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November 2022 News Releases

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City Reports Four New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Four City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the November 23 update, including two Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employees, one Utilities (CBU) employee, and one Bloomington Transit (BT) employee.

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Park Celebrations for People and Dogs; Giving Opportunities Throughout the Community; and Skating with Santa

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 and AFSCME Reach Agreement on Union Member Salaries and Benefits

The City of Bloomington and Local 2487 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) (AFL-CIO Council 962) have reached an agreement on the terms of a contract that will govern salaries and benefits for union members for the next four years. 

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City of Bloomington Earns Eighth Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign Index

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation (hrc.org), in partnership with the Equality Federation (equalityfederation.org), has announced that Bloomington has again been awarded a perfect score on the annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI). Now in its eleventh year, the index of 506 cities nationwide uses 49 criteria to evaluate how inclusive a city’s laws, policies, and services are of the LGBTQ+ people who live and work there. Bloomington was one of 120 cities in the U.S. to earn a perfect score this year, up from 110 cities last year. 

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Video Update: New Public Safety Investments

In today's video update, Mayor Hamilton discusses the new proposed public safety investments with Deputy Mayor Griffin. Yesterday, the City announced plans for $34 million in new investments in public safety including the issuance of $29.5 million in general revenue bonds to fund the projects. Details are available online at https://bton.in/uevIy.  

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Statement from Mayor Hamilton Regarding Today’s Announcement From Catalent

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Holiday Season Brings Winter Wonderland to Banneker, Opportunities to Give and Volunteer

The City of Bloomington invites area children, together with their families, to a Winter Wonderland celebration at the Banneker Community Center (930 West Seventh Street) on Saturday, December 10 from noon to 3 p.m. The free event will feature seasonal activities including arts and crafts, cookie decoration, holiday carols, free photos with Santa, and a toy giveaway. 

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Kiln Collective Acquires Showers Kiln Building and Prepares for Redevelopment

On November 28, 2022, the City of Bloomington Redevelopment Commission and the Kiln Collective closed the sale of the Showers Brothers Furniture Factory Kiln Building at 642 N Madison Street, setting the stage for redevelopment of the historic structure.

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Bloomington Transit Celebrates 23 Year Anniversary of Stuff-A-Bus

To mark the 23rd anniversary of the Stuff-A-Bus, Bloomington Transit will partner with Hoosier Country 105.1 and B97, with all donations going to the Monroe County Indiana Department of Child Services to help make the holidays merrier for children and families in need in our community.

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City Announces Investments Planned for Public Safety

The City of Bloomington has announced plans for $34 million in new investments in public safety including the issuance of $29.5 million in general revenue bonds to fund the projects.

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City Reports Four New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Four City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the November 17 update, including three Public Works (DPW) employees and one Bloomington Transit (BT) employee.

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Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Re-opens Following Two, Two-Day Deer Hunts

Two, temporary weekend-long closures held in November to facilitate annual deer hunt.

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City Outlines Paths For Convention Center Expansion

The City of Bloomington has released a memo outlining options for a 501c3 nonprofit organization and a Capital Improvement Board (CIB) for the Convention Center expansion.

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City Offers Free On-Street Parking For Thanksgiving Weekend and in City Garages Saturdays During December

The City of Bloomington will offer free parking on the street downtown and in City garages from Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, November 27, recognizing the Thanksgiving holiday and Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate Bloomington’s small businesses and their contribution to our community.  

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Showers Plaza To Be Renamed Fernandez Plaza in Honor of John Fernandez, Former Mayor of Bloomington

Mayor John Hamilton will dedicate Showers Plaza as the Fernandez Plaza during the annual Holiday Market. 

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City of Bloomington and Google.org Fellows Launch CiviForm Benefit Application Portal

The City of Bloomington is pleased to announce the public launch of three online applications made available through the innovative collaboration between Bloomington's Information & Technology Services Department (ITS) and Google.org to deploy the CiviForm platform. CiviForm is an open-source tool originally developed by the City of Seattle with support from Google.org Fellows to simplify and centralize online applications for government assistance. Bloomington is the second city after Seattle to deploy the CiviForm system. 

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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 November 10 update, including one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee and one Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) employee.

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Mayor Hamilton Announces Plans for 2023

Tune in to Mayor John Hamilton as he announces his plans for 2023. Mayor Hamilton will not seek a third term.

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Video Update: Dillman Road Wastewater Plant Modernization Project

Join Mayor Hamilton and City of Bloomington Utilities Director Vic Kelson as they discuss the recent modernization project at Dillman Road Wastewater Plant and its recent 40th Anniversary.

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Bloomington Recognizes Students Who Act Generously, Grow, and Earn Respect with annual S.W.A.G.G.E.R Awards

Tuesday evening in a ceremony at City Hall, seven young nominees won S.W.A.G.G.E.R (Students Who Act Generously, Grow, and Earn Respect) Awards. They were selected from among 17 impressive young people, all of whom were recognized for their meaningful and generous acts.  

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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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Organizations Invited to Apply for Downtown Outreach Grants

The City of Bloomington invites 501(c)(3) organizations to apply for City funding for 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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Video Update: Be a Climate Champion–Mow Mulching

Join Mayor Hamilton as he demonstrates the easiest way to get rid of the fall leaves in your yard. The finely chopped leaves decompose and return nutrients back to the soil.

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City Reports Seven New COVID-19 Employee Cases

Seven City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the November 3 update, including one Utilities (CBU) employee, one Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee, two Public Works (DPW) employees, and three Bloomington Transit (BT) employees.

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Video Update: Convention Center Expansion

Join Mayor Hamilton and Public Engagement Director Mary Catherine Carmichael as they discuss a path forward for a convention center expansion.

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Prescribed Burn, Deer Hunts to Improve Plant Diversity at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Griffy Lake is closed Nov. 9, and the weekends of Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 19-20.

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City Reports One New COVID-19 Employee Case

One City worker has reported positive results of COVID-19 tests since the October 27 update, including one Utilities (CBU) employee.

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Video Update: Citywide High-Speed Internet Access

oin Mayor Hamilton and GigabitNow/Isofusion CEO Stephen Milton as they discuss high-speed internet access to all of Bloomington as part of the Meridiam/Hoosier Network's $50-million-plus fiber-network project.

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Gather ‘round the Table for Accessibility; Visit the Holiday Market; Sign up for Veteran’s 5k; and Get a Free Well Check

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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Gasoline Leak Identified as Hydrocarbon Odor Source

Early Monday evening, the City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) issued a statement regarding hydrocarbon odors coming from the sewage flowing to the Dillman Road Wastewater Treatment Plant. A thorough search was conducted and determined the smell resulted from a release of gasoline fuel into the sanitary and storm sewer near a Marathon Gas Station located at 1307 West Third Street.