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October 2020 News Releases

City and County Partner to Support Winter Contingency Shelter for Women

Together with the Monroe County government, the City of Bloomington is supporting a new Winter Contingency Shelter for Women to house up to 40 women currently experiencing homelessness. Each governmental entity will commit $54,250 toward the operational costs of a shelter at Wheeler Mission from November through March.
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Mayor Hamilton Encourages Residents to Participate in Election, Be Patient for Results

Mayor John Hamilton today issued the following statement reminding residents to exercise their right to vote in the current election and to be patient in learning the results of the election:
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Parks and Recreation Employee Diagnosed With COVID-19

On Monday, October 26, a City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department employee received a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test administered Friday, October 23. 
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City Names Co-Chairs of Waldron Recommendation Committee

Mayor John Hamilton has asked Miah Michaelsen, Deputy Director of the Indiana Arts Commission, and Valerie Peña, Assistant Vice President/Chief of Staff for the Office of Government Relations & Economic Engagement at Indiana University, to co-chair the Waldron Recommendation Committee, an advisory group that will evaluate and provide recommendations for the future use of the building currently known as the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. 
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City Announces Timeline for Water Shutoff in City Parks

Water service must be discontinued each fall, to keep ice from damaging water fixtures.
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New Draft Bloomington Zoning Map Released for Resident Input

A draft of the proposed new Bloomington Zoning Map has been published to the City’s website as a step in the last phase of the process of updating the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and Zoning Map, which began nearly three years ago in February of 2018.  Approved in April 2020, the UDO brings the City’s land use and development laws into closer alignment with the City’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan to support such goals as housing equity, compact urban form, and sustainability.  

City Releases Plan to Advance Racial Equity and Announces Two Resident-led Task Forces

The City today released its Plan to Advance Racial Equity, following more than a year of activity and community collaboration. The plan recommends, among other actions, the formation of two resident-led task forces that will undertake long-term processes to evaluate, report on, and propose recommendations to address racism and other types of discrimination in Bloomington, including within the context of law enforcement.
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Bloomington Transit Driver Diagnosed With COVID-19

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City Parks Department Launches Website to Connect A Fair of the Arts Customers with Local Artisans

The website afairoftheartsbtown.weebly.com will remain live through Nov. 27.

Holiday Market Accepting Vendor Applications from Local, Regional Artists

Application may be made online at bloomington.in.gov/holidaymarket by Oct. 14.
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Contactless App-Only Parking to Become Available in Two Bloomington Locations

Starting later this month, motorists will have the opportunity to use a contactless approach to find, reserve, and pay for parking at over 150 spots in two app-only parking zones in Bloomington:
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Artists Respond to Architecture, Environment of Southern Indiana in Paper Pavilions Exhibition

The Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District in collaboration with the Columbus Area Arts Council is hosting the exhibition Paper Pavilions, a group show on view October 1 through November 21 at 411 Gallery, 411 Sixth Street in Columbus, Indiana. 
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BPD Employee Receives Positive COVID-19 Viral Test Result

An employee of the Bloomington Police Department received a positive COVID-19 viral test result today. 

City of Bloomington Accepting Applications for 2021 Community Development Block Grant Funds

The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department (HAND) invites Bloomington-based organizations serving low- and moderate-income residents to apply for the federal funds the department administers through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program. 

Nominations Sought for City’s 2020 SWAGGER Awards to Recognize Students Who Act Generously, Grow and Earn Respect

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Children and Youth (CSCY) is seeking nominations for the 2020 SWAGGER (Students Who Act Generously, Grow, and Earn Respect) Awards.
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Third Public Forum to Engage Community on Hospital Site Redevelopment

The City invites residents to participate in the third public forum of the master planning process for redevelopment of the current IU Health Bloomington Hospital site on Tuesday, October 6, at 6 p.m.