The Bloomington City Council on Monday directed city staff to bring back next week for a formal vote a program that would utilize internal funds to supplement outside monies for victims of the June storms, if they are exhausted.
The Bloomington City Council voted unanimously to amend sections of city code that direct public comment at the body's regular voting and monthly nonvoting meetings.
More than a month after the June 25 and June 26 extreme weather events, nearly all of the more than 500 Bloomington residents who experienced and reported losses have yet to be compensated for them.
Three weeks after a series of extreme storm events pounded the city over two days, dropping up to 10 inches of rain and overwhelming city infrastructure, officials on Monday said they do not have an immediate solution to prevent the same issues from unfolding again.
Monday's move comes as the clearest sign from the city that it is transitioning to a post-pandemic world.
Audio recordings from the closed session were requested by The Pantagraph through the Freedom of Information Act but released voluntarily by the city on Tuesday.
Bloomington officials by the end of 2021 will vote on a revised plan to make city streets and local businesses more accessible for people living with disabilities.
The new, smaller caliber duty weapons are expected to last 10 years before they need complete reworkings or replacement, and should save the department at least 20% in ammunition costs each year.
A decade since he took his first oath of office as a Bloomington City Council alderman, Mboka Mwilambwe on Saturday took another oath.
Bloomington officials are looking to increase the amount of money the city spends each year to make streets and businesses more accessible for people with disabilities.
The Bloomington City Council on Monday approved a formal admonishment for Ward 6 Ald. Jenn Carrillo, after she publicly committed this month to make "life a living hell" for two city council member elects.
The Bloomington City Council has called a special session to discuss and hold a vote Monday on whether to subject Ward 6. Ald. Jenn Carrillo to a formal admonishment after publicly committing last week to make "life a living hell" for two city council member elects.
The Bloomington City Council voted 5 to 4 on Monday to extend a year-old pause on water shutoffs, despite a recommendation from city staff to not reinstate it.
"I think it's important for people to realize how inspirational this is, not only people here, in this community, but abroad it says America is a country of hope and Bloomington is a place where this can happen," Mwilambwe said, adding how his projected victory was broadcast on local news stations in his native country.
Despite collecting the most total votes among the three candidates vying in Tuesday's election to lead the city, Bloomington Mayor-elect Mboka Mwilambwe was the top vote-getter in only two of the city's nine wards.
Two incumbents and three newcomers were on track Tuesday night to hold seats on the Bloomington City Council, according to unofficial consolidated election results.
State campaign finance records and information provided to The Pantagraph by the eight candidates running for the four contested seats on the Bloomington City Council show around $75,000 has been collected since November.
Chasms and consensus over approaches to public safety, economic development and infrastructure emerged Wednesday among the eight candidates running for the four contested seats on the Bloomington City Council.
Ald. Mary “Mollie” Ward will defend her Ward 7 seat on the Bloomington City Council against activist Kelby Cumpston in the April 6 consolidated election, after both candidates earned the most votes in Tuesday’s primary election.
Ward 7 voters will cast their ballots Tuesday to decide which two of the five candidates vying for a seat on the Bloomington City Council will make it to the April 6 consolidated election.
Five candidates are vying for the Bloomington City Council Ward 7 seat, but only two will make it to the April 6 consolidated election after voters cast their ballots in the Feb. 23 primary election.
As of Wednesday, 18 people — four through early voting and 14 through vote-by-mail — have voted in the Ward 7 primary.
City officials unveiled Thursday a first draft of the new aquatic facility that could replace the O'Neil Park and Pool, stressing that the final design will reflect public input, but remain limited by funding.
The selection will come forward for council consideration at the regular meeting on Nov. 9.