It’s part of a general effort that the administration is now making, to regulate occupancy of public property—in light of its use by many members of the city’s unhoused community.
In addition to the resolution to be considered by the board of public works on Tuesday, the board of park commissioners is set on Wednesday to consider a change in the current policy on tents in parks during the day. Tents are currently allowed.
In the maps provided with this article, bridges with “good” ratings are shown in green, those with “fair” ratings in orange, and those with “poor” ratings in red.
Looking north along North Walnut Street towards Bridge #931.
In the maps provided with this article, bridges with “good” ratings are shown in green, those with “fair” ratings in orange, and those with “poor” ratings in red. The bridge indicated by the red arrow is the one that need an emergency repair.
Bridge #931 in Monroe County, which currently has a steel plate covering a hole in its deck. (May 26, 2023)
At their regular Wednesday morning meeting, Monroe County commissioners approved a $79,725 contract with CLR, Inc to fix a hole in the bridge on Bus SR 37 (aka North Walnut Street), just south of the on-ramp to I-69.
The bridge spans Beanblossom Creek.
The emergency work is expected to be done sometime in mid-August.
Of the three companies contacted by Monroe County’s highway department, CLR, Inc. was the only company to provide a quote. The other two companies that were asked for a quote were Force Construction and Ragle, Inc.
A recommendation from city engineer Andrew Cibor, to reinstall five stop signs along 7th Street in downtown Bloomington, will not have complete support from two advisory groups when it lands in front of the city council.
Donovan Garletts, GOP appointee to Monroe County election board.
Map showing the address where David Wolfe Bender registered to vote.
David Henry, Democratic Party appointee to Monroe County election board.
Molly Turner-King, county attorney.
March 9, 2023 election board meeting.
“David [Wolfe Bender] has decided to withdraw his candidacy for Bloomington Common Council District 6.”
That’s the opening line of a letter received by Monroe County’s election board from Bender’s attorney, Manny Herceg, with the Taft-Jaffe law firm.
An Indiana University student, Bender is the sole Democrat for District 6 who appears on the May 2 primary election ballot. District 6 is centered around the university campus and downtown—its entire area is north of 3rd Street.
The letter was read aloud by Monroe County clerk Nicole Browne at Thursday afternoon’s meeting of the three-member election board.
The board’s meeting this Thursday was a continuation of its meeting last week, when the board started an investigation into whether Bender’s candidacy broke any election laws.
The investigation was based on a complaint made by vice chair of the Republican Party, William Ellis, which in turn was based on an Indiana Daily Student article published on Feb. 17, 2023.
Wednesday at noon was the deadline for political campaign committees to file their finance paperwork—the CFA-4.
Hitting that deadline were all three declared candidates for mayor of Bloomington: Don Griffin, Susan Sandberg, and Kerry Thomson.
Raising the most was Thomson with $92,828. That’s more than three times what each of the other two candidates raised.
Griffin raised $25,987 which was just a little more than Sandberg’s $25,217.
With his mid-December fundraising launch, compared to mid-summer for Thomson and Sandberg, Griffin got the latest start of the three. They’re all competing for the nomination of Democratic Party in the May 2 primary.
There’s still time for candidates to declare a candidacy for either major party’s nomination—that deadline is Feb. 3 at noon.
Griffin’s later start came only after incumbent mayor John Hamilton announced in mid-November he would not be seeking reelection to a third term.
Bloomington Transit will receive at least $3.8 million a year for the next five years from the city of Bloomington, under an interlocal agreement approved by BT’s five-member board at its final meeting of the year, on Dec. 20.
The agreement still needs to win approval from Bloomington’s city council.
The deal is expected to appear on a city council meeting agenda sometime in January, based on remarks from BT general manager John Connell at last week’s board meeting.
The big initiative that the money is supposed to help fund is an east-west crosstown express route.
Some other specific initiatives that the money is supposed to pay for include: implementation of Sunday service in the first quarter of 2023; enhancement of the paratransit microtransit services; increasing frequency of weekday service; and development of a ridership subsidy program.
An item related to a Winslow Road resurfacing project—which was postponed by Bloomington’s redevelopment commission from its meeting two weeks ago—still did not get a vote by the RDC on Monday.
The resolution that appeared Monday’s meeting agenda did not need a vote, according to assistant city attorney Larry Allen, because the construction contracts were not yet ready to be approved. And the contract approvals were not yet ready because the grant from INDOT’s Community Crossings matching grant program has not yet been awarded.
But public works director Adam Wason was able to respond to questions from RDC members about the project. The item had been postponed from two weeks ago, because Wason was not able to attend that meeting.
On Monday, Allen also sketched out the legal department’s position on why TIF (tax increment finance) funds are allowed to be spent on a project like Winslow Road resurfacing. The project entails milling down the surface of the road by a couple of inches, laying new asphalt and re-striping the pavement.
On Saturday’s visit to Griffy Lake, a public park on the north side of Bloomington, The B Square observed a belted kingfisher as it flitted low over a log where three turtles were sitting, lined up nose to tail.
Later, the bird consented to an interview on condition that it not be identified except by its Latin name, Megaceryle alcyon, or Megabird for short.
Responding to a B Square question, Megabird said that belted kingfishers do not take the extra precaution of wearing suspenders, because the straps would slide right off their slender shoulders.
Megabird continued, “The belt is also part of our brand identity—it’s why they call us belted kingfishers and not suspendered kingfishers.” He added, “The belt also helps avoid confusion between us and the stupid blue jays.”
Wrapping up his remarks, Megabird said, “You know, the bald eagles, the great blue herons, and the green herons around here get all the good press, with their self-aggrandizing swooping around and whatnot. I wish you journalists would take the time to photograph more of the regular rank-and-file wildlife out here at Griffy Lake—your turtles, your deer, your raccoons, your little wood ducklings, or what have you.”
Photographs of animals suggested by Megabird are included below.
A request for a night time noise permit at the 3rd Street Chick-fil-A restaurant got approved by Bloomington’s board of public works at its regular Tuesday meeting.
The noise permit is related to the planned installation of some awnings for the drive-thru area of the restaurant. The request came from the Georgia-based Horizon Construction Company. Georgia is also the national restaurant chain’s home state.
The calendar dates for the planned construction of the steel-framed shade structure run from July 21 through Aug. 24.
Horizon wants to be able to work between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Monday through Saturday, and all day on Sundays.