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City council approves Meridiam internet deal and tax abatement request


The city council approved the Meridiam high-speed internet project June 15 and authorized the redevelopment commission to create an economic development allocation area that would allow the city to refund Meridiam’s taxes for 20 years. 

Meridiam’s plan involves installing a high-speed fiber network in Bloomington that would be open to other internet companies to utilize after a short exclusive period. The company plans to reach at least 85% of residents and will provide free service to eligible low-income citizens. 

Last week, critics spoke in opposition of Meridiam’s request for tax abatement and said other fiber networks already existed in Bloomington. The council delayed the vote to this week. 

The council passed both deals, with only council member Dave Rollo in opposition. 

The council also voted unanimously to approve the designation of the Bloomington National Savings and Loan Association at 200 E. Kirkwood Ave. as historic. 

Additionally, the council passed increased base pay for police officers. The ordinance proposed an increase of $5,000 for new certified officers, $3,000 for new probationary officers and $1,000 per quarter for officers who worked during the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

The council voted to delay a vote on vacating a public alley to allow Peerless Development to build a five story apartment complex. This is the second time the council has delayed the item since it was first discussed June 1.

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