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August 2021 News Releases

Presenters Sought for Young Women’s Leadership Summit 2021

The City of Bloomington Safe and Civil City Program (SCCP) and Young Women's Leadership Summit (YWLS) committee invite proposals from prospective speakers for the Third Annual Young Women’s Leadership Summit taking place Thursday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. via Zoom. 

City Reports Four New COVID-19 Cases in Past Week

Two Bloomington Transit (BT) employees, one employee of the Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks), and one Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) employee reported receiving positive results of COVID-19 viral tests over the last week.
Khalid el-Hakim

City Hosts Black History 101 Mobile Museum

The City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission invites community members to visit the Black History 101 Mobile Museum on September 11 from 9 a.m. to noon in Council Chambers at City Hall (401 N. Morton Street).  Admission is free and no registration is required. 
4th Street Garage

Fourth Street Garage Opens for Parking Monday, August 23

The replacement Fourth Street Garage will be open for parking starting Monday, August 23.  The environmentally certified structure provides parking for more than 500 vehicles (with dedicated spaces for accessible, compact, and electric vehicles) and a covered bicycle depot; will house commercial/retail space, public bathrooms, and City Parking Management offices; and activate adjacent pedestrian plazas on its southern and western sides.  A dynamic art component integrated into the building’s facade will be installed by early October.  The City will host a public event to dedicate the facility this fall upon completion of all components.

City Reports COVID-19 Case at Bloomington Fire Department

One City employee reported a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test in the past week. The Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee received the result on Monday, August 16 after first experiencing symptoms on Saturday, August 14.

City Reports COVID-19 Case in Dispatch

One City employee reported a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test in the past week.  The Bloomington Police Department employee, who works in the Central Emergency Dispatch Center, received a positive COVID-19 viral test result on Tuesday, August 10 after first experiencing symptoms on Monday, August 9.
Cascades Streambank Construction

Lower Cascades Trail/Streambank Project Underway, Illinois Court Parking Improvements, Griffy Lake Refilling after Drawdown

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington.  The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.
Annexation Area 7

Mayor Hamilton Recommends Removal of Area 7 from Proposed Annexation Map

Based on resident input, and in consultation with City staff and Bloomington City Council members, Mayor John Hamilton will recommend to the Council that Area 7 be removed from the scope of land currently proposed for annexation.
Digital Equity

City Supports Nonprofits’ Efforts to Bridge Digital Divide with Second Year of Digital Equity Grants

The City of Bloomington invites nonprofit organizations to apply for funding to support their efforts to bridge the digital divide and increase digital resources for residents.

City Reports No New COVID-19 Cases Among Workforce in Past Two Weeks

The City has received no reports of positive COVID-19 viral test results among employees since Thursday, July 22.  

Peoples Park Renovation Complete, 7-Line Progresses, Water Levels Temporarily Lowered at Griffy Lake

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington.  The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.
Fire Truck

Fire Department Successfully Relocates Downtown Headquarters

Just six weeks after severe flooding rendered its headquarters uninhabitable, the Bloomington Fire Department’s (BFD) new temporary headquarters at 226 South College Avenue are fully functional.