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2019 News Releases

City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males Seeks Nominations for Outstanding Black Male and Female Leaders of Tomorrow Awards

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males (CSBM) is seeking nominees for the 2020 Outstanding Black Male and Black Female Leader of Tomorrow Awards. 

City Invites Residents to Apply to Serve on Boards and Commissions

Holiday Season Brings Winter Wonderland to Banneker, Opportunities to Give and Volunteer

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Bloomington Parks and Recreation's Kid City Camps Re-accredited by American Camp Association

Accreditation offers best practices to ensure summer camps maintain high standards for safety and quality.

Bloomington Fire Department Launches “Heroes Helping Hoosiers” with Holiday Food Drive

The Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) has launched a new series of community-serving events with a holiday food drive, taking place through December 16.
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City Convenes Panel to Consider Options for Bloomington Community Farmers' Market

The City invites community members to attend a panel discussion of issues surrounding the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market and its future Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall (401 North Morton Street). 
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City Offers Free On-Street Parking For Thanksgiving Weekend and in City Garages Saturdays in December

The City of Bloomington will offer free on-street parking downtown from Thursday, November 28 through Sunday, December 1 in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.  

City Seeks Prospective Master Planning and Design Teams for Hospital Site Redevelopment

The City of Bloomington’s Redevelopment Commission has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking a qualified, multidisciplinary team of planners, architects, civil engineers, and urban designers to provide Master Planning and Design services for the IU Health Bloomington Hospital Redevelopment Project.

Regional Opportunity Initiatives Grant for City’s Banneker Community Center to Enhance Facility and Increase Diversity Programming

The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department announced today that the Bloomington Parks Foundation has received a $199,600 grant from Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) to create a community cultural hub at the Banneker Community Center to foster and celebrate diversity and inclusion within Bloomington and Monroe County. 

City of Bloomington Earns Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign Index for Fifth Consecutive Year

In partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has announced that Bloomington has again been awarded a perfect score on the annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI).

City Invites Continued Engagement on Issues of Race and Inclusion in Bloomington

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Mayor John Hamilton Invites Bloomington to City's Switchyard Park for Grand Opening This Weekend

An event that has been decades in the making, the grand opening of the city's new Switchyard Park takes place on November 16 and 17. Mayor John Hamilton invites the public to celebrate Switchyard Park with a series of events on Saturday evening and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Demolition of Fourth Street Garage Complete This Week; 17th Street to Reopen in Spring

Demolition of the Fourth Street Garage is scheduled for completion by the end of this week. Fourth Street remains closed to through traffic between South College Avenue and South Walnut Street during business hours today as a safety precaution.
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Community Hunting Access Program Deer Hunts Scheduled at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve in November

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Off-Duty Bloomington Firefighter Saves Neighbors from House Fire

An off-duty Bloomington firefighter is being credited with saving the lives of two neighbors in a structure fire that occurred just after midnight on Wednesday, November 6.

Bloomington’s Public Art Offerings Expand with Mural by Renowned Contemporary Artist Nina Chanel Abney at Graduate Bloomington

A one-of-a-kind mural drawing inspiration from popular culture and the Bloomington community’s love for basketball is currently being installed on the western facade of the Graduate Bloomington hotel at 210 East Kirkwood Avenue. 
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City Issues RFI for Mixed-Use Development of 1.5-Acre Parcel Adjacent to Switchyard Park

The City of Bloomington today issued a Request for Information (RFI) inviting experienced housing developers to indicate their interest in and qualifications for the development of affordable and workforce housing at a City-owned site adjacent to the soon-to-open, 65-acre Switchyard Park. 
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Prescribed Burn to Improve Wildlife Habitat, Plant Diversity at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Prescribed burn will take place between Nov. 6, 2019 and June 1, 2020, depending on ideal weather conditions.
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Banneker Campers Will Learn to Swim Through Parks’ State-Funded Program in 2020

Banneker Community Center received a $9,937 Youth and Adolescent Physical Activity Grant from the Indiana State Department of Health.

Cleanup Underway on North Walnut After Grease Trap Overturns During Disposal

Crews from the City of Bloomington are currently onsite to clean an oil spill near the intersection of North Walnut and Sixth Streets. The spill of approximately 20 gallons of grease occurred during the removal of an abandoned grease trap from a nearby alley. 

City of Bloomington Safe and Civil City Program to Host Inaugural Young Women’s Leadership Summit

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Bloomington Human Rights Commission Seeks Human Rights Award Nominations

The Bloomington Human Rights Commission (BHRC) is seeking nominations for its 2020 Human Rights Award.  Nominations of individuals or groups who have made specific, significant contributions to improving civil rights, human relations, or civility in our community are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019.
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Community Invited to Celebrate Grand Opening of Switchyard Park November 16-17

The City of Bloomington is excited to announce that Switchyard Park will be unveiled to the public on November 16 and 17.  The largest park project in the City’s history, the 57-acre former railroad property stretching from West Grimes Lane to Country Club Road and between South Walnut and South Rogers Streets features a pavilion, a performance stage and amphitheater, skatepark, community gardens, fitness stations, basketball, pickleball and bocce ball courts, splash pad, accessible playground, bosque (formal forest), and picnic shelter; and will have the capacity to host large-scale events and festivals.  

Fourth Street Garage Demolition Progresses, Minimizing Waste Production; Three Pedestrian Infrastructure Improvements Nearing Completion

Demolition of the Fourth Street Garage continues this week. The entire east bay of the garage has been demolished and work on the west bay of the garage has begun. In order safely to collect demolition debris in the alleyway, the covered walkway in the alley has been temporarily dismantled to make room for dumpsters and safety netting.

City Issues Notice of Violation and Fine for Demolition of Historic Property on Near West Side

The City of Bloomington Planning and Transportation Department has issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) of the municipal zoning ordinance to the owners of the property at 523 West Seventh Street, for demolishing two structures at that location without having obtained a Certificate of Zoning Compliance (CZC).
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City’s Inaugural Youth Participatory Budgeting Initiative Welcomes Teen Voters October 22-28

Starting October 22, community members in grades 7 through 12 will be invited to cast their votes for two project proposals among those generated by their peers through the City’s inaugural Youth Participatory Budgeting (YPB) process.
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Fall and Winter Tips: Options for Leaves, and Keeping Sidewalks and Storm Drains Clear

As the seasons change, the City of Bloomington reminds residents of the options for handling fallen leaves at their property and requests residents’ assistance in keeping storm drains clear of leaves and debris, and adjacent sidewalks free of leaves, snow, and ice.

Grant to Expand Banneker Community Center’s Capacity to Feed Teens and Teach Cooking Skills

As the seasons change, the City of Bloomington reminds residents of the options for handling fallen leaves at their property and requests residents’ assistance in keeping storm drains clear of leaves and debris, and adjacent sidewalks free of leaves, snow, and ice.

Ongoing Efforts to Address Market Issues Involve Mediation from OSU’s Bridge Initiative

While working to ensure both public safety and a welcoming and inclusive environment at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, Mayor John Hamilton is simultaneously working to engage our community more generally on concerns about racism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of discrimination.
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2018 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report and Climate Vulnerability Reports Announced

Tonight, City of Bloomington Economic and Sustainable Development Director Alex Crowley announced a significant deliverable from the 2018 Sustainability Action Plan with the presentation of the results of the 2018 Greenhouse Gas Inventory report to the public at City Hall.

2019 Teen RoundTable Seeks Participants

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Children and Youth (CSCY) is seeking applications for the 2019 Teen RoundTable. 

Bloomington Fire Department Promotes Planning and Practice During Fire Prevention Week

During this week’s observance of Fire Prevention Week, the City of Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape.
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Inaugural Fall Family Bike Fest to Feature Night Ride, Bike Swap, Demos, and Film Screenings

City to Share Bloomington’s 2018 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report

The City of Bloomington will share its 2018 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Report in a public presentation on Tuesday, October 15 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers (401 North Morton St.). 
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City’s King Commission Seeks Nominees for Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award

The City of Bloomington's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission is soliciting nominations for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award.
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Centerstone, City of Bloomington, State and Community Partners Break Ground on Affordable Housing Development Kinser Flats

On Tuesday, October 1 at 1:00 p.m., Mayor John Hamilton and Centerstone Indiana CEO Suzanne Koesel will gather with other community and business leaders to break ground for the new Kinser Flats apartment complex to be constructed at 1610 North Kinser Pike. 
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Supplementary Water Testing Shows Drinking Water Quality Remains High

Recent testing by City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) has shown that the lakewater entering the Monroe Water Treatment Plant is free of several compounds that have been detected in other water sources around the country.
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Property Owners Encouraged to Apply for Sidewalk Repair Assistance

Property owners in Bloomington are responsible for the repair and maintenance of the sidewalk(s) adjacent to their property, according to the Bloomington Municipal Code (§12.04.010). 
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Solarize 2019 Offers Affordable Solar Installation to Homeowners, Businesses, Nonprofits for Fourth Year 

Homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits in Bloomington and Monroe and surrounding counties are encouraged to consider installing solar panels at favorable rates during the fourth season of the Solarize Bloomington Initiative. 
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Fire Hydrant Maintenance Continues During Week of September 30

City of Bloomington Utilities is conducting fire hydrant maintenance this week within an area bounded as follows:
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Fourth Street Garage Starts Coming Down; Infrastructure Improvements Continue

Demolition of the Fourth Street Garage continues this week, after preparations underway since the beginning of the month.  Last week, Denney Excavating began their make-ready preparation work for the demolition of the parking structure.

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Precautionary Boil Water Advisory for Southwest Bloomington

City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) has repaired a damaged fire hydrant on John Hinkle Place, near N. Pete Ellis Drive.
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CBU Invites Neighborhood and Homeowner Associations to Learn About Stormwater Management Options

Neighborhood and homeowners associations are invited to schedule a visit from the City of Bloomington Utilities’ Stormwater Education Specialist to learn about options for addressing stormwater.

City to Host Informational Meeting for CDBG Grant Applicants

The City of Bloomington’s Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) Department will host an informational meeting on applying for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) on Tuesday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m. and again at 5:00 p.m. in the McCloskey Room at City Hall (401 N. Morton St.).

Fire Hydrant Maintenance Continues During Week of September 23

City of Bloomington Utilities is conducting fire hydrant maintenance this week within an area bounded as follows:
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City of Bloomington Garners 2019 Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Precautionary Boil Water Advisory for Southwest Bloomington

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City of Bloomington Utilities Hosts Grand Opening of Bulk Water Station

The City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) department invites community members to the grand opening of the new bulk water station at 3220 South Walnut Street this Friday, September 20. Mayor John Hamilton will welcome those attending the event, where the 24-hour high-volume filling station will be demonstrated at 1 p.m. 
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Fiesta del Otoño to Launch Hispanic Heritage Month at Showers Plaza Saturday

The City of Bloomington invites community members and visitors to Fiesta del Otoño (Fall Festival) on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15.
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City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Precautionary Boil Water Advisory for Southwest Bloomington

City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) has repaired water main damage on South Old State Road 37. Many customers of CBU and Southern Monroe Water Authority were temporarily disconnected from water service on Tuesday afternoon while crews repaired the break.
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State of the Urban Forest Report Shows Surge in Number, Health, Diversity of City Trees

A recent inventory of the City of Bloomington’s public tree population reveals significant increases in the number, health, and diversity of our trees along City streets, in rights-of-way, and within public parks. 

Public Input Sought for B-Line Extension Project; Infrastructure Improvements Update

The City of Bloomington Planning & Transportation Department is hosting a public meeting to discuss a project to extend the B-Line Trail on Wednesday, September 18 at 6 p.m. in the atrium of City Hall (401 North Morton St.). 
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Indiana University Woman to Receive Prestigious 2019 Indiana Torchbearer Award

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Brandi Smith, Senior Assistant Director at the Career Development Center on IU Bloomington’s campus will receive one of seven Torchbearer Awards at a ceremony at the Indiana Historical Society, 450 West Ohio Street in Indianapolis. 

Fire Hydrant Maintenance Continues During Week of September 16th

City of Bloomington Utilities is conducting fire hydrant maintenance this week within an area bounded as follows:

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Precautionary Boil Water Advisory for East Dodds Street

State of the Urban Forest Report to Showcase Bloomington’s 19,000 Public Trees

The City of Bloomington will share its most recent actions to sustain and increase its urban forest in a presentation Tuesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (401 N. Morton St.).

Plan Commission Provides Additional Hearings for Public Input About Amendments to UDO Adoption Draft

The City of Bloomington Plan Commission has scheduled several special hearings to accommodate additional public input about the latest draft of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).
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Commission on the Status of Children and Youth Seeking Nominations for 2019 SWAGGER Awards

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Children and Youth is seeking nominations for the 2019 SWAGGER (Students Who Act Generously, Grow, and Earn Respect) Awards.
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Dronepalooza to Showcase Drones’ Potential for Science, Government, Art, Business, and Recreation

Sanitation Division Announces Normal Schedule for Week of Labor Day, Offers Seasonal Reminders

Residential trash, recycling, and yard waste collection in the City of Bloomington will take place on the normal schedule during the week of September 2.  Sanitation customers should place waste and recycling carts on the curb by 5:00 a.m. on their regular pickup day, which may be determined by entering their address at myBloomington.  
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City of Bloomington Latino Outreach Programs and Community Partners Sponsor “Refugees Welcome Here” Fundraiser

The City of Bloomington’s Latino Outreach Program is partnering with housing co-op Bloomington Cooperative Living and two local restaurants to sponsor a fundraiser for migrants at the southern border and in Bloomington. In observance of Labor Day, the “Refugees Welcome Here” fundraiser September 2 and 5 will provide funds for three migrant support organizations: the Bloomington Refugee Support Network, the Trans Liberation Coalition, and Contra Viento y Marea.
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Preparations Begin for Fourth Street Garage Demolition, Paving and Curb Painting Underway in Maple Heights

On-site preparation for the demolition of the Fourth Street Garage gets underway this week, with the installation of water barriers and temporary construction fencing around the City facility. Also, this week, lane restrictions are going into effect at the following locations: the southernmost lane on Fourth Street and a driving lane and parking lane on the west side of Walnut Street (closest to the garage).  

Plan Commission to Consider UDO Adoption Draft in Upcoming Meetings

The latest draft of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) will be presented to the City of Bloomington Plan Commission at public meetings August 26, 29, and September 5 in Council Chambers at City Hall (401 North Morton St.), beginning at 5:30 pm. 

Fire Hydrant Maintenance Continuing This Week

City of Bloomington Utilities is conducting fire hydrant maintenance this week within an area bounded as follows: North of East 10th Street, South and west of State Rd 45/46 Bypass and East Matlock Road, and East of North College Avenue

Lucy Schaich Named Bloomington Volunteer Network Coordinator

Lucy Schaich has been named coordinator of the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network (CBVN), a program of the Community and Family Resources Department (CFRD).
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Free Parking, Live Music, Market Ambassadors Highlight Farmers' Market Reopening Saturday

Following Mayor John Hamilton's August 13 announcement of the reopening of the Farmers' Market on August 17 after its two-week suspension, the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is sharing plans for welcoming vendors and customers back to the Saturday morning Market at Showers Common.

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Precautionary Boil Water Advisory

City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) crews are on-site repairing a water main break on East Ramp Creek Road. Thirty-one residences have been disconnected from water service while crews repair the break.
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Community Members Invited to Help Clear the Shelter Saturday

As part of the Clear the Shelters event, the Bloomington shelter will waive adoption fees in full for all adoptable animals, from kittens and puppies to adult dogs and cats and house rabbits.  The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the shelter, located at 3410 South Walnut Street. 
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Mayor John Hamilton Announces Plan to Reopen Community Farmers’ Market

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton announces the City’s plan to reopen Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market this Saturday, August 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Showers Common. The mayor’s statement follows; his briefer, recorded version may be viewed on the City’s website and social media.
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Bloomington Transit Awarded Federal Grant for Second Electric Bus Purchase

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced that it will fully fund the Bloomington Public Transportation Corporation (BPTC)’s request for a federal Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant in the amount of $284,799 to complete the funding of the transit agency’s second battery-electric bus.
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Fire Hydrant Maintenance Continues During Week of August 12

City of Bloomington Utilities is conducting fire hydrant maintenance during the week of August 12 in the campus area within the following boundaries:
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City Continues to Seek Community Input in Anticipation of Market Reopening

During the market’s temporary suspension, members of the public are encouraged to share ideas about the market in any of several ways:

Press Release: Adoption Draft of UDO Available for Public Review

The most recent version of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is now available for public review online at https://bloomington.in.gov/planning/udo/update.

Press Release: BPD Investigating Flyers

Flyers announcing a “Neighborhood Watch” purportedly maintained by the Ku Klux Klan and picturing a hooded figure appeared at several locations around Bloomington early Monday morning.

Press Release: Dillman Road Wastewater Treatment Plant Submits IDEM Report of July Effluent Levels

Treated wastewater discharged into Clear Creek in July from the Dillman Road Wastewater Treatment Plant exceeded the daily limit of 235 colony-forming units (CFUs) of E. Coli bacteria per 100 ml four times in 30 days.

Arrest at Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market

The City of Bloomington Police Department is sharing additional information regarding the arrest made at the Bloomington Farmers' Market on Saturday, June 27th. A clarification and restatement of Farmers' Market Rules are also listed below.
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Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market Suspended for Two Weeks

The City today announced the suspension of the Market for the next two Saturdays.

Press Release: Intersection at Kirkwood and Washington Repaired, Fourth Street Garage Demo Scheduled

Crews from the City of Bloomington Utilities Department and the Department of Public Works’ Street Division worked throughout last week to repair the water main that burst Sunday, July 21 underneath the intersection of East Kirkwood Avenue and South Washington Street and to reconstruct the ruptured pavement and adjacent infrastructure.
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Press Release: Fire Hydrant Maintenance Continues During Week of July 29

City of Bloomington Utilities is conducting fire hydrant maintenance during the week of July 29.
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Press Release: Mayors Hamilton, Buttigieg Among Five Indiana Mayors for Solar Energy

Indiana mayors from five cities across the state joined a bipartisan group of more than 250 U.S. municipal leaders from all 50 U.S. states and one territory in support of solar energy.
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Press Release: Bloomington Fire Department Presents Civilian Lifesaving Award

In a ceremony this Saturday at City Hall, the Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) will recognize five individuals with the Civilian Lifesaving Award for having saved a resident from choking at a local restaurant.

Press Release: City of Bloomington Utilities Repairing Water Main Break at Grimes

City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) crews are onsite to repair a water main break on West Grimes Lane/West Patterson Drive between South Rogers and South Walnut Streets.
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Press Release: Kirkwood Water Main Repaired, Street Repairs to Continue Through Thursday

City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) crews have repaired the water main break that occurred Sunday night underneath the intersection of Kirkwood Avenue and Washington Street.  
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Press Release: Paving South Henderson, Replacing Downtown Curbs, Brightening B-town

Multiple projects are underway in the city.
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Press Release: Paving South Henderson, Replacing Downtown Curbs, Brightening B-town

As the busy summer improvement season continues, the City of Bloomington encourages drivers to exercise particular caution in road work zones. Drivers should respect posted signs and directions from flaggers, and allow for extra travel time in anticipation of delays.
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Press Release: City of Bloomington Hosts Celebration of the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA)  will celebrate the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on Saturday, July 27 from 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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B-Line Trail at Switchyard Park Scheduled for Temporary Closing Wednesday, Re-Opening Friday

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Press Release: City of Bloomington Utilities Repairing 2 Water Main Breaks

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Press Release: Fire Hydrant Maintenance During Week of July 15

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Press Release: City to Host Farmers' Market Panel Discussion Thursday

The City of Bloomington will host a panel discussion exploring the topic “Legal Implications of Issues in the Farmers’ Market” on Thursday, July 11 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
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PRESS RELEASE: Fire Hydrant Maintenance Continues Week of July 8

City of Bloomington Utilities is conducting fire hydrant maintenance during the week of July 8.
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Press Release: No Bloomington Transit Service on July 4

In observance of Independence Day on Thursday, July 4, 2019, Bloomington Transit and BTaccess will not operate.
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Press Release: TASUS Renovates Bloomington Production Facility, Postpones Trades District Build-out

TASUS has announced plans to renovate its 30-year old manufacturing plant in Bloomington.
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Press Release: Median Below B-Line Gets Brightened; Garage Design Goes Before Plan Commission July 8

Bloomington’s busy summer improvement season continues with multiple projects underway across the city.
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Press Release: City of Bloomington Utilities Continues Water Main Repair on 17th and College

The City of Bloomington Utilities is repairing a leak in the drinking water transmission pipe under North College Avenue at the West 17th Street intersection.
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CBU Fire Hydrant Maintenance Continues During Week of July 1

City of Bloomington Utilities is conducting fire hydrant maintenance during the week of July 1.
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Press Release: State Honors Bloomingtonians David White and Elizabeth Mitchell as Golden Hoosiers

Bloomington residents David White and Elizabeth Mitchell were selected as 2019 recipients of the Golden Hoosier Award.
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Press Release: City of Bloomington Utilities Performs Fire Hydrant Maintenance This Week

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Press Release: City Announces New Assistant Director of Sustainability

The City of Bloomington has hired Lauren Travis as the new Assistant Director of Sustainability in the Department of Economic and Sustainable Development. 
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Press Release: Bloomington Arts Commission Selects Public Art for Trades District

Internationally exhibiting artist Stefan Reiss has been selected from among five finalists to create a new, site-specific artwork for the Trades District.
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Press Release: City of Bloomington Utilities Releases Annual Water Quality Report

City of Bloomington Utilities customers are receiving their annual consumer confidence report. 
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Press Release: Plan Commission to Consider Fourth St. Garage Design July 8; Brighten B-town Advances

The design for the new Fourth Street Garage will be brought to the City’s Plan Commission on July 8. 
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Press Release: City of Bloomington Announces After Hours Ambassador

Jenna Whiteaker will join the City of Bloomington as its first after hours ambassador beginning July 1.
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Press Release: Smart Water Meters to be Installed at Bloomington Residences and Businesses

The City of Bloomington Utilities will begin installing an advanced metering infrastructure system at residences and businesses across the city in July.
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Press Release: Bloomington Fire Department to Dedicate New Fire Apparatus with Push-in Ceremony Friday

Mayor John Hamilton and Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) firefighters invite community members to a public push-in ceremony celebrating the arrival of the City’s newest fire apparatus.
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Press Release: Endwright East Active Living Community Center Opens June 18 at College Mall

Bloomington’s newest resource for older adults, the Endwright East Active Living Community Center will open its doors Tuesday, June 18 in the College Mall. 
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Press Release: City Innovation Director Delivers 2019 Report to Council

The Director of Innovation for the City of Bloomington will present the 2019 Innovation Report to the Common Council.
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Press Release: City and IU Partner to Host 2019 Juneteenth Celebration

The City of Bloomington Safe and Civil City Program and the Indiana University Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center (NMBCC) will host a Juneteenth celebration
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City of Bloomington Utilities Continues Fire Hydrant Maintenance During Week of June 10

The City of Bloomington Utilities will conduct fire hydrant maintenance in several locations during the week of June 10:
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Press Release: Bus Stop Reopens at 17th Street; Street Improvements Continue Across City

Bloomington’s busy summer improvement season continues with multiple projects underway across the city. 
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Press Release: Bloomington Arts Commission Hosts Ceremony and Reception to Honor 2019 Arts Project Grant Recipients

The City of Bloomington Arts Commission has awarded Arts Project Grants to 11 local arts organizations.
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Press Release: Area Teens Invited to Submit Project Ideas for Youth Participatory Budgeting

The City of Bloomington Youth Participatory Budget Steering Committee is accepting ideas for projects to be considered as part of the Youth Participatory Budgeting (YPB) Initiative.
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Press Release: City Seeks Community Input in Evaluating Housing Needs and Resources for Next Five-Year Plan

The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department (HAND) is seeking public participation and input to assist in developing the next Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments for 2020 - 2024.
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Press Release: Mayor Hamilton Joins Mayor Buttigieg to Explore Potential for CDFI-Friendly South Bend

Having established Bloomington as the country’s first “CDFI-Friendly City,” Hamilton has been invited to participate in South Bend’s own efforts to establish CDFI-Friendly status.
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Press Release: Fourth Street Garage Design to be Presented June 17; New Streets Open in Trades District

The City’s new downtown innovation district marked a significant milestone Friday, May 31 with the official opening of new roads. 
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Press Release: Bloomington Commission on Sustainability Recognizes Impactful Business, Individual and Nonprofits

The Bloomington Commission on Sustainability announced the winners of its second annual Sustainability Awards Wednesday, May 29 at the Bloomington City Council meeting.
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Press Release: City of Bloomington Proposes Increased Protections Against Harassment for Contractors

The City of Bloomington, in order to strengthen protection against harassment for those who do business with the City, is proposing changes to the municipal code and to its personnel manual.  
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Press Release: 2019 Survey Results Highlight Bloomington’s Cultural Life, Parks and Sense of Community

Results of the second biennial city-wide survey were presented at the May 29 meeting of the Bloomington City Council.
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Press Release: City of Bloomington Hosts Trades District Launch Party and Ribbon Cutting

The community is invited to gather at the intersection of Maker Way and North Madison Street Friday, May 31 at noon for a ribbon cutting and launch party for the City’s new innovation district.
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Press Release: Fourth Street Garage Design to Be Presented June 3; Trades District Garage Site Approved

Decommissioning of the Fourth Street Garage is continuing throughout May and June and the location of the Trades District Garage has been determined.
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City of Bloomington Utilities Repairs Water Main Break on East 10th Street, Issues Boil Water Advisory for Woodbridge Apartments

A boil order advisory will be in effect until 8 a.m. Sunday, May 26 for those customers who experienced an interruption in water service at the Woodbridge Apartment complex. Please use caution in the area of East 10th Street and North Pete Ellis Drive.
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City of Bloomington Repairing Water Main Break on East 10th Street

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City, BEDC and Chamber Partner to Launch New Online Economic Development Tool

New digital platform will highlight Bloomington’s advantages and offer critical market research in one easy-to-use location, supporting businesses and entrepreneurs.
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Bloomington Joins U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Cities and Communities Program

In the process of becoming a LEED-certified city, Bloomington will receive financial assistance, educational resources and technical support to increase and enhance practices that support a sustainable, healthy, and equitable way of life.
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Showers Classic Trivia Competition Celebrates Historic Preservation Month

Trivia teams will compete to win prizes donated by CFC Properties and Indiana Landmarks in this history-themed trivia competition.
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Scheduled Water Main Replacement Will Affect Traffic on Jordan Avenue

Both lanes of Jordan Avenue will be closed from 10th Street to 7th Street until work is completed on or before June 28. 
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Sidewalk Accessibility Improvements to 9th and Washington; Two Fourth St. Garage Designs Under Consideration

The project, being performed by Groomer Construction, will improve sidewalk accessibility along Washington Street from 9th St. to Smith Avenue as well as along 6th St. from Rogers St. to Indiana Ave.
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City of Bloomington Takes Indiana Landmarks’ Top Award for Rehabilitation of The Mill

Built in 1915, The Mill is one of the buildings that remains from the Showers Brothers Furniture Company complex that once occupied fifteen acres west of Morton Street in downtown Bloomington.
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City of Bloomington and Habitat Announce Launch of Osage Place

Osage Place will be a community of around 50 homes, located on eight acres of undeveloped land on the southwest side of Bloomington, west of the intersection of Rockport and Rogers Roads.
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City of Bloomington to Partner with Area 10 and IU Health to Pilot New Senior Center

The partners are currently securing funding to launch a pilot program offering social and recreational opportunities for area seniors in an existing, centrally located facility.
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City of Bloomington Utilities Continues Fire Hydrant Maintenance During Week of May 13

Customers may notice fluctuations in pressure and/or discoloration of their tap water during hydrant maintenance.
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Youth Participatory Budgeting Initiative Expands with Call for Delegates

Youth Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which young community members decide how to spend part of a municipal budget.
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Brighten B-town Initiative to Mark Zone One Completion May 13, Fourth St. Garage Design Process Incorporates Public Input

he Brighten B-town initiative marks its first milestone Monday, May 13 at 8:30 a.m. in People’s Park with a celebration of the completion of service delivery to the first of ten geographical zones slated for coverage.
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Boil Water Advisory In Effect In Hyde Park Neighborhood

A boil order advisory will be in effect until further notice for 61 homes along Winston, Atlee, Bricklin, Churchill, Thatcher, and Wyndam.
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Bloomington Parks and Recreation, IU Health Host Annual 50+ Expo May 8

Ninety exhibitors are scheduled to attend the 50+ Expo to share information on active aging, health care and wellness, volunteer opportunities, assisted and senior living facilities, insurance and investing, and more.
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City of Bloomington Repairing Water Main Break in Hyde Park Neighborhood

Please use caution in the area.
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Bloomington Neighborhoods Invited to Participate in 19th Annual Celebration June 1

The City’s Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) Department hosts the celebration, whose theme for 2019 is “Lighting the Way.”
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City of Bloomington Utilities Performs Fire Hydrant Maintenance During Week of May 6

Customers may notice fluctuations in pressure and/or discoloration of their tap water during hydrant maintenance.
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Walkers' Safety Enhanced at Clarizz and Moores Pike, Brighten B-town Initiative Nears Completion in Zone One, and Paving Begins Along North Dunn

Since April 1, crews from across City departments -- Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and Utilities -- have been working together in the first of ten geographical zones slated for coverage.
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League of American Bicyclists Recognizes Three Bicycle Friendly Businesses in Bloomington

The City of Bloomington renewed its Silver-level designation, and Lennie’s and Envisage Technologies received Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) awards for the first time.
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City of Bloomington and Habitat Partner for Affordable Housing Announcement

The event will announce a partnership between the City, HFHMC, and local private supporters that will substantially increase the city’s affordable housing stock over the next five years.
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Ride with the Mayor/Bikes Month Kick-Off Event & Social Hour Rescheduled for May 13

Join Mayor John Hamilton Monday, May 13 for an easy-paced ride around the city starting from Showers Plaza at City Hall.
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Press Release: Second Annual Bloomington Black y Brown Arts Festival Announces Featured Artists

The multi-day celebration seeks to raise and expand art appreciation, create space that affirms persons of color in the community, and enhance Bloomington’s spirit of inclusion.
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CBU Performs Fire Hydrant Maintenance During Week of April 29

Customers may notice fluctuations in pressure and/or discoloration of their tap water during hydrant maintenance.
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Bloomington Fire Department Adjusting Automatic Aid and Correcting Response Recommendations

The long-standing interlocal practice of mutual aid -- calling in help from neighboring fire departments as needed -- will not change.
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Intersection Improvement Project Gets Underway on West Second, While Crews Continue to Brighten B-town

With the approach of warm weather, the season of public infrastructure improvements has again gotten underway in Bloomington.
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Mayor Hamilton Leads Bike Tour to Kick Off Bloomington Bikes Month May 1

The ride will highlight new, emerging, and existing trail infrastructure, including Switchyard Park, the Allen Street Greenway, and Bryan Park.
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Sunday's Street Fair to Offer Public Engagement Opportunity About Public Art in Trades District

During the event, community members will have the opportunity to learn more about and provide feedback about the artists’ work at a booth in Peoples Park staffed by members of the Bloomington Arts Commission and the City’s Economic and Sustainable Development Department.
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City Seeks Public Input in Fourth Street Garage Preliminary Design Process

During the open house, City staff and representatives from CSO Architects and construction manager F.A. Wilhelm will be available to provide an overview of the project.
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Kirkwood Avenue Opens for Second Annual Celebration of Bloomington Culture and Community

A showcase of local talent, the fair will feature entertainment on four stages throughout the day.
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Solarize Bloomington 2019 Kicks Off in May

The City has renewed its partnership with the Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network (SIREN) for Solarize 2019 to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and support for grassroots community efforts to increase access to renewable energy.

Mayor Hamilton To Make Earth Day Announcement of Renewable Energy System Task Force

The first phase of the task force will provide technical review of and recommendations about a renewable energy system proposed for consideration during the mayor’s 2019 State of the City address February 21.

State Legislation Targeting Annexation Efforts Ruled Unconstitutional

The April 18 ruling came down two years after the City filed suit against Indiana Governor Eric Holcolmb in response to legislation that abruptly terminated the City’s annexation process and barred the City from additional annexation efforts for five years.
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Homeowners Invited to Participate in Sidewalk Repair Assistance Program

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Design Charrette Scheduled for Monroe Convention Center Expansion Project

The City of Bloomington and Monroe County Government, working jointly on the expansion of the Monroe Convention Center, have asked Convergence Design and Schmidt Associates, the architect/design team for the project, to gather feedback from stakeholders and the greater community about project design.
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BPD Mobile Field Office to Provide On-Site Assistance, Emergency Operations

Funded in the 2019 budget through the Public Safety Local Income Tax and approved by a vote of the Common Council, the 32-foot panel truck can also serve as a mobile center of operations in the event of a natural disaster or major crime scene.
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Season Admission Passes Available for Bryan Park, Mills Pools This Summer

The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department has reduced the daily pool admission fee and is launching a new season-long admission option for frequent visitors to the city's two outdoor pools.
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Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative Offers Screenings, Education

CSBM seeks to enlighten Black men about cardiovascular diseases through screening and education.
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Centerstone, City of Bloomington and IU Partner to Bring Acclaimed Journalist Sam Quinones to Speak on Opiate Crisis May 20

An investigative journalist, Quinones will present his experiences researching and writing Dreamland, and the lessons he learned throughout the process.
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Call to Artists: 10th Street Mural Project

The mural will be a highly visible design element for westbound traffic on this major artery from the Indiana University campus.
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Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market Opens April 6 for the 2019 Season

Located at Eighth and Morton Streets in Showers Common next to City Hall, the market showcases food, plants, and other farm products sold by local growers along with the offerings of prepared food vendors. Admission to the Farmers’ Market is free.

Construction on West 17th Street Improvement Project Begins Thursday

17th Street will be closed to through traffic during construction, which is scheduled for completion by November 8.
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Convention Center Expansion Proceeds with Community Engagement Period

After integrating public and stakeholder feedback gathered during these three days, the design team will coordinate a Concept Design Charrette April 16-18.
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April 1 Marks Launch of Coordinated Approach to “Brighten B-town”

The “Brighten B-town” initiative is a partnership among three City departments -- Parks and Recreation, Utilities, and Public Works.

City Seeks Public Input in Trades District Garage Preliminary Design Process

During the forum, City staff and representatives from CSO Architects and construction manager Garmong Construction Services will be stationed to provide an overview of the project.
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Saturday’s Volunteering Event at Shalom Community Center to Commemorate César E. Chávez

César E. Chávez, a first-generation American civil rights activist, stood for equality, justice and dignity for all Americans.

City Sanitation Department Offering New Yard Waste Carts for Sale

Surplus, wheeled carts retrofitted with green lids are being made available to residents who request them for a one-time charge of $70, which includes Indiana sales tax.

Commission on the Status of Women Hosts “Women. Power. Progress.” Women’s Leadership Development Event

The theme for this year’s event is “Women. Power. Progress.” The event is offered free of charge.
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CBU Celebrates World Water Day March 22

The City of Bloomington Utilities is committed to providing safe drinking water and protecting our environment, and urges residents to join in the effort.
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B-Line Trail at Switchyard Park Scheduled for Overnight Closing Thursday, Re-Opening Friday

The closing will allow for the installation of a 27" reinforced concrete pipe to channel stormwater from the parking lot at Grimes Lane.
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Be More Awards to Recognize Volunteers and Benefit Nonprofits March 26

The event will honor ten volunteers who have made exceptional efforts to improve the lives of other Bloomingtonians.
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City Announces Spring Cleanup at Rose Hill, White Oak Cemeteries

According to Parks and Recreation Department operations coordinator Barb Dunbar, the annual cleanup includes removing and disposing of floral arrangements and grave decorations that are broken or do not meet cemetery guidelines.
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City Seeking Input on Plans to Expand Cascades Park Trail

Potential funding to complete the section of trail has been identified through the City's "Bicentennial Trees and Trails" bond funds.
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B-Line Trail Through Switchyard Park Closed Thursday Night for Stormwater Utility Installation

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Wapehani Mountain Bike Park Reopens for Use After Transformation

Established in 1990, the park, located at 3401 West Wapehani Road, had been closed since July 2018 to allow for the transformation of the property.

Tickets Available for Women’s History Month Luncheon Through March 13

The theme of this year’s event is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.”
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B-Line Trail Crossing Improvements Involve Temporary Detour on North Rogers Street

The new trail crossing is being installed as part of the development of the Trades District and is designed to improve safety in the area.

City Utilities Announces 2019 Residential Stormwater Grants Program

The inaugural residential stormwater grants program will distribute a total of approximately $35,000 in small grants to homeowners to help offset the cost of building green stormwater infrastructure projects on their property.

City of Bloomington to Host Sixth Round of Public Meetings for Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Update

The UDO, or Title 20 of Bloomington’s Municipal Code, is the primary source of land use regulations for the City of Bloomington, including both zoning and subdivision control ordinances.

Common Council Jack Hopkins Social Services Funding Committee Accepting Applications for 2019 Funding

This year, the Committee has $305,000 to distribute. The program is dedicated to funding projects that improve the lives of the City’s most vulnerable residents.

Water Main Break at Winslow/Rogers/High Roundabout

Crews from City of Bloomington Utilities are on site at a 12” water main break on Bloomington’s southeast side at the roundabout where Winslow Road, Rogers Road and High Street meet.
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City Urges Residents to Complete Survey on Scooters to Inform Development of Ordinance

Let us know what you think should be included in a potential ordinance by completing our survey by March 7, 2019.
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2019 Living Legend and Outstanding Black Leaders of Tomorrow To Be Honored At Gala

The gala will feature a ceremony to recognize the recipient of the Living Legend Award and the 2019 Outstanding Black Leaders of Tomorrow.

Public Information Meetings Scheduled for Development of 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

These public information meetings will be held Monday, March 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, March 5, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the Monroe County Public Library (303 E. Kirkwood) in Room 1C.

Bloomington Environmental Commission’s Eighth Annual Eco-Heroes Art Contest Welcomes Submissions

This year’s theme -- “Lakes, Rivers, & Streams, Oh My!” -- encourages artists to learn about and present artistic pieces related to the role that water plays in our lives.
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B-Line Trail Section Closes for Two Days to Allow Switchyard Park Progress

Construction is continuing in the park this week with the installation of two prefabricated concrete pedestrian bridges near the property’s skate park.
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Trades District Garage Plans Proceeding, as Fourth Street Repair Costs Are Estimated and Considered

Plans for the construction of a parking facility in the Trades District have progressed with the selection of a design firm. At the same time, having undertaken intensive study of the Fourth Street garage, the City has received a report of the full scope of the facility’s deterioration.
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Bryan Park Fitness Station Equipment to be Removed, Replaced This Spring

According to Parks and Recreation operations coordinator Barb Dunbar, the new fitness equipment will be installed where the old equipment now stands.
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Mayor Hamilton Invites Community Members to Annual State of the City Event

Beginning at 7 p.m., the community convocation will feature live music, poetry, and a video montage of residents’ reflections to complement the mayor’s remarks.
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City Conducting Comprehensive Inventory, Assessment of Bloomington Trees

Over the course of the inventory, arborists will record data about the size, species, and condition of nearly 18,000 publicly owned trees and public planting locations.

Crews Repairing Water Main Break on Morton South of Tenth

Crews will be working into the evening to repair the break, and Morton Street has been temporarily closed in the vicinity of the break to accommodate repairs.
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City Invites Community Groups, Entertainers to Take Part in April Street Fair

Information meeting Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall for potential exhibitors. Applications are due March 1.

City Names New Safe and Civil City Program Director

In this role, Moss will assist department Director Beverly Calender-Anderson in the development and implementation of goals and strategies supporting inclusion and equity, public safety education, and community response.

City Names Mary Goetze Woman of the Year

Woman of the Year award recipient Goetze founded the programs Kids with Absent Parents (KAP) and Read-to-Me, both serving children of the incarcerated.
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Section of Bloomington Rail Trail Temporarily Closed for Repairs

The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department has temporarily closed the Bloomington Rail Trail between Rogers Street and That Road to repair damage from last week's flooding.

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory

The significant amount of recent rainfall is likely the cause of this SSO. The clean-up and determination of the amount of flow generated will commence once the overflow has ceased.

CBU Website Undergoes Redesign and Security Updates

Customers will still be able to make their payment by mail, telephone, or in person at 600 E Miller Dr.; those enrolled in the AquaPay program for automatic withdrawals will not be affected by the site redesign.   

City of Bloomington Increases Efforts to Repair Streets After Flooding

After patching 647 potholes last week, street division crews will undertake two new efforts that will help tackle the exceptional amount of damage.  

Bloomington Fire and Police Chiefs Present Annual Public Safety Report

The event will feature presentations by Police Chief Mike Diekhoff and Fire Chief Jason Moore about the state of public safety in the community and the continual efforts of their respective departments to increase it.

Residents of Monroe County, including Ellettsville, Stinesville and the City of Bloomington, are Urged to Report Storm Damage

Residents may complete a report of the damage at www.co.monroe.in.us under the Recent News section or leave their contact information at (812) 349-2997.

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory

The significant amount of recent rainfall is likely the cause of this SSO.
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City of Bloomington Utilities Proposes Fee Review to Fund Stormwater Infrastructure Investment with Green Upgrades

The monthly stormwater fee funds the maintenance and operation of infrastructure that protects surface-water quality in Bloomington and areas downstream and prevents stormwater-related property damage within the city.

City Accepting Nominations for Be More Volunteer Awards

Nominations may be submitted by members of the general public, community agencies or family members. Ten awards will be made in a variety of categories, although not all existing categories are recognized each year.

City of Bloomington Hosts Discussion of Local Efforts to Combat Hate Crime, Boosts Efforts to Pass State Law

Along with Mayor John Hamilton and Bloomington Police Chief Mike Diekhoff, the discussion will feature three founding members of the coalition Bloomington United, among other community stakeholders.

City of Bloomington Government, Facilities Open During Period of Extreme Cold

While trash and recycling collection will be offered on a two-day delay this week, City departments will be open and operating on a normal schedule Wednesday.
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City Invites Community Groups, Entertainers to Take Part in April Street Fair

Plans for the Street Fair include making blocks of Kirkwood Avenue available for "adoption" by neighboring businesses. Activities planned by participating groups will reflect Bloomington’s diversity and uniqueness.
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City of Bloomington Utilities Advises Residents to Allow Faucets to Drip During Sub-Zero Temperatures

t is most important to allow faucets located on outside-facing walls to drip, but even the smallest stream of water flowing through the meter from any faucet in the building will help prevent the meter from freezing during very cold temperatures.
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City of Bloomington Kicks Off Black History Month Celebrations

The theme of this year's Black History Month celebration is “Reclaiming Our Time.”

City of Bloomington Sanitation Services Delayed on Wednesday and Thursday

If your normal collection day is Wednesday, your trash and recycling will be picked up on Friday this week.  If your normal collection day is Thursday, you can expect service on Saturday.

Housing and Neighborhood Development Department Invites Neighborhood Associations to Apply for 2019 Grants

The Neighborhood Improvement Grant program gives residents an opportunity to have direct input and influence into the improvement of Bloomington’s neighborhoods.
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Mayor John Hamilton Receives 2019 National Award for Local Arts Leadership

The presentation of the 2019 Public Arts Leadership Awards took place this morning during the mayors’ Winter Meeting in Washington, DC.
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Bloomington Police Department Awarded Second Accreditation by National or State Agency Within Six Months

The award recognizes the department’s implementation of best practices in contemporary law enforcement. 

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory

The significant amount of recent rainfall coupled with the ongoing snow melt likely caused this SSO.

City of Bloomington Seeks Resident Opinion for Second Biennial Survey

Like the first survey, conducted in 2017, this survey will gauge residents’ perceptions of the quality and value of City services and current conditions in the community. 
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City Offers Free Parking in Convention Center Lot After Hours and On Weekends

The reassignment of approximately 300 permit holders temporarily displaced by the closing of the Fourth Street garage complete, opportunities for parkers without permits have emerged.
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City of Bloomington Launches “Year of Food” to Address Hunger and Activate Local Food Network

Pursuing goals outlined in the recently approved Sustainability Action Plan, the City’s Year of Food campaign will seek to address issues of hunger in the community while simultaneously strengthening the local food economy. 
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City’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration to Feature Keynote Speaker Janai S. Nelson of NAACP

Mayor John Hamilton invites the community to attend the 2019 City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Monday, January 21 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
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Trades District Garage Design Process and Fourth Street Repair Assessment Underway

While the City is evaluating the Fourth Street garage and undertaking the process to build a parking facility in the Trades District, it is embarking on a complementary effort to assess parking resources within the community’s larger transportation network.
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City Reminds Residents to Keep Sidewalks and Ramps Clear of Snow

Under the Bloomington Municipal Code, property owners must remove snow and ice from their sidewalks within 24 hours of the accumulation of snow or ice.
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Commission on the Status of Black Males to Host Black Male Youth Summit

The theme of the summit is “Celebrating Black Boy Joy: Creating Pathways for Success.”
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Latest Survey Investigates Residents’ Interest in Composting

“Exploring Curbside Composting Options” is the latest topic on the City of Bloomington’s online resident survey platform, released today.
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Indiana Solar for All Partners With City of Bloomington to Expand Access to Solar Power

An initiative of the nonprofit Center for Sustainable Living, ISFA worked with the City’s Solarize Bloomington campaign to make grants to eight area homeowners with fixed or limited incomes to install rooftop solar systems in 2018, and projects to fund 12 installations in 2019.
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City of Bloomington Utilities Moving Forward on Smart Meter Installation

At their meeting this evening at 5 pm, the Utilities Service Board (USB) is scheduled to consider a $1.9 million agreement with Utility Metering Solutions to oversee the transition of Bloomington’s water meters to the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).
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Gayle Cook Receives Inaugural Freedom of the City Award

Having originated in ancient Rome as a way of recognizing a particularly valued member of the community, the honor has been locally revived on the occasion of the Bicentennial to recognize Cook for her “exceptional service promoting, protecting and preserving the City of Bloomington.”  
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Mayor Hamilton Announces New Innovation Director

Having started in this role in a part-time capacity in mid-November, Kidd assumed her position on a full-time basis January 2, succeeding outgoing director Tom Miller.