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April 2020 News Releases

Mayor Urges Community Members to Register to Vote, Request Absentee Ballot, Participate in Census

Mayor John Hamilton reminds community members that the deadline to register to vote in the June 2 primary election is Monday, May 4.  Voters may register to vote and check the status of their registration record at the online state portal at  

Bloomington Human Rights Commission Announces 29th Annual Essay/Art Contest Winners

Updates to Kirkwood Pedestrian Enhancement Project, Garages, Bike Lanes, Paving Schedule

Bloomington Community Farmers' Market Moves to Showers Common in May, Expands Online Ordering Capacity to 750

The Bloomington Community Farmers' Market, with support and direction from the Monroe County Health Department, is merging its successful online ordering system with a physically distanced walk-through customer order pick up as the market returns to its usual location at Showers Common, 401 N. Morton St. on Saturday, May 2.

Bloomington Transit Service Change Decision and Implementation Postponed Until 2021

Bloomington Transit (BT) will not implement recommended service changes to most of its fixed routes before January 2021, per last week’s decision by the Bloomington Public Transportation Corporation Board of Directors.  At their Tuesday, April 21 meeting, the board voted to postpone decisions on approval and implementation of service changes recommended by the Route Optimization Study conducted in 2018-19.

City of Bloomington Utilities Encourages Flushing Pipes in Vacant Buildings

The City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) is encouraging building owners and property managers to consider implementing a water management program (as described below) in currently unoccupied properties to prevent water stagnation in the service line and plumbing system. 

Webinar to Offer Information for Business Owners Navigating COVID-19 Relief Programs

The City of Bloomington’s Economic Stabilization & Recovery (ES&R) working group invites local small businesses, nonprofits, and media to attend an interactive webinar on COVID-19 funding programs on Friday, April 24, at 10:00 am. 

Digital Equity Community Survey to Identify Internet Needs and Gaps in Bloomington

In the next few days, a randomized sample of 6500 Bloomington households will be receiving a survey from the City of Bloomington to assess how residents use internet services. 

First Round of Funds Distributed to City Businesses, Nonprofits From Rapid Response Fund

The first round of financial awards is being disbursed today from the City’s Rapid Response Fund (RRF) to businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Thus far, $240,600 has been distributed to seven applicants, and fifteen additional applicants have been selected for awards amounting to another $310,170 for a total of $550,700 in approved funding.  

City Joins Global Observance and Encourages Climate Action for Earth Day 2020

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day on April 22, the City of Bloomington is participating in a 24-hour showcase of climate action from around the globe and encouraging residents to pursue and share their own environmental action. 

City Shares Health Update About First Family

Mayor John Hamilton announced that he received a negative test result for COVID-19 today. Having self-quarantined since his wife Dawn Johnsen received a positive diagnosis on April 9, the mayor began experiencing flu-like symptoms several days ago and was tested April 18.

Virtual Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Completion of Switchyard Apartments

Mayor John Hamilton and other City officials, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, South Central Indiana Housing Opportunities and other partners are part of a virtual ribbon-cutting presentation released today to officially open the first phase of Switchyard Apartments.

City Partners with Community Volunteer Mask Drive to Amplify Effort and Equip City Workers

City of Bloomington employees are currently being issued fabric masks produced through the efforts of the Bloomington Fabric Mask Drive.  The City coordinated with the volunteer effort led by the Bloomington Quilters’ Guild and Patient Physical Therapy to provide space for mask making and distribution at the Allison-Jukebox Community Center, a Parks and Recreation Department property closed since the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Temporary Two-Way Traffic Pattern on Washington from Fourth to Kirkwood as Kirkwood Project Proceeds

Having begun April 1, the project to repair crosswalks and install bollards on Kirkwood Avenue has proceeded to the intersection with Washington Street this week.  The intersection has been closed to traffic and the block of Washington south of Kirkwood has been temporarily converted to a two-way street to allow access to affected businesses from Fourth Street. 

Mayor Hamilton Increases Regular Media Appearances During COVID-19 Crisis

In an effort to be as available to residents and to share information as broadly as possible during the COVID-19 crisis, Mayor John Hamilton and his staff have increased regular media appearances to provide updates on City services, highlight resources, and answer questions.

Harmless Sodium Permanganate Residual May Turn Tap Water Pink

City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) experienced an equipment malfunction at the Monroe Water Treatment Plant that may result in some customers noticing a pink tint to their tap water in the coming days. The pink tint does not pose any threat to human health.

City Shares COVID-19 Case Information

City Accepting Applications For Loans to Small Businesses, Nonprofits, Cultural Groups

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.