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2020 News Releases


CDC Protocols Continue Across City Operations After Second Employee Diagnosed With COVID-19


COVID-19 Protections in Place for April 3 Prescribed Burn at Griffy Lake

Prescribed burn to improve wildlife habitat, plant diversity at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

117 Vendors Accepted for 2020 Bloomington Community Farmers' Market; Season Launches April 4 With Online Shopping and Drive-Through Pickup

With 99 farm vendors and 18 food and beverage artisans accepted for the 2020 season, the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market is poised to launch Saturday, April 4 -- initially with an online shopping experience that will allow the Market to continue as an essential food source and key component of the local food economy while following health and safety protocols necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CDC Protocols Continue at Bloomington Fire Department After Confirmed Case of COVID-19


Bloomington Transit and BT Access To Continue Operating on Spring Break Schedule Next Week

Kirkwood and School Zone Enhancement Projects Get Earlier Start; Bike Lanes, Multi-use Paths, Traffic Calming Among Other Improvements Underway

Road improvements and other public infrastructure projects will proceed on schedule and in several cases earlier than projected as a way of making use of currently underutilized streets and sidewalks.  While the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order (Executive Order 20-08) restricts all but essential business and travel throughout the state until April 7 as a measure to limit the spread of COVID-19, public projects enhancing safety and transportation are among the essential activities permitted to proceed.  Several City-led projects have been pushed forward in consideration of the suspension of classes for the spring semester at Indiana University and MCCSC’s current contingency learning plan.   

Residents Asked to Bag Trash Before Placing in Cart to Protect Sanitation Workers, Limit Spread of COVID-19


City Hall to Close to Public For Two Weeks Per Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order

Following Governor Eric Holcomb’s Stay-at-Home order (Executive Order 20-08) issued Monday, March 23, the City of Bloomington will close City Hall and other facilities to the public after the close of business today in an effort to limit the opportunity for viral transmission in the community and the City workforce.

Free Fares and Rear-Door Boarding Begins Tuesday, March 24

Bloomington Transit (BT) will begin providing free fares on all fixed-route and BT Access service buses Tuesday, March 24.

Update on Bloomington Transit Service Plans for Week of March 22

Bloomington Transit (BT) fixed route service will continue to operate on a spring break schedule during the week of March 22 to March 29, 2020.

City of Bloomington Utilities Improves Safety Measures for Customers & Employees

Following the Center of Disease Control (CDC) recommendations to maintain physical distance between people to avoid transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) Customer Service Center will temporarily suspend walk-in hours starting Monday, March 23.

City Withdraws Appeal in Case to Acquire Property for Fourth Street Garage

The City of Bloomington moved to withdraw its Notice of Appeal in the eminent domain action to acquire the property at 222 South Walnut Street.

City Maintains Services While Protecting Community Health, Well-Being

Along with federal, state, and local agencies, the City of Bloomington is implementing protocols to maintain continuity of City government services to support the community’s well-being and protect residents’ and employees’ health during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

City Implements Precautions, Preparations to Limit Local Impact of COVID-19

The City of Bloomington is following public health advice to take precautionary and preparatory measures to limit the local impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus).  

City Partners with SIREN for Solarize 2020 to Make Going Solar Easier

Homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits in Bloomington and Monroe and surrounding counties can learn more about installing solar panels at affordable rates during the fourth year of the Solarize initiative.

Bloomington Fire Department Returns to Sierra Leone On State Department-Sponsored Trip

A group of firefighters from Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) makes its second trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone March 20-30.  Supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, administered by IREX, the trip will allow firefighters to continue their collaboration to improve fire safety in the West African country.

Media Advisory: Transportation Demand Management Plan Report to Council

A draft Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Implementation Plan for the City of Bloomington will be presented to the Bloomington Common Council for review. 

Bloomington Residents Sought to Represent Farmers' Market Customers on the Farmers' Market Advisory Council

Open positions are for people who will represent the needs and desires of Market customers.

Pilot Road Conversion Project at Lower Cascades Park Pending Approval

The City is preparing to launch a pilot project to convert Old State Road 37 North through Lower Cascades Park to a bicycle- and pedestrian-only trail.

Board of Public Works to Consider City Sanitation Rate Increase Request

The Sanitation Division will be requesting a rate increase for sanitation services at the March 3 meeting of the Board of Public Works.  An effort partially to offset the rising costs of recycling, the request will result in an average increase of $.70/month per customer.

Meeting at the Mill: A Conversation About a Sustainability Investment Fund

Mayor John Hamilton and the Bloomington Common Council invite community members to participate in a discussion of a Sustainability Investment Fund and the local income tax that would support it. 

Five Local Women to be Honored During Women’s History Month Events

Mayor John Hamilton announced today that five local women will be honored for their outstanding service to the community during the local observance of Women’s History Month in March. 

Let's Get Visual! to Generate New Perspectives on Public Data

A City-centered data visualization challenge to explore and reveal information contained within the City of Bloomington’s 200-plus data sets.  The four-hour event will leverage experts in the field of data analysis and visualization to help unlock the content of some of the data tables housed at B-Clear, the City’s open data portal. 

City of Bloomington Recognized As One of 105 Cities Leading Climate and Sustainability Action Worldwide

Bloomington has been recognized as a global leader on environmental action and transparency, achieving a place on CDP’s Cities A List.

City Pilots Pay-By-Plate Parking Stations in Two Downtown Lots

Starting in early March, two highly trafficked parking facilities downtown will be upgraded from single-space metered parking to multi-space meters (pay stations). 

City Proceeds with Design for Fourth Street Garage on Existing Footprint

The City will present an updated design for the Fourth Street Garage to the Plan Commission Monday, March 9.  The proposed design, revised by CSO Architects to occupy property currently owned by the City, will add capacity for at least 500 vehicles, 150 more than could be accommodated by the previous, now-demolished garage.

Mayor Hamilton to Present Fifth State of the City Address Thursday at Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Mayor John Hamilton presents his fifth annual State of the City address to the community.  All are invited to attend the free event, which will also include live musical entertainment, a short story reading, and a slide show of community portraits.

Bridge Initiative Reconvenes Community Members, Awards Training Toward Implementation of Next Steps

Facilitators from the Divided Community Project’s (DCP) Bridge Initiative@Moritz will return to Bloomington Friday, February 21 to meet with community members previously interviewed for the project’s report released in December 2019.

Press Release: City Housing and Neighborhood Development Department Invites Neighborhoods to Apply for Grant Funding

The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department distributes funding for neighborhood projects with community-wide benefit.

Bloomington Fire Department To Push In New Fire Engine at University Station

Fire Chief Jason Moore and Mayor John Hamilton invite the press and the public to attend a push-in ceremony for the Bloomington Fire Department’s (BFD) new fire engine, a 2019 E-One Typhoon Pumper that will primarily serve Station 3, also known as the “University Station.” The event will include refreshments and tours of the new vehicle.  

Bloomington Residents Encouraged to Participate in Climate Threats and Action Planning Survey

Starting today, Bloomington residents are invited to share their experiences, concerns, and ideas related to climate change in an online community survey (at the City’s Sustainability page, please click on the grey info card labeled “Bloomington Climate Survey”). 

Bloomington Parks and Recreation Partners with Monroe County Health on Syringe Disposal Pilot Program in Three City Parks

At their meeting, this morning, the Monroe County Commissioners approved an agreement approved by the City of Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners January 28 creating a partnership between the City's Parks and Recreation Department and the Monroe County Health Department to install sharps containers in the following parks by the end of February: Seminary Park, 100 West 2nd Street; Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park, 812 West 9th Street; and Building Trades Park, 619 West Howe Street.

Online Directory Listing Over 1,700 Social Service Resources Launches Friday February 7

An online social services database Helping Bloomington Monroe ( listing over 1,700 free and reduced-cost programs serving area residents will be officially launched Friday, February 7. 

Media Advisory: Fourth Annual Public Safety Report Tuesday February 4

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton invites the press and the public to attend the fourth annual joint Public Safety Report to the Community.

Media Advisory: Mayor Hamilton Joins Community, State, and National Leaders to Announce Grant Funding from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

An announcement of grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help individuals experiencing homelessness in Bloomington and Monroe County. 

2020 Black History Month Celebration Kicks Off with Reflections on “Black and Blooming” Theme

The City of Bloomington invites the community to a free kick-off event for the 2020 Black History Month celebration on January 30 at City Hall (401 N. Morton Street).

City and Graduate Bloomington Welcome Artist Nina Chanel Abney to Present Mural, Lead Youth Art Project

The City of Bloomington and Graduate Bloomington invite the press and public to a community gathering in celebration of the newly installed mural on the hotel’s western facade.

City of Bloomington Names David Hummons Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award Recipient

For his lifelong commitment to justice, passion for serving others and deep community involvement, David Hummons has been given the City’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for 2020.

City of Bloomington Utilities Announces 2020 Residential Stormwater Grants Program

The City of Bloomington Utilities Department (CBU) invites homeowners to apply for funding through the second annual Residential Stormwater Grants Program.

Bloomington Farmers' Market Seeks Proposals from Prepared Food Vendors to Sell at Saturday Market in 2020

The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is seeking proposals from local businesses, organizations and individuals to manage all aspects of food and beverage artisan stands, or food truck/push cart vending stands, at the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings during the 2020 Market season.

Bloomington Parks Accepting Applications for Vendor Spaces at Summer Art Fairs

The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department invites local and regional artists to apply to participate in the 2020 A Fair of the Arts, an art and fine craft fair held the second Saturdays of the summer season, May through October.

City’s Updated myBloomington Digital Service Expands Data and Access to Services for Residents

The City of Bloomington has updated its digital service known as “myBloomington,” available at, which offers City residents the opportunity to obtain information based on their street address.

Deadline for Nominations for 2020 Woman of the Year Award Extended to January 24

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominees for the 2020 Woman of the Year, Toby Strout Lifetime Contribution, Emerging Leader and Young Woman of the Year awards.

City To Mark New Chapter for Showers Kiln Building in New Trades District

The City of Bloomington Redevelopment Commission invites the press and public to an event marking the sale of the historic Kiln property in the City’s new Trades District and sharing plans for its development. 

Students to Reflect on “Black and Blooming” Theme for Black History Month Essay Contest

The City of Bloomington Black History Month Committee is seeking submissions from area students for the 2020 Black History Month Essay Contest.

Mayor Hamilton Shares Recommendation for Farmers’ Market with Board of Park Commissioners

The Board of Park Commissioners today received a statement from Mayor John Hamilton recommending that the City of Bloomington continue to operate the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market in 2020, with adjustments.

City Accepting Nominations for Be More Awards Honoring Volunteers

ity of Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton encourages community members and groups to nominate outstanding volunteers for the Be More Awards,  the community volunteer awards presented by the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.