Rendering of gateway monolith, birdseye view from the southeast.
Bloomington board of public works president Kyla Cox Deckard
Board board of public works vice president Elizabeth Karon
Public works director Adam Wason
Parks operations director Tim Street
Engineering field specialist Alex Gray
David Ebbinghouse at the public mic
Planning and transportation director Scott Robinson
Excerpt of the maintenance of traffic plan and detours for the construction.
In a change of plans, over the next few days, Reed & Sons Construction will not be starting onsite preparations for various improvements at the north end of Miller-Showers Park.
The scheduled work is supposed to include a 40-foot tall gateway monument costing about $400,000. The monolith features the word “Bloomington” in all caps inscribed vertically from top to bottom.
What delayed the parks department project was a decision made by Bloomington’s board of public works at its Tuesday night meeting.
In the area of College Avenue and Old 37, Reed & Sons had requested temporary sidewalk and lane closures, with proposed pedestrian detours, in order to make the construction work possible.
But the board voted to put off approval of those right-of-way closures.
Continue reading “Delayed by Bloomington board: Right-of-way closures for Miller-Showers city gateway construction”
Hawk at Miller-Showers Park on Feb. 14, 2022.
Muskrat at Miller-Showers Park on Feb. 14, 2022.
Redhead duck at Miller-Showers Park on Jan. 31, 2022.
Image is from April 2020 from the Monroe County online property records system.
The cost of maintaining the lagoon retention walls at Miller-Showers Park will be split between city of Bloomington utilities (CBU) and the city’s parks and recreation department.
The utilities service board (USB) approved its side of the arrangement at its regular meeting on Monday night. The same memorandum of understanding is supposed to be presented to the board of park commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday next week (Feb. 22).
The park is wedged between College Avenue and Walnut Street just south of the SR-46 bypass.
The inventory of wildlife at the park observed by The B Square in the last week at the park includes: mallards; redhead ducks; muskrats; and a possibly a Cooper’s hawk. (The bird has also been identified on social media as a red-tailed hawk.)
The park includes a series of stepped lagoons that are a part of the northside stormwater management infrastructure. Stormwater from more than 170 acres of the city drains into the Miller-Showers facility, and eventually farther downstream.
The detention ponds in the park slow the flow so that sediment can settle out of the water, improving water quality downstream. CBU is responsible for the city’s stormwater management. That’s why CBU is partly responsible for the cost of maintaining the infrastructure of Miller-Showers Park. Continue reading “Miller-Showers Park: Bloomington utilities and parks formalizing arrangements on who pays for what”