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2021 News Releases

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Fire Department Successfully Relocates Downtown Headquarters

Just six weeks after severe flooding rendered its headquarters uninhabitable, the Bloomington Fire Department’s (BFD) new temporary headquarters at 226 South College Avenue are fully functional. 
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Renaming Task Force Issues Report, Submits Street Name Recommendations

The joint City of Bloomington/Indiana University (IU) task force convened by Mayor John Hamilton to recommend new name options for Jordan Avenue has completed its report. Starting in April, the Renaming Task Force reviewed more than 500 names submitted to the City’s website by members of the public to develop their unanimous recommendations for the road’s two sections:  

City Issues Request for Qualifications for Near West Side Public Art Project

The Near West Side Neighborhood Association (NWSNA), in collaboration with the City of Bloomington Art Commission (BAC), is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for an innovative street mural celebrating the diversity and history of the Near West Side. 
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Improved School Speed Zones Across City, Enhanced Enforcement as School Year Begins

As the Monroe County Community School Corporation welcomes students back to school August 4, the City of Bloomington reminds motorists to exercise extra caution in school zones.

Community Invited to Celebrate 31st Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) invites community members to a celebration of the 31st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Saturday, July 31. 

City Reports New COVID-19 Case in Parks & Recreation Department

One City employee reported a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test in the past week.  The employee, who works in the Parks and Recreation Department, received a positive COVID-19 viral test result on Wednesday, July 21.  No members of the public were placed at risk of COVID-19 exposure by this employee while working; one coworker was identified as a close contact and notified.  (Close contact is defined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset--or, for asymptomatic clients, two days prior to positive specimen collection--until the time the patient is isolated.)   

Mayor Hamilton, BPD Continue Efforts to Protect Community, Investigate Recent Shootings

Last night (July 21) around 11:40 p.m., Bloomington Police Department (BPD) officers responded to a report of multiple shots being fired and vehicles fleeing the scene of a residential address in the Crescent Bend neighborhood on Bloomington’s northwest side. No injuries or property damage were reported as a result of this incident, but police found bullets and spent casings in the vicinity. The incident is the third shooting in the area, following incidents July 2 and July 8 in the nearby Crestmont Park playground that resulted in injuries to four individuals. 
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2021 Community Survey Results Highlight Residents’ Perceptions of Quality of Life, Community Challenges

Results of the third biennial city-wide survey were presented at the July 21 meeting of the Bloomington City Council. As in 2019 and 2017, the randomized, scientifically valid survey conducted in March and April of this year gave residents the opportunity to provide feedback on their general perceptions of the quality of life in Bloomington; to evaluate City programs, services, government performance; and to identify projects or issues facing the City.  Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton initiated the effort to conduct the first city-wide survey in 2016 to grow public engagement, increase transparency, establish a baseline of public opinion, and acquire data to inform decisions about resource deployment. A complete report of the 2021 community survey is available here.  
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2021 Bloomington Green Home Improvement Program Launches as Part of City's Recover Forward Plan

As part of Mayor John Hamilton’s Recover Forward initiative, the City of Bloomington is offering a new opportunity for residents to invest in green home improvements with the 2021Bloomington Green Home Improvement Program (BGHIP). The program will provide qualified homeowners with $1,000 rebates and low-interest loans for solar, geothermal, and energy efficiency projects, which also provide federal tax credits if completed in 2021 or 2022.  BGHIP helps Bloomington homeowners finance energy efficiency upgrades, reduce their utility bills, and increase the environmental sustainability of their houses, in accordance with the City's goals to improve environmental and economic equity in Bloomington. 

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 Bloomington Black y Brown Arts Festival (BBBAF), taking place Sunday August 8 at the Switchyard Park Pavilion and performance stage beginning at 2 p.m. 

City Offers Employability Skills Training and Support Through Recover Forward

In partnership with WorkOne, My Sister’s Closet, and Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM), the City of Bloomington’s Banneker Community Center and Department of Economic & Sustainable Development will host two employability skills training sessions this month.  Session 1 will take place on Thursday, July 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at MCUM, 827 West 14th Court (next to Tri-North Middle School), and Session 2 will take place on Saturday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Banneker Community Center, 930 West 7th Street.
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City of Bloomington Recognized as Digital Inclusion Trailblazer

The City of Bloomington has been recognized by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance as a 2021 Digital Inclusion Trailblazer.  First launched in 2016, Digital Inclusion Trailblazers is a public inventory of local government initiatives promoting digital literacy and broadband access for underserved residents. 

City Reports Parks Employee is First New COVID-19 Case Among Workforce in Three Weeks

A Parks and Recreation department employee is the first City worker to report a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test in three weeks. 
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Public Invited to Provide Input about Local Transportation Projects

The Bloomington-Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMCMPO) will hold a Public Information Meeting on Monday, July 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with the goal of gaining public input for development of the Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).  Members of the public may join the meeting via the following Zoom link:
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City Seeks Proposals for Management of Waldron Art Center

The City of Bloomington has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the management and operation of the John Waldron Arts Center. 
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Neighborhood Residential Parking Permits Now Available for Purchase

Neighborhood residential parking permits for 2021-22 are now available for purchase online at https://bloomington.t2hosted.com/. A map identifying the zones where a neighborhood parking permit is required for on-street parking in Bloomington is available here. 

City Reports No New COVID-19 Employee Cases in Previous Four Weeks, First Known COVID-19-Related Employee Death

The City received no reports of employees' having received positive results of COVID-19 viral tests since employee cases were last announced on Thursday, June 24.

City of Bloomington 24-Hour Phone Line Non-Functioning

City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) reports that its 24-hour phone line (812-339-1444) for after-hours emergencies related to water, sewer, streets, etc. is non-functioning at this time.

Fire Department Working to Relocate Downtown

Due to extensive damage caused by last weekend’s flood event, the Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) command staff formerly housed at Station 1 (located at 300 East Fourth Street) will be temporarily relocating to the former law offices of Bunger and Robertson, 226 South College Avenue.

Bloomington Transit Reports Positive COVID-19 Test Result

A Bloomington Transit (BT) administrative employee reported a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test as of Sunday, June 20. The employee began experiencing symptoms on Wednesday, June 16 and has not worked since that day. No close contacts were identified among the employee's coworkers or the general public. Close contact is defined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset -- or, for asymptomatic clients, two days prior to positive specimen collection -- until the time the patient is isolated. This is the tenth BT staff member to report a positive COVID-19 viral test result over the last fifteen months. 

City Sanitation Announces Plan for Pickup of Materials Related to Residential Flooding

Residents receiving sanitation services from the Sanitation Division of the City of Bloomington Public Works Department can now schedule pickup of items related to flooding from last weekend's weather event.

Bloomington Transit Reports Positive COVID-19 Test Result

A Bloomington Transit (BT) administrative employee reported a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test as of Sunday, June 20.

Flood Damages Bloomington Police Department Facility

The Bloomington Police Department (BPD) building at 220 East Third Street was damaged during the flooding that occurred in the downtown area Friday night into Saturday morning.

Flood Damages Bloomington Fire Department Headquarters

Bloomington’s downtown fire station will be closed for an unknown period of time, with personnel and apparatus reassigned to the other four city fire stations.

Recent Extreme Weather Event

Last night Bloomington and the surrounding area experienced an extreme weather event that included rain, high winds and flooding in some areas.
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Parks and Recreation Staff to Recommend Re-Opening Road Through Lower Cascades Park to Vehicle Traffic Following Road Improvements

City will request approval to continue the temporary closure in order to implement proposed road improvements.
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Mayor Hamilton Announces City Holiday Monday in Recognition of Juneteenth

In recognition of the new federal holiday establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, Mayor John Hamilton has announced that the City of Bloomington will close its offices on Monday, June 21.  City employees who are not scheduled in essential capacities will not be expected to report for work, and will receive holiday pay for the day.  The City’s sanitation schedule will not be delayed.  Juneteenth is not on the 2021 City of Bloomington holiday calendar, but in addition to observing the new holiday on Monday, the administration will present a resolution to Council for its official adoption as a holiday in 2022.   

City Reports BFD Employee is First New COVID-19 Case Among Workforce in Five Weeks

A Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee is the first City worker to report a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test in five weeks.  The employee began experiencing symptoms on Thursday, June 10 and received a positive COVID-19 viral test result on Saturday, June 12.  No close contacts were identified among the employee's coworkers or the general public.  (Close contact is defined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset--or, for asymptomatic clients, two days prior to positive specimen collection--until the time the patient is isolated.)

City Launches “1,000 Households Who Mulch” Challenge as Expansion of Innovation Pilot to Improve City Service Delivery

In a report to the Bloomington City Council Wednesday evening, the City’s Director of Innovation Devta Kidd announced an expansion of a 2020 pilot program designed to evaluate and improve the City’s leaf collection system.  The 1,000 Households Who Mulch Challenge seeks 1,000 Bloomington households to commit to mulching and composting most of the leaves on their property and opting for a new on-demand vacuum-based leaf collection only if needed at the very end of the leafing season.   

City Accepting Applications for Federal Funding from Agencies Impacted by Pandemic

The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department (HAND) invites Bloomington-based social service agencies that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for federal funds HAND administers through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program.

City Reports No New COVID-19 Employee Cases in Previous Four Weeks, First Known COVID-19-Related Employee Death

No positive results of COVID-19 viral tests have been reported by City employees in the four weeks since the May 13 announcement.  However, the City received information this week that COVID-19 was among the causes of death of a recently deceased employee. This is the first known COVID-19-related death of a City worker. 
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Recover Forward Bus Stop Improvements Underway, Free Parking at Trades Garage Till Monday, Public Input Sought for Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park Playground

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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Deadline to Enter City's Independence Day Reverse Parade is June 11

City's first-ever "reverse parade" limited to 50 entries.

City of Bloomington Utilities Publishes Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) has published their annual drinking water quality report. As part of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires community water systems to deliver a Consumer Confidence Report, also known as an annual drinking water quality report, to their customers.

City Sees No New COVID-19 Employee Cases in Previous Three Weeks

The City has received no new reports of positive results of COVID-19 viral tests among employees in the three weeks since the Thursday, May 13 announcement.  

7-Line Kickoff Thursday; City Playgrounds Renewed; Jackson Creek Trail Wends Down High

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.

The 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 Friday, June 4 and to join in events raising awareness about gun violence during Wear Orange weekend, June 4-6.
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City Hosts 2021 Juneteenth Celebration

The City of Bloomington will host a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 19 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at Switchyard Park (1601 South Rogers Street).  Juneteenth is the annual, national commemoration of the ending of slavery. 
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City Launches 7-Line with Community Kickoff

he City of Bloomington invites community members to a kickoff marking the start of construction of the 7-Line, a transformation of 7th Street providing a protected east-west bicycle lane, improved bus stops, and improved pedestrian features.  The multimodal corridor will connect the B-Line, downtown, the Indiana University campus, and neighborhoods on the city’s east and west sides while improving comfort, safety, and efficiency for all road users.

Residents Invited to Apply for 2021 Citizens’ Academy

The City of Bloomington Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) invites residents to apply for the 2021 Citizens’ Academy, to be held on ten consecutive Thursday evenings  from 6 to 8 p.m., August 26 to October 28.

Community Conversation on Increasing Pedestrian Accessibility Opportunities for All

The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility’s Transportation and Mobility Committee is hosting a community conversation on “Increasing Pedestrian Accessibility Opportunities for All” on Monday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community Members to Lead Future of Policing Task Force

A new resident-led task force has been named to review and make recommendations about law enforcement in Bloomington and Monroe County. The Future of Policing Task Force is being established as part of the City’s commitment to the reduction of racial inequities and continuous improvement of outcomes for all residents, as outlined in Mayor John Hamilton’s 2020 Recover Forward initiative and the City’s Plan to Advance Racial Equity. 
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Tuesday Market, A Fair of the Arts Open for the 2021 Season on June 1 at Switchyard Park 

The first Tuesday Market and A Fair of the Arts of the 2021 season are June 1 at Switchyard Park
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City Pools Open for the 2021 Season on May 29

Bryan Park Pool and Mills Pool open Saturday, May 29 at 11 a.m. Admission is $5/person.
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7-Line Construction to Begin in June; 2700 Feet of Sidewalk Replaced on West Sixth 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.

Recover Forward Funds Homeownership and Permanent Affordability Through Shared Appreciation Program

An affordable homeownership program funded through Mayor John Hamilton’s Recover Forward initiative has successfully helped a first participant purchase a home of her own.

Mayor Hamilton Issues Executive Order Rescinding City Gathering Limit

Mayor John Hamilton today issued Executive Order 20-04, which rescinds the City of Bloomington’s Executive Order 20-03, limiting the size of non-commercial gatherings within the city limits to 15 people. The City’s new order goes into effect Monday, May 17, 2021.

BPD Employee Reports Positive COVID-19 Test Result

A Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee was the only city worker to report a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test over the past week. The employee was not a close contact of a previous COVID-19 case at the City. (Close contact is defined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset--or, for asymptomatic clients, two days prior to positive specimen collection--until the time the patient is isolated.)

Proposed Design for West First Street Reconstruction Project to be Shared; Intersection Improvements at 17th and Dunn; Northern Section of Jackson Creek Trail Extension Underway

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.

Commission on Aging Announces Senior Recognition Program

The Bloomington Commission on Aging is observing Older Americans Month in May with the launch of the Senior Focus program.  The program will recognize the contributions of older adults in the community by highlighting individuals for their accomplishments, resilience in the face of challenge, and presence as a role model for others in the community.  The 2021 theme of Older Americans Month is “Communities of Strength.” 

City Selects Provider to Lead Anti-Racism Training for Elected Officials and Department Heads

The Center for Equity and Inclusion has been selected to lead anti-racism training for City of Bloomington department heads and elected officials.  Mayor John Hamilton and City Clerk Nicole Bolden announced their commitment to providing and participating in anti-racism training in July 2020, and invited the City’s other elected officials and appointed department heads to join in the training. 
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Waldron Task Force Issues Report Recommending Future Uses for Former City Hall

The Waldron Recommendation Task Force has issued a report summarizing its activities, findings, and recommendations for future uses for the circa-1915 building at 122 South Walnut Street. The ownership of the building reverted from Ivy Tech Community College to City of Bloomington in January 2021. The report, available here, will inform the City’s actions with regard to the building’s future. 
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Two City Workers Report Positive COVID-19 Test Results

A Parks and Recreation department employee and a Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee reported receiving positive results of COVID-19 viral tests over the last week. Neither of these employees was a close contact of a previous COVID-19 case at the City.
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Public Meeting to Share Proposed Design of First Street Reconstruction Project; New Playgrounds for Winslow Woods, Butler Parks; Sidewalks on Sixth

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 Annexation Process to Resume in May, After Illegal Termination in 2017 by Legislature

Mayor John Hamilton announced in coordination with City Council leadership that the city annexation process underway four years ago is scheduled to resume in early May. The City was in the middle of a months-long annexation process, heading for more public discussion and ultimately a council vote, when the state legislature unconstitutionally ordered action halted in April 2017.
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City Invites All Residents to Participate in 2021 Bloomington Community Survey

The City of Bloomington invites residents to participate in the online 2021 Bloomington Community Survey from April 21 - May 5. The survey is available at  https://bloomington.in.gov/communitysurvey. This open participation survey complements the scientific survey that was mailed to a random sample of 3,000 Bloomington households during the last week of March.  Residents who were not mailed the randomized survey now have the option of completing the same survey online. The confidential responses to each part of the survey will be collected, analyzed, and published (anonymously) in separate data sets that will provide the City critical feedback about the quality and value of City services and conditions. 

Be More Awards Recognize Volunteers for Service to the Community

Six Bloomington community members were honored in an online presentation of the Be More Awards on Thursday, April 22.  The recipients of this year’s awards honoring local volunteers for committed community service, response, and support were revealed in a video presentation Thursday at noon that may be viewed at www.BloomingtonVolunteerNetwork.org/bemore.    

Mayor Hamilton Convenes Task Force to Rename Jordan Avenue, Invites Street Name Proposals

In coordination with Indiana University, the City of Bloomington has begun the process of renaming Jordan Avenue and invites residents to propose alternative street names using this online form.  Mayor John Hamilton has convened a task force to review proposals and select new name options for the road south of 17th Street and other options for the extension north of 17th.  The Renaming Task Force comprises the following city residents and IU faculty and administrators:
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7-Line Construction to Begin in May, Goat Farm Design Planning Underway, Hidden River Pathway Project Progresses with Culvert Replacement

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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Council to Hear Presentation of Bloomington Climate Action Plan

A presentation of the City of Bloomington Climate Action Plan (CAP) to the Bloomington Common Council, with the recommendation for Council to pass a resolution to accept it as an advisory document for the City of Bloomington and broader community. 
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City’s Commission on the Status of Black Males Invites Local Teens to Second Annual Black Male Youth Summit

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males (CSBM) invites middle school- and high school-aged males to attend a one-day Black Male Youth Summit in Bloomington on Thursday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. via Zoom. “More Life” is the theme of the second annual summit.  The summit, focused on African American and Latino males, is open to young men of all races and backgrounds.
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City’s Second Black Lives Matter Mural to be Installed on Downtown Square

The City’s second Black Lives Matter street mural was approved April 13 by the Board of Public Works for installation on the north side of the downtown square.  The first mural having been installed next to the Banneker Center last fall, the second will be painted on West Sixth Street between North College Avenue and North Walnut Street on Saturday, April 17, weather permitting (with a rain date scheduled for Saturday, May 1).  The block will be closed to traffic and its parking spaces unavailable on the day of installation from 6 a.m until 8 p.m., while the sidewalks will remain open.  Local businesses have been notified of the closure.    
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Local Arts Groups Invited to Apply for Spring Arts Grants

The Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC) invites area arts groups to apply for funding through the Spring 2021 Grants for the Arts program. Nonprofit organizations and arts-based entities in the arts and cultural sectors may apply for operational funds (only for eligible nonprofits) or support for projects that foster the arts and cultivate cultural experiences in Bloomington.  
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City to Cut Ribbon on Trades District Garage

Mayor John Hamilton invites the press and the public to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the Trades District Garage. The event will include remarks by the mayor and other local leaders, tours of the new facility, and an opportunity to contribute to the public artwork commissioned for it. The ribbon-cutting will be held in keeping with current public health protocols for physical distancing and face covering.
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City to Add Four Major Public Artworks in 2021

The City of Bloomington’s longstanding commitment to the arts will produce four major public artworks in 2021, as the city recovers from the pandemic and its distressing effects on the economy and the arts. Projects at the Trades District, Switchyard Park, the Trades District Garage and the Fourth Street Garage, funded through the One Percent for the Arts Ordinance mechanism, will be installed this year. An expanded search process and creative funding arrangements have resulted in a selection of works by a diverse range of artists.

Two City Workers Report Positive COVID-19 Test Results

One Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee and one Parks and Recreation employee reported receiving positive results of COVID-19 viral tests over the last week. None of the employees was a close contact of a previous COVID-19 case at the City.

Spring Projects Include Multiuse Paths, Neighborhood Greenways, Sidewalk Replacement

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.  Projects are described at the City’s website, and regular public updates offered on a range of these improvements as they progress.
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Construction of Affordable Housing on City Land Next to Switchyard Park to Begin in June

Sixty-four new homes are on track to be built on City-owned land adjacent to Switchyard Park, with groundbreaking scheduled for June. 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. The City’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) purchased the 1.5-acre site at the park’s eastern entrance in 2017 to help steer development consistent with the community’s long-term goals.
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Fire Department Dedicates New Fire Apparatus with Push-in Ceremony Thursday

Mayor John Hamilton and Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) firefighters held a push-in ceremony Thursday, April 1 at 5 p.m. at Station Two (209 South Fairfield Drive) to dedicate the City’s newest fire apparatus.  The 2021 Typhoon class, 100-foot aerial ladder truck that will be known as Truck 2 was purchased through Public Safety Local Income Tax (PS-LIT) revenues for $1.19 million to replace a 20-year-old 75-foot dual axle aerial apparatus.  
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Three City Workers Report Positive COVID-19 Test Results in March

One Bloomington Transit (BT) employee, one Parks and Recreation employee, and a Public Works employee each reported receiving a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test over the last week. None of the employees was a close contact of a previous COVID-19 case at the City.

Bloomington Recognized as Indiana's Rising Tech City

TechPoint, a nonprofit, industry-led growth initiative for Indiana’s tech ecosystem, announced today that it will recognize the City of Bloomington with a prestigious Rising Tech City Award during the 22nd annual Mira Awards gala on Thursday, April 22.  The Mira Awards celebrate the outstanding people, companies, and products in Indiana’s tech sector each year. 
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Bloomington Recognized by The Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City of the World

Bloomington has been named a Tree City of the World by the Arbor Day Foundation.  Tree Cities of the World is a program founded by The Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to recognize cities around the globe that have committed to growing and maintaining their urban forest. 
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City Marks One Month Without Report of Employee COVID-19 Case

The City has received no reports of employees’ having received a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test since the last public update on March 18. The last case of COVID-19 among City staff was announced Thursday, February 25.  

Pedestrian-Only Spaces on Portions of Kirkwood Avenue Starting 3/25/21

In a continued effort to safely advance economic vitality and quality of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Bloomington will again create pedestrian-only spaces on three blocks of Kirkwood Avenue, beginning March 25, 2021 and running through June 30, 2021. This timeline may be modified due to the status of the state of emergency and/or COVID-related health department guidelines should the need arise. 

Monroe County Domestic Violence Coalition Invites Public to Attend 2021 Spring Conference

The Monroe County Domestic Violence Coalition invites community members to attend its 2021 spring conference on April 8 and 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m each day via Zoom video conferencing. The conference Ending Violence Together: Addressing Key Needs Described by Survivors will feature a keynote address by Colleen Yeakle, Coordinator of Prevention Initiatives, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 
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City Provides Incentives to Enhance Public Safety, Strengthen Community Connections

In the service of improving public safety,  Mayor John Hamilton today introduced the details of a pilot program announced last fall designed to help retain and recruit police officers and deepen the Bloomington Police Department’s (BPD) connections in the community. The pilot program includes support for housing and for take-home cars focused on BPD officers living in the city. In combination with other enhancements, such as increased numbers of social workers and neighborhood specialists, resident-based reviews of racial equity and the future of policing, and continual review of best practices through the Board of Public Safety, these changes are designed to continue to improve BPD’s effectiveness in protecting public safety and sustaining public confidence in and relationships with the BPD.
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Jackson Creek Trail, Hidden River Pathway, and Lower Cascades Project Updates

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 Announces Vacancy on Redevelopment Commission

The City invites members of the public to apply for an upcoming vacancy on the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission (RDC). The RDC oversees housing and neighborhood development, and has the power to investigate opportunities for economic development and redevelopment in the City of Bloomington and the power to create economic development areas, areas needing redevelopment, and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts.  The RDC meets twice a month on Mondays at 5 p.m., currently via video conferencing. 
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No COVID-19 Employee Cases in Last Week; February’s Employee Case Rate Drops Steeply

The City received no reports of employees’ having received positive results of COVID-19 viral tests since employee cases were last announced on Thursday, February 25.  
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Mayor Hamilton Announces Don Griffin, Jr. to be Next Deputy Mayor

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

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

Infrastructure Projects Underway to Improve Stormwater Management, Parks, Sidepaths

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

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

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

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

Three Women to be Honored During Women’s History Month

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

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

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

Bloomington Fire Department Awards Ceremony Honors 29 Firefighters for 2020 Service

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

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

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

City Accepting Nominations for Be More Awards Honoring Volunteers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Resident-Led Racial Equity Task Force Seeks Applicants

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

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

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

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

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

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

Residents Invited to Apply for City Funds for Neighborhood Improvement

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

Residents Invited to Participate in Leaf Collection Innovation Process

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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