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May 2022 News Releases

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Future of Policing Task Force Releases Initial Report

The Future of Policing Task Force (FPTF) has released a report covering the first nine months of their work. This report covers the methodologies used for gathering data, challenges faced by the task force, as well as initial recommendations that were submitted to Mayor John Hamilton in late April. 

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Bloomington Police Department Plans Mobile Roll Calls in Neighborhoods

In an effort to continue strong connections with the neighborhoods of Bloomington, the Bloomington Police Department (BPD) will begin conducting mobile roll calls throughout the City. As officers begin each of the three work shifts in a day, they meet together at roll call to receive specific assignments and any pertinent information for the day. Members of the community are invited to attend when they see the Mobile Field Office truck, to communicate their concerns with officers and to meet the people patrolling their neighborhoods.

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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 May 12 update, including one City Hall employee, three Public Works (DPW) employees, and one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee. 

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Bloomington Police Department Offers New Hiring and Retention Incentives

In an effort to attract the highest quality candidates, the City of Bloomington is now offering several new incentives within the Bloomington Police Department (BPD). Significant salary increases were agreed upon through the collective bargaining process, and are reflected in the recently approved contract between the City of Bloomington and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). 

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Bryan Park and Mills Pool are Scheduled to Open; Headley Road Gets New Guardrail; and New Traffic Signals on North Walnut and Tapp Road

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.

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Sandra Keller Wins 2022 Human Rights Award

The Bloomington Human Rights Commission selected founder and executive director of My Sister’s Closet, Sandy Keller, as the recipient of its 2022 Human Rights Award.

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City Announces Memorial Day Service, Decoration Policies at City Cemeteries

Rose Hill hosts a Veterans Memorial Day service May 30.

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30th Annual BHRC Essay/Arts Contest Winners Announced

The Bloomington Human Rights Commission (BHRC) announced the winners of its annual essay/art contest for area students in grades K-6 and will host an awards ceremony for the winners at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, at City Hall. Mayor John Hamilton will present the awards to this year’s winners. 

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Meridiam and City of Bloomington Announce Plans for $50 Million City-Wide, Fiber-to-the-Home Network

Infrastructure company Meridiam and the City of Bloomington announced today that Meridiam plans to invest more than $50 million to bring high-speed internet access to virtually every neighborhood and resident in the City. Meridiam will build and operate an open-access-model fiber network, embodying net neutrality, with a strong emphasis on digital equity. The City of Bloomington will partner in the digital equity components with up to a $1 million investment. 

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Lower Cascades Waterfall Boardwalk Opens; Rosehill Cemetery Resurfacing Project Begins; Bryan Park Gets New Accessible Curb Ramps; Construction Will Affect Grant Street Traffic

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.

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City Reports Two New COVID-19 Cases

Two City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the May 6 update, including one City Hall employee and one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee. 

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City Accepting Applications to Serve on City’s Boards and Commissions

The City of Bloomington’s Office of the Mayor is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the following City’s boards or commissions:

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Community Invited to Celebrate Aurora Almanac Art Installation at Trades District Garage

The City of Bloomington invites community members to Twilight at the Trades, an event celebrating the Aurora Almanac art installation at the Trades District Garage. Guests are invited to see the artwork up close, enjoy empanadas from Maíz Comida Colombiana, and experience music and performance. 

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Public Invited to Attend City-hosted Resource Fair for Tenants on Saturday, May 21

The City of Bloomington Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND), in partnership with the Housing and Eviction Prevention Project (HEPP), will host a Tenant Resource Fair in City Hall Council Chambers (room 115), 401 N Morton St. on Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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City Reports Zero New COVID-19 Cases

The City received no reports of employees having received positive COVID-19 test results since employee cases were last announced on Thursday, April 28.  

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Bryan Park and Griffy Lake Improvements Increase Accessibility; Improvements to Olcott Blvd.; Bloomington is Brighter with Cleaning and Energy Efficient Lighting

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.

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City Council Unanimously Approves Local Income Tax Increase, Supporting Major New Investments in Bloomington’s Future

All nine members of the Bloomington Common Council voted yesterday to enact an Economic Development Local Income Tax (ED-LIT) that will fund a range of critical measures across public safety, essential city services, climate change preparedness, and mitigation including major public transit enhancements, and equity and quality of life for all. The funds raised by the ED-LIT will allow the City to address future critical needs and meet fundamental obligations to its residents, present and future. 

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Public Invited to Attend Waldron Arts Center Awakening Art Exhibition Opening Reception on Friday, May 6

The City of Bloomington will celebrate the opening reception of a new art exhibition at the John Waldron Arts Center on Friday, May 6 from 5-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

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Be More Awards Recognize Volunteers for Service to the Community

Seven Bloomington community members will be honored in an invitation-only presentation of the Be More Awards from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.  Recipients will be presented with their award by Mayor John Hamilton and with a $1000 cash award for their host organization from Tina Peterson of the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County.

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Bloomington Transit Announces the Replacement of Late Evening Service with Uber/Lyft Delayed Until June

Bloomington Transit (BT) is announcing the delay of a plan to replace late evening service on most routes, with those trips to be provided through partnerships with Uber and Lyft. The new service delivery method was originally announced to take effect on May 9, 2022, and has been delayed to June 2022.