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October 2017 News

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.