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September 2021 News Releases

City Reports Six New COVID-19 Cases in Past Week

Four employees in the Sanitation Division of the Department of Public Works (DPW) and two Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employees reported receiving positive results of COVID-19 viral tests over the last week.

Public Input Sought for Upcoming Neighborhood Greenways in Green Acres and Broadview

The City of Bloomington Planning and Transportation Department is hosting public input meetings for the East 7th Street Greenway and the Graham/Broadview Neighborhood Greenway projects.   At the following meetings, staff from the City’s departments of Planning and Transportation and Engineering will share the preliminary design of each greenway and collect input from residents and users:

Mayor Formally Introduces 2022 Budget Ordinances with Adjustments to Increase Police Funding and Conduct Earlier Police Contract Negotiations; and Add Pilot Programs for City Employee Parking Cash Out and 24-Hour Public Restrooms

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton will formally introduce the 2022 budget resolutions for City Council review on Wednesday evening, September 29. The 2022 City budget requests $107 million for the civil city and $179 million in overall expenditures, and represents the third phase of the administration’s plan to Recover Forward from the pandemic and the associated economic recession. Hamilton’s budget proposal is built on advancing sustainability and equity, to address the climate emergency and long-term racial injustice.

Bloomington Parks and Recreation Earns Fifth National Accreditation, Meeting 100% of 154 Standards

The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department has again earned its place among the nation’s top parks and recreation agencies with its fifth accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).  For the first time since first becoming accredited in 2001, the department demonstrated 100% compliance with the 154 standards on which accreditation is based.  Bloomington Parks will be recognized for its renewed accreditation during the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference in October.

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COVID Cases at Sanitation Division Force Week-Long Pause in Recycling Pickup

Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases and close contacts at the Sanitation Division of the Department of Public Works, workforce numbers are currently at less than 50% of what is needed for normal operations. Sanitation has reported a total of three new positive cases and six additional potential exposures since the City’s last weekly report (September 23) of COVID-19 cases among the workforce. 

City Reports Three New COVID-19 Cases in Past Week

Two City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employees and one Department of Public Works (DPW) employee reported receiving positive results of COVID-19 viral tests over the last week. Details of each case are as follows:

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Bloomington Hosts National Police Social Work Conference as Field’s First Major Opportunity for Education and Networking

The City of Bloomington and the Bloomington Police Department will host the 2021 National Conference on Police Social Work October 18-20 in downtown Bloomington.

Griffy Lake Deer Hunts Scheduled for Three Weekends in November

Only hunters who have applied and been selected may participate in the CHAP hunt.

City Reports Six New COVID-19 Cases in Past Week

Four City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employees, one Department of Public Works (DPW) employee, and one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee reported receiving positive results of COVID-19 viral tests over the last week.  These employees were not traced to previous cases among the City workforce, nor to each other. 

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City of Bloomington Improves Insurance Service Office (ISO) Score for Fire Protection to 1/1X

Bloomington Fire Chief Jason Moore has announced that the Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) today received the highest Public Protection Classification (PPC) from Insurance Service Office, Inc. (ISO).  The department has been awarded an ISO Class 1/1x rating for its protection of incorporated areas of the City of Bloomington.

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CBU Investigates Recent Taste and Odor Complaints, Confirms Safety of Drinking Water

City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) began to receive a series of taste and odor complaints on Friday, September 10 from across the service area. Drinking water tests performed multiple times daily have demonstrated that samples continue to be free of contaminants that affect public health. 

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City of Bloomington Utilities Offers Guidelines for Draining Pools, Spas, Water Features

With summer’s end, the City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) advises residents draining swimming pools, spas, and water features that treated water can pollute our ecosystem.  The treated water may contain chemicals such as chlorine, bromine, salt, and more which are harmful to waterways, wildlife and plants, pets, and humans.

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Calling All High School Students for the Teen Roundtable

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Children and Youth (CSCY) invites high school-aged students to participate in the 4th Annual Teen Roundtable Saturday, October 23 from 11 a.m to noon at the Monroe County Public Library and Sunday, October 24 from 1-2 p.m via Zoom. Eligible students include those enrolled at any public or private high school in Bloomington or Monroe County or those who are home-schooled. Registration may be made until October 9.

City Reports One New COVID-19 Case in Past Week

A City of Bloomington employee whose work station is at City Hall reported receiving a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test Wednesday, September 8.  The employee first started experiencing symptoms on Saturday, September 4.  The employee’s coworkers who were identified as close contacts have been notified.  No members of the public were placed at risk of exposure to COVID-19 by the employee in the course of their work.  

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$3.5 Million EDA Grant for Trades District Tech Center Advances Multi-Year Collaboration of City, BEDC, Regional and State Partners

First announced Friday, September 3, the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded the City of Bloomington a $3.5 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance Grant to support the construction of the Trades District Technology Center. The City of Bloomington Redevelopment Commission (RDC) and the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) were co-applicants for the grant. Acting on behalf of the City, the RDC will match the federal investment with a $1.6 million pledge to the project. The EDA projects that the grant will create 530 jobs and generate $51 million in private investment in the region.

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Holiday Market Accepting Vendor Applications from Local, Regional Artists

Priority deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.

Mayor John Hamilton and Bloomington Police Chief Michael Diekhoff Issue Joint Statement re: Resolution 21-27

Mayor John Hamilton and Bloomington Police Chief Michael Diekhoff have shared the following joint statement with the Bloomington Common Council regarding Resolution 21-27:

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Holly Warren is City’s New Assistant Director for the Arts

Mayor John Hamilton has announced that Holly Warren is the City’s new Assistant Director for the Arts in the Economic and Sustainable Development Department. The Assistant Director for the Arts represents the City to other organizations in matters related to arts and culture, oversees and coordinates public art projects, cultural activities and community events, and supports community artists and cultural organizations.

City Receives $3.5 Million in Federal Funds to Establish Trades District Technology Center

The City of Bloomington has received a $3.5 million CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Recovery) Act Recovery Assistance grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

City Reports Two New COVID-19 Cases in Past Week

One City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employee and one City of Bloomington employee whose work station is at City Hall reported receiving positive results of COVID-19 viral tests over the last week. 

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.