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2017 News

City Seeks Applicants for Environmental Resources Advisory Council

Applications are due in the Parks and Recreation Department office by 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 2018

City Requests Assistance in Clearing Storm Drain Inlets

The City of Bloomington Utilities would like to remind residents that clearing leaves and other debris from storm inlets is a year-round team effort.

Griffy Lake Deer Herd Reduction Scheduled for Winter 2017-18

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve to be closed from noon until 8 a.m. periodically between Dec. 15-Feb. 28.

City Launches Endorsement Program for Bicentennial Projects

The Bloomington Bicentennial Committee will support projects, events and programs that express creativity and pride within the community.

City Requests Assistance Clearing Storm Drain Inlets

Residents are essential partners in preventing stormwater from backing up in Bloomington’s neighborhoods.

Monroe County and City of Bloomington Join to File Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

The lawsuit will seek damages in the form of funds to address the significant financial burdens that the opioid crisis has placed on the City and County.

City Releases New Website to Present Data

The City of Bloomington has just published a new website, BloomingtonRevealed.com

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

Mayor John Hamilton invites the community to attend the 2018 City of Bloomington’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, on Monday, January 15

City and County Announce Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors at Press Conference on Wednesday

On Wednesday, December 13th, members of the Monroe County Board of Commissioners and Mayor John Hamilton will share details relating to a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors

Carmichael to Move to Director of Public Engagement Position

Carmichael will begin her new duties on January 2, 2018. A search for a new Communications Director will begin immediately.

Mayor Flips Ceremonial Switch as City Hall Begins Realizing Solar Power Benefits

Mayor John Hamilton flipped the ceremonial switch to officially begin realizing the benefits of solar power for City Hall.

City to Announce Bicentennial Plans at Press Conference on Monday

Mayor John Hamilton will announce the City’s plans to celebrate the upcoming bicentennial during a press conference on Monday, December 11, at 9:30 a.m.

CBU to Repair South Walnut Street Water Main Break on Friday, December 8

Crews from City of Bloomington Utilities will repair a water main break in the 2400 block of South Walnut Street on Friday, December 8, weather permitting.

City to Conduct Pavement Condition Survey and Sign Assessment Project

The City of Bloomington Street Department will be conducting a citywide survey of street pavement and sidewalk conditions, as well as performing a comprehensive assessment of traffic control signage.  

City Shares Solar Initiative Updates at Press Conference on Thursday

Please join Mayor John Hamilton on Thursday, December 7, at 10:30 a.m. to learn more about the City’s latest solar initiatives, including solar power and guaranteed energy savings.  

City Commission Seeking Volunteers for Bicentennial Reading Initiative

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males (CSBM) seeks volunteers to participate in its Bicentennial literacy initiative.
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Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department Recognizes Outstanding Partners

The Bloomington Rotary Club and CFC, Inc. recognized for their outstanding contributions to the success of Parks and Recreation programs.
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City Collaborates with Graduate Bloomington Hotel on Public Art Installation During Construction Phase

Interim Changes to Title 20 Proposed

Amendments to the ordinance regulation affect maximum heights, maximum densities, and modulation requirements.

City Invites Public to Share Input on Existing Parking Infrastructure

A downtown parking study will kick off this month with public meetings to gather information for an overview of current and projected parking needs for the downtown area.

City Invites Public to Attend Sustainable Profits Education Event

The City of Bloomington joins the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce on Monday, December 4 to host “Sustainable Profits: Are You Looking to Improve Your Bottom Line?” Free to the public, the event’s focus is the impact on profitability that results from running a more sustainable business model.  
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City Seeks Bands, Musicians for 2018 Summer Performing Arts Series

The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department seeks musicians and bands to apply to participate in the 2018 Performing Arts Series of live outdoor concerts in city parks. Deadline to apply is Dec. 8.

City Unveils 2018 Theme for Black History Month Essay Contest

The City of Bloomington Black History Month Committee announced that the 2018 theme for its annual Black History Month essay contest is From Protest to Progress: Unmasking the Movement.

City Commission on the Status of Women Seeking Nominees for Annual Awards

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women will continue accepting nominations for its annual awards through January 19, 2018.

Artists Invited to Submit Design Proposals for 2018 Bloomington Bicentennial Arbor Day Poster

The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department's urban forestry program is issuing a call for artist proposals for an Arbor Day poster.

Holiday Season Parking Enforcement

Dimension Mill to Hold Inaugural Annual Event on Angel Investing and the New Economy

The event takes place at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Avenue, from 12:30-6:30 p.m on November 30.

Bloomington Transit Route Updates for Thanksgiving Week

Bloomington Transit reduces routes from November 19 through November 25. On November 24, all buses will be out of service and the Bloomington Transit Center will be closed.

Department of Sanitation Thanksgiving Week Delay

Sanitation customers scheduled for Thursday will experience a one-day delay during Thanksgiving week.

Animal Shelter Notification of Special Thanksgiving Week Hours

Animal Control and Animal Shelter will be closed November 24 - 27. Despite closings, staff will field calls regarding emergencies or lost-and-found pets.

Information and Technology Services Director Rick Dietz to Host Farmers' Market Saturday

The public is invited to join the Director of Information and Technology Services, Rick Dietz, as he hosts "Mayor at the Market" Saturday.

HAND’s 2018 Schedule for Home Buyers Club Classes

HAND will host four Home Buyers Club classes in 2018 to help potential first-time home buyers understand and overcome the obstacles involved in realizing the goal of homeownership.

Bloomington Transit Partners with WCLS, Salvation Army to Stuff-a-Bus During Holiday Season

Donations collected through Stuff-a-Bus will be distributed to Monroe County families that have requested assistance through the Salvation Army.

Animal Shelter Closures This Week Due to Construction

Bloomington Recognized as a “Digital Cities” Winner

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) has announced the national winners of the 2017 Digital Cities Survey. Now in its 17th year, the annual survey recognizes cities using technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement.

City of Bloomington Utilities Announces New Assistant Director of Finance

City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) is pleased to announce that Laura Pettit has been named as the new Assistant Director of Finance.

Public Information Meeting Announced for Draft 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

Community members are encouraged to attend the public information meeting regarding the Draft 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

Director of Planning and Transportation Department to Host “Mayor at the Market” Saturday

The public is invited to join the director of the City’s Planning and Transportation Department, Terri Porter, as she hosts “Mayor at the Market” on Saturday. P
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City Participates in National Public Art Collaboration with Creative Time

The City of Bloomington is proud to announce its participation in a national public art collaboration, Pledges of Allegiance, with Creative Time, the New York-based public arts nonprofit...

City Celebrates GIS Day, Coordinates Student Mapping Challenge

The City of Bloomington and Mapbox, an open source mapping platform, will participate in Indiana University’s GIS Day, an annual celebration featuring the exciting geographic information systems (GIS) work of Indiana researchers and staff, businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies.

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory

Commission on the Status of Black Males Seeks Nominations for Award

City Encourages Public Participation and Input on Monday at Bike Share Event

 On Monday, November 6, the City of Bloomington and Indiana University will host a public event designed to give the community an opportunity to learn more, ask questions, and give input about the bike share partnership announced earlier this week. The event takes place at City Hall (401 N. Morton St.) in Council Chambers from 4:00-6:30 p.m.
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City Announces Public Art Collaboration with Creative Time

Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development to Host “Mayor at the Market” Saturday

Sims will be available from 9:00-10:30 a.m. to speak about affordable housing, historic preservation, and neighborhood services.

Bloomington Fire Department’s Receives ISO Class 2/2x Rating

The score makes the City one of 11 in the state with a class two (2) rating, placing Bloomington in the top one percent of the 1593 Indiana communities protected by a fire department.

Public Invited to Meet with City Officials in November

The City invites residents and guests to learn more about the City, share ideas, and discuss ongoing projects with department heads at the "Mayor at the Market" series.

City Closing Lanes on College Mall Road Nov. 6-9 for Maintenance in Medians

Drivers should plan for extra travel time along College Mall Road, or take an alternate route.

City of Bloomington Officials Consider Rate Increase for Utilities Fees

The City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) Service Board recently approved increases to several charges related to water and sewer service. Most of the charges that were reviewed are one-time fees that have not increased in the last decade.

City/IU Announce Bike Share Partnership

City partners with IU in new bike share initiative. The public is invited and encouraged to participate, learn more, and share input at event on November 6.

Soup Tasting at Farmers' Market November 4

Local chefs share their savory soups at Market this Saturday. Sampling is warmly encouraged!

Hate Based Vandalism Reported

A swastika spray-painted on a railway underpass at 14th and College Avenues was reported to the Office of the Mayor at approximately 12:45 p.m. today.

MLK Commission Seeks Nominations for Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award

The City of Bloomington's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission is soliciting nominees for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award. The award recognizes and affirms those who have made significant contributions in the areas of race relations, justice, and human rights.

City and Indiana University to Announce New Initiative on Tuesday at Press Conference

City to host press conference on Tuesday to announce new partnership with Indiana University.

City Successful in Bids to Bring Softball Tournaments to Bloomington in 2018, 2019

USA Softball Girls' Class A 16-Under Fastpitch Northern National Championships to be played in Bloomington in 2018 and 2019

Four Incidents of Offensive Vandalism Discovered Early Friday

If residents see vandalism in the form of offensive language at any time they should immediately report it to the COB at 812-339-1444.

Director of Utilities Vic Kelson to Host Farmers’ Market Saturday

Kelson will be available to chat about upcoming water main replacement projects, the fire hydrant maintenance program, and more.

City Seeks Board and Commission Applicants

Bloomington’s Office of the Mayor and Office of the City Clerk are accepting applications to fill various board and commission vacancies, as several current terms expire in December 2017 and January 2018.

Stormwater Inlet Accident Report

Following a thorough investigation, City of Bloomington Utilities Director Vic Kelson has issued a report detailing the actions that lead to a 7-year-old boy falling into an open stormwater inlet on October 9.

CBU Submits Application for Voluntary Remediation Program

After finding a trace presence of lead in soil samples on City property at the former Dyer water tank earlier this year, City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) has submitted an application for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM) Voluntary Remediation Program.

Weekend Events Kick Off Bloomington’s Halloween Celebration

Upcoming City of Bloomington Parks & Recreation Department, IU, and Downtown Bloomington events offer opportunities to celebrate Halloween

Bloomington Remains Only City in the State to Obtain a Perfect Score in the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index

The City of Bloomington received a top score of 100 in the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index.

City Reminds Residents of 2017 Curbside Fall Leaf Collection

The Sanitation Department will begin its 2017 residential leaf collection for bagged leaves on Monday, November 6, and continue collection through Thursday, December 21.

Director of Parks and Recreation to Host Farmers’ Market Saturday

The public is invited to join the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, Paula McDevitt, as she hosts “Mayor at the Market” this Saturday.

Judge Affirms City Annexation Lawsuit as to Defendant and Approach

Governor Holcomb had argued that he was not the correct defendant to the City’s lawsuit and, as such, the lawsuit should be dismissed.

City Shutting Off Water Service in Parks to Prepare for Winter Temperatures

Water service to drinking fountains, restrooms, and irrigation systems in park facilities will be shut off over the next few weeks.

Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs Announces Leadership Awards

The awards celebrate leaders, advocates, and organizations that provide support related to health, law, education, and culture that furthers a united Latino and Hispanic community.

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Confirmed by City of Bloomington Utilities

A Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) advisory for the 400 block of South Henderson Street was confirmed on Tuesday, October 17.
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Scheduled Water Outage Wednesday Will Affect Some South Side Residents

On Wednesday, October 18, water will be shut off beginning at 9:00 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m.

City Stormwater Art Project Aims to Raise Awareness of Relationship Between Storm Drains and Drinking Water

The program is a collaboration between the City, Harmony School students, and various campus and community events.

New Mural Complete at Peoples Park; Ribbon Cutting Thursday

“You Belong Here” welcomes residents and visitors with iconic images that showcase Bloomington’s past, present, and future.

Musical Acts Invited to Apply for Parks and Recreation's 2018 Summer Concert Series

Performers are selected based on type and quality of performance, availability, past performance record, and cost.

Director of Economic and Sustainable Development to Host Farmers’ Market Saturday

Alex Crowley will be available to discuss the City’s upcoming development and sustainability efforts.

City Announces Fire Hydrant Maintenance Scheduled October 16 - October 20

Fire hydrant maintenance scheduled for the week of October 16 - October 20 includes areas bordered by E. Winslow Road, E. Moffett Lane, S. Harrell Rd., and S. Walnut St.

Public Invited to Meet with City Officials in October

Bloomington residents and guests will have opportunities to interact with City of Bloomington department leaders at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market (401 N. Morton St.) through the “Mayor at the Market” series. All are invited to attend the market throughout the month to discuss upcoming projects and future initiatives, and to learn more about the City.

Hamilton Joins Mayors Around the Country for a Historic 10-Minute Walk Parks Advocacy Campaign

This bipartisan group includes mayors from across the country representing cities large and small, including America’s four largest cities.
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Lake Lemon Rail Trestle Repairs Completed Ahead of Schedule

City’s Council for Community Accessibility Invites Public to Annual Celebration

The Council for Community Accessibility will host its annual celebration on Monday, October 30, from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church.

City Announces Fire Hydrant Maintenance Scheduled October 9-13

Fire hydrant maintenance within the included areas is scheduled to take place between October 9 - October 13.

City Requests Submissions for the Minority and Women-Owned Business Directory

The City of Bloomington Safe and Civil City Program is now accepting submissions for the updated Minority and Women-Owned Business Directory.

Movie at Bryan Park Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

“The Book of Life” chronicles the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart.

Mayor John Hamilton Urges Support of Convention Center Expansion

Tonight Mayor John Hamilton will ask the Bloomington Common Council to join him in support of a 1% Food and Beverage Tax on prepared foods.

Communications Director Mary Catherine Carmichael to Host Farmers’ Market Saturday

Carmichael will be available to discuss the new modernized sanitation plan as well as the communications and social media of the City of Bloomington.

The City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory

Crews ascertained the SSO was the result of a blockage in a sanitary sewer line.

Animal Shelter Celebrates Adopt-a-Dog Month With Special Events

The City of Bloomington Animal Shelter is promoting dog adoptions with a “Peace, Love and Dogs” theme that includes reduced adoption fees and several special events.

Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association Announces 2018 Zone Arts Project Grants

The Zone Arts Grant Program is designed to support arts activities within the boundaries of the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone.

City’s Modernized Sanitation Plan Begins October 2

Sanitation customers will begin utilizing the new waste and recycling carts provided by the city, eliminating the need for yellow trash stickers.

City of Bloomington Utilities Announces Fire Hydrant Maintenance Schedule for October 2 through October 6

Crew members from M.E. Simpson, fulfilling the obligations of a contract signed with the City of Bloomington Utilities, will flow (flush) and perform necessary maintenance on fire hydrants.

Fire Hydrant Maintenance Schedule Announced

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

Agreement in Lieu of Annexation Planned for City and Cook

The City of Bloomington and Cook Group, Inc. have agreed to enter into an “Agreement in Lieu of Annexation” pending final approval of the agreement by the City of Bloomington Common Council.

Additional Opportunities to Ride Driverless Bus Available for Friday

In response to overwhelming demand for tickets to ride on the first autonomous bus demonstration in Bloomington, a limited number of additional walk-up spots have been added.

City Announces 2017 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Hours

Trick-or-treat hours are scheduled for Tuesday, October 31, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., rain or shine.

Bloomington Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist Opens October 3

The Bloomington Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waitlist will open Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

New Trash/Recycling System to Begin Week of October 2

The coming week will be the last for trash sticker use in Bloomington. 

“Takin’ it to the Streets” Project in Broadview Neighborhood September 30

“Takin’ it to the Streets,” a one-day neighborhood enhancement project, will focus on the Broadview neighborhood on Saturday, September 30.

Director of Community and Family Resources Department Beverly Calender-Anderson to Host Farmers’ Market Saturday

“Fast Forward Bloomington” Events Kick Off as City and BT Debut Driverless Bus

The City of Bloomington and Bloomington Transit will launch the City’s new “Fast Forward Bloomington” initiative on Friday, September 29, with an event featuring the first driverless bus technology demonstration in the state of Indiana.

City of Bloomington Utilities Announces 2017 Fire Hydrant Maintenance Program

The City of Bloomington Utilities will conduct its 2017 fire hydrant maintenance program starting Monday, September 25.

Local Teens Log Nearly 4,000 Service Hours to Surpass City’s Summer of Service Challenge by 300%

Eighty-eight high school students participated in the City’s challenge, with an end result of 3,994 service hours between May 30 through August 8.

Mayor Hamilton Reacts to Cook Group's Expansion Announcement

Mayor John Hamilton reacted enthusiastically to Bloomington-based Cook Group’s recent expansion announcements.

Portions of the B-Line to Close Periodically Wednesday for Vegetation Management

Work originally scheduled for Sept. 19 has been postponed until Wednesday, Sept. 20.

City of Bloomington Animal Shelter Closed Monday

The City of Bloomington Animal Shelter will be closed to the public on Monday, September 18 due to construction-related activities.

50th Anniversary Celebration of Monroe Water Treatment Plant This Saturday

City of Bloomington Utilities will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Monroe Water Treatment Plant this Saturday at the Farmers’ Market.

Upcoming Deadlines for Community Development Block Grants

The City’s Housing and Neighborhood Development Department (HAND) announced deadlines for application for several of its Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) programs.

Bloomington Human Rights Commission Seeks Nominations for Human Rights Award

The Bloomington Human Rights Commission (BHRC) is accepting nominations for its annual Human Rights Award.

Mayor Hosts Farmers’ Market, City Celebrates 50 Years of the Monroe Water Treatment Plant Saturday

Join City of Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton at “Mayor at the Market” as well as Bloomington Utilities in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Monroe Water Treatment Plant.

City of Bloomington to Celebrate Fiesta del Otoño in Recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month

The City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department will host Fiesta del Otoño (Fall Festival) to commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Bloomington Animal Shelter Receives Animals Evacuated From Hurricane Irma

The Bloomington Animal Shelter is extending Hoosier hospitality to 6 dogs and 18 cats that were evacuated from southern Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma.

Mayor Believes ADUs are “Step Forward for the City”

On Wednesday night, City Council approved an accessory dwelling units (ADU) program that Mayor John Hamilton sees as an important step forward in the City’s efforts to provide affordable housing options.

City Legal Department’s Philippa Guthrie to Host Farmers’ Market Saturday

The public is invited to join City of Bloomington Legal Department’s Corporation Counsel Philippa Guthrie at “Mayor at the Market.”

Mayor Hamilton to Read at Preschool Story Hour, Dedicate Little Free Library, Honor Young Volunteer on Friday

Mayor Hamilton will be the guest reader during this week’s Preschool Story Hour on Friday, September 8. The weekly Bloomington Parks & Recreation event takes place at Peoples Park from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Fridays in September.

City Seeking Nominations for the 2017 SWAGGER Awards

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Children and Youth is seeking nominations for the 2017 SWAGGER (Students Who Act Generously, Grow, and Earn Respect) awards.
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City of Bloomington Utilities to Celebrate Monroe Water Treatment Plant’s 50th Anniversary

The City of Bloomington Utilities invites residents to join in a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Monroe Water Treatment Plant.

Housing and Neighborhood Development to Host Informational Meeting for Community Development Block Grant Program

The City of Bloomington’s Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) Department will host an informational meeting to discuss the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
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Utilities Announces Plans to Update Infrastructure

City of Bloomington Utilities will be replacing water mains across the city during coming weeks in an effort to update the City’s water delivery infrastructure.

Retirement Community Officials Respond to Wastewater Release

Officials from the Meadowood Retirement Community in Bloomington have remediated the situation after an undetermined amount of wastewater was recently released into the watershed from a source on the retirement community’s property.

City Releases Timeline For Transition to Modernized Sanitation Plan

The City of Bloomington’s Sanitation Division has released a timeline for the transition into its modernized sanitation plan from the existing waste and recycling removal model.

City Advises Sanitation Customers to Anticipate Trash Sticker Needs

The City of Bloomington Sanitation Division’s modernized sanitation plan will soon eliminate the need for households to purchase yellow trash stickers and green yard waste stickers to receive sanitation services.

Sanitation Crews Will Work Regular Schedule On Monday

While City offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day, Monday, September 4, City of Bloomington Sanitation services will operate on their normal schedule.

City Sanitation Crews Will Work Regular Schedule on Monday

While City offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day, Monday, September 4, City of Bloomington Sanitation services will operate on their normal schedule.

City Commission on the Status of Women Seeks Nominations for Yearly Awards

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominees for the 2018 Woman of the Year, Emerging Leader and the Toby Strout Lifetime Contribution awards.

City Hosts Public Workshop to Gather Input for 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

The Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMCMPO) is hosting a public workshop to gather input for the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) on Thursday, September 14 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library.

Mayor Hamilton Signs "We Are With Dreamers" Letter

Mayor Hamilton has signed the “We Are With Dreamers” letter in a show of solidarity with other elected officials who support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
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9/11 Ceremony Planned at Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host a 9/11 remembrance event on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 9 a.m., in coordination with the City of Bloomington and Bloomington Metropolitan Fire Fighters Union Local 586.

City Greenhouse Emissions Fall 13%

The latest emissions inventory indicates that the Bloomington community lowered its greenhouse emissions by 13% between 2006 and 2016.

CBU Director Vic Kelson to Host Farmers' Market Saturday

The public is invited to join City of Bloomington Utilities Director Vic Kelson at “Mayor at the Market” in front of Showers Plaza from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 26.

Updated City Code Improves Safety for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

City Council’s recent code updates to Title 15, the municipal text that regulates vehicles and other traffic, will improve safety and increase legal protections for pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders, and other vulnerable road users.
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Celebrate the Monroe Water Treatment Plant and 50 Years of Reliable Drinking Water

City of Bloomington Utilities is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Monroe Water Treatment Plant with trucks, interactive exhibits, and freebies at the Farmers Market on September 16th.
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Message From Mayor Hamilton Denouncing Hate, Extremism and Bigotry

Today I’m joining over 200 mayors around the country in a Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism, and Bigotry.
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City's CFRD Joins The Comedy Attic to Benefit Foster Home Children

Comedian Tiffany Haddish will perform August 24-26 at The Comedy Attic to benefit local foster home children with a suitcase and luggage collection drive organized by the City’s Community and Family Resources department. 

Mary Catherine Carmichael to Host Farmers' Market Saturday

Please join the Director of Communications, Mary Catherine Carmichael, as she hosts "Mayor at the Market" Saturday.

Mayor Introduces 2018 Budget Priorities

The mayor’s priorities include economic health, public safety, affordable housing, and efficient and transparent operations.

City Announces Hearing Schedule for 2018 Budget

Budget process with departmental hearings in front of Common Council from Aug. 14-Aug. 17 at 6pm.

City of Bloomington Officials File Water Rate Increase

Today the City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) filed an updated rate tariff with the Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission (IURC).

Mayor to Host Farmers' Market Saturday

Please join Mayor John Hamilton as he hosts "Mayor at the Market" Saturday.

Commission on the Status of Black Males to Join with National Initiative

Plans to welcome Arlington Heights Elementary School students on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 9.

Public Invited to Meet with City Officials in August

Bloomington residents will have opportunities to interact with Mayor & department leaders at Farmers Market.

City Pursues Solar Energy with Solarize Bloomington

Mayor Hamilton launched the City’s most ambitious solar measures to date.

Sign Up for City's Upcoming Home Buyers Club

The City of Bloomington’s Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) will host the Home Buyers Club in September.
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Parks and Recreation Department Presents Bravo Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service

Twin Lakes Recreation Center recognized volunteer Oliver Fyffe during the Board of Park Commissioners meeting July 25.

Bloomington Parks and Recreation Hosts Deer Management Information Panel Aug. 1

The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Deer Management Information Panel Aug. 1 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall...

Mayor to Update Public Monday on Solarize Bloomington

On Monday Mayor John Hamilton will host a press conference to discuss the progress of the City’s Solarize Bloomington efforts, and announce a comprehensive strategic energy master plan...

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 areas after an SSO was confirmed on Thursday, July 27.

Transit Manager Lew May to Host Farmers' Market Saturday

The public is invited to join Lew May, Bloomington Transit’s General Manager, as he hosts “Mayor at the Market” on Saturday.

Mayor Announces New Community Initiatives Addressing Downtown Challenges

Mayor John Hamilton introduced four new initiatives today in the City’s continuing effort to address ongoing challenges in Bloomington’s downtown area.

Bloomington Fire Department to Require Standardized Practices

In an effort to elevate and standardize fire safety throughout Monroe County, Bloomington Fire Chief Jason Moore is seeking formalized written automatic aid agreements with other Monroe County fire departments.

Mayor Hamilton to Update Public on Progress of Safety, Civility and Justice Task Force Recommendations

Mayor John Hamilton will host a press conference on Thursday, July 27 to discuss the progress of the City’s Safety, Civility, and Justice Task Force recommendations...

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

Artists are selected via a juried process to sell original artwork in any of 10 categories.

Pesticide Application Will Temporarily Close B-Line Trail Near City Hall July 25

Pesticide treatment of vegetation in the paver bricks on the Farmers' Market Plaza of the B-Line Trail will begin at 8 a.m., weather permitting.

CBU Reports June 2017 Disinfection Byproduct Levels

The monthly disinfection byproduct (DBP) test results for June have been released.

Strong Towns' Charles Marohn to Speak in Bloomington August 3

Nationally recognized speaker Charles Marohn, president of Strong Towns, a national nonprofit working to strengthen financial resilience in America’s towns and cities, will present to the public on Thursday, August 3.

Corporation Council Philippa Guthrie to Host Farmers’ Market Saturday

The public is invited to join Corporation Council Philippa Guthrie as she hosts “Mayor at the Market” Saturday.

EPA’s Dental Rule Goes Into Effect Today

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed the final version of the “Dental Rule” on June 9, 2017.

Beth Rosenbarger Receives Statewide Award for Community Leadership

Beth Rosenbarger, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Bloomington Planning and Transportation Department, is being honored as a 2017 Community Builder with an award...

Director of Innovation Tom Miller to Host Farmers’ Market Saturday

The public is invited to join Director of Innovation Tom Miller as he hosts “Mayor at the Market” Saturday.

Monroe County Domestic Violence Coalition Releases 2016 Fourth Quarter Statistics

The Monroe County Domestic Violence Coalition (MCDVC) has compiled statistics for the fourth quarter of 2016.
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City of Bloomington Utilities South Central Interceptor Sewer Project Progresses

Underground blasting will commence this week as City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) and its contractors continue work in the Switchyard Park area to construct the South Central Interceptor sewer.
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CBU Embarks on Residential FOG Education Outreach Program

There is FOG in the sewers, but it’s not the mist that fills the air. In sewer terms, “FOG” stands for fats, oils and grease.

Solarize Bloomington Sees Nearly 100 New Solar Installations; Now Launching Phase 2

Residents, businesses and nonprofits in Bloomington and surrounding counties will have another opportunity to install solar at a discount this year with the launch of the Solarize Bloomington Initiative, Phase 2.

City Surplus Auction Scheduled for Saturday

The City of Bloomington will host a public auction on Saturday, July 15 to sell vehicles, equipment and miscellaneous items no longer needed by the City.

Mayor Hamilton to Review Progress of Safety, Civility and Justice Task Force Recommendations

Mayor John Hamilton will host a press conference Thursday, July 6 to review progress on the recommendations made in the Safety, Civility and Justice Task Force report presented last month.
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New Mural Complete at 7th Street Bike and Pedestrian Underpass

The Economic & Sustainable Development Department, in collaboration with the Planning & Transportation Department, recently commissioned a new installation...

Animal Shelter Celebrates July 4th with Adoption Specials and Announces Closings for the Holiday

The City of Bloomington Animal Shelter will hold a special adoption promotion in honor of the July 4th holiday.

Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) and Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) Announce 2017 Deadline and Upcoming Information Session for Zone Arts Grant Program

The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) and the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) are now accepting applications for the Zone Arts Grant Program.

City of Bloomington Sanitation Surveys Complete and Frequently Asked Questions

Over 8200 Bloomington households responded to the City of Bloomington Public Works Department’s request to select cart sizes for the new sanitation modernization effort.

City of Bloomington Amends Smoking Ordinance 17-18 to Exclude Vaping in Public Places and Places of Employment

The Bloomington City Council passed an ordinance on April 19, 2017 amending the City’s current Smoking Ordinance to prohibit the use of Electronic Smoking Devices in public places...

City of Bloomington Invites Public to Celebrate 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility will host a celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

Public Invited to Meet with City Officials in July

Throughout the month of July, Bloomington residents will have opportunities to interact with Mayor John Hamilton and City of Bloomington department leaders...

City of Bloomington Fire Department Offers Tips on Fireworks Safety

The City of Bloomington Fire Department and the Fire Prevention Bureau remind everyone about the importance of safety when using fireworks this Fourth of July season.

Sanitation To Work Regular Schedule on July 4

While City offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day, City of Bloomington Sanitation services will operate on their normal schedule.

Bloomington Arts Commission’s 2017 Arts Project Grants & Reception

The City of Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC) awards 16 local organizations with Arts Project Grants that cultivate community, encourage collaboration and enhance the arts across Bloomington.

Director of Public Works Adam Wason to Host Farmers’ Market Saturday

The public is invited to join Public Works Director Adam Wason as he hosts “Mayor at the Market” Saturday.
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City of Bloomington Utilities South Central Interceptor Sewer Project Underway

This week, the City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) begins the South Central Interceptor Sewer, a $6.9 million project to improve the aging sewer infrastructure...
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Reminder: Choose Your Carts for Modernized Trash/Recycling Collection

Cart choices can be made online through Sunday.

Director of Economic & Sustainable Development to Host Farmers’ Market Saturday

The public is invited to join Economic & Sustainable Development Director Alex Crowley as he hosts “Mayor at the Market"

New Mural Complete at 423 S. Washington Street

The Economic & Sustainable Development Department in collaboration with City of Bloomington Utilities recently commissioned a new mural by local artist Emily Wilson.

Safety, Civility and Justice Task Force to Report Thursday

The Safety, Civility and Justice Task Force formed to examine, evaluate, research and make recommendations toward a safe, civil and just downtown will present...

City of Bloomington Reveals Updated Website Wednesday

The City of Bloomington is set to move to an updated and improved version of its website.

Farmers’ Market Closes at Noon Saturday; Taste of Bloomington Opens at 3 p.m.

The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market closes an hour earlier than usual this Saturday, June 17
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Griffy Lake Closed to Boating June 13 and 14

Griffy Lake will be closed to boating from June 13-June 14th until 1pm.

Mobile Energy Lab Rolling in Monroe County

The EnergyBus, funded through an Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority Innovative Grant...
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Director of Human Resources Caroline Shaw to Host Farmers’ Market Saturday

The public is invited to join City of Bloomington Human Resources Director Caroline Shaw as she hosts “Mayor at the Market” Saturday.

City of Bloomington Officials Report Decline In Disinfectant Byproduct Levels

The monthly disinfection byproduct (DBP) test results for May have been released and DBP concentrations remain low...

Bloomington Launches Quickstart Small Business Tool

Bloomington Launches Quickstart Small Business Tool

Regional Startup Pitch Competition Thursday at Trades District Dimension Mill

Entrepreneurs, code writers, tech developers and the local economic development community will gather Thursday at 5:30 pm...

Regional Startup Pitch Competition Thursday at Trades District Dimension Mill

City Joins Peers In Condemning US Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

City Joins Peers In Condemning US Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

On Thursday, the City of Bloomington joined 61 cities and 36 million Americans across the country in condemning...

Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development Doris Sims to Host Farmers’ Market Saturday

The public is invited to join Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) Director Doris Sims as she hosts...
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Mayor Hamilton and Bloomington Fire Department Award Civilian Lifesaving Award

Today Mayor John Hamilton awarded Bloomington resident Jeremy Moore the Civilian Lifesaving Award...

City Departments Request Budget Reversions, Share in Savings

City Departments Request Budget Reversions, Share in Savings

City department heads saved approximately $3 million in 2016 by delivering services efficiently and not spending every appropriated dollar.

Mayor Hamilton Joins Parking Enforcement Officer for Downtown Tour

Mayor John Hamilton will join Parking Enforcement Officer Susan McCarter for a walking exploration of downtown Bloomington, starting at 4 p.m. today.

Mayor Hamilton Joins Parking Enforcement Officer for Downtown Tour

Bloomington Parks and Recreation to Demolish Former Wee Willie’s Building

City of Bloomington Volunteer Network Launches Summer of Service Program

The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network has issued a challenge to Bloomington and Monroe County high school students to make this summer a “Summer of Service” (SOS).
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City Parks and Recreation Announces Partnership with Centerstone for Park Maintenance

Mayor John Hamilton and city staff shared details about the new program at a press conference May 25.

Parks and Recreation Announces Partnership with Centerstone for Park Maintenance

City of Bloomington Volunteer Network Launches Summer of Service Program

City Parks and Recreation Announces Partnership with Centerstone for Park Maintenance

Animal Shelter Closed Sunday and Monday of Holiday Weekend

City Files Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of State Legislation

Today the City of Bloomington filed a lawsuit in Monroe County challenging the constitutionality of legislation passed by the Indiana General Assembly on April 22nd and signed by Governor Holcomb on April 27th.

City Files Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of State Legislation

New Jobs Program Press Conference Thursday

Mayor Joins Coalition to Oppose American Health Care Act

Mayor John Hamilton has joined the Cities Thrive Coalition comprised of mayors across the country in asking Congress not to enact the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

Mayor Joins Coalition to Oppose American Health Care Act

Street Department Underway on 2017 Paving Projects

The City of Bloomington Street Department is currently underway on completing a number of asphalt paving projects now through September 2017.

Brian Payne, New Assistant Director, Small Business Development

The City of Bloomington’s Economic & Sustainable Development Department is pleased to welcome Brian Payne as its Assistant Director for Small Business Development.

Surplus Properties for Sale

The City of Bloomington is currently offering two surplus properties for sale.

Street Department Underway on 2017 Paving Projects

City/County Adopt-a-Stream Program Receives Partnership Award

Surplus Properties for Sale

Sanitation Crews Will Work Regular Schedule on Memorial Day, May 29

Brian Payne, New Assistant Director, Small Business Development

City Announces Winners of Civic Code Challenge

Today the City announced Indiana University students Hayden Mills and Dipt Chaudhary as the winners of its Civic Code Challenge, winning the $500 first prize.

ITS Director Rick Dietz to Host Farmers' Market Saturday

City Announces Memorial Day Service, Decoration Policies at City Cemeteries

City Announces Winners of Civic Code Challenge

Affordable Housing Planned Adjacent to Switchyard Park

Bloomington Recognized as a 2017 Playful City USA Community

Mayor Hamilton to Announce Proposed Affordable Housing Option

Time to Choose Your Carts for Modernized Trash/Recycling Collection

AmeriCorps Team to join Energy Challenge Conservation ProgramAmeriCorps Team to join Energy Challenge Conservation Program

Mayor Hamilton to Host Farmers' Market Saturday

Annual GIS Conference in Bloomington

Parks and Recreation Department Names New Community Events Coordinator

City Releases Annexation Expenditures

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisories

City of Bloomington Utilities Report April's Disinfectant Byproduct Levels

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory

Hoosier to Hoosier Five Year Partnership

Lincoln Street to Reopen Thursday Morning

Bikes Month Events

First Community-wide Survey Provides Data for Residents and City

First Community-wide Survey Results

Hamilton and Sandberg Review Legislative Session

Mayor Hamilton's Remarks to City Council on Annexation

Downtown Safety, Civility and Justice Task Force Update

City of Bloomington Announces 2017 Blooming Neighborhood Celebration

Call to Artists: People’s Park

CFRD Director Beverly Calender-Anderson to Host Farmers' Market Saturday

City Announces Applications Open for Citizens’ Academy

Historic Preservation Month Events

State House Targets Bloomington Annexation Process

$7 Million Sewer Upgrade for South Bloomington

Free Rides on Earth Day – April 22

City Ceases Fiber Broadband Exploration with Axia

City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility Breaking down the Barriers Accessibility Awareness Event

City of Bloomington Animal Shelter Schedules Groundbreaking For Tuesday, April 18

City’s New Planning & Transportation Director Terri Porter to Host Farmers' Market Saturday, April 15

3rd and Lincoln Streets Intersection Closed

City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Children and Youth Accepting Applications

Call to Artists: Mural Project on 7th Street Underpass

Draft Comprehensive Master Plan Available for Review/Input

City of Bloomington Officials Report Decline In Disinfectant Byproduct Levels

Health Information/Screenings at Farmers’ Market on April 8th

City Controller Jeff Underwood to Host Farmers’ Market Saturday, April 8

Call to Artists for Mural Project on South Washington

City to Conduct Landscape Maintenance on West Third Street This Week

Public Invited to Join Mayor Hamilton at the First Farmers’ Market of the Season Saturday

City Joins Peers In Condemning Backward Steps On The Environment

Mayor Hamilton's Remarks to City Council

Leading Volunteers Recognized At Be More Awards Ceremony 2017

Bloomington Police Department Flips Switch On Solar

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Wins Conservation Award

City Farmers' Market Opens April 1

Commission on the Status of Women Co-Sponsors Pay Equity Discussion

Public Information Meeting Announced for March 29 for Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

City Invites Public to an MLK Remembrance: An All-Ages Evening of Activities

City Announces New Director of Planning and Transportation Department Terri Porter

Be More Awards Will Recognize Committed Volunteers

Commission on the Status of Women Sponsors “Linking Arms for Social Justice: If Not You, Then Who?” Women’s Leadership Developme

City Announces Call-Out Meeting on March 28 to Establish Civic Hacking Group

Leslie Brinson Named Parks and Recreation Department's Community Events Manager

MCEC Solar, Wind, and Watts Youth Education Program Receives Duke Sponsorship

City of Bloomington Officials Report February 2017 Disinfection Byproduct Levels

Bloomington Domino’s® Partners with Bloomington Fire Department to Promote Fire Safety 2017

Jack Hopkins Social Services Funding Committee Accepting Applications

City ITS Informatics Fellow Position Filled; More Informatics Fellow Positions In Future

AmeriCorps Team to join Energy Challenge in Free Attic Insulation Program

Mayor Hamilton Joins 65 Mayors and City Officials on Letter to the President and Congress Signaling the Importance of Broadband

Resources In Place To Support Bloomington As Welcoming, Inclusive Community

Bloomington Announced as a 2017 Mapbox Cities Participant

City of Bloomington Seeks Resident Opinion; Online Survey Now Available

City of Bloomington Seeks Resident Opinion; Online Survey Now Available

Bloomington Environmental Commission Announces Sixth Annual Eco-Heroes Contest

Acting Director Named for Planning and Transportation Department

City of Bloomington Sanitation Crews Will Work Regular Schedule On Monday

Annual Women’s History Month Celebration March 22

Living Legend Award to be honored at City of Bloomington’s 12th Annual Black History Month Gala

Sanitation Modernization Advisory Committee Releases Final Report

City of Bloomington Animal Shelter Announces Year-End 2016 Statistics and General Information Regarding Policies and Procedures

Mayor Hamilton Responds to I-69 Timeline Announcement

Soil Testing at Former Water Tank Site

City Parks Department Preparing Goat Farm Field for Prairie Development

City of Bloomington Officials Report January 2017 Disinfection Byproduct Levels and New Water Treatment Plant Superintendent

First Annual Public Safety Report Presented

Bloomington Arts Commission Invites Applications for 2017 Arts Project Grants

Public Safety Annual Report Thursday

City Announces Proposed Plans for Future Annexations

Announcement Regarding Bloomington’s Future

Environmental Commission’s Bloomington Environmental Action Plan Published

Mayor John Hamilton's response to the recent executive orders on immigration issued by the U.S. President

Trades District Public Engagement Opportunities - February 6 Added

IU Health Bloomington Hospital Named “Corporate Partner of the Year” by Indiana Park and Recreation Association

City of Bloomington Officials Report December 2016 Disinfectant Byproduct Levels

More Delays to I-69 Section 5 Announced

Trades District Public Engagement Opportunities

City of Bloomington Utilities Bond Ratings Slightly Downgraded

Annual Kickoff Celebration for Black History Month will be An Evening of Cultural Production Dedicated to Black Women

City of Bloomington Seeks Resident Opinion

City Planning and Transportation Director Resigns

City Has Accepted Offer on Property Bordering Switchyard Park Site

City Sponsors Affordable Care Act Enrollment Event

Signal Interruption at Gordon Pike and South Walnut Street

Annual State of the City Address Open to Public, Hamilton to Address Challenges and Opportunities

City of Bloomington, Indiana Government Website

City Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

City Accepting Nominations for “Be More” Volunteer Awards 2017

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

City Parks Department Accepting Applications for 2017 Art and Fine Craft Fair Vendors

City Seeks Customer Representatives for Farmers' Market Advisory Council

CBU Officials Respond to Wastewater Release at Blucher Poole Wastewater Treatment Plant

City Announces Grant Recipients for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission Service Projects

City of Bloomington, IU Student Affairs, Council of Neighborhoods to Host Open House/Meet & Greet

City Commission on the Status of Black Males Seeks Nominations for Award