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December 2018 News Releases


Downtown Parking Options to Shift January 2

The Fourth Street parking garage is projected to reopen four to six months after the start of anticipated repairs.

Bloomington Information and Technology History Project Caps City Bicentennial

As part of the City of Bloomington’s Bicentennial observance, the Information & Technology Services Department (ITS) has produced a history of the city’s emergence over the course of 200 years as a global leader in the field of information technology.

City of Bloomington Announces Live Christmas Tree Collection Schedule and Holiday Week Sanitation Delay

The City of Bloomington Sanitation Division will begin picking up live Christmas trees and live wreaths on Monday, December 31, 2018 with the last day for pick up on Thursday, January 10, 2019.

City Releases Third Polco Survey

“Volunteerism and Public Engagement” is the latest topic on the City of Bloomington resident survey released Tuesday.

City's Housing and Neighborhood Development Department Offers Resources for Prospective Home Owners

Open to prospective homeowners across the community, the classes are targeted to first-time home buyers with income at or below 80 percent of area median income (AMI), with the goal of increasing accessibility to home ownership.

New Hospital Re-Use Steering Committee to Meet Monday

The newly formed Hospital Re-Use Steering Committee will convene for the first time to take the next steps in the process of reenvisioning the IU Health Bloomington Hospital property acquired by the City of Bloomington earlier this year.

City of Bloomington Utilities’ 2018 Fire Hydrant Maintenance Program Winding Down

The only remaining fire hydrants needing maintenance are those located in areas that had other construction projects underway concurrently and therefore were not able to receive the necessary attention.

Commission on the Status of Black Males Seeks Nominations for Leader of Tomorrow Awards

The deadline for submission of nominations is January 4, 2019.

City of Bloomington Reaches Agreement with AFSCME on Union Member Salaries, Benefits

AFSCME members include employees in the City's Public Works, Parks and Utilities departments.

City of Bloomington Announces Sale of Bicentennial Bonds, Upgraded Credit Rating

Commemorating the city’s two hundred year anniversary, the Bicentennial Bonds will fund projects deepening the city’s commitment to an integrated, sustainable multi-modal transportation system, extending trail connectivity, increasing the tree inventory, animating downtown alleyways, and establishing entryways to the city.

City of Bloomington Utilities to Propose Measures to Reinforce Backflow Prevention and Expedite Smart Meter Installation

Backflow, also known as cross connection, is the unwanted flow of water in the reverse direction.

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory

The SSO was reported at approximately 3:30 p.m. today, December 10, and the flow ceased at approximately 4:30 p.m. today.

Students to Reflect on “Reclaiming Our Time” for Black History Month Essay Contest

The theme for the 2019 Black History Month celebration is “Reclaiming Our Time,” prompting writers to reflect on the ways historic wrongs are being corrected, and the spaces that have been created to celebrate Black culture, history and community.

Bloomington Named Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community by League of American Bicyclists

The announcement confirms Bloomington’s place among communities across the nation working to establish bicycling as a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation.

City’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration to Feature Keynote Speaker Janai S. Nelson of NAACP

Janai S. Nelson received the 2013 Derrick A. Bell Award from the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Minority Groups and was named one of Lawyers of Color’s 50 Under 50 minority professors making an impact in legal education. 

City of Bloomington and The Mill Announce Name of New Street in Trades District

In September, the City of Bloomington and Dimension Mill, Inc. launched a public contest to name the new street, in which more than 1000 people participated.

City Seeks Applicants for 2019 Environmental Resources Advisory Council

The ERAC acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Park Commissioners in policy matters pertaining to the operation of city-managed natural areas or facilities.

National Video Spotlights Bloomington Fire Department's Enhanced Capacity for Saving Lives

The video, shot in Bloomington in late September, highlights the first rescue accomplished by BFD after equipping its firefighters with the 3M Scott Safety Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), which provides fresh air when entering fire conditions.  

City of Bloomington Utilities Announces Restoration of Primary Water Main Monday

The restoration of the water main should not cause customers to lose water service, but changing flow patterns may cause pressure changes or discolored water.