 2008. The terms of the remaining initial appointments shall be for two years and shall expire on January 31, 2009. Thereafter, all terms shall be for two years and shall expire on January 31st.

(5)

Purpose and Duties. The commission shall do the following:

(a)

Develop action committees addressing the challenges of members of the Hispanic and Latino population in the areas of education, health, employment and public safety; and

(b)

Serve as a catalyst to promote positive public and private remedies to the multi-faceted issues confronting Latinos and Hispanics in our community and the resulting effects on the entire community; and

(c)

Network with like-minded groups such as the Indiana Commission on Hispanic/Latino affairs, Su Casa Columbus, Indiana University Latino Cultural Center (La Casa) and local organizations to share ideas and information and to collaborate on projects where appropriate; and

(d)

Celebrate Latino and Hispanic history and contributions to the Bloomington community and in the United States.

(6)

Reporting Requirement. The commission shall submit identical written reports to the mayor and the common council office by the end of February of each year describing the activities of the commission in the previous calendar year as well as future plans. Any issues or concerns regarding the commission itself, its organizations or its purpose shall also be addressed in this report.

(Ord. 07-21 § 1, 2007).

2.23.090   Commission on aging.

The Bloomington Commission on Aging is hereby established.

(a)

Members. The commission shall be composed of nine members.

(b)

Appointments. Five members shall be appointed by the mayor and four by the common council.

(c)

Qualifications. Commission members shall be residents of Monroe County. Preference for appointments shall be given to people with expertise in, or representing, one or more of the following areas: senior issues, health and wellness, recreation, employment, social services, transportation and affordable housing.

(d)

Terms. The terms of the appointments shall be in accordance with BMC 2.08.020(2).

(e)

Purpose and Duties. The commission may do the following:

(1)

Develop study committees addressing concerns of seniors in health and wellness, housing, transportation, employment, social services and recreation; and

(2)

Encourage the development of programs of particular benefit to senior citizens; and

(3)

Apply for grants as may contribute to the strengthening and refining of a coordinated program to benefit senior citizens, upon approval of such grant applications by the appropriate city official (s); and

(4)

Serve as a catalyst to promote positive public and private remedies to the multi-faceted challenges confronting seniors in our community and the resulting effects on the entire community; and

(5)

Network with like-minded groups such as the AARP, Active Aging Coalition, Area 10 Council on Aging, RSVP, and other relevant local agencies, sharing ideas, information, data and future plans; and

(6)

Celebrate the contributions seniors make to the Bloomington community; and

(7)

In the pursuit of these purposes, the commission may appoint additional volunteers and commission associates.

(f)

Procedure—Rules and Regulations. The commission may adopt rules, regulations and by-laws for the conduct of its affairs, which are consistent with the purpose of this section. Such rules, regulations and by-laws and amendments thereto may be adopted by the commission after a public hearing by a majority vote of the commission. The rules, regulations and by-laws of the commission shall be available to the public at the office of the commission.

(g)

Reporting Requirement. The commission shall submit identical written reports to the mayor and the common council office by the end of December of each year describing the activities of the commission in the previous calendar year as well as future plans. Any issues or concerns regarding the commission itself, its organization or its purpose also shall be addressed in this report.

(Ord. No. 09-24, § 1, 12-16-2009; Ord. No. 14-26, § 6, 12-10-2014)