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Mayor John Hamilton

2018 News


Parks and Recreation Department Buys Electric Utility Vehicle for Trail Maintenance

A new electric utility vehicle for park maintenance will save 20 gallons of gas per week.

Bloomington Commission on Sustainability Celebrates First Annual Awardees

The committee considered initiative, impact and innovation in making award decisions in each of three categories: individual, business and nonprofit.

Monroe County Domestic Violence Coalition Invites Public to Spring Conference

MCDVC is holding its 2018 Spring Conference on Thursday, March 22 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

Free Children's Expo at Convention Center March 24

Bloomington's favorite event for family fun is Saturday, March 24 from 1-4 p.m. at the Monroe Convention Center

Bloomington Rail Trail Closed March 12-16 for Invasive Species Removal

Trail temporarily closed for safety.

Public Comment on Critical Incident Response Team Vehicle Accepted Through March 23

All comments from the five recent public meetings and all additional sources will be gathered and considered prior to Mayor John Hamilton making an announcement about the potential purchase by the end of March.

Mayor Hamilton Announces New Communications Director

Local broadcaster, producer and writer Yaël Ksander has been named by Mayor John Hamilton as the new Communications Director for the City of Bloomington.

Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males Meeting Rescheduled

Animal Shelter "Twitter Bot" is Collaboration Between City and Civic Code Group

This feature -- a “Twitter bot” which automatically tweets animal profiles from the Animal Shelter’s database -- was implemented by the Bloomington Civic Code group, BMG Hack (

Twin Lakes Recreation Center Hosts Spring Fling March 15

Spring Fling presents active games for children and families.

City of Bloomington to Host Open Data Day Work Session March 8

The City of Bloomington Information and Technology Services Department will celebrate International Open Data Day on Thursday, March 8 by co-hosting an Open Data Day work session with the BMGHack civic coding brigade.

Trades District, Dimension Mill to Break Ground March 6

The ceremony will be held in a tent at 334 W. 11th Street, on the southwest side of the Dimension Mill.  

City of Bloomington Utilities Announces Upcoming Road Closure

City of Bloomington Utilities will be closing Country Club Drive between South Rogers Street and South Walnut Street for the installation of a sewer interceptor across Country Club Drive.

Bloomington Animal Shelter Closed Thursday

Staff will continue to take phone calls and dispatch Animal Control Officers during normal business hours.

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

City of Bloomington Utilities Announces New Staff


City Launches Bicentennial Tree Sale and Sponsorship Program

Order a Bicentennial tulip tree by April 23, or sponsor a tree planting at a city park or school.

BTaccess Weekend Service Expansion to Begin March 3


City to Purchase Former Monastery Property on Clubhouse Drive

Bloomington Parks and Recreation will add more than two acres to Lower Cascades Park with the purchase of the former Dagom Gaden Tensung Ling Monastery.

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory

The City of Bloomington Utilities has issued a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) advisory for the following area after an SSO was confirmed at that location on Tuesday, February 27.

Public Invited to B-Line Heights Groundbreaking Tuesday

B-Line Heights Apartments will be built in the Trades District with a mix of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units.

Sanitary Sewer Overflows Confirmed at Seven Locations between February 24 and February 26

The significant amount of rainfall received in recent days is believed to be the primary contributor to these sanitary sewer overflows.

Timeline Announced for Input and Review of CIRT Vehicle Replacement

Mayor John Hamilton today announced the process and timeline for public input, review and decision-making about the planned purchase of a replacement of the Bloomington Police Department’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) vehicle for police and resident protection.

Bloomington Arts Commission Invites Applications for Arts Project Grants

Mayor John Hamilton's Comments from the CIRT Vehicle City Council Town Hall on February 20, 2018

Officials to Host Discussions with Residents Regarding Critical Response Vehicle

Living Legend Award and Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow to be Honored at 13th Annual Black History Month Gala

A reception and silent auction will begin at 6:00 p.m. with program to follow at 7:00 p.m.

Bloomington Police Department's Planned Purchase of a Replacement Armored Vehicle

Frequently asked questions about the BPD’s planned purchase of a replacement armored vehicle.

Executive Report: The history and use of armored vehicles by the Bloomington Police Department

Bloomington Indiana Police Department, 15 September 2015. Addendum: 11 February 2018

Four Day Closure Planned at Animal Shelter

The closing is to allow Shelter staff time to relocate animals and supplies into the newly constructed addition.

City Announces Spring Cleanup at Rose Hill, White Oak Cemeteries

Spring cleanup takes place at both cemeteries March 12-16.

Parks and Recreation Department's Urban Forestry Staff Earns Arborist Certification

Commission on the Status of Women Sponsors Women’s Leadership Development Event

This year’s theme is “#ReclaimingtheMedia: Amplifying Women’s Voices.”

City Invites Community Groups, Entertainers to Take Part in Bicentennial Street Fair April 29

Reserve a space for an interactive activity during the April 29 Bicentennial Street Fair by March 1.

Mayor Hamilton to Host State of the City Address Thursday

Mayor Hamilton will highlight the challenges and accomplishments of the City of the past year and speak of plans and goals for the future.

Commission on Aging Hosts Lifetime Community Workshop

The Lifetime Community concept emerged from research carried out by the Center on Aging and Community at Indiana University in Bloomington over the past several years, funded by the Grantmakers in Aging organization.

Temporary Three-Way Stop at Intersection of South Walnut and Miller Drive - Expect Delays

Repairs are underway, but are expected to take until at least Friday afternoon, if not longer.

Farmers' Market Vendor Space Reservation Meeting is Feb. 26

The Bloomington Community Farmers' Market space reservation meeting for vendors who wish to sell farm products during the 2018 Market is Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 401 N. Morton St. in Bloomington.

CFC Properties Named Corporate Partner of the Year by the Indiana Park and Recreation Association

CFC Properties was named the 2017 Corporate Partner of the Year by the Indiana Park and Recreation Association at the IPRA state conference Jan. 31.

Goat Farm Prairie Receives Indiana Park and Recreation Association Award

The Indiana Park and Recreation Association on Jan. 31, 2018 presented the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department with the Clark Ketchum Conservation Award in recognition of the Goat Farm Prairie Project.

Garden Plots Available for Rent at City's Community Gardens

Garden plot reservations for new gardeners opens Feb. 20

City of Bloomington Animal Shelter Closed on Monday

Phone lines will remain open to take phone calls and dispatch Animal Control Officers during normal business hours.

2018 Human Rights Award Winner Announced

The award is intended to recognize individuals or groups that have made specific and significant contributions to improving civil rights, human relations or civility in our community.

Local Women to be Honored in March at Women’s History Month Events

The recipients were selected by a subcommittee of the City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Annual Report on Public Safety Presented Tuesday

The event will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Bloomington Police Department, 220 East Third Street. The public is invited to attend.

City to Host Event Thursday to Provide Updates on Safety, Civility, Justice Initiatives

City of Bloomington to Host Kick-off for the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Update

The UDO is the primary source of land use regulations for the City of Bloomington, including both zoning and subdivision control ordinances.

City and Council of Neighborhood Associations to Host Neighborhood Workshop

This event, which was rescheduled for February 3 after a mid-January weather event, is free and open to the public.

Bloomington Transit Celebrates Rosa Parks’ Birthday with Program and Free Ride Day

Bloomington Transit invites the public to join in a celebration of Rosa Parks’ 105th birthday as part of Bloomington’s Black History Month and Bicentennial Celebrations.

Approval Sought to Reset Rate of City’s Cumulative Capital Development Fund

The CCD is used to fund much needed maintenance and installation of City sidewalks, streets, and trails.

The Flu Season is Widespread: Here’s How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Influenza

Flu activity typically peaks between December and February and can last as late as May.

Nicole Griffin Receives 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award

The annual award is given to a person who has made significant contributions in the areas of race relations, justice, and human rights.

City Accepting Nominations for “Be More” Volunteer Awards

Ten awards will be chosen from a variety of categories, although not all categories receive an award each year. Nominations will be accepted through February 2.

Black History Month Essay Contest Deadline Extended

The City of Bloomington’s Black History Month Planning Committee has extended the deadline for the 2018 Black History Month Essay Contest to Wednesday, January 24.

Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs 2018 Monthly Meeting Schedule

The Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs works to identify and research the issues which impact the Hispanic and Latino populations in Bloomington.

Black History Month Kickoff Will Highlight Significance of Protest in the Black Experience

From Protest to Progress: Unmasking the Movement represents the importance of revisiting the past in order to stride forward.

City Reminds Residents to Keep Sidewalks and Ramps Clear of Snow

City Seeks Applicants to Serve on Environmental Resources Advisory Council

Two people are needed to serve two-year terms on the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Environmental Resources Advisory Council. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

City Parks Department Accepting Applications for Art Fair Vendor Spaces

Artists may apply to display and sell their original artwork at A Fair of the Arts. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 16 to receive full consideration.

Farmers’ Market Seeks Customer Representative for Advisory Council

Applicants must be City of Bloomington residents. Applications are due Jan. 30.

RFQ for Bloomington Bicentennial Community Song

Deer Herd Reduction at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Completed for Season

Plant and seedling tree monitoring at nature preserve will continue in order to evaluate the impact of the deer cull.

Commission on the Status of Women Seeks Nominations for Yearly Awards

City to Purchase Current Hospital Site from IU Health

Upon opening the new IU Health Regional Academic Health Center, IU Health will transfer the property and other nearby parcels to the City for its development in the community’s interest.

IU Health Hospital/City of Bloomington to Discuss Land Reuse

City and Council of Neighborhood Associations to Host Neighborhood Workshop

Learn more about topics such as neighborhood grants, code enforcement, historic preservation, and more at this free event for the public.