Posts tagged City of Bloomington
Aldermen Tighten Liquor License Restrictions, Reduce Potential Fines for Lake Bloomington Dock Owners

A new restriction was added to the City’s liquor code Monday night: the City of Bloomington won’t grant liquor licenses to new businesses located within 100 feet of a day care center. City Council members voted 5-4 to approve the ordinance adding day care centers to a list of locations protected in the liquor code, which already includes churches, schools, senior care centers and hospitals.

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Special Session to Cover Parks and Rec Plan; Critical Vote Set for Lake Bloomington Docks

The City’s parks and recreation department is in the middle of developing a 15-year plan for its facilities and programs. Council members will hear updates and discuss the plan’s progress during a special session 5:00 p.m. Monday. The City hired GreenPlay Inc. last year to inventory and assess the City’s current facilities and programs, gathering public input to develop a roadmap for the department’s future.

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Despite Owners' Protests, Some Lake Bloomington Docks Will be Cited

Lake Bloomington residents hoping to end the years-long debate over potentially illegal docks now face what City staff warn could be a lengthy court process to assess the 17 or so structures in question.Council members Monday night voted 7-2 to effectively take no action on the issue, deferring instead to the City’s current process for handling structures that don’t comply with its building ordinances.  

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Local Activists Push Bloomington Council for Sanctuary City Status

Supporters of a welcoming city ordinance again called on Bloomington leaders Monday, using one of their signature lines: “Do the right thing--Pass the ordinance.”Members of the Keep Families Together coalition staged a 24-hour fast in front of City Hall on Sunday Night and a walkout during Monday night’s City Council meeting.

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Council Briefing: Cash Matters and Intersection Improvements for Towanda-Barnes

As the City of Bloomington worked Monday night to lighten its budget deficit, the City Council made one thing clear: Cash Matters...  Alderman Diana Hauman raised several issues Monday night, including the decision to finance a parking lot purchase the City made last month. The City purchased the Frontier parking lot for $961,000 just two weeks ago, a decision the council approved in April 2017. The Council has now authorized the City to finance the purchase with a $1M bond.

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The Verdict is in on Bloomington's Trash Collection Fees

Some Bloomington residents will see their garbage fees increase beginning this spring.Aldermen voted 6-3 Monday night to enact a $4.00 monthly fee increase for the 65-gallon and 95-gallon carts starting May 1, 2018. There will be no change this year for the 35-gallon carts, but fees for all three cart sizes will be subject to a 3% continual annual increase beginning next year.

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Bloomington Takes the Next Step Toward a New Connect Transit Center

Connect Transit wants the City’s help in selecting sites for a feasibility study on its proposed Downtown Bloomington bus transfer center.Representatives from Connect Transit and Farnsworth Group, Inc. presented two early conceptual drawings for the project during a City Council special session Monday evening.

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Lean Locally: IWU Professor Deborah Halperin Helping to Revitalize West Bloomington

Originally from Hawaii, Deborah Halperin moved to Bloomington in 2003 and has worked to facilitate substantial community development in west Bloomington.Halperin is an adjunct professor of sociology and Director of the Action Research Center at Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU).

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