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October 2019 News Releases

Cleanup Underway on North Walnut After Grease Trap Overturns During Disposal

Crews from the City of Bloomington are currently onsite to clean an oil spill near the intersection of North Walnut and Sixth Streets. The spill of approximately 20 gallons of grease occurred during the removal of an abandoned grease trap from a nearby alley. 

City of Bloomington Safe and Civil City Program to Host Inaugural Young Women’s Leadership Summit


Bloomington Human Rights Commission Seeks Human Rights Award Nominations

The Bloomington Human Rights Commission (BHRC) is seeking nominations for its 2020 Human Rights Award.  Nominations of individuals or groups who have made specific, significant contributions to improving civil rights, human relations, or civility in our community are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019.

Community Invited to Celebrate Grand Opening of Switchyard Park November 16-17

The City of Bloomington is excited to announce that Switchyard Park will be unveiled to the public on November 16 and 17.  The largest park project in the City’s history, the 57-acre former railroad property stretching from West Grimes Lane to Country Club Road and between South Walnut and South Rogers Streets features a pavilion, a performance stage and amphitheater, skatepark, community gardens, fitness stations, basketball, pickleball and bocce ball courts, splash pad, accessible playground, bosque (formal forest), and picnic shelter; and will have the capacity to host large-scale events and festivals.  

Fourth Street Garage Demolition Progresses, Minimizing Waste Production; Three Pedestrian Infrastructure Improvements Nearing Completion

Demolition of the Fourth Street Garage continues this week. The entire east bay of the garage has been demolished and work on the west bay of the garage has begun. In order safely to collect demolition debris in the alleyway, the covered walkway in the alley has been temporarily dismantled to make room for dumpsters and safety netting.

City Issues Notice of Violation and Fine for Demolition of Historic Property on Near West Side

The City of Bloomington Planning and Transportation Department has issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) of the municipal zoning ordinance to the owners of the property at 523 West Seventh Street, for demolishing two structures at that location without having obtained a Certificate of Zoning Compliance (CZC).

City’s Inaugural Youth Participatory Budgeting Initiative Welcomes Teen Voters October 22-28

Starting October 22, community members in grades 7 through 12 will be invited to cast their votes for two project proposals among those generated by their peers through the City’s inaugural Youth Participatory Budgeting (YPB) process.

Fall and Winter Tips: Options for Leaves, and Keeping Sidewalks and Storm Drains Clear

As the seasons change, the City of Bloomington reminds residents of the options for handling fallen leaves at their property and requests residents’ assistance in keeping storm drains clear of leaves and debris, and adjacent sidewalks free of leaves, snow, and ice.

Grant to Expand Banneker Community Center’s Capacity to Feed Teens and Teach Cooking Skills

As the seasons change, the City of Bloomington reminds residents of the options for handling fallen leaves at their property and requests residents’ assistance in keeping storm drains clear of leaves and debris, and adjacent sidewalks free of leaves, snow, and ice.

Ongoing Efforts to Address Market Issues Involve Mediation from OSU’s Bridge Initiative

While working to ensure both public safety and a welcoming and inclusive environment at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, Mayor John Hamilton is simultaneously working to engage our community more generally on concerns about racism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of discrimination.

2018 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report and Climate Vulnerability Reports Announced

Tonight, City of Bloomington Economic and Sustainable Development Director Alex Crowley announced a significant deliverable from the 2018 Sustainability Action Plan with the presentation of the results of the 2018 Greenhouse Gas Inventory report to the public at City Hall.

2019 Teen RoundTable Seeks Participants

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Children and Youth (CSCY) is seeking applications for the 2019 Teen RoundTable. 

Bloomington Fire Department Promotes Planning and Practice During Fire Prevention Week

During this week’s observance of Fire Prevention Week, the City of Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape.

Inaugural Fall Family Bike Fest to Feature Night Ride, Bike Swap, Demos, and Film Screenings

City to Share Bloomington’s 2018 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report

The City of Bloomington will share its 2018 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Report in a public presentation on Tuesday, October 15 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers (401 North Morton St.). 

City’s King Commission Seeks Nominees for Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award

The City of Bloomington's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission is soliciting nominations for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award.

Centerstone, City of Bloomington, State and Community Partners Break Ground on Affordable Housing Development Kinser Flats

On Tuesday, October 1 at 1:00 p.m., Mayor John Hamilton and Centerstone Indiana CEO Suzanne Koesel will gather with other community and business leaders to break ground for the new Kinser Flats apartment complex to be constructed at 1610 North Kinser Pike. 

Supplementary Water Testing Shows Drinking Water Quality Remains High

Recent testing by City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) has shown that the lakewater entering the Monroe Water Treatment Plant is free of several compounds that have been detected in other water sources around the country.

Property Owners Encouraged to Apply for Sidewalk Repair Assistance

Property owners in Bloomington are responsible for the repair and maintenance of the sidewalk(s) adjacent to their property, according to the Bloomington Municipal Code (§12.04.010). 

Solarize 2019 Offers Affordable Solar Installation to Homeowners, Businesses, Nonprofits for Fourth Year 

Homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits in Bloomington and Monroe and surrounding counties are encouraged to consider installing solar panels at favorable rates during the fourth season of the Solarize Bloomington Initiative.