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December 2021 News Releases

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City Reports Eight New COVID-19 Cases

Eight City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the December 23 update, including one Parks & Recreation (Parks) employee, five Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employees and two employees of the Department of Public Works (DPW). 

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Organizations Invited to Apply for Downtown Outreach Grants

The City of Bloomington invites 501(c)3 organizations to apply for City funding to fund projects that will improve the human condition of Bloomington residents who are unhoused or who are in jeopardy of becoming homeless. 

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City of Bloomington Utilities 2021 Water Rate Case Approved

The City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) recently received final approval of an updated rate tariff from the Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission (IURC). The new water rates will achieve fairer allocations among customer classes and support long-needed improvements to the water plant as well as accelerated water main replacements. The average CBU customer should expect a monthly increase of less than $2 on their water bill.

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City Reports Five New COVID-19 Cases

Five City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the December 16 update, including one City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employee, two Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employees, one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee, and one employee of the Department of Public Works (DPW). 

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Mayor Hamilton Appoints Andrew Krebbs as City’s Communications Director

Mayor John Hamilton announced today the appointment of Andrew Krebbs to the position of Communications Director for the City of Bloomington. Krebbs will begin his new role on December 25, 2021, and will earn an annual salary of $71,966. As Communications Director, Krebbs will develop and implement the City’s overall communications and branding strategy and activities. 

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City Reports Nine New COVID-19 Cases

Eight City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the December 9 update, including one Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) employee, three Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employees, and four City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employees. This week’s report also includes a positive case from the Parks and Recreation department that was inadvertently omitted from last week’s case report. 

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Residents Invited to Apply for City Funds for 2022 Neighborhood Improvement Projects

The City of Bloomington Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) invites residents to apply for City funding to improve their neighborhoods. Applications for funding through the four kinds of neighborhood grants described below will be accepted for the 2022 application cycle beginning January 3, 2022. 

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Musical Acts Invited to Apply for Parks and Recreation's 2022 Summer Concert Series

Apply by Jan. 14 to receive full consideration.

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South Lincoln Street Reopens from Smith to Third with Back-In Angle Parking Spaces

South Lincoln Street will reopen from Smith Avenue to East Third Street on Wednesday, December 15 with reconfigured public on-street parking and a widened sidewalk.

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City Invites Residents to Apply to Serve on Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington’s Office of the City Clerk and the Office of the Mayor are accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the City’s boards or commissions. Some of these bodies are anticipating vacancies as current terms expire in December 2021 and January 2022. Applications are sought to fill spaces on the Parking Commission, Commission on Sustainability, Community Advisory on Public Safety Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Redevelopment Commission, and others. 

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Third-Party Report Finds Samples of Soil, Leaves, Surfaces in Area Affected by Controlled Burn Below Level of Concern for Lead

A detailed third-party report delivered late Friday, December 10 concluded that samples of air, surface dust, surface soil and leaf litter collected in the vicinity of a recent controlled burn exhibited no lead contamination in excess of state and federal standards, and recommended that no further action is warranted.

Nominations Sought for 2022 Bloomington Human Rights Award

The Bloomington Human Rights Commission (BHRC) is seeking nominations for its 2022 Human Rights Award, recognizing an individual or group that has made specific, significant contributions to improving civil rights, human relations, or civility in our community. Nomination forms are available at https://bloomington.in.gov/boards/human-rights. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 11, 2022 at 5 p.m.

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City Reports Eleven New COVID-19 Cases in Past Week

Eleven City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the December 2 update, including six Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employees, three City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employees, one City Hall employee, and one Bloomington Transit (BT) employee.

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Bloomington City Council Passes Resolution Embracing Palo Alto, California as Sibling City 

At their December 1 meeting, the Bloomington City Council approved  Resolution 21-36 “supporting the establishment of a sibling city relationship with the City of Palo Alto, California.” The cities will pilot the first domestic relationship of its kind in conjunction with a national program being launched simultaneously, Sibling Cities USA (SCUSA). The goal of the relationship is to foster cross-regional connection to forge understanding, respect and friendship through cultural exchange, community service, and civil discourse; and to promote economic and business opportunities. Bloomington’s proposed pairing with Palo Alto was announced in a joint press conference November 9, and approved by the Palo Alto city council November 15 before the Bloomington City Council’s vote last week.

Public Invited to Review Updates to City Website and Provide Feedback

The City of Bloomington Information and Technology Services department applications team invites members of the public to review and evaluate a series of updates to the City website. During the public testing period December 6 - 10 users may explore the alpha-version of the updated City website and provide feedback.  

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BFD to Offer Lead Level Testing to Residents After Controlled Burn

Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) personnel will offer finger-prick blood testing for any resident concerned about elevated lead levels after the November 5 controlled burn. The testing will take place on Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at BFD headquarters, 226 South College Avenue. Additional testing may be made available if demand warrants.

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City Reports Three New COVID-19 Cases in Past Week

Three City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the November 24 update. None of the cases being reported today are linked to previous cases at the City, and no close contacts were subsequently identified among these employees’ co-workers or the general public.

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City to Dedicate Aurora Almanac Art Installation at Trades District Garage

The City of Bloomington invites community members to a celebration of the installation of the artwork Aurora Almanac at the Trades District Garage.