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2022 News Releases

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City Reports Four New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Four City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the November 23 update, including two Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employees, one Utilities (CBU) employee, and one Bloomington Transit (BT) employee.

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Park Celebrations for People and Dogs; Giving Opportunities Throughout the Community; and Skating with Santa

Bloomington is a vibrant community filled with activity. Each month there are numerous opportunities to enjoy and engage, socially and civically. The City will provide monthly updates on what is happening in and with the City and you will discover that no matter your interests or inclinations, there is something for everyone.

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City and AFSCME Reach Agreement on Union Member Salaries and Benefits

The City of Bloomington and Local 2487 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) (AFL-CIO Council 962) have reached an agreement on the terms of a contract that will govern salaries and benefits for union members for the next four years. 

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City of Bloomington Earns Eighth Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign Index

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation (hrc.org), in partnership with the Equality Federation (equalityfederation.org), has announced that Bloomington has again been awarded a perfect score on the annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI). Now in its eleventh year, the index of 506 cities nationwide uses 49 criteria to evaluate how inclusive a city’s laws, policies, and services are of the LGBTQ+ people who live and work there. Bloomington was one of 120 cities in the U.S. to earn a perfect score this year, up from 110 cities last year. 

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Video Update: New Public Safety Investments

In today's video update, Mayor Hamilton discusses the new proposed public safety investments with Deputy Mayor Griffin. Yesterday, the City announced plans for $34 million in new investments in public safety including the issuance of $29.5 million in general revenue bonds to fund the projects. Details are available online at https://bton.in/uevIy.  

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Statement from Mayor Hamilton Regarding Today’s Announcement From Catalent

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

The City of Bloomington invites area children, together with their families, to a Winter Wonderland celebration at the Banneker Community Center (930 West Seventh Street) on Saturday, December 10 from noon to 3 p.m. The free event will feature seasonal activities including arts and crafts, cookie decoration, holiday carols, free photos with Santa, and a toy giveaway. 

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Kiln Collective Acquires Showers Kiln Building and Prepares for Redevelopment

On November 28, 2022, the City of Bloomington Redevelopment Commission and the Kiln Collective closed the sale of the Showers Brothers Furniture Factory Kiln Building at 642 N Madison Street, setting the stage for redevelopment of the historic structure.

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Bloomington Transit Celebrates 23 Year Anniversary of Stuff-A-Bus

To mark the 23rd anniversary of the Stuff-A-Bus, Bloomington Transit will partner with Hoosier Country 105.1 and B97, with all donations going to the Monroe County Indiana Department of Child Services to help make the holidays merrier for children and families in need in our community.

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City Announces Investments Planned for Public Safety

The City of Bloomington has announced plans for $34 million in new investments in public safety including the issuance of $29.5 million in general revenue bonds to fund the projects.

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City Reports Four New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Four City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the November 17 update, including three Public Works (DPW) employees and one Bloomington Transit (BT) employee.

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Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Re-opens Following Two, Two-Day Deer Hunts

Two, temporary weekend-long closures held in November to facilitate annual deer hunt.

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City Outlines Paths For Convention Center Expansion

The City of Bloomington has released a memo outlining options for a 501c3 nonprofit organization and a Capital Improvement Board (CIB) for the Convention Center expansion.

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City Offers Free On-Street Parking For Thanksgiving Weekend and in City Garages Saturdays During December

The City of Bloomington will offer free parking on the street downtown and in City garages from Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, November 27, recognizing the Thanksgiving holiday and Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate Bloomington’s small businesses and their contribution to our community.  

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Showers Plaza To Be Renamed Fernandez Plaza in Honor of John Fernandez, Former Mayor of Bloomington

Mayor John Hamilton will dedicate Showers Plaza as the Fernandez Plaza during the annual Holiday Market. 

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City of Bloomington and Google.org Fellows Launch CiviForm Benefit Application Portal

The City of Bloomington is pleased to announce the public launch of three online applications made available through the innovative collaboration between Bloomington's Information & Technology Services Department (ITS) and Google.org to deploy the CiviForm platform. CiviForm is an open-source tool originally developed by the City of Seattle with support from Google.org Fellows to simplify and centralize online applications for government assistance. Bloomington is the second city after Seattle to deploy the CiviForm system. 

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City Reports Two New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Two City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the November 10 update, including one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee and one Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) employee.

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Mayor Hamilton Announces Plans for 2023

Tune in to Mayor John Hamilton as he announces his plans for 2023. Mayor Hamilton will not seek a third term.

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Video Update: Dillman Road Wastewater Plant Modernization Project

Join Mayor Hamilton and City of Bloomington Utilities Director Vic Kelson as they discuss the recent modernization project at Dillman Road Wastewater Plant and its recent 40th Anniversary.

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Bloomington Recognizes Students Who Act Generously, Grow, and Earn Respect with annual S.W.A.G.G.E.R Awards

Tuesday evening in a ceremony at City Hall, seven young nominees won S.W.A.G.G.E.R (Students Who Act Generously, Grow, and Earn Respect) Awards. They were selected from among 17 impressive young people, all of whom were recognized for their meaningful and generous acts.  

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the following City boards or commissions:

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Organizations Invited to Apply for Downtown Outreach Grants

The City of Bloomington invites 501(c)(3) organizations to apply for City funding for projects that will improve the human condition of Bloomington residents who are unhoused or who are in jeopardy of becoming homeless. 

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Video Update: Be a Climate Champion–Mow Mulching

Join Mayor Hamilton as he demonstrates the easiest way to get rid of the fall leaves in your yard. The finely chopped leaves decompose and return nutrients back to the soil.

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City Reports Seven New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Seven City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the November 3 update, including one Utilities (CBU) employee, one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee, two Public Works (DPW) employees, and three Bloomington Transit (BT) employees.

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Video Update: Convention Center Expansion

Join Mayor Hamilton and Public Engagement Director Mary Catherine Carmichael as they discuss a path forward for a convention center expansion.

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Prescribed Burn, Deer Hunts to Improve Plant Diversity at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Griffy Lake is closed Nov. 9, and the weekends of Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 19-20.

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City Reports One New COVID-19 Employee Case

One City worker has reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the October 27 update, including one Utilities (CBU) employee.

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Video Update: Citywide High-Speed Internet Access

oin Mayor Hamilton and GigabitNow/Isofusion CEO Stephen Milton as they discuss high-speed internet access to all of Bloomington as part of the Meridiam/Hoosier Network's $50-million-plus fiber-network project.

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Gather ‘round the Table for Accessibility; Visit the Holiday Market; Sign up for Veteran’s 5k; and Get a Free Well Check

Bloomington is a vibrant community filled with activity. Each month there are numerous opportunities to enjoy and engage, socially and civically. The City will provide monthly updates on what is happening in and with the City and you will discover that no matter your interests or inclinations, there is something for everyone.

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Gasoline Leak Identified as Hydrocarbon Odor Source

Early Monday evening, the City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) issued a statement regarding hydrocarbon odors coming from the sewage flowing to the Dillman Road Wastewater Treatment Plant. A thorough search was conducted and determined the smell resulted from a release of gasoline fuel into the sanitary and storm sewer near a Marathon Gas Station located at 1307 West Third Street.  

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Progress on Hopewell Neighborhood Moves Bloomington Toward Greater Diversity, Sustainability, and Affordability

On Friday, Hopewell Steering Committee co-chairs Mayor Hamilton and Vi Simpson, along with members, and city staff received updates in a Hopewell Steering Committee meeting on the Hopewell Neighborhood project. Progress continues, with Phase 1 East demolition and site restoration that began in late August now complete. Material haul-off for recycling and disposal took place over a few weeks in September and October. The Hopewell Phase 1 East project site is bounded by 2nd Street to the north, 1st Street to the south, B-Line to the east, and Rogers Street to the west. 

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City of Bloomington Releases Arts Feasibility Study Report

The City of Bloomington, in partnership with Trahan Architects, has released recommendations to advance the arts across the city. The study was recommended by the 2021 Waldron Recommendations Task Force and was part of the Recover Forward initiative to help the community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Trahan coordinated a Study Team to investigate the need for a new facility to accommodate the City’s burgeoning arts community and explore potential non-facility-based programs and initiatives to develop Bloomington as a purpose-built arts community.

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Video Update: Community Criminal Justice

Each week, Mayor Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Griffin provide video updates on recent news and key initiatives. In today's video update, Mayor Hamilton discusses community criminal justice with Deputy Mayor Griffin. Deputy Mayor Griffin recently authored an op-ed published in Wednesday's online edition of the Herald-Times.

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Emergency Reproductive Health Care Grant Applications Available

On August 5, 2022, the Indiana General Assembly and Governor Holcomb enacted Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), which came into effect on September 15. This law bans nearly all abortions in the state and requires any abortions allowed under the law’s very narrow exceptions to be performed in hospitals or ambulatory outpatient surgical centers that are hospital-owned, rather than in the clinics in which the vast majority of abortions have been safely performed in the state for decades.

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City Reports Four New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Four City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the October 20 update, including one City Hall employee, one Parks and Recreation (Parks) employee, one Utilities (CBU) employee, and one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee.

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New Paving on the Square; Continuation of the 17th Street Multiuse Path; and Final Project Update of the Season

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors.  As we enter the colder weather seasons, projects and improvements wind down. This is the final update of the season. We will resume this weekly communication in the spring. Please watch for the monthly event and program updates and take advantage of all that Bloomington has to offer. 

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Video Update: Bicentennial Bonds

In today's video update, Mayor Hamilton discusses the Bicentennial Bonds with Operations and Development Division Director Tim Street for Bloomington Parks and Recreation.

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Musical Acts Invited to Apply to Perform in Parks and Recreation's 2023 Summer Concert Series

Applications accepted online through Jan. 13, 2023.

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City’s Commission on the Status of Children and Youth Call for 2022 SWAGGER Nominations

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Children and Youth (CSCY) is seeking nominations for the 2022 SWAGGER (Students Who Act Generously, Grow, and Earn Respect) Awards. Effective nominees have taken action that enhances the lives around them through generous acts, personal growth, and the promotion of respect. We seek nominations from educators, neighbors, friends, relatives, and clergy of students who live or attend school within the Monroe County Community School Corporation area.

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2022 Climate and Sustainability Progress Report Presented to Council

Assistant Director of Sustainability Lauren Clemens provided the community and members of the City Council with an update on October 19 concerning the progress toward achieving community climate and sustainability goals.

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Video Update: Climate Action Plan

Each week, Mayor Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Griffin provide video updates on recent news and key initiatives. In today's video, Mayor Hamilton discusses the Climate Action Plan with Assistant Director of Sustainability Lauren Clemens.

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Hidden River Pathway Project Substantially Completed Ahead of Schedule

Four months ahead of schedule and on budget, the Hidden River Pathway Project is substantially complete. A reconstruction project of the downtown stormwater infrastructure from 2nd & Washington upstream/northeast to 4th & Grant launched by the City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) in February 2021 was contracted with Milestone Contractors, LLP. 

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City Reports Two New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Two City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the October 13 update, including one Bloomington Transit (BT) employee and one Utilities (CBU) employee.

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Water Main Replacement, Playground Progress, and a New Barn Roof

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City Announces Seasonal Water Shutoff Timeline for City Parks

Water service must be shut off prior to the onset of freezing temperatures to prevent damage.

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City’s Data Portal and Dashboards Named in Best of Indiana Awards for Best Application Serving the Public

The City of Bloomington has been awarded the 2022 Best of Indiana Award for Best Application Serving the Public at the local government level for its updated data portal and new dashboards, which went live in 2021 at bloomington.data.socrata.com.

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the following City boards or commissions

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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. Starting Monday, November 14, the City offers residential leaf collection and curbside leaf vacuuming.

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Grant Street Reopens From Hidden River Construction; More Trees are Planted; and Neighborhood Greenway Public Meetings are Scheduled

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City Reports Three New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Three City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the October 6 update, including one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee, one City Hall employee, and one Utilities (CBU) employee.

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Gather ‘round the Table for an Accessible Journey: Traveling With a Disability

The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) will be hosting Gather ‘round the Table for an Accessible Journey on Monday, November 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe Convention Center. Please join us as we explore this year’s theme, traveling with a disability. Registration to attend the event is available at https://bton.in/byi2l.

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Indiana Supreme Court Hands Bloomington Legal Victory in City of Bloomington v. Guenther

This past May, the Indiana Court of Appeals issued a ruling in Bloomington v. Guenther and agreed with the City that under state law (a) otherwise qualified residents need not affiliate with a political party to serve on the Bloomington Plan Commission, reflecting all residents’ shared interest in the City’s development, and (b) Mayor John Hamilton was the only person empowered in this case to fill the vacant plan commission seat.

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Community Invited to Attend Waldron Arts Center Reopening Celebration on Thursday, October 13

The City of Bloomington and Constellation Stage & Screen will celebrate the reopening of the John Waldron Arts Center on Thursday, October 13 from 5-7 p.m. The facility has been closed since July 1, 2022, when Constellation, an organization that formed as a merger of Cardinal Stage, Bloomington Playwrights Project, and Pigasus Institute, took on the management of the Waldron Arts Center and initiated a series of interior renovations. 

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Video Update: 2023 City Budget Part Two

Each week, Mayor Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Griffin provide video updates on recent news and key initiatives. Tune in as Mayor John Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Don Griffin discuss the 2023 city budget ahead of tonight's City Council meeting and provide updates since last week's meeting. 

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City’s King Commission Seeks Nominees for Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award

The City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission (https://bton.in/nViK5) is seeking nominations for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award. The award recognizes and affirms those who have made significant contributions in the areas of race relations, justice, and human rights and is presented annually at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration in January.  

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Video Update: Hoosier Networks Fiber-Network with Meridiam CEO Nicolas Rubio

Each week, Mayor Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Griffin provide video updates on recent news and key initiatives. In today's video, Mayor Hamilton discusses the Hoosier Networks Fiber-Network with Meridiam USA CEO Nicolas Rubio.

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City of Bloomington Recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Peoples Day honors the Native or Indigenous Peoples of North America in all their diversity and complexity. While not a federal holiday, it is celebrated by more than a dozen states and more than 130 cities. In 2018, Mayor Hamilton proclaimed October 8 as Indigenous Peoples' Day (https://bton.in/zVsKa), making Bloomington the first city in Indiana to recognize the important day.

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Video Update: Regional Climate Convening

Each week, Mayor Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Griffin provide video updates on recent news and key initiatives. In today's video, Mayor Hamilton discusses the Regional Climate Convening with Economic & Sustainability Development Director Alex Crowley.

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2022 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Hours for Bloomington

The City of Bloomington trick-or-treat hours for 2022 have been set for Monday, October 31 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., rain or shine.  

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Traffic Calming Measures Continue; New Playground Installation Begins at the Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park; and Smith Road is Resurfaced

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City Reports Three New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Three City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the September 29 update, including one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee, one Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) employee, and one Parks and Recreation (Parks) employee.

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First Regional Climate Convening Assembled To Discuss and Address Climate Change

On Tuesday, October 4, Mayors of Bloomington and Columbus, John Hamilton and Jim Lienhoop, hosted a Regional Climate Convening to bring together about 100 critical players from Bartholomew, Brown, and Monroe Counties, from the private, nonprofit. educational, and government sectors. The goal was to address the shared challenge that is climate change and explore preparation, adaptation, and mitigation measures. 

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Call for Presenters for 2022 Young Women’s Leadership Summit

The City of Bloomington Safe and Civil City Program (SCCP) and Young Women's Leadership Summit (YWLS) committee invite proposals from prospective speakers for the Fourth Annual Young Women’s Leadership Summit. The dates of the summit are Thursday, November 3 at Bloomington North High School and Thursday, November 10 at Bloomington South High School.

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Community Invited to Celebrate Launch of Hoosier Networks Fiber-Network Project

Hoosier Networks, LLC the fiber network utility provider established by Meridiam, plans to break ground on the transformational $50-million-plus network this month bringing high-speed internet access to all of Bloomington. GigabitNow will deliver fiber-based broadband services when construction is completed to the first residents at the end of January 2023.

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October Brings Bugs, Pumpkins, and Adoptable Dogs!

Bloomington is a vibrant community filled with activity. Each month there are numerous opportunities to enjoy and engage, socially and civically. The City will provide monthly updates on what is happening in and with the City and you will discover that no matter your interests or inclinations, there is something for everyone.

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Work Begins on Goat Farm Native Prairie; City Accessibility Increases with ADA-compliant Curbs; Hopewell Demolition Materials are Recycled

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City Reports Two New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Two City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the September 22 update, including one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee and one Parks and Recreation (Parks) employee.

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Bloomington Designated “SolSmart Gold” for Advancing Solar Energy Growth

Bloomington has received a Gold designation from the national SolSmart program (solsmart.org/) for advancing the growth of solar energy across Bloomington. This designation recognizes the City of Bloomington for taking steps that make it faster, easier, and more affordable for local homes and businesses to go solar by increasing education and awareness of solar energy. Achievement of the SolSmart Gold designation is a goal of both Bloomington’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plans. 

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Bloomington Parks & Recreation Joins Biden-Harris Administration in Recognizing Parks Role in Impacting Public Health

On Wednesday, September 28, the Biden-Harris Administration will host the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.

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Bloomington Transit Celebrates 40 Years of Service and Thanks Bloomington With a Day of Free Ridership

Bloomington Public Transportation Corporation (BPTC), which has been in operation since 1982, will celebrate 40 years of serving the Bloomington community on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the downtown transit facility located at 301 North Walnut Street. John Connell, BPTC General Manager, will open the event, followed by guest speakers Mayor John Hamilton,  BPTC Board of Directors James McLary, and Bloomington Common Council President Susan Sandberg.  

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Bloomington Updates Meridiam Open-Access Fiber-Network Project

Since Meridiam announced its plans in May 2022 to bring high-speed internet access to all of Bloomington, the City of Bloomington and Meridiam have activated the operations phase of this transformational project.

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Bloomington Community Orchard Becomes More Accessible; Crestmont Traffic is Calmed; and Hopewell Demolition Continues

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City Accepting Applications to Serve as Alternate on Board of Zoning Appeals and Parking Commission

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Bloomington Police Awarded National CALEA Re-accreditation

On July 23, 2022, the Bloomington Police Department (BPD) achieved full Tier 1 accreditation status for the second time through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). This award will remain in effect for four years and the Bloomington Police Department will retain all privileges associated with being a CALEA-accredited agency during that time period. BPD was first awarded full Tier 1 law enforcement accreditation in July of 2018. 

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Zero In Bloomington Climate Action Website Launches to Accelerate Bloomington Climate Action Plan

The City of Bloomington’s Department of Economic and Sustainable Development has launched the “Zero In Bloomington” initiative (zeroinbloomington.com) to help individuals and groups track progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions in support of Bloomington’s communitywide climate goal to reach net zero by 2050. Zero In Bloomington helps drive community-driven action to increase climate resiliency and meet climate goals outlined in Bloomington’s sustainability vision (https://bton.in/fIExl), while building momentum around achieving community climate action.

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the following City boards or commissions:

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Speed Limit Changes on Rogers; Cascades Park is Celebrated; and Sidewalk Crews Continue to Increase Accessibility

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City Reports Four New COVID-19 Employee Case

Four City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the September 8 update, including one City Hall (City Hall) employee, two City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employees, and one Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) employee.

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Hoosier Networks Announces Partnership with Internet Service Provider GigabitNow

Hoosier Networks, the fiber network utility provider established by Meridiam, announced today its partnership with GigabitNow as the primary ISP (Internet Service Provider) under the Meridiam agreement with the City.

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Launch Device Engineers, Builders Needed for Annual Pumpkin Launch Competition

Launch builders must register their device by Oct. 14.

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City Provides the ADA Transition Plan for Community Review

The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) invites community members to review and provide feedback to the City’s ADA Transition Plan until September 30, 2022 available at bloomington.in.gov/accessible. The feedback form is available at https://bton.in/TZArS.

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More Trees are Planted at Lower Cascades Park; Hopewell Demolition Materials are Hauled Away; and Traffic Calming Comes to Crestmont

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City Reports Eleven New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Eleven City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the September 1 update, including two City Hall (City Hall) employees, two City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employees, two Parks and Recreation (Parks) employees, four Public Works (DPW) employees, and one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee.

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Go Bloomington Launch Event at Showers Plaza Celebrates Mobility and Sustainability

Tuesday afternoon at Showers Plaza in front of City Hall, residents gathered to learn about and celebrate the launch of Go Bloomington, a program that supports mobility options that are alternatives to single occupancy vehicles with the goals of reducing carbon emissions, calming traffic congestion, and improving parking availability.

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Bloomington Again Recognized as Digital Inclusion Trailblazer

The City of Bloomington has been recognized by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance as a 2022 Digital Inclusion Trailblazer (https://bton.in/~HIVp).  First launched in 2016, Digital Inclusion Trailblazers is a public inventory of local government initiatives promoting digital literacy and broadband access for underserved residents.  The City was commended for its continuing efforts to bridge the digital divide, including conducting a scientific survey on broadband equity, developing a Digital Equity Strategic Plan, establishing a Digital Equity Grants Fund for nonprofit organizations, and efforts to make high-speed broadband more available and affordable.

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New Trail, Shade Structures, Seating and Shelter Coming to Goat Farm Park

Funds for amenities and maintenance of barn and silo donated by the Sherman and Meredith Rogers Family

Fiesta del Otoño 2022

The City Celebrates National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month; GO Bloomington Launches a New Era of Transportation Options; and September Brings Some Glowing Opportunities

Bloomington is a vibrant community filled with activity. Each month there are numerous opportunities to enjoy and engage, socially and civically. The City will provide monthly updates on what is happening in and with the City and you will discover that no matter your interests or inclinations, there is something for everyone.

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City Reports Nine New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Nine City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the August 25 update, including one City Hall (City Hall) employee, three City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employees, one Parks and Recreation (Parks) employee, two Public Works (DPW) employees, one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee, and one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee.

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Crosswalks Become Safer; The B-Line Trail Reopens Near Johnson Creamery Smokestack; and Frank Southern Becomes More Accessible

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors.

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Go Bloomington, Mobility Options for a Better Commute, To Begin Promoting Transportation Alternatives To The Single Occupant Vehicle

The City of Bloomington is committed to sustainable transportation alternatives such as walking, biking, public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, micro-mobility and telecommuting. The goal is to reduce the number of single-occupant vehicles (SOVs) operating in town, which will decrease carbon emissions, relieve traffic congestion, and improve parking availability. The City of Bloomington is launching its new program - Go Bloomington. This event is free, family-friendly, and open to the public. 

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Mayor Hamilton To Present Transformative $229 Million City Budget for 2023

Mayor John Hamilton will present a $229 million combined operating budget to the Bloomington City Council this evening with key investments in the city workforce and services, climate change preparedness and mitigation, housing, and public safety to improve the quality of life for all residents. The $229 million budget includes funding for the City of Bloomington, Bloomington Transit, Bloomington Housing Authority, and Utilities, and represents a 29% increase over the combined 2022 budget.  

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City Releases 2022 Annual City Goals Mid-Year Update

In keeping with the Hamilton administration's commitments to transparency and accountability, this update offers the opportunity to monitor each City department's progress toward stated goals.

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Seminary Park Gets New Lights; Hopewell Demolition Continues; and the New Dunn Street Sidewalk is Substantially Complete

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City Reports Five New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Five City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the August 18 update, including one City Hall (City Hall) employee, one City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employee, two Parks and Recreation (Parks) employees, and one Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) employee.

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Federal Funds Bringing Eight Battery Electric Buses to Bloomington Transit

Bloomington Transit (BT), has been awarded $7 million from the federal government to add new electric buses to its fleet. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No Emission Program discretionary grant funds in the amount of $7,040,000 will be used for eight (8) zero emission Battery Electric Buses (BEB) needed for transit service expansion. The resources from the FTA project will provide the necessary capital funding for zero emission BEB’s to be used for service expansion. 

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Bloomington Fire Department Pilots New Housing Incentives

In an effort to expand the number of Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) firefighters living in the community they serve, the City of Bloomington is now offering a new housing incentives pilot program within BFD.

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City of Bloomington Awards 2022 Digital Equity Grants Funds to Eleven Area Nonprofits

The City of Bloomington Information & Technology Services Department (ITS) announces the 2022 Digital Equity Grants awards to support Bloomington-based nonprofit organization efforts to bridge the digital divide and increase digital resources for residents. Now in its third year, this grant program began as part of Mayor John Hamilton’s Recover Forward initiative to help Bloomington recover from the pandemic and economic collapse, and advance racial, economic, and climate justice. Starting in 2022 these grants are funded from the ITS Department’s regular annual budget.

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City Reports Five New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Five City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the August 11 update, including one City Hall (City Hall) employee, one Department of Public Works (DPW) employee, one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee, and three Bloomington Transit (BT) employees.

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New Sidewalks on 7th Street; Neighborhood Greenways Near Completion; and Demolition Preparation Begins at Hopewell Site

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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Bloomington Recognizes Mayors Fight Back – A Week of Action Against Violent Crime

Mayor Hamilton joins Democratic mayors across the nation in highlighting and addressing the increase in gun violence across the nation. In June of this year Congress passed and President Biden signed into law the Safer Communities Act, the first major gun reform legislation in 30 years and the sort of progress needed to improve our safety. This is why the Democratic Mayors Association (DMA), in partnership with the Center for American Progress Action Fund, announced Mayors Fight Back – A Week of Action Against Violent Crime for the week of August 15.

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the following City boards or commissions:

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City's Holiday Market Accepting Vendor Applications from Local, Regional Artists

Deadline to apply to sell artwork at the Holiday Market is Sept. 30, 2022.

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City Reports Fourteen New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Fourteen City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the August 4 update, including one Parks and Recreation (Parks) employee, four City Hall (City Hall) employees, two Department of Public Works (DPW) employees, two City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employees, three Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) employees, one Bloomington Transit (BT) employee, and one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee.

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Graham Drive Gets Green Line Pavement Marking; Park Ridge East Park Courts Get Updates; and 7th Street Gets Speed Cushions

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City of Bloomington Black y Brown Arts Festival Seeks Artists

The City of Bloomington encourages local artists of color to apply for participation in the Fourth Annual Bloomington Black y Brown Arts Festival (BBBAF), taking place Saturday, September 10, at the Switchyard Park Pavilion, with the performance stage beginning at 1 p.m.

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City Enters Five Year Lease Agreement with Constellation Stage and Screen to Manage the John Waldron Arts Center

The City of Bloomington has signed a contract with Constellation Stage & Screen that will allow the new theater and film company to lease the John Waldron Arts Center for five years.

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City Proposes Plan to Activate Convention Center Expansion

The City of Bloomington, following the lead of The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, Visit Bloomington, and Downtown Bloomington, Inc., has submitted a proposal to the Monroe County Board of Commissioners and County Council for activating the Convention Center expansion.

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City Reports Eight New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Eight City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the July 28 update, including three Parks and Recreation (Parks) employees, one City Hall (City Hall) employee, two Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employees, and two Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employees.

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Mills Pool Closes for the Season; Griffy Lake Nature Preserve is Celebrated; and 17th Street Reopens to Two-Way Traffic

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize impact to Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City Considers Relocating Utilities to the Winston Thomas Site

During its August 1 meeting, City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) staff recommended to the Utilities Service Board Property and Planning subcommittee the potential relocation of the CBU Service Center to the former Winston Thomas Wastewater Treatment Plant site. After reviewing the Winston Thomas Site master plan (https://bton.in/VNvzu), including its proposal to relocate the service center, the subcommittee asked CBU staff to proceed with a preliminary financial analysis in anticipation of a possible project design study. 

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City Commission on the Status of Women to Honor Local Women at Women’s Achievement Celebration

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women announces the Women’s Achievement Celebration “Reflecting Back, Moving Forward,” which will take place on August 19, 2022 at the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts at 505 W 4th St in Bloomington.

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Community Invited to Celebrate Urban Fabric Art Installation at the 4th Street Garage

The City of Bloomington invites community members to celebrate Urban Fabric, the art installation at the Fourth Street Garage. Guests are invited to see the artwork up close and enjoy music by the Sergio Ospina-Romero Trio.

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City to Work with Residents on Eradication of Prohibited Invasive Bamboo

Yellow groove bamboo (Phyllostachys aureosulcata) is included on the list of prohibited invasive plant species under the Unified Development Ordinance, adopted into Bloomington Municipal Code (BMC) in 2020 by the City Council. Under Title 6 of the BMC, it is unlawful for the owner of any lot or tract of ground within the city to plant or maintain, at a height in excess of eight inches, any plant species that is prohibited under federal, state, or local regulations. 

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City Reports Fourteen New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Fourteen City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the July 21 update, including one Utilities (CBU) employee, one Parks and Recreation (Parks) employee, two City Hall (City Hall) employees, two Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employees, and eight Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employees.

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Southeast Park Improves Accessibility; Businesses Around the Hidden River Construction are Open; and Installation of ADA-Compliant Ramps Continues

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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Commission on the Status of Black Males to Welcome Students on the First Day of School at Fairview Elementary

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males (CSBM) will join area fathers, father figures, caregivers, mentors, and role models to welcome students back to school in person on Wednesday, August 3 at 8:30 a.m. at Fairview Elementary School, 500 West 7th Street.  

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2022-2023 Neighborhood Residential Parking Permits Available for Purchase

Neighborhood residential parking permits for 2022-2023 are now available for purchase online. Residents in Neighborhood Parking Zones 1-6 & 9-11 may submit an application at bloomington.t2hosted.com.  

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City Reports Ten New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Ten City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the July 14 update, including four Utilities (CBU) employees, three Parks and Recreation (Parks) employees, two Public Works (DPW) employees, and one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee.

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First Section of Newly-Constructed Griffy Loop Trail Open; Traffic Pattern Around the Hidden River Project Has Changed; and Traffic Calming Speed Cushions Are Installed

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington’s Office of the Mayor is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the following City’s boards or commissions:

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City Considers Relocating Public Safety to the Showers Building Complex

The City of Bloomington has made an accepted offer to purchase 320 W. 8th Street, a 64,000 square-foot section of the Showers Building where City Hall is currently located. City ownership of this section of the historic building could allow the Police Department and the Fire Department administration offices to be housed together, centrally located downtown and as part of City Hall. After both departments suffered major flood damage last summer, this consolidation would allow for new and improved facilities, as well as enhanced collaboration with other components of City Hall. 

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City Reports Ten New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Ten City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the July 7 update, including three Utilities (CBU) employees, two Parks and Recreation (Parks) employees, one City Hall employee, one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee, one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee, one Bloomington Transit (BT) employee, and one Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) employee.

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City Hall Parking Lot is Open at Both Entrances; B-Line Trees are Trimmed; and New Traffic Signals are Installed on Walnut Street

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City to Celebrate 32nd Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act

The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) invites community members to a celebration of the 32nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The event will also celebrate the anniversary of Bloomington’s Council for Community Accessibility (CCA), founded in 1990 shortly before the ADA was signed into law. This event is free and open to the public.  

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Fire Department Announces Funeral Arrangements for Robert Loviscek, Jr.

Bloomington Fire Department and the City of Bloomington commemorate the life and mourn the loss of active firefighter Robert “Bob” Loviscek, Jr.

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Cascades Golf Course Seeks Applicants for Advisory Council

Selected applicant will represent the golfing community.

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City Reports Four New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Four City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the June 30 update, including one Public Works (DPW) employee, one Parks and Recreation (Parks) employee, one City Hall employee, and one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee.

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Work Continues on the Hidden River Pathway Project; Arrows and a Crosswalk are Added to Switchyard Park's Rogers Street Entrance; and New ADA-Compliant Sidewalk Curb Ramps are Installed on 17th Street

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City Reports Six New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Six City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the June 23 update, including one Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) employee, two Parks and Recreation (Parks) employees, two City Hall employees, and one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee.

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Fourth of July Celebrations Include a Parade and Free Swimming; The Street Department Continues to Increase Accessibility; and Lights come on at Lower Cascades

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City, Downtown Bloomington Inc. Celebrate Fourth of July with Annual Parade

The Fourth of July Parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday, July 4.

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Mayor Hamilton Releases Statement Regarding the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade Ruling

Mayor John Hamilton issues the following statement: “Earlier today a radical conservative majority of the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, pushing women’s reproductive privacy and options to the states.

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City Reports Six New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Six City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the June 13 update, including one Utilities (CBU) employee, two Parks and Recreation (Parks) employees, two City Hall employees, and one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee.

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Bloomington Improves Accessibility with More ADA-compliant Curb Ramps; A New Griffy Hiking Trail is Being Constructed; and a Short Length of 17th Street is Closed Through the End of the Month

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington’s Office of the Mayor is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the following City’s boards or commissions:

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City Reports Ten New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Ten City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the June 9 update, including one Bloomington Transit (BT) employee, five Parks and Recreation (Parks) employees, one City Hall employee, and three Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employees.

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Goat Farm Plans Move Forward; Accessible Curb Ramps Improve Bloomington for all Residents; and Crosswalk Improvements Increase Safety

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize impact to Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City of Bloomington Utilities Begins Inventory to Identify Lead Water Service Lines

The City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) has launched an infrastructure project to identify all active lead (Pb) water service lines in its distribution system. The Service Line Inventory (SLI) is a new requirement of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for municipal utilities with the goal of identifying lead service lines by October 2024 that remain active on both the private and public side of the water distribution system.

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City Reports Five New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Five City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the June 2 update, including one Public Works (DPW) employee, two Utilities (CBU) employees, one City Hall employee, and one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee.

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Headley Road Reopens to Two-Way Traffic; Barricades Create a Safe B-Line Detour; ADA-Compliant Ramps are Installed in Gentry Estates

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize impact to Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City of Bloomington and Indiana University Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Host 2022 Juneteenth Celebration

The City of Bloomington and Indiana University Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center will host a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 18, from 2:00 - 7 p.m. at Switchyard Park (1601 South Rogers Street).

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Public Invited to Groundbreaking for Retreat at Switchyard Thursday–New Affordable Housing Next to Switchyard Park

Mayor John Hamilton and RealAmerica invite community members to attend a groundbreaking for Retreat @ the Switchyard. Located next to Switchyard Park, Retreat @ the Switchyard will provide a mix of supportive and affordable housing as well as market-rate units in a new apartment building at 1730 South Walnut Street. 

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Annual Drinking Water Quality Report Shared by City of Bloomington Utilities

City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) published their annual drinking water quality report, providing information about local drinking water quality, data from tests conducted the previous year, and contact information for any questions or concerns.

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City of Bloomington Partners with Google.org to Improve Access to Government Services

Mayor John Hamilton announced today that the City of Bloomington will receive pro bono support from a team of Google.org Fellows to deploy CiviForm, a tool to simplify and centralize online applications for government assistance programs. CiviForm is an open-source tool developed originally by the City of Seattle with support from Google.org to make applying for government programs easier and faster. 

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Accessibility increases in Bloomington; B-Line Detour Defined; and a New Sidewalk Installation on Dunn Street

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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City Reports Five New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Five City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the May 26 update, including two Public Works (DPW) employees, one Utilities (CBU) employee, one Parks and Recreation (Parks) employee, and one Bloomington Transit (BT) employee. 

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City of Bloomington Wears Orange to Honor Survivors of Gun Violence

The City of Bloomington invites the community to observe National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Friday, June 3, and join in events raising awareness about gun violence during Wear Orange weekend.

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City to Update Street, Sidepath, Sidewalk and Accessible Curb Ramp Condition Data

The City of Bloomington Street Division is conducting a citywide survey that will assess the current condition of streets, sidepaths, sidewalks and accessible curb ramps. This project builds upon a similar effort that was last performed in 2017 by Public Works with the support of the Office of Innovation and will update the now five-year-old condition data for these important transportation assets.  

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on Board of Public Works

The City of Bloomington’s Office of the Mayor is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on the Board of Public Works.

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City Reports Eleven New COVID-19 Cases

Eleven City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the May 19 update, including three Public Works (DPW) employees, one Utilities (CBU) employee, two Bloomington Police Department (BFD) employees, one Parks and Recreation (Parks) employee, one Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) employee, and three Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employees. 

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Bryan Park, Mills Pool, and Switchyard Spray Pad are Scheduled to Open; Crosswalk Improvements Project Begins; and New Traffic Signals on North Walnut and Tapp Road

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 Fire Department 2022 Awards Ceremony Honors 55 Firefighters

The Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) recognized 55 firefighters for exceptional service to the community during 2021. The annual event is routinely conducted on the anniversary date of BFD becoming a professional fire department on February 17, 1900. This year, however, the event was delayed due to COVID. The presentation occurred at 4 p.m. on May 20, 2022 at the Switchyard Park Pavilion.    

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Future of Policing Task Force Releases Initial Report

The Future of Policing Task Force (FPTF) has released a report covering the first nine months of their work. This report covers the methodologies used for gathering data, challenges faced by the task force, as well as initial recommendations that were submitted to Mayor John Hamilton in late April. 

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Bloomington Police Department Plans Mobile Roll Calls in Neighborhoods

In an effort to continue strong connections with the neighborhoods of Bloomington, the Bloomington Police Department (BPD) will begin conducting mobile roll calls throughout the City. As officers begin each of the three work shifts in a day, they meet together at roll call to receive specific assignments and any pertinent information for the day. Members of the community are invited to attend when they see the Mobile Field Office truck, to communicate their concerns with officers and to meet the people patrolling their neighborhoods.

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City Reports Five New COVID-19 Cases

Five City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the May 12 update, including one City Hall employee, three Public Works (DPW) employees, and one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee. 

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Bloomington Police Department Offers New Hiring and Retention Incentives

In an effort to attract the highest quality candidates, the City of Bloomington is now offering several new incentives within the Bloomington Police Department (BPD). Significant salary increases were agreed upon through the collective bargaining process, and are reflected in the recently approved contract between the City of Bloomington and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). 

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Bryan Park and Mills Pool are Scheduled to Open; Headley Road Gets New Guardrail; and New Traffic Signals on North Walnut and Tapp Road

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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Sandra Keller Wins 2022 Human Rights Award

The Bloomington Human Rights Commission selected founder and executive director of My Sister’s Closet, Sandy Keller, as the recipient of its 2022 Human Rights Award.

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City Announces Memorial Day Service, Decoration Policies at City Cemeteries

Rose Hill hosts a Veterans Memorial Day service May 30.

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30th Annual BHRC Essay/Arts Contest Winners Announced

The Bloomington Human Rights Commission (BHRC) announced the winners of its annual essay/art contest for area students in grades K-6 and will host an awards ceremony for the winners at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, at City Hall. Mayor John Hamilton will present the awards to this year’s winners. 

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Bloomington Fiber Initiative and Meridiam FAQ

Since the City's announcement of its intent to partner with Meridiam to deploy Gigabit class fiber internet services, we have received questions from City residents. Here's an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page to help answer common questions.

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Meridiam and City of Bloomington Announce Plans for $50 Million City-Wide, Fiber-to-the-Home Network

Infrastructure company Meridiam and the City of Bloomington announced today that Meridiam plans to invest more than $50 million to bring high-speed internet access to virtually every neighborhood and resident in the City. Meridiam will build and operate an open-access-model fiber network, embodying net neutrality, with a strong emphasis on digital equity. The City of Bloomington will partner in the digital equity components with up to a $1 million investment. 

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Lower Cascades Waterfall Boardwalk Opens; Rosehill Cemetery Resurfacing Project Begins; Bryan Park Gets New Accessible Curb Ramps; Construction Will Affect Grant Street Traffic

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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City Reports Two New COVID-19 Cases

Two City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the May 6 update, including one City Hall employee and one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee. 

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington’s Office of the Mayor is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the following City’s boards or commissions:

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Community Invited to Celebrate Aurora Almanac Art Installation at Trades District Garage

The City of Bloomington invites community members to Twilight at the Trades, an event celebrating the Aurora Almanac art installation at the Trades District Garage. Guests are invited to see the artwork up close, enjoy empanadas from Maíz Comida Colombiana, and experience music and performance. 

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Public Invited to Attend City-hosted Resource Fair for Tenants on Saturday, May 21

The City of Bloomington Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND), in partnership with the Housing and Eviction Prevention Project (HEPP), will host a Tenant Resource Fair in City Hall Council Chambers (room 115), 401 N Morton St. on Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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City Reports Zero New COVID-19 Cases

The City received no reports of employees having received positive COVID-19 test results since employee cases were last announced on Thursday, April 28.  

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Bryan Park and Griffy Lake Improvements Increase Accessibility; Improvements to Olcott Blvd.; Bloomington is Brighter with Cleaning and Energy Efficient Lighting

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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City Council Unanimously Approves Local Income Tax Increase, Supporting Major New Investments in Bloomington’s Future

All nine members of the Bloomington Common Council voted yesterday to enact an Economic Development Local Income Tax (ED-LIT) that will fund a range of critical measures across public safety, essential city services, climate change preparedness, and mitigation including major public transit enhancements, and equity and quality of life for all. The funds raised by the ED-LIT will allow the City to address future critical needs and meet fundamental obligations to its residents, present and future. 

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Public Invited to Attend Waldron Arts Center Awakening Art Exhibition Opening Reception on Friday, May 6

The City of Bloomington will celebrate the opening reception of a new art exhibition at the John Waldron Arts Center on Friday, May 6 from 5-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

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Be More Awards Recognize Volunteers for Service to the Community

Seven Bloomington community members will be honored in an invitation-only presentation of the Be More Awards from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.  Recipients will be presented with their award by Mayor John Hamilton and with a $1000 cash award for their host organization from Tina Peterson of the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County.

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Bloomington Transit Announces the Replacement of Late Evening Service with Uber/Lyft Delayed Until June

Bloomington Transit (BT) is announcing the delay of a plan to replace late evening service on most routes, with those trips to be provided through partnerships with Uber and Lyft. The new service delivery method was originally announced to take effect on May 9, 2022, and has been delayed to June 2022.

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City Reports Five New COVID-19 Cases

Three City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the April 21 update, including one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee, one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee, and three City Hall employees.

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Bloomington Chosen as One of Thirteen International Cities for New Bloomberg Innovation Training

The City of Bloomington has been selected as one of 13 international cities participating in the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation (CPI) at Johns Hopkins University’s 2022 Innovation Training program, which will provide consulting, training, and networking to address a key issue facing its residents. 

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Residents are Invited to Apply for 2022 Residents Academy

The City of Bloomington Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) invites residents to apply for the 2022 Residents Academy, to be held on ten consecutive Thursday evenings from August 25th to October 27th, from 6-8 p.m.

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City Council Approves Two $5 Million Infrastructure Bonds; Final Local Income Tax Vote Moved to April 27

The Bloomington City Council on Wednesday evening approved two five-year $5 million general obligation (G.O.) bonds to invest in important Bloomington infrastructure projects spread across the community.

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No COVID-19 Employee Cases in Last Week

The City received no reports of employees having received positive COVID-19 test results since employee cases were last announced on Thursday, April 14.  

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City Nonprofits Invited to Apply for 2022 Digital Equity Grants

The City of Bloomington invites nonprofit organizations to apply for funding to support their efforts to bridge the digital divide and increase digital resources for residents.  The Digital Equity Grants program will award $50,000 in funds to Bloomington-based nonprofits, with 2022 proposals accepted digitally Monday, May 2 through 5 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at bloomington.in.gov/digital-equity

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Bloomington’s Catalent to Hire 1,000 New Employees at Average Wages of $32 an Hour or More, and Invest at Least $350 Million

This morning brought very exciting news: Catalent Pharma Solutions has formally signed an agreement to bring a $350 million expansion to Bloomington, including at least 1,000 new high-quality jobs paying an average of $32 per hour. 

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City of Bloomington Utilities Receives Stormwater Award

City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) has received the 2022 Education and Outreach Award from the Indiana Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management (INAFSM). Established in 2015, this award recognizes an outstanding program promoting the advancement of education regarding stormwater management. CBU was recognized specifically for its Residential Stormwater Grants Program. 

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington’s Office of the Mayor is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the following City boards or commissions:

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City Reports Three New COVID-19 Cases in Past Week

Three City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the April 8 update, including one Parks & Recreation (Parks) employee, one Utilities (CBU) employee, and one City Hall employee.

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Community Invited to Participate in Future of Policing Public Forum

The Future of Policing Task Force invites community members to a public forum via Zoom on Monday, April 18, 2022, from 6-7:30 p.m. The forum is an opportunity for residents throughout the community to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences regarding law enforcement in Bloomington and Monroe County.

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City Reports One New COVID-19 Case in Past Week

One City worker from the Department of Public Works (DPW) reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the March 24 update. 

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City Council to Consider Local Income Tax Increase, Two Bonds

Mayor John Hamilton will ask the Bloomington Common Council to implement an increase to the Monroe County Local Income Tax (LIT) by 0.855% for the purposes of economic development and to adopt two $5 million general obligation (G.O.) bonds to invest in local infrastructure. Mayor Hamilton will present the proposed increase and bonds to the Council this evening at their regular session beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

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City of Bloomington Kicks Off Arts Feasibility Study in Partnership with Trahan Architects, Seeks Public Input

The City has contracted with Trahan Architects to conduct an arts feasibility study in Bloomington following Mayor Hamilton’s commitment to a study announced in May 2021 as part of the Recover Forward initiative to help the community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The study will include an evaluation of arts facilities and activities in the City and result in a report of recommended strategies for successfully advancing the arts across the City.

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City Files Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of Statute Voiding Sewer Contracts

Today the City of Bloomington filed a lawsuit in Monroe County challenging the validity of a 2019 law that retroactively voided eighty percent of Bloomington’s sewer extension contracts. The 2019 law purports to nullify hundreds of contracts that allow non-municipal residents to connect to the City’s sewer system in exchange for those residents waiving their right to contest a future annexation.

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission

The City invites residents to apply for an upcoming vacancy on the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission (RDC). The RDC oversees housing and neighborhood development, investigates opportunities for economic development and redevelopment in the city of Bloomington, and creates economic development areas, areas needing redevelopment, and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts.

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Mayor at the Market Returns to the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market

Mayor at the Market is a community outreach program that invites Market-goers to interact with the mayor and various department heads from the City of Bloomington government. Most Saturday mornings, either Mayor Hamilton, Deputy Mayor Don Griffin, or one of nineteen department heads will be at the Farmers' Market to answer resident questions and discuss issues of interest in the city.

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City Reports Two New COVID-19 Cases

Two City workers from the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Parks and Recreation Department (Parks) have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the March 10 update.

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Mayor Hamilton Shares New Revenue Proposal with City Council

Mayor John Hamilton has shared a proposal with the Bloomington City Council outlining the need for new revenue. 

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City Invites Community to Trades District Technology Center Information Session

The City of Bloomington and the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) invite the public to an information-sharing event for the Trades District Technology Center, which is funded in part by a $3.5 million Economic Development Administration CARES Act Recovery Assistance Grant awarded in 2021.

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington’s Office of the Mayor is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the following City’s boards or commissions

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City Reports One New COVID-19 Case in Past Week

One City worker from the Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) has reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the February 25 update. 

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Bloomington Environmental Commission’s Tenth Annual Eco-Heroes Art Contest Open for Submissions

The City of Bloomington’s Environmental Commission is announcing its annual Eco-Heroes Art Contest. The 10th annual art contest is calling on all amateur artists to submit art showcasing their creativity and appreciation of the natural environment. This year’s theme is “Fighting Fragmentation!,” which asks artists to learn about, and present artistic pieces related to the benefits connecting native habitats can have on wildlife and plant species alike. 

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Bloomington Restaurants in the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District Invited to Apply for New Composting Program

The City of Bloomington’s Department of Economic and Sustainable Development, in partnership with EarthKeepers, is providing support for restaurants and retail food establishments to reduce and divert food waste from the landfill through the newly created Compost Up Downtown program. 

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City Reaches Historic Contingent Agreement with Fraternal Order of Police

The City of Bloomington and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) have reached a contingent agreement on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement, which includes unprecedented investments in public safety. The new contract would govern salaries and benefits for FOP members for four years starting in 2023.

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Public Invited to Attend Waldron Arts Center Reopening Celebration on Friday, March 4

The City of Bloomington will celebrate the reopening of the John Waldron Arts Center on Friday, March 4 from 5-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public*. 

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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 Monday, March 21 at bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org/bemore. 

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City Reports Four New COVID-19 Cases

Four City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the February 17 update, including two Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employees, one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee, and one Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) employee. 

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Mayor Hamilton to Present Seventh State of the City Address: Forward Together

Mayor John Hamilton presents his seventh annual State of the City address to the community at the Buskirk Chumley Theater*. All are invited to attend the free event. Complementing the Mayor’s remarks, the work of local artists will be showcased, including live music poetry readings, and a video presentation of community portraits. The event will be convened and adjourned by the Bloomington Common Council, for which it serves as an official meeting.

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City’s 2022 Black History Month Gala Celebration Features “Black Health and Wellness” Theme

The City of Bloomington invites the community to attend the 18th Annual Black History Month Gala, which will take place on Saturday, February 26, 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 bctboxoffice.org, or by phone at 812-323-3020.  

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City Reports Five New COVID-19 Cases

Five City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the February 10 update, including one Parks & Recreation (Parks) employee, one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee, one Utilities (CBU) employee, one Department of Public Works (DPW) employee, and one City Hall employee.

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City Invites Community Groups, Artists, Food Vendors to Take Part in Inaugural International Food & Art Festival April 10

Street fair-style festival to take place on Fourth Street between Dunn Street and Grant Street and in the Dunkirk Square parking lot.

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Community Nonprofits and Organizations Invited to Apply for Grants Through City’s 2022 Solar and Energy Efficiency Loan (SEEL) Program

As part of Mayor John Hamilton’s Recover Forward initiative, the City of Bloomington’s Department of Economic and Sustainable Development is providing support for organizations to improve building efficiency through the 2022 Solar and Energy Efficiency Loan (SEEL) Program. 

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Mayors to Sign Nation’s First Sibling Cities Agreement at Kickoff on Tuesday

Sibling Cities USA and the cities of Palo Alto, California, and Bloomington, Indiana are hosting a virtual kickoff for the first-ever Sibling Cities relationship on Tuesday, February 15 at 12 p.m. EST.

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City Council to Consider Incentive to Support Catalent Expansion

The City of Bloomington Economic Development Commission has recommended that the Bloomington Common Council approve a proposed tax abatement associated with investments being considered at Catalent’s South Patterson Drive facility that would potentially add up to 1,000 new biotech jobs in Bloomington over the next five years. 

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City Reports Nine New COVID-19 Cases

Nine City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the February 3 update, including four Parks & Recreation (Parks) employees, two Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employees, one Utilities (CBU) employee, and two City Hall employees.

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City's Bicentennial Bond to Fund Planting of 300+ Trees in 2022 to Achieve a More Equitable Urban Canopy

Mayor John Hamilton announced today that, following months of research, planning, and preparation, 304 locations in four different project areas in Bloomington have been identified to provide a more equitable urban canopy for all residents. These projects are part of the continuing Bicentennial Bond program the City Council and administration sponsored to invest in the future, in honor of our 200th birthday in 2018.

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City Submits Final Batch of Remonstrance Waivers to Auditor

On Friday, February 4, the City of Bloomington submitted its last responses to Monroe County Auditor Cathy Smith detailing which annexation remonstrators own properties subject to remonstrance waivers. 

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Bloomington Fire and Police Chiefs, Community and Family Resources Director Present Sixth Annual Public Safety Report

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton invites the press and the public to attend the sixth 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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Former Hospital Site Designated as “Hopewell” Neighborhood

The City of Bloomington is pleased to announce that “Hopewell” will be the name for the new neighborhood to be created following the decommissioning and demolition of the former IU Health Bloomington campus on West 2nd Street. The Hopewell name has a long history of association with the site.

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City Reports Fourteen New COVID-19 Cases

Fourteen City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the January 27 update, including one Parks & Recreation (Parks) employee, one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee, three Utilities (CBU) employees, six City Hall employees, one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee, one Bloomington Transit (BT) employee, and one Department of Public Works (DPW) employee. 

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City Shares Organizational Assessment of Appointed Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington released an organizational assessment report of its appointed boards and commissions today. Last year, Mayor John Hamilton directed that an independent, third-party assessment of the board and commission structure be undertaken to review and assess their scope, structure, and required resources. The recommendations in the report are intended to build upon the boards and commissions’ many existing contributions and enhance the City’s community-focused approach to decision-making and operations. 

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City Sanitation Services Canceled for Thursday, February 3, 2022

In consideration of the predicted approaching winter storm, the closure of the Hoosier Disposal transfer facility, and the potential for significant snow or ice accumulation, the City of Bloomington Sanitation Division has announced that trash and recycling collection will be suspended on Thursday, February 3, 2022. 

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Eagleson Avenue Officially Replaces Jordan Avenue Tomorrow, February 1

City crews will begin installing street signs denoting the new Eagleson Avenue name this week. Eagleson Avenue will officially become the new name for Jordan Avenue from Davis Street to 17th Street tomorrow, February 1.

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City’s 2022 Black History Month Celebration Features “Black Health and Wellness” Theme

The City of Bloomington invites the community to kick-off this year’s Black History Month celebration on February 1 at 6 p.m. at the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts (505 W 4th St, Bloomington, IN 47404). The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m. and the program and livestream (link below) begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Masks, proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event are required. The event is free and open to the public.

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City Farmers' Market Accepting Proposals from Food and Beverage Artisans, Applications from Farmers and Growers, for Vending Spaces at 2022 Saturday Market

Proposals from food and beverage artisans and applications from farmers due Feb. 21.

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City Reports Thirty New COVID-19 Cases

Thirty City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the January 20 update, including one Parks & Recreation (Parks) employee, two Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employees, seven Utilities (CBU) employees, five City Hall employees, two Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employees, two Bloomington Transit (BT) employees, four Department of Public Works (DPW) employees, and seven employees of the Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA). 

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Federal Court Rules for City of Bloomington in Farmers’ Market Case

On Wednesday, a Federal District Court ruled in favor of the City of Bloomington in Schooner Creek Farms v City of Bloomington. The court rejected all the claims brought by the plaintiffs, awarding summary judgment to the City, Parks Administrator Paula McDevitt, and former Farmers’ Market Coordinator Marcia Veldman.

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City Reports Thirty-eight New COVID-19 Cases

hirty-eight City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the January 13 update, including three Parks & Recreation (Parks) employees, four Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employees, five Utilities (CBU) employees, four City Hall employees, nine Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employees, one Bloomington Transit (BT) employee, six Department of Public Works (DPW) employees, and six employees of the Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA). 

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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. 

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City Women’s Commission Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominees for the 2022 Woman of the Year, Toby Strout Lifetime Contribution, Emerging Leader and Young Woman of the Year awards. Although nominations for these awards are accepted year-around, the deadline for submission of nominations for 2022 is February 11. The awards will be presented during Women’s History Month in March 2022.  

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City Reports Twenty New COVID-19 Cases

Twenty City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the January 6 update, including four Parks & Recreation (Parks) employees, three Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employees, four Utilities (CBU) employees, one City Hall employee, three Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employees, three Bloomington Transit (BT) employees, and two employees of the Department of Public Works (DPW). 

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City Deems Historic Johnson Creamery Smokestack Unsafe

The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) Department has issued an “Unsafe Building Order to Repair” to the owners of the property at 400 W. 7th St. The order was issued specifically for the 140-foot-tall Johnson Creamery smokestack located on the property, pursuant to Bloomington Municipal Code Chapter 17.16 and Indiana Code Chapter 36-7-9. 

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City Parks Department Accepting Applications for Vendor Spaces at 2022 Summer Art Fairs

Submit an application online by Feb. 25 for full consideration.

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City Invites Public to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Birthday Celebration

The City of Bloomington invites the community to the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, Monday, January 17 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater*. The event will include remarks by Deputy Mayor Don Griffin, members of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission, and others starting at 7 p.m. 

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City Reports Fourteen New COVID-19 Cases

Fourteen City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the December 30 update, including two Parks & Recreation (Parks) employees, one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee, two Utilities (CBU) employees, two City Hall employees, three Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employees, two Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) employees, and two employees of the Department of Public Works (DPW). 

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Cold Weather Safety and Resources

In anticipation of the extreme cold temperatures over 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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Waldron Arts Center Reopens

The Waldron Arts Center will reopen on January 4 for use by the public and visual and performing artists. This follows a 21 month closure, during which time the City of Bloomington completed repairs to both stabilize and upgrade the facility.