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January 2019 News Releases

City Accepting Nominations for Be More Volunteer Awards

Nominations may be submitted by members of the general public, community agencies or family members. Ten awards will be made in a variety of categories, although not all existing categories are recognized each year.

City of Bloomington Hosts Discussion of Local Efforts to Combat Hate Crime, Boosts Efforts to Pass State Law

Along with Mayor John Hamilton and Bloomington Police Chief Mike Diekhoff, the discussion will feature three founding members of the coalition Bloomington United, among other community stakeholders.

City of Bloomington Government, Facilities Open During Period of Extreme Cold

While trash and recycling collection will be offered on a two-day delay this week, City departments will be open and operating on a normal schedule Wednesday.

City Invites Community Groups, Entertainers to Take Part in April Street Fair

Plans for the Street Fair include making blocks of Kirkwood Avenue available for "adoption" by neighboring businesses. Activities planned by participating groups will reflect Bloomington’s diversity and uniqueness.

City of Bloomington Utilities Advises Residents to Allow Faucets to Drip During Sub-Zero Temperatures

t is most important to allow faucets located on outside-facing walls to drip, but even the smallest stream of water flowing through the meter from any faucet in the building will help prevent the meter from freezing during very cold temperatures.

City of Bloomington Kicks Off Black History Month Celebrations

The theme of this year's Black History Month celebration is “Reclaiming Our Time.”

City of Bloomington Sanitation Services Delayed on Wednesday and Thursday

If your normal collection day is Wednesday, your trash and recycling will be picked up on Friday this week.  If your normal collection day is Thursday, you can expect service on Saturday.

Housing and Neighborhood Development Department Invites Neighborhood Associations to Apply for 2019 Grants

The Neighborhood Improvement Grant program gives residents an opportunity to have direct input and influence into the improvement of Bloomington’s neighborhoods.

Mayor John Hamilton Receives 2019 National Award for Local Arts Leadership

The presentation of the 2019 Public Arts Leadership Awards took place this morning during the mayors’ Winter Meeting in Washington, DC.

Bloomington Police Department Awarded Second Accreditation by National or State Agency Within Six Months

The award recognizes the department’s implementation of best practices in contemporary law enforcement. 

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisory

The significant amount of recent rainfall coupled with the ongoing snow melt likely caused this SSO.

City of Bloomington Seeks Resident Opinion for Second Biennial Survey

Like the first survey, conducted in 2017, this survey will gauge residents’ perceptions of the quality and value of City services and current conditions in the community. 

City Offers Free Parking in Convention Center Lot After Hours and On Weekends

The reassignment of approximately 300 permit holders temporarily displaced by the closing of the Fourth Street garage complete, opportunities for parkers without permits have emerged.

City of Bloomington Launches “Year of Food” to Address Hunger and Activate Local Food Network

Pursuing goals outlined in the recently approved Sustainability Action Plan, the City’s Year of Food campaign will seek to address issues of hunger in the community while simultaneously strengthening the local food economy. 

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

Mayor John Hamilton invites the community to attend the 2019 City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Monday, January 21 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

Trades District Garage Design Process and Fourth Street Repair Assessment Underway

While the City is evaluating the Fourth Street garage and undertaking the process to build a parking facility in the Trades District, it is embarking on a complementary effort to assess parking resources within the community’s larger transportation network.

City Reminds Residents to Keep Sidewalks and Ramps Clear of Snow

Under the Bloomington Municipal Code, property owners must remove snow and ice from their sidewalks within 24 hours of the accumulation of snow or ice.

Commission on the Status of Black Males to Host Black Male Youth Summit

The theme of the summit is “Celebrating Black Boy Joy: Creating Pathways for Success.”

Latest Survey Investigates Residents’ Interest in Composting

“Exploring Curbside Composting Options” is the latest topic on the City of Bloomington’s online resident survey platform, released today.

Indiana Solar for All Partners With City of Bloomington to Expand Access to Solar Power

An initiative of the nonprofit Center for Sustainable Living, ISFA worked with the City’s Solarize Bloomington campaign to make grants to eight area homeowners with fixed or limited incomes to install rooftop solar systems in 2018, and projects to fund 12 installations in 2019.

City of Bloomington Utilities Moving Forward on Smart Meter Installation

At their meeting this evening at 5 pm, the Utilities Service Board (USB) is scheduled to consider a $1.9 million agreement with Utility Metering Solutions to oversee the transition of Bloomington’s water meters to the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).

Gayle Cook Receives Inaugural Freedom of the City Award

Having originated in ancient Rome as a way of recognizing a particularly valued member of the community, the honor has been locally revived on the occasion of the Bicentennial to recognize Cook for her “exceptional service promoting, protecting and preserving the City of Bloomington.”  

Mayor Hamilton Announces New Innovation Director

Having started in this role in a part-time capacity in mid-November, Kidd assumed her position on a full-time basis January 2, succeeding outgoing director Tom Miller.