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2018 News

National Girls Fastpitch Softball Returns for 31st Tournament

Tournament play will end with the championship game scheduled for July 29 at Twin Lakes Sports Park.

Mary Catherine Carmichael to Host Mayor at the Market

Dillman Road Wastewater Treatment Plant Submits IDEM Report of July 4 Effluent Levels

City of Bloomington Hosts Celebration of 28th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

Festivities will take place at Plaza 1A on the B-Line Trail, next to the Farmers’ Market.

City Closing Lanes on College Mall Road This Week for Maintenance in Medians

Maintenance is scheduled to take place July 17-19, although inclement weather may delay the schedule.

Overdose Death Locations Removed from City Website

The decision to eliminate overdose death location information was made in response to concerns raised over the past week by some relatives and friends of those individuals who have died, and some social service providers.

City of Bloomington Utilities Announces Fire Hydrant Maintenance for Week of July 16

Customers may experience fluctuations in pressure and/or discoloration of their water during hydrant maintenance.

City to Alter Online Presentation of Data about Overdose Deaths

The website features visual representations of public data.

Water Main Break at Walnut Street and Grimes Lane

Work to repair the damage has already begun and is anticipated to continue for several hours.  

AmeriCorps Volunteers Partner with City to Promote Sustainability Initiatives

The team of eight volunteers, called Team Oak 8, will be in residence in Bloomington from July 13-26 and again from August 7-30.

City of Bloomington Utilities Announces Fire Hydrant Maintenance for Week of July 9

Signage will be displayed in the affected areas on the day the fire hydrant maintenance takes place.

Residents Invited to Preview New CIRT Rescue Vehicle

CIRT members will be on hand during the event to exhibit the vehicle and discuss the conditions under which the team will use it to keep community members safe.

Wapehani Mountain Bike Park Closed Through December 2018 for Removal of Weimer Lake Dam

Following an inspection report issued by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in 2015, the City of Bloomington Utilities Department determined Weimer Lake is no longer needed as a water supply reservoir and opted to remove the dam.

City of Bloomington Utilities Announces Fire Hydrant Maintenance for July 5-6

Signage will be displayed in the affected areas on the day the fire hydrant maintenance takes place.

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory

Summer Construction Season Continues with Paving Projects and Street Improvements

The City allocated $561,000 for the purchase of asphalt in the 2018 budget, and over 13,000 tons of asphalt are being used to complete this year’s paving projects.

Deadline Extended: Bicentennial Arts Contest Will Celebrate Diversity and Young Artists

The contest is open to any school-aged youth who lives in Monroe County.

Mayor Hamilton to Perform in Play and Host Farmers’ Market Saturday

Dimension Mill Forges Partnership with Cowork in Preparation for Fall Launch


City Celebrates Bicentennial with Annual Fourth of July Parade and B-town Boom

Newly Appointed Food and Beverage Commissioners to Meet June 25

Bloomington Fire Department Launches “Close Before You Doze” Campaign

The simple act of closing your door could be the difference between your living or dying in the event of a fire in your home.

Bloomington Arts Commission’s 2018 Arts Project Grants & Reception


Director of Planning and Transportation to Host "Mayor at the Market" Saturday


City of Bloomington and Indiana University Partner to Launch Dockless Bike Sharing Service


City of Bloomington Utilities Announces New Assistant Director of Environmental Programs

Bicentennial Arts Contest Will Celebrate Diversity and Young Artists


Bloomington Remains Committed to Net Neutrality in Face of FCC Repeal

Short-term Moratorium Proposal Dropped

After exploring substance use disorder treatment options together, representatives from the City Council, administration and community partners chose not to put forth a short-term moratorium ordinance proposal for new substance use disorder treatment facilities at this time.

Bloomington One of First Communities to Release Open Data On Hate and Bias Crime

Fifty-four agencies have accepted a national law enforcement challenge to release open data on hate and bias-motivated crime, making the data more accessible to communities

CBU Temporarily Changes Work Day Schedule for Employees

The alternate schedule will be in effect until both the Country Club bridge and South Central sewer interceptor project at Grimes Lane are complete.

City of Bloomington Launches New Composting Pilot for City Hall

The City will provide the public with a report of its findings at the end of the pilot period.

Director of Human Resources Caroline Shaw to Host Farmers’ Market Saturday

Shaw will be available to meet and discuss employment opportunities with the city.

City of Bloomington Utilities Announces New Assistant Director of Transmission and Distribution

Prince has been in the water industry for 19 years, most recently as Assistant Superintendent of CBU’s Meter Services.

Traffic Mitigating Measures May Taper as Tapp Road Opening Eases Congestion Along West Third Street

Depending on the degree to which the clearing of this major east-west artery reduces the burden on West Third Street, the City of Bloomington’s measures to mitigate congestion along that route may be reduced in scope as the week progresses.

City Proposes Temporary Hold on New Rehab Facilities

The ordinance was drafted after multiple meetings with representatives from a variety of for-profit and non-profit addiction treatment centers in Bloomington.

Free Music, Movie, and Bicentennial Celebration of Trees at Bryan Park June 2

Live tree-themed music, ask the tree experts, children's activities, food trucks and more from 5-8 p.m.

City's Tuesday Farmers' Market Opens June 5

The Tuesday Farmers' Market offers a mid-week opportunity to buy farm products directly from the grower.

Ribbon Cutting to Showcase Improvements at Bloomington Animal Shelter

The project was financed through 2015 consolidated TIF funds, which are designated for infrastructure improvements.

Traffic Mitigating Measures Along West Third Street Will Continue

After evaluating the measures implemented May 22-25, Mayor John Hamilton has announced that the City will again place Bloomington Police Department personnel at five intersections along West Third Street.

City Accepting Applications for 2018 Citizens’ Academy

Now in its 19th year, Citizens' Academy meets every Thursday for nine weeks from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., starting on August 30.

City to Implement Traffic Mitigating Measures Along West Third Street

According to INDOT’s projected timeline, access to I-69 from West Third Street will be established in late August.

City Announces Winners of 2018 Civic Code & Design Challenge

he competition was a part of this year's Combine technology and entrepreneurship conference in April.

Meet Corporation Counsel Philippa Guthrie at Farmers’ Market Saturday

Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department Announced as Finalist for the 2018 National Gold Medal Awards

Winners of the National Gold Medal Award will be announced at the National Recreation and Park Association Conference in September.

Mayor Hamilton to Host Farmers’ Market Saturday

Inaugural Bloomington Black y Brown Arts Festival Announces Featured Artists

The BBBAF is the city’s newest multidisciplinary arts initiative exclusively featuring artforms derived from African, African-American, and Latino/Hispanic cultures.

City of Bloomington Announces Blooming Neighborhood Celebration

The celebration will take place on Saturday, June 2, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market.

Jeff Cannon to Compose Bloomington Bicentennial Community Song

A Bloomington resident for more than two decades, singer-songwriter Cannon will work in collaboration with the public to create a song that captures the spirit of the city. 

Bloomington Fire Department Rescues Trapped Residents/Visitors at Apartment Fire

Three civilians were rescued, and seven people jumped from their balconies to escape the fire.

Vic Kelson to Host at Farmers’ Market Saturday

Kelson is looking forward to hearing residents' concerns and sharing updates about sanitary sewer improvement projects, tours of the city's water treatment facilities, and other current and future initiatives in the utilities department.  

Community Garden Open House May 5; Garden Plots Still Available for Rent

Grow your own vegetables and flowers in a rental plot at Willie Streeter Community Gardens

Call for Proposals to Design And Build Gateway in Broadview Neighborhood

Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 15th.

City of Bloomington to host second round of public meetings for Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) update

At the meeting, members of the public will have the opportunity to ask questions of and share concerns with the consultant team.

Mary Catherine Carmichael to Host At Farmers’ Market Saturday

Carmichael is looking forward to hearing what’s on residents’ minds and sharing news about current issues and future initiatives in the city.

Solarize 2018 Kicks Off in May

Starting in May, homeowners, businesses and nonprofits in Bloomington and surrounding counties will have another opportunity to install solar panels at favorable rates as part of the third round of the Solarize initiative.

Mayor Hamilton supports IU scientists in objection to proposed repeal of environmental regulation and encourages public engagement

The comment period ends Thursday, April 26 at 11:59 pm. 

Federal program may offer opportunities for favorable tax treatment to Bloomington investors

Three regions within the City of Bloomington and one outside city limits have been submitted by Governor Eric Holcomb to the Secretary of the Treasury for designation as Opportunity Zones. 

Fire Department to Dedicate New Engine with Push-in Ceremony

The event will include refreshments and tours of the new equipment. 

Bloomington Architecture in the Spotlight During Historic Preservation Month

The Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission and the Monroe County Historic Preservation Board of Review are partnering to present two events celebrating 200 years of Bloomington architecture.

ITS Director Rick Dietz to Host at Farmers’ Market Saturday

It's an opportunity to inquire about current IT issues and future initiatives in the City of Bloomington.

Call to Artists: Water-Themed Artwork for City of Bloomington Utilities

The city departments are issuing a request for qualifications (RFQ) for original artwork informed by Bloomington’s unusual water history.

City partners with county to mitigate impact of major summer road projects

Officials from city and county government along with other stakeholders have been working together to coordinate efforts to minimize the impact of several essential improvement projects being completed in Bloomington this spring and summer.

City and county officials to announce coordinated efforts to mitigate anticipated traffic issues

The event will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall on Thursday, April 19 at 10:30 am.

City of Bloomington Utilities Offers Tours of Facilities

Each tour will accommodate a maximum of 20 participants and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory

CBU has concluded that this SSO was caused by a sewer surcharge, which is an overload of the sewer beyond its design capacity due to inflow and infiltration of water.

Celebrate Bloomington’s Historic Structures During Preservation Month

The City of Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission invites community members to engage with the city’s historic structures in two programs designed to raise awareness about them.

Eastbound Lane of Kirkwood Avenue Reopens

It is unclear what caused the collapse, how long a full repair will take, and when it will start.

Eastbound Lane on West Kirkwood Closed For Repairs

This closure is required in order to repair a culvert that has collapsed.

Bicentennial Arts Contest Will Celebrate Diversity and Young Artists

Submissions from a broad range of artistic genres and mediums will be accepted.

Bloomington Animal Shelter’s Adoption Center Will Be Closed Wednesday, April 11

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

Public Invited to Discuss Hiking Trail Development at Griffy Lake

View maps and comment on proposed trail routes April 11 at 4:30 p.m. at Bryan Park.

Bloomington Fire Department Captain Charged with Sexual Misconduct Resigns

The City accepted his letter, in lieu of termination, effective immediately.

Mayor Hamilton to Host Farmers’ Market Saturday

Mayor Hamilton will be available to discuss current issues and projects and future initiatives in the City of Bloomington.

Winners Announced in the Bloomington Human Rights Commission Essay/Art Contest

Bloomington Animal Shelter’s Adoption Center Will Be Closed Thursday, April 5

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

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisories

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

City Farmers' Market Opens for the 2018 Season April 7

Fresh locally grown farm products and delicious prepared foods are part of the Saturday Market.

Civic Code + Design Challenge

Challenge participants will help refresh the City of Bloomington’s web-based issue reporting tool, and have a chance to win up to $1,000 in prize money courtesy of the City’s Innovation Fund.

Urban Land Institute to Advise the City of Bloomington on Redevelopment Opportunities for Bloomington Hospital Facility and Site

Nationally Renowned Real Estate and Urban Development Experts to Visit City April 8-13.

City Announces “First Mondays” - A Monthly Business Assistance Forum

“First Mondays” are a free, open help session for anyone to ask questions about starting a business or running an existing business from local experts.

Mayor Announces CIRT Vehicle Purchase Decision

Today Mayor John Hamilton announced his decision to purchase a replacement armored vehicle for use by the Bloomington Police Department Critical Incident Response Team, and related issues.

Bloomington Launches New Strategy for Attracting National Financing for Community Development

Bloomington piloting “CDFI Friendly City” to attract community financing for local needs and opportunities.

Leading Volunteers Recognized at Be More Awards Ceremony

Forty individuals and twenty groups, all of whom had been nominated by community members, were recognized for their generous commitment to substantially improve the lives of community members.

Health Fair and Blood Drive at Farmers’ Market April 7

Registration for the blood drive is online at, and walk-in appointments are also welcome.

Bloomington Black & Brown Arts Festival is Seeking Submissions

The planning committee is seeking a variety of art styles and forms including but not limited to spoken word, visual arts, dance and craft.

Animal Shelter Closed Friday and Sunday

The shelter will be open Saturday, March 31 from 12:00-5:00 p.m.

City Offices Closed Friday

All city offices and departments will be closed on Friday, March 30. Offices will reopen on Monday, April 2 at 8:00 a.m.

CARES Community Meeting and Available Grants

Be More Awards to Recognize Committed Volunteers

This 35th annual awards program will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 27, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater (114 E. Kirkwood).

City Announces New Assistant Director of Economic and Sustainable Development for Sustainability

Autumn Salamack started this week as the new Assistant Director for Sustainability in the Department of Economic and Sustainable Development.

Environmental Commission’s Bloomington Habitat Connectivity Plan Published

The plan details how to strengthen biodiversity throughout the City of Bloomington.

MLK Remembrance Day March on April 4 to Commemorate 50th Anniversary

The program will begin at Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park at Fairview & 9th Streets.

Award-Winning Artist Richard Ross Visits Bloomington to Present Juvenile In Justice Series, with Artwork in City Hall Beginning April 5

A unique source for images of the American juvenile justice system, the Juvenile in Justice series depicts young people housed in facilities that treat, confine, punish and, occasionally, harm them.

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.

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 (

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.

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.