The orange sections pictured are paved multi-use path/sidewalk and/or boardwalk (an accessible boardwalk goes off the top of the image to the waterfall.
Locator map for proposed road closure.
Section of road proposed for closure. It stopped short of the underpass, and did not extend to College Avenue.
At its regular Monday meeting, Bloomington’s redevelopment commission approved a $1.8-million contract with Scenic Construction Services, Inc. for work in Lower Cascades Park on the city’s north side.
The project calls for construction of a quarter mile of paved trail from the Sycamore Shelter on the north end of the park to the waterfall parking lot, a new ADA-accessible boardwalk up to the waterfall, and stabilization of 430 feet of streambank.
The work is expected to start in early July, according to Bloomington parks operations director Tim Street. Street filled the position when Dave Williams retired.
Street told The Square Beacon that the hoped-for timing is after the Fourth of July weekend.
According to the city, the conversion of the road to a route just for bicycles and pedestrians is intended to: “expand and integrate with Bloomington’s network of walking and biking trails; provide a safe, accessible destination for recreation and exercise; and to offer bicycle commuters additional options for safer routes.”
Accessibility issues related to the possible road closure also got some discussion from RDC members on Monday.
Screenshot of Dec. 30, 2020 video conferenced press event on COVID-19 response.
Screen shot of Dec. 21, 2020 Bloomington redevelopment commission Zoom video conference meeting.
Monday of Christmas week was the last meeting of 2020 for Bloomington’s redevelopment commission (RDC).
It was a landmark event for a city of Bloomington government meeting.
It was not special because the meeting was held using Zoom’s video-conferencing platform. Video-conferenced public meetings have been standard since the spring. That’s when Indiana governor Eric Holcomb’s emergency health order made remote participation legal for government officials.
What made the RDC meeting special was the automatic closed captioning and live transcription function for the Zoom video-conferencing software, which had been activated for the first time.
The following week, the regular press conference of local leaders about COVID-19 pandemic response also featured Zoom’s automatic closed captioning and transcription.
The improved accessibility of meetings to the Deaf, or people who are hearing impaired, is an obvious benefit.
By last Tuesday’s board meeting, just one polling site had been hanging in the balance from a few previous meetings, as the board worked through the selection process. That was Genesis Church on the SR 45/46 bypass on the north side of Bloomington.
Genesis won’t be used for this fall’s election. Precincts that have been assigned to Genesis Church in the past will instead vote at Unitarian Universalist Church on Fee Lane.
On Tuesday, the board heard about another, unexpected change from the tentative list that the board had settled on at previous meetings. Emmanuel Baptist on That Road had dropped out of the mix. Replacing Emmanuel Baptist will be Southside Christian Church, which was used for the June 2 primary.
Monroe County election board chair Hal Turner holds a knob turner that he 3D-printed in connection with the election board’s effort to improve accessibility of polling sites.
Genesis Church concrete apron. Where the concrete apron meets the wall in the left of the frame gives a good idea of the steepness of the slope that has the Monroe County election board concerned about accessibility of the site as a polling location.
By next Tuesday, Monroe County’s three-member election board needs to decide the final locations of polling sites for the Nov. 3 general election.
One of the sites has a steep concrete slope leading to an entrance. Board members are trying to figure out how to make it accessible for people who use wheelchairs to get around.
Another key consideration for poll site selection is the amount of space available for creating adequate distance between voters, to reduce chances of spreading the COVID-19 virus.
At the last couple Tuesday afternoon election board meetings, which are planned weekly until further notice, board members have discussed site selection issues.