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February 2020 News Releases

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.