Inset for vicinity map for June 14, 2022 shooting.
A 21-year-old woman was shot late Tuesday evening on the 1200 block of North Maple Street, according to a Wednesday afternoon news release from Bloomington police department (BPD).
BPD is asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact detective Kevin Frank at (812) 349-3322.
Just before 11 p.m. officers responded to a report of a person who had been shot, according to the news release. They found a 21-year-old woman in an apartment with several gunshot wounds.
At the scene, officers gave the woman emergency medical care. She was then taken to IU Health’s Bloomington hospital and later flown by LifeLine helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital. The news release says her condition is not known.
According to the news release, the woman and a 17-year-old man had been standing outside the apartment when someone fired at them several times from the area of the parking lot. Police do not know how many shots were fired or how many shooters there were.
A deal between a Paris-based infrastructure company and the city of Bloomington, to construct a fiber-to-the-home open-access network offering symmetric 1-Gigabit service, took a step forward Monday evening.
On a unanimous vote, the city’s plan commission found that an already-approved redevelopment commission (RDC) resolution and its associated economic development plan—on which the Bloomington-Meridiam fiber deal depends—is consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan.
That’s the first of three approvals the city’s administration is hoping to get this week for a tax increment finance (TIF) arrangement, that would see about $10.9 million in personal property taxes reimbursed to Meridiam over a 20-year period. That’s down from the estimated $14.4 million that had been previously negotiated for a 25-year period.
Now pending is a deal between the city of Bloomington and Meridiam, a Paris-based infrastructure company, that would build a fiber-to-the-home network offering symmetric 1-Gigabit service, reaching at least 85-percent of the city.
The city describes the deal in terms of a $50 million investment that Meridiam will make. Meridiam has made the arrangement contingent on a kind of “tax rebate” for the company, amounting to $14.4 million over 20 years.
Meridiam says the creation of the wholesale open-access network—after an initial 5-7 year period of exclusive operation by an as-yet-unnamed internet service provider (ISP)—would create about 10 new jobs, with a payroll of about $1.1 million.
In a June 6 court filing, remonstrators in Bloomington annexation Area 1A and Area 1B have argued for additional time to collect remonstrance signatures against the city council’s annexation ordinances, which were approved in September 2021.
The remonstrators’ basic argument stems from the fact that the COIVD-19 pandemic had caused Indiana governor Eric Holcomb to issue an emergency health order, which covered the time for signature collection.
The original 90-day window for remonstrance closed on Jan. 6 of this year (2022).
Area 1A is just west of Bloomington. Area 1B lies to the southwest.
In Area 1A and Area 1B, property owners in each area separately achieved remonstrance signatures from more than 50 percent of property owners, but less than 65 percent, according to the county auditor’s certified results. If signatures from 65 percent of property owners had been collected, that would have meant an automatic stop to Bloomington’s annexations of the two areas, without review by a court. But achieving 50 percent meant that Bloomington’s annexation ordinances for those areas were able to get a review by a court.
The basic impact of the different committee types is that when Sandberg formally declares her candidacy—which is not possible until the first week of January 2023—she will need to file an amendment to convert her exploratory committee to a principle committee.
Incumbent mayor Democrat John Hamilton has not formally announced that he is running for re-election to a third four-year term.
Map of proposed locations of underground and aerial fiber.
Merdiam’s Nick Phillips (Photo from May 31, 2022 meeting)
Scott Layman (photo from May 31, 2022 meeting).
Tom Havens, executive director of the Indiana Cable Broadband Association
Matt Kelley director of government affairs for Comcast distributed a flyer on the company’s digital equity program.
The RDC held its June 6, 2022 meeting in the McCloskey conference room at city hall.
On Monday, the first step towards a $50 million high-speed internet fiber deal, between Bloomington and the Paris-based infrastructure firm Meridiam, got a 4–0 vote of approval from the city’s redevelopment commission (RDC).
The question in front of the RDC was a resolution that declares an economic development area, designating it as a TIF (tax increment finance) area, and approving an economic development plan.
Schematic of alley vacation request by Peerless Development.
View of parcel from east to west from Monroe County’s online property lookup system.
View of the Johnson’s Creamery smokestack from the east.
At its regular meeting on Wednesday (June 1), Bloomington’s city council postponed a vote on a request from Peerless Development to vacate an east-west alley that cuts across the parcel where the Johnson’s Creamery building sits.
Vacating the alley means ceding to private ownership some land that is now public right-of-way. The vote to postpone a vote until June 15 was unanimous. That’s the last regular meeting before the council’s summer recess.
The alley vacation would be needed in order for Peerless to move ahead with a development on the northern part of the parcel. The housing development is supposed to include 51 apartments right next to the B-Line Trail, off 7th Street. Bloomington’s plan commission approved the site plan for the new development in October 2021.
In a ruling issued on June 1, Monroe County circuit court judge Catherine Stafford found that Bloomington’s plan commission violated Indiana’s Open Door Law (ODL) with its March 14, 2022 meeting.
The allegation that the meeting violated the electronic meetings section of the ODL was made in a lawsuit that I filed a week after it took place.
The electronic meetings section of the ODL requires that at least 50 percent of the plan commissioners have to be physically present at the meeting. That works out to at least five of nine plan commissioners.
At the March 14 meeting, six of nine attended, but just four plan commissioners were physically present. The other two participated remotely.
Bloomington’s city attorney Mike Rouker tried to argue that the 50-percent is supposed to be calculated based on the number of plan commissioners present at the meeting, not the number of seated plan commissioners. Rouker’s attempted argument was counter to the widely disseminated guidance on the relatively new section of the ODL, which was provided last year by Indiana’s public access counselor.
However, the judge stopped short of granting all of the requested relief—which was to void the decisions made at the March 14 meeting. That would have forced the plan commission to reconsider all of the business that it transacted at the meeting.