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2019 News


Mayor Hamilton Invites Community Members to Annual State of the City Event

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

City Conducting Comprehensive Inventory, Assessment of Bloomington Trees

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

Crews Repairing Water Main Break on Morton South of Tenth

Crews will be working into the evening to repair the break, and Morton Street has been temporarily closed in the vicinity of the break to accommodate repairs.

City Invites Community Groups, Entertainers to Take Part in April Street Fair

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

City Names New Safe and Civil City Program Director

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

City Names Mary Goetze Woman of the Year

Woman of the Year award recipient Goetze founded the programs Kids with Absent Parents (KAP) and Read-to-Me, both serving children of the incarcerated.

Section of Bloomington Rail Trail Temporarily Closed for Repairs

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

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory

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

CBU Website Undergoes Redesign and Security Updates

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

City of Bloomington Increases Efforts to Repair Streets After Flooding

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

Bloomington Fire and Police Chiefs Present Annual Public Safety Report

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

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

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

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory

The significant amount of recent rainfall is likely the cause of this SSO.

City of Bloomington Utilities Proposes Fee Review to Fund Stormwater Infrastructure Investment with Green Upgrades

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

City Accepting Nominations for Be More Volunteer Awards

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

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

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

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

While trash and recycling collection will be offered on a two-day delay this week, City departments will be open and operating on a normal schedule Wednesday.

City Invites Community Groups, Entertainers to Take Part in April Street Fair

Plans for the Street Fair include making blocks of Kirkwood Avenue available for "adoption" by neighboring businesses. Activities planned by participating groups will reflect Bloomington’s diversity and uniqueness.

City of Bloomington Utilities Advises Residents to Allow Faucets to Drip During Sub-Zero Temperatures

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

City of Bloomington Kicks Off Black History Month Celebrations

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

City of Bloomington Sanitation Services Delayed on Wednesday and Thursday

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

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

The Neighborhood Improvement Grant program gives residents an opportunity to have direct input and influence into the improvement of Bloomington’s neighborhoods.

Mayor John Hamilton Receives 2019 National Award for Local Arts Leadership

The presentation of the 2019 Public Arts Leadership Awards took place this morning during the mayors’ Winter Meeting in Washington, DC.

Bloomington Police Department Awarded Second Accreditation by National or State Agency Within Six Months

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

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory

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

City of Bloomington Seeks Resident Opinion for Second Biennial Survey

Like the first survey, conducted in 2017, this survey will gauge residents’ perceptions of the quality and value of City services and current conditions in the community. 

City Offers Free Parking in Convention Center Lot After Hours and On Weekends

The reassignment of approximately 300 permit holders temporarily displaced by the closing of the Fourth Street garage complete, opportunities for parkers without permits have emerged.

City of Bloomington Launches “Year of Food” to Address Hunger and Activate Local Food Network

Pursuing goals outlined in the recently approved Sustainability Action Plan, the City’s Year of Food campaign will seek to address issues of hunger in the community while simultaneously strengthening the local food economy. 

City’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration to Feature Keynote Speaker Janai S. Nelson of NAACP

Mayor John Hamilton invites the community to attend the 2019 City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Monday, January 21 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

Trades District Garage Design Process and Fourth Street Repair Assessment Underway

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

City Reminds Residents to Keep Sidewalks and Ramps Clear of Snow

Under the Bloomington Municipal Code, property owners must remove snow and ice from their sidewalks within 24 hours of the accumulation of snow or ice.

Commission on the Status of Black Males to Host Black Male Youth Summit

The theme of the summit is “Celebrating Black Boy Joy: Creating Pathways for Success.”

Latest Survey Investigates Residents’ Interest in Composting

“Exploring Curbside Composting Options” is the latest topic on the City of Bloomington’s online resident survey platform, released today.

Indiana Solar for All Partners With City of Bloomington to Expand Access to Solar Power

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

City of Bloomington Utilities Moving Forward on Smart Meter Installation

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

Gayle Cook Receives Inaugural Freedom of the City Award

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

Mayor Hamilton Announces New Innovation Director

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