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2021 News Releases

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Mayor Hamilton Announces Don Griffin, Jr. to be Next Deputy Mayor

Mayor John Hamilton has announced that he will appoint lifelong Bloomingtonian Donald C. Griffin, Jr. as Deputy Mayor, succeeding Mick Renneisen, who has announced his retirement effective April 23. Griffin is a Bloomington native with decades of community service and leadership. He founded, owns and leads Griffin Realty Holdings, Inc. As Deputy Mayor, Griffin will coordinate and oversee 16 City departments and 850 employees working to implement the Hamilton administration's policies and goals, including job creation, affordable housing, quality of life improvements, and efficient and transparent basic governmental services. 
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City Invites Proposals to Develop Affordable Housing at Kohr Building on Hospital Site

On behalf of the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission (RDC), the City of Bloomington has issued a Request for Information (RFI) from qualified real estate developers to submit their proposals for potential adaptive reuse of the Kohr Administration Building as a long-term affordable or mixed-income, multi-family residential project. 

Infrastructure Projects Underway to Improve Stormwater Management, Parks, Sidepaths

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington.  The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.
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Bloomington Awarded LEED for Cities and Communities Certification for Actions to Improve Sustainability

Mayor John Hamilton announced today that the City of Bloomington has achieved LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) through the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system.

2021 Living Legend and Young Leaders To Be Honored At 17th Annual Black History Month Gala

The City of Bloomington and the Indiana University Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center invite the community to the 17th Annual Black History Month Gala which will take place on Saturday, February 27 beginning at 6 p.m. The ticketed, public event will be held over Zoom video conferencing, with e-ticket reservations available in advance through the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, online at www.bctboxoffice.org or by phone at 812-323-3020.  

Three Women to be Honored During Women’s History Month

Mayor John Hamilton today announced the names of the three women to be honored for their outstanding service to the Bloomington community during the local observance of Women’s History Month in March.
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City of Bloomington Utilities Advises Residents Keep Storm Drains Clear to Prevent Flooding Over Weekend

The City of Bloomington Utilities Department (CBU) alerts residents to the potential for flooding this weekend.  Due to heavy snowfall during recent weeks and higher temperatures expected over the weekend, we will likely experience snow melt.
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Mayor Hamilton to Present Sixth State of the City Address: Remember, Recover, Renew

Mayor John Hamilton presents his sixth annual State of the City address to the community.  In the online presentation, the mayor will reflect on the community’s journey over the course of the historic year and chart the course ahead in remarks titled “Remember, Recover, Renew.” 

Bloomington Fire Department Awards Ceremony Honors 29 Firefighters for 2020 Service

The Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) today recognized 29 firefighters for exceptional service to the community in 2020 during a video presentation of the department’s annual awards ceremony. 
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Deputy Mayor Mick Renneisen Plans Retirement in April

Mayor John Hamilton today announced Deputy Mayor Mick Renneisen’s plans to retire from his position on April 23, after four decades of service to the City of Bloomington and the community. 
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City of Bloomington Sanitation Services Cancelled for Remainder of Week

In consideration of the amount of snow accumulation thus far this week and the potential for further accumulation overnight on Wednesday, the City of Bloomington Sanitation Division has announced that trash and recycling collection will be cancelled for the remainder of the week to protect sanitation workers’ safety.

City Accepting Nominations for Be More Awards Honoring Volunteers

City of Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton encourages all community members to nominate outstanding volunteers for the Be More Awards, the community volunteer awards presented by the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, a program of the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department. Nominations are being accepted now through Friday, March 12 at  www.BloomingtonVolunteerNetwork.org/bemore. 
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Second Round of Recover Forward Programming Grants for the Arts Announced

As part of Mayor John Hamilton’s initiative to Recover Forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) has awarded a second round of grant funding to cultural organizations and artists that foster the arts and nurture communities.
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City of Bloomington Sanitation Services for Tuesday, February 16 Postponed

Due to the anticipated cold temperatures and snow accumulation, the City of Bloomington Sanitation Division has announced that collection on Tuesday, February 16 will be postponed.
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Cold Weather Safety and Resources

In anticipation of bitter cold temperatures and additional snowfall in the next few days, the City of Bloomington advises residents for their safety to avoid prolonged outdoor exposure, and to check on elderly family members and neighbors often to assure their safety. 
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Revised Draft of Bloomington UDO Zoning Map and Text Amendments Announced

A revised version of the draft Bloomington Zoning Map and Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) text amendments was announced today, to be formally introduced at a March 8 Plan Commission hearing. The revisions reflect feedback received through broad public engagement over the three months since release of the Public Outreach Draft last October.
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Bloomington Fire Department Employee Receives Positive COVID-19 Result

One employee of the Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) reported receiving a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test on Friday, February 5 after starting to experience symptoms on Thursday, February 4.  The employee’s last shift was Tuesday, February 2.
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Hidden River Pathway Project Gets Underway to Reconstruct Downtown Stormwater Infrastructure

On Monday, February 15, the City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) launches a project reconstructing the downtown stormwater infrastructure that prevents flooding during rain events. 
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Fifth Annual Public Safety Report Presentation Highlights Decrease in Overall Crime, Fourth Straight Year Without Fire Fatalities

Mayor John Hamilton joined Bloomington’s public safety directors to deliver the fifth annual State of Public Safety report presentation via video conference this morning.  The public presentation showcased progress made toward shared goals for public safety by the Bloomington Police Department (BPD), the Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) and the Community and Family Resources Department (CFRD). 
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Mayor Hamilton Appoints John Zody to Direct Housing and Neighborhood Development

Mayor John Hamilton today announced the appointment of John Zody to the position of Director of the City’s Housing and Neighborhood Development Department (HAND).
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Community Nonprofits and Institutions Invited to Apply for Grants Through City’s Solar and Energy Efficiency Loan (SEEL) Program

As part of Mayor John Hamilton’s Recover Forward initiative, the City of Bloomington is providing support for organizations to improve building efficiency through projects such as solar installation, appliance and lighting upgrades, and weatherization with the goals of reducing utility costs and saving energy. 
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Two City Workers Receive Positive COVID-19 Results

One employee of the Bloomington Police Department (BPD) and another of the Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) reported receiving positive results of COVID-19 viral tests over the last week. Neither of the employees had been identified as a close contact of a previous COVID-19 case at the City. Details of each case are as follows:
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Bloomington Fire and Police Chiefs, Community and Family Resources Director Present Fifth Annual Public Safety Report

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton invites the press and the public to attend the fifth annual joint Public Safety Report to the Community.  The online presentation will update the community on the state of public safety in Bloomington, and the City’s continuous efforts to improve it.
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Waldron Ownership Returns to City, Eight Focus Groups Explore Building’s Future Uses

The City of Bloomington again became the owner of the building known as the Waldron Art Center in late January, after Ivy Tech Community College transferred title back to the City as per notice provided in May 2020.  Ivy Tech had owned and operated the building at 122 South Walnut Street as a community art center since 2010, when it was conveyed by the City for that purpose.  Per the agreement made at that time, the deed’s reversion to the City did not involve any financial exchange. 

City's Frank Southern Ice Arena Will Not Re-open for the Winter 2021 Season

Limits on gathering sizes contributed to the difficult season.
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City of Bloomington's Switchyard Park Recognized for Outstanding Urban Forestry, Native Landscaping

Switchyard Park, whose landscape design emphasizes native landscaping, was nominated for the award.
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Four City Workers Receive Positive COVID-19 Results

One City Hall employee, one employee of the Department of Public Works, and two City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employees have reported receiving positive results of COVID-19 viral tests over the last week. None of the employees had been identified as a close contact of a previous COVID-19 case at the City. Details of each case are as follows:

Resident-Led Racial Equity Task Force Seeks Applicants

Residents are invited to apply for participation in a new resident-led task force being formed to help increase racial equity throughout the city of Bloomington. The Racial Equity Task Force is being established based on recommendations of the City’s Plan to Advance Racial Equity, accessible at the City’s website at  https://bloomington.in.gov/inclusion. This task force, dedicated to addressing broad issues of racism in the community and developing recommendations to address them, will comprise a broad selection of up to 15 residents. City residents interested in applying for a seat on the Racial Equity Task Force may complete this application by Monday, February 15 at midnight and will be notified of their selection by Tuesday, February 23. 
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R&B Legends to Kick Off City/IU 2021 Black History Month Celebration January 29

The City of Bloomington and the Indiana University Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center invite the community to kick off Black History Month at the 2021 Opening Celebration on January 29. Beginning at 6 p.m., the free, public event will be held over Zoom video conferencing and streamed live on the City’s social media pages.  Registration to attend the event over Zoom must be made in advance at go.iu.edu/bhmkickoff.
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Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Commission Accepting Resident Proposals for Traffic Calming Projects

The City of Bloomington Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Commission (BPSC) is seeking proposals for resident-led projects to install traffic-calming devices on neighborhood and residential streets.  Funding will be awarded through the Traffic Calming and Greenways (TCGP) Program to manage motor vehicle traffic through the installation of speed cushions and speed humps (in rare instances other devices may be considered). Prospective applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) on or before Sunday, February 21.  Submission information is available at https://bloomington.in.gov/tcgp
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Donation to Fund Recreation Amenities at Goat Farm Property

Goat Farm design plan for passive recreation elements will be presented for public review in 2021.
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Four City Workers Receive Positive COVID-19 Results

One City of Bloomington employee, two Bloomington Transit (BT) employees, and one City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employee have reported receiving positive results of COVID-19 viral tests over the last week. None of the employees had been identified as a close contact of a previous COVID-19 case at the City. Details of each case are as follows:
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City Farmers' Market Accepting Proposals from Food and Beverage Artisans, Applications from Farmers and Growers, for Vending Spaces at 2021 Saturday Market

Proposals from Food and Beverage Artisans and Applications from Farmers due Feb. 22

Residents Invited to Apply for City Funds for Neighborhood Improvement

The City of Bloomington Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) invites residents to apply for City funding to improve their neighborhoods. Applications for funding through four neighborhood grant programs are currently being accepted for the 2021 application cycle. 

Residents Invited to Participate in Leaf Collection Innovation Process

Residents are invited to attend the third and final community meeting about innovating the City’s leaf collection service. The meeting will be held over Zoom video conferencing on Tuesday January 26 from 6:30-8pm and can be joined either by phone or computer (computer recommended for better access to visual presentation and breakout sessions) at this link: 

City Continues to Support Safer Options for Residents Experiencing Homelessness, Resumes Enforcement of Restrictions in City Parks and Rights-of-Way

Since early December, the City has actively coordinated with community partners to connect people who have been illegally camping in the Seminary Park area with better options for safe shelter. The number of those spending the night in the park or the right-of-way has declined over the last five weeks with that extensive outreach, and enforcement of the rules against overnight camping in City parks and in the right-of-way resumed Thursday, January 14 in order to protect the safety and health of these individuals and the community.  
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City Shares Report of Master Plan for Hospital Site Redevelopment

The City today published the master plan report for redevelopment of the current Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital site. In 2018, the City contracted to purchase the 24-acre site in order to strengthen downtown with jobs and affordable housing, and pursue additional community goals for sustainability, equity, and inclusion. The plan provides a broad, overall framework for the site’s redevelopment, focused on the 24 acres but also connecting with the wider area, to frame and align future decisions with the community’s goals.
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Two City of Bloomington Employees Receive Positive COVID-19 Results

Two City of Bloomington employees have reported receiving positive results of COVID-19 viral tests over the last week. Neither employee had been identified as a close contact of a previous COVID-19 case at the City. Details of each case are as follows:
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City Sanitation Customers May Access Information, Services With New Online Tool

In its ongoing effort to increase the efficiency and sustainability of the services it delivers, the City is offering residents a new tool for accessing information about and scheduling sanitation services.
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Community Invited to 2021 City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

Mayor John Hamilton invites the community to the 2021 City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, Monday, January 18.  To be held virtually this year, the event will include remarks by Hamilton, members of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission, and others starting at 7 p.m.
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Two City of Bloomington Employees Receive Positive COVID-19 Results

Two City of Bloomington employees reported receiving positive results of COVID-19 viral tests this week.  Neither employee had been identified as a close contact of a previous COVID-19 case at the City.  Details of each case are as follows
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City of Bloomington Utilities Presents Water Rate Case in 2021

The City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) has begun the process of requesting an increase in customers’ water rates in order to modernize and improve the public water utility.