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November 2020 News Releases

COVID-19 Case at City Hall

A City of Bloomington employee who works at City Hall received a positive result Friday, November 27 of a COVID-19 viral test administered Wednesday, November 25.  The employee last worked in the office Tuesday, November 24, and started experiencing symptoms on Thursday, November 26 while out for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Second Black Lives Matter Street Mural Scheduled for Installation in 2021

Painting date for the second mural is tentatively scheduled for Saturday April 17, 2021.

Four Additional COVID-19 Cases at Public Works, CBU, BT

An employee of the City of Bloomington’s Public Works Department, two employees of the City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU), and a Bloomington Transit (BT) employee received positive results of COVID-19 viral tests in the last several days. 

Driver is Fourth BT Employee Diagnosed With COVID-19

A Bloomington Transit (BT) driver received a positive test result of a COVID-19 viral test on Tuesday, November 24. Having first experienced symptoms on Monday, November 16, the employee has not worked since that day and is taking paid leave to recover. 

Waldron Recommendation Task Force Members Named, First Meet in December

The Waldron Recommendation Task Force has named members and announced a tentative schedule for the development of recommendations of future uses for the circa-1915 building at 122 South Walnut Street that will revert from Ivy Tech Community College to City of Bloomington ownership in January 2021.  

City of Bloomington Releases Draft Digital Equity Plan, Hosts Public Feedback Meeting

The City of Bloomington has published the first draft of a Digital Equity Strategic Plan in service of the goal of improving internet accessibility and affordability for Bloomington residents.

City Offers Free On-Street Parking For Thanksgiving Weekend and in City Garages Saturdays in December

The City of Bloomington will offer free parking on the street downtown and in City garages from Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29  in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Three Additional City Employees Report Positive COVID-19 Test Results Monday

Three additional City of Bloomington employees reported positive results of COVID-19 viral tests--two employees work in the Sanitation Division of the Public Works Department and the other is an employee of the Bloomington Police Department (BPD) Central Emergency Dispatch Center.  

Sanitation Customers Reminded of Non-Recyclable Items, Schedule Delays

City of Bloomington sanitation customers are reminded to place only recyclable items in their recycling carts for pickup. 

Recover Forward Grants for the Arts Announced, Additional Applications Sought for 2021 Awards

As part of Mayor John Hamilton’s initiative to Recover Forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) has awarded $48,000 in grant funding to 21 nonprofit organizations that foster the arts and cultivate community in Bloomington.  The following grant recipients representing a range from visual arts and letters to music and theater have availed themselves of online, digital, and other platforms to provide arts and cultural opportunities to residents during this challenging time: 

Parks and Recreation Facilities' Operation Status to Change in Response to County Health Department's Public Health Order

The Frank Southern Ice Arena is closed until further notice; the Twin Lakes Recreation Center is open to members only.

Two City Employees Report Positive COVID-19 Test Results Wednesday

Two City of Bloomington employees reported positive results of COVID-19 viral tests today--one employee works in the Sanitation Division of the Public Works Department and the other is an employee of the Parks and Recreation Department, who works at Twin Lakes Recreation Center.  

2020 Recover Forward Projects Update

Recover Forward projects to expand access to jobs, housing, transportation options, renewable energy, social services, local food, the arts, and digital services are underway.  As proposed by Mayor John Hamilton and approved by the Bloomington Common Council on August 12, these projects are the first steps in a multi-phase strategy to protect and strengthen the community as it grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying economic fallout, the climate crisis, and longstanding racial injustice. 

Two Additional Dispatch Employees Report Positive COVID-19 Results

Two employees of the Bloomington Police Department (BPD) who work in the Central Emergency Dispatch Center received positive results of COVID-19 viral tests Monday afternoon, November 16. These employees were identified as possible close contacts of one of the two dispatch employees who received positive COVID-19 results Monday morning.  In total, four dispatch workers have received positive COVID-19 results this week.

Three City Employees Report Positive COVID-19 Test Results

hree City of Bloomington employees received positive results of COVID-19 viral tests over the weekend--one employee works in the Sanitation Division of the Public Works Department and the other two are employees in the Central Emergency Dispatch Center of the Bloomington Police Department (BPD). 

City of Bloomington Accepting Applications for 2020 Digital Equity Grant Fund

The City of Bloomington Information & Technology Services Department (ITS) invites Bloomington-based nonprofit organizations to apply for Digital Equity Grants to support their efforts to bridge the digital divide and increase digital resources for residents.

City of Bloomington Safe and Civil City Program to Host Unapologetically Me: The Second Annual Young Women’s Leadership Summit

The City of Bloomington Safe and Civil City Program invites middle and high school-aged female-identifying students to attend a one-day Young Women’s Leadership Summit on Thursday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. via Zoom. “Unapologetically Me” is the theme of the second annual summit.  Although focused on African American and Latina girls, the summit is open to young women of all races and backgrounds.

Dedication Ceremony for Elm Street Black Lives Matter Mural Friday, November 13

Community members are invited to a virtual dedication ceremony for the City’s newly completed Black Lives Matter street mural project Friday, November 13 at 4:30 p.m. Streamed live over the Banneker Community Center Facebook page at, the event will feature remarks from local leaders and City officials to recognize the recent public art installation on West Elm Street beside the Banneker Community Center, and the organizations and individuals that collaborated in its realization.   

Public Presentation of the Draft Final Master Plan for Hospital Site Redevelopment

The City invites residents to participate in the public presentation of the draft final master plan for the redevelopment of the current IU Health Bloomington Hospital site on Wednesday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m. The draft final master plan will be presented during the regular meeting of the Bloomington City Council. The presentation is for informational purposes and no action will be taken by City Council. 

Community Hunting Access Program Deer Hunts Scheduled at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve in November

The nature preserve will be closed to the public on these weekends, beginning at 11 p.m. on the Friday before the hunt through 5 a.m. the Monday after the hunt.

City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Children and Youth Celebrates S.W.A.G.G.E.R. Award Recipients

Three area students were named recipients of the City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Children and Youth’s (CSCY) sixth annual S.W.A.G.G.E.R. Awards on Thursday, November 5. Binford Elementary student Allan Eanes, and two Bloomington High School North students, Tara Ganguly and Fabrian Salcedo Paez were presented with this year’s S.W.A.G.G.E.R. Awards in a ceremony held virtually in accordance with current public health guidelines.

City’s 2020 Leaf Collection Program to Begin November 9

The City of Bloomington’s annual leaf collection program launches next week with several updates designed to make it more useful and in closer alignment with the City’s goals for environmental and economic sustainability, as captured in Mayor John Hamilton’s Recover Forward initiative. 

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. The award recognizes and affirms those who have made significant contributions in the areas of race relations, justice, and human rights and is presented annually at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration in January.

Parks and Recreation Employee Diagnosed With COVID-19

On Sunday, November 1, a City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department employee received a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test administered Thursday, October 29.

Mayor Hamilton Reminds Residents to Vote, Contribute to Safety and Fairness of Election

Mayor John Hamilton encourages residents to exercise their right to vote in the current election and to be patient in learning the results of local, state, and national races.