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September 2022 News Releases

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October Brings Bugs, Pumpkins, and Adoptable Dogs!

Bloomington is a vibrant community filled with activity. Each month there are numerous opportunities to enjoy and engage, socially and civically. The City will provide monthly updates on what is happening in and with the City and you will discover that no matter your interests or inclinations, there is something for everyone.

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Work Begins on Goat Farm Native Prairie; City Accessibility Increases with ADA-compliant Curbs; Hopewell Demolition Materials are Recycled

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City Reports Two New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Two City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the September 22 update, including one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee and one Parks and Recreation (Parks) employee.

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Bloomington Designated “SolSmart Gold” for Advancing Solar Energy Growth

Bloomington has received a Gold designation from the national SolSmart program (solsmart.org/) for advancing the growth of solar energy across Bloomington. This designation recognizes the City of Bloomington for taking steps that make it faster, easier, and more affordable for local homes and businesses to go solar by increasing education and awareness of solar energy. Achievement of the SolSmart Gold designation is a goal of both Bloomington’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plans. 

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Bloomington Parks & Recreation Joins Biden-Harris Administration in Recognizing Parks Role in Impacting Public Health

On Wednesday, September 28, the Biden-Harris Administration will host the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.

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Bloomington Transit Celebrates 40 Years of Service and Thanks Bloomington With a Day of Free Ridership

Bloomington Public Transportation Corporation (BPTC), which has been in operation since 1982, will celebrate 40 years of serving the Bloomington community on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the downtown transit facility located at 301 North Walnut Street. John Connell, BPTC General Manager, will open the event, followed by guest speakers Mayor John Hamilton,  BPTC Board of Directors James McLary, and Bloomington Common Council President Susan Sandberg.  

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Bloomington Updates Meridiam Open-Access Fiber-Network Project

Since Meridiam announced its plans in May 2022 to bring high-speed internet access to all of Bloomington, the City of Bloomington and Meridiam have activated the operations phase of this transformational project.

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Bloomington Community Orchard Becomes More Accessible; Crestmont Traffic is Calmed; and Hopewell Demolition Continues

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City Accepting Applications to Serve as Alternate on Board of Zoning Appeals and Parking Commission

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Bloomington Police Awarded National CALEA Re-accreditation

On July 23, 2022, the Bloomington Police Department (BPD) achieved full Tier 1 accreditation status for the second time through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). This award will remain in effect for four years and the Bloomington Police Department will retain all privileges associated with being a CALEA-accredited agency during that time period. BPD was first awarded full Tier 1 law enforcement accreditation in July of 2018. 

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Zero In Bloomington Climate Action Website Launches to Accelerate Bloomington Climate Action Plan

The City of Bloomington’s Department of Economic and Sustainable Development has launched the “Zero In Bloomington” initiative (zeroinbloomington.com) to help individuals and groups track progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions in support of Bloomington’s communitywide climate goal to reach net zero by 2050. Zero In Bloomington helps drive community-driven action to increase climate resiliency and meet climate goals outlined in Bloomington’s sustainability vision (https://bton.in/fIExl), while building momentum around achieving community climate action.

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

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

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Speed Limit Changes on Rogers; Cascades Park is Celebrated; and Sidewalk Crews Continue to Increase Accessibility

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City Reports Four New COVID-19 Employee Case

Four City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the September 8 update, including one City Hall (City Hall) employee, two City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employees, and one Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) employee.

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Hoosier Networks Announces Partnership with Internet Service Provider GigabitNow

Hoosier Networks, the fiber network utility provider established by Meridiam, announced today its partnership with GigabitNow as the primary ISP (Internet Service Provider) under the Meridiam agreement with the City.

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Launch Device Engineers, Builders Needed for Annual Pumpkin Launch Competition

Launch builders must register their device by Oct. 14.

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City Provides the ADA Transition Plan for Community Review

The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) invites community members to review and provide feedback to the City’s ADA Transition Plan until September 30, 2022 available at bloomington.in.gov/accessible. The feedback form is available at https://bton.in/TZArS.

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More Trees are Planted at Lower Cascades Park; Hopewell Demolition Materials are Hauled Away; and Traffic Calming Comes to Crestmont

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors. 

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City Reports Eleven New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Eleven City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the September 1 update, including two City Hall (City Hall) employees, two City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employees, two Parks and Recreation (Parks) employees, four Public Works (DPW) employees, and one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee.

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Go Bloomington Launch Event at Showers Plaza Celebrates Mobility and Sustainability

Tuesday afternoon at Showers Plaza in front of City Hall, residents gathered to learn about and celebrate the launch of Go Bloomington, a program that supports mobility options that are alternatives to single occupancy vehicles with the goals of reducing carbon emissions, calming traffic congestion, and improving parking availability.

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Bloomington Again Recognized as Digital Inclusion Trailblazer

The City of Bloomington has been recognized by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance as a 2022 Digital Inclusion Trailblazer (https://bton.in/~HIVp).  First launched in 2016, Digital Inclusion Trailblazers is a public inventory of local government initiatives promoting digital literacy and broadband access for underserved residents.  The City was commended for its continuing efforts to bridge the digital divide, including conducting a scientific survey on broadband equity, developing a Digital Equity Strategic Plan, establishing a Digital Equity Grants Fund for nonprofit organizations, and efforts to make high-speed broadband more available and affordable.

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New Trail, Shade Structures, Seating and Shelter Coming to Goat Farm Park

Funds for amenities and maintenance of barn and silo donated by the Sherman and Meredith Rogers Family

Fiesta del Otoño 2022

The City Celebrates National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month; GO Bloomington Launches a New Era of Transportation Options; and September Brings Some Glowing Opportunities

Bloomington is a vibrant community filled with activity. Each month there are numerous opportunities to enjoy and engage, socially and civically. The City will provide monthly updates on what is happening in and with the City and you will discover that no matter your interests or inclinations, there is something for everyone.

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City Reports Nine New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Nine City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the August 25 update, including one City Hall (City Hall) employee, three City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employees, one Parks and Recreation (Parks) employee, two Public Works (DPW) employees, one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee, and one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee.

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Crosswalks Become Safer; The B-Line Trail Reopens Near Johnson Creamery Smokestack; and Frank Southern Becomes More Accessible

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. City departments coordinate with one another, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors.