The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to a fill vacant position on the Traffic Commission.
The Traffic Commission is an advisory board established to coordinate traffic activities, to carry on educational activities in traffic matters, to supervise the preparation and publication of traffic reports, to receive complaints having to do with traffic matters, and to recommend to the common council and to appropriate city officials ways and means for improving traffic conditions and the administration and enforcement of traffic regulations. Statutory Authority: BMC 2.12.070 See also: Title 15 - VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC
The Traffic Commission meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Some meetings may be cancelled due to lack of business items at least one week prior to a scheduled meeting. There is no compensation for serving on the Traffic Commission. There is one vacancy.
WFIU Public Radio and WTIU Public Television have earned a combined total of 19 awards in national competitions this month.
On May 10, the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts honored WFIU’s podcast The Ernie Pyle Experiment with three awards in its 28th Annual Communicator Awards. With more than 4,000 entries received from across the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. The Ernie Pyle Experiment received the competition’s highest honor, the Award of Excellence, for audio production, writing, and sound design.
Today, the Telly Awards named WTIU the winner of 16 awards in its 43rd annual competition, which honors excellence in video and television across all screens.
City Clerk Nicole Bolden Invites Applications for Vacant Positions on the Environmental Commission and the Community Advisory on Public Safety Commission.
The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill vacant positions on the Environmental Commission and the Community Advisory on Public Safety Commission.
Established in 1971 by municipal ordinance, the Bloomington Environmental Commission (EC), formerly known as the Environmental Quality and Conservations Commission, is a voluntary advisory body composed of citizens appointed by the Mayor and Common Council. The mission of the EC is to advise the City on how its actions and policies may preserve and enhance the quality of Bloomington’s environment, including the life-supporting processes that natural ecological systems provide to humans and other organisms. The EC actively participates in the city planning process; researches and reports on environmental topics; develops educational materials; responds to inquiries from residents; and coordinates with other municipal boards and commissions, and other organizations on issues of mutual interest.
Commissioners must reside within the municipal boundary. Preference will be given to applicants with expertise in one or more areas of physical, biological, or environmental sciences; sanitation and recycling; public health; or conservation. Currently there are two vacancies.
Ready, Set, Grill! Local fire remediation specialists advise grill masters to prepare now for a safe, savory outdoor cooking season
For many, the Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns families that the onset of the summer season also marks a rise in home fires started by outdoor grilling activities. According to the NFPA, on average, 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year. July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by June, May, and August.
"Sixty-one percent of U.S. households own a gas grill," says fire remediation specialist Ryan Wolfe of SERVPRO of Lawrence, Owen, Greene & Martin Cos.. "A total of sixty-four percent own at least one outdoor BBQ, grill, or smoker. The popularity of this outdoor cooking equipment combined with longer, warmer days creates a unique fire hazard that should be taken seriously."
With Smaller Businesses Under Attack, An Indiana Tech Company Creates New Options for Outsourcing Cybersecurity
Due to the dramatic increase in data breaches for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) over the past year, Matrix Integration, a strategic IT infrastructure partner for more than 1,000 businesses and schools in the Midwest and beyond, today announced MiProtection, a 24/7/365 agreement that keeps businesses protected with the latest security technology as well as live monitoring and support. The Verizon 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report found that nearly half (46 percent) of all data breaches in 2021 affected SMBs, up from 28 percent in 2020.
“Keeping up with the volume of the cyberthreats hitting SMBs today can be daunting, especially for businesses with small IT staffs that would rather focus on their core revenue streams, not on cybersecurity,” said Rob Wildman, vice president of managed services at Matrix Integration. “MiProtection, is a way for companies to combine all their IT security costs and services into one package and gain peace of mind that their business won’t be brought down by a cybercriminal.”
Meridiam and City of Bloomington Announce Plans for $50 Million City-Wide, Fiber-to-the-Home Network
Infrastructure company Meridiam and the City of Bloomington announced today that Meridiam plans to invest more than $50 million to bring high-speed internet access to virtually every neighborhood and resident in the City. Meridiam will build and operate an open-access-model fiber network, embodying net neutrality, with a strong emphasis on digital equity. The City of Bloomington will partner in the digital equity components with up to a $1 million investment.
The Hamilton administration has prioritized establishing a community-wide high-speed fiber network to provide broad and equitable access to this essential 21st-century technology. For several years Bloomington sought a partner to develop, build and operate a Fiber To the Premises (FTTP) system featuring open architecture, which allows multiple service providers to use the same infrastructure. After extensive discussions and site visits, Meridiam and the City signed a letter of intent (LOI) in August of 2021, which led to today’s announcement.
“Equitable and ubiquitous access to high-speed broadband is fundamental for all Bloomingtonians,” said Mayor John Hamilton. “All of our students need access to e-learning from home. Today’s workers need reliable digital connections to thrive. How many home-bound seniors need high-speed internet for better health care? How many working parents need affordable access to get a high school diploma or a new skill from home to raise their earnings? Meridiam’s commitment to city-wide coverage, with an open-access model embracing digital equity, will advance our whole community – a private investment with powerful public benefits. It will help Bloomington “Recover Forward” from the pandemic and recession into a brighter more inclusive future.”
Lawrence Simmons, Horizon Bank’s Vice President, Mortgage Loan Sales Manager, is pleased to announce the hiring of Randy Bush as a Mortgage Loan Advisor. He will be working out of the branch located at 942 U.S. 31, Greenwood, Indiana.
Bush has over 20 years of mortgage lending and sales and leasing experience. He is involved with the Loyal Order of Moose, Fraternal Order of Eagles and is a BNI Membership Committee Member.
Information on rising fuel costs and Duke Energy electric bills--a message from Duke Energy Indiana President Stan Pinegar
As a key stakeholder, we wanted to share with you a letter to Indiana newspaper editors from Duke Energy Indiana State President Stan Pinegar on how rising fuel costs are affecting customer electric bills. It describes what we are seeing in the volatile energy markets and includes resources to help customers. Please contact us with any questions you may have, and feel free to share these messages on your Chamber website. A photo of our state president is attached should you want to include it. Thank you - Bruce
Hoosiers are paying more at the grocery and gas pump and may be noticing higher electric bills as well. We want to share background on what’s driving Duke Energy electricity costs and what we’re doing to help.
Since mid-2021, costs for coal and gas to produce the energy that powers Indiana homes, businesses and assembly lines have increased significantly. Fuel accounts for a significant portion of our electric costs, averaging as much as 30% of a total bill. That’s why when there are volatile energy markets, it can have a big impact.
In fact, Duke Energy Indiana is seeing the highest sustained prices for fuel that we have witnessed in a decade. Global demand and tight fuel supplies as well as labor shortages at coal mines and railroads are affecting the cost of the power we produce as well as what we purchase in the energy markets. We also have been working to overcome supply chain challenges to ensure we have sufficient supplies of fuel available for summer and winter—the times of highest electric demand.
Area manager Michelle Casady along with the staff at Northwest Bank would like to thank our customers and community for the continued support. We are proud to be a part of the Bloomington Community, and we want to show our appreciation for the friends and neighbors who make our town a wonderful and unique place. We will be celebrating Community Appreciation week May 16th thru May 20th here at the 2111 S Liberty Drive location. We’d love for you to come by to get some free snacks, fun stuff for the kiddos and a free raffle. If you have time, please come by and visit us!
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