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City of Bloomington accepting applications for 15 of its boards and commissions

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The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members interested in serving on several of the city’s boards and commissions, according to a May 10 press release. Of the more than 45 boards and commissions which advise the Bloomington mayor and city council, contribute to policy, approve resolutions and fund projects, the following 15 have vacancies open for application.  

The City of Bloomington encourages interested applicants to attend a board or commission meeting of their choosing before applying. Meeting schedules vary but are open to the public. After applying, the Bloomington Common Council, a legislative body which acts as a link between the citizens and their government, Mayor Kerry Thomson, or others, if specified, will appoint members to each board.  

Applications will be kept on file for 90 days. 

Bloomington Industrial Development Advisory Commission  

The Bloomington Industrial Development Advisory Commission oversees the city's Downtown and Thomson Community Revitalization Enhancement districts. Bloomington’s two CRED districts allow for sales and income tax dollars generated by new investments to be captured and used for economic development purposes. The Downtown district is a more than 3,700,000 square foot area located between Second, Eleventh, Rogers and Grant Streets. The Thomson district is a more than 10,200,000 square foot area between Allen Street and RCA Community Park. 

Seats available: 1 

Appointed by: Mayor Thomson  

Meeting time: Unspecified  

Eligibility: There are no eligibility requirements for this position. 

Compensation: Unspecified 

More information can be found here.  

Board of Public Safety  

According to the City of Bloomington, the Public Safety Board oversees the police and fire departments.  

Seats available: 1 

Appointed by: Mayor Thomson 

Meeting time: 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in City Hall’s McCloskey Conference Room.  

Eligibility: Must be a city voter for at least one year prior to appointment.  

Compensation: Unspecified  

More information can be found here.  

Community Development Block Grants Funding Citizens Advisory Committee  

The CDBG Funding Citizens Advisory Committee reviews CDBG funding for community projects. The council is split into two committees, one which reviews applications for physical improvement project funding and the other which reviews applications for public service programs. The council is made up of two city council members, two redevelopment commission members and up to 18 community members.  

Seats available: 1 

Appointed by: Mayor Thomson 

Meeting time: Unspecified  

Eligibility: There are no eligibility requirements for this position. 

Compensation: Unspecified 

More information can be found here.  

City of Bloomington Capital Improvement  

The CBCI is a nonprofit which benefits, performs and carries out the charitable, educational and other public purposes of Bloomington. 

Seats available: 1 

Appointed by: Mayor Thomson 

Meeting time: 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in City Hall’s Allison Conference Room.   

Eligibility: There are no eligibility requirements for this position. 

Compensation: Unspecified 

More information can be found here.  

Commission on Aging  

The Commission on Aging works with community members and organizations to improve public awareness of the senior and aging community. 

Seats available: 1 

Appointed by: Mayor Thomson 

Meeting time: 3 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in City Hall’s McCloskey Room.  

Eligibility: Must be residents of Monroe County, preference is given to those with expertise or representative of senior issues, recreation, and social services, among other relevant topics. 

Compensation: Unspecified  

More information can be found here.  

Commission on Sustainability  

The Commission on Sustainability promotes economic development, environmental health and social equity by gathering and disseminating information, promoting practical initiatives and measuring, monitoring and reporting on the community’s progress towards sustainability.  

Seats available: 3 

Appointed by: Mayor Thomson and Common Council  

Meeting time: 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, location is not specified. 

Eligibility: There are no eligibility requirements for this position. 

Compensation: None 

More information can be found here.  

Commission on the Status of Black Males  

The Commission on the Status of Black Males addresses problems facing Black men in education, health, criminal justice and employment and promotes positive public and private remedies to these issues in the Bloomington community.  

Seats available: 2 

Appointed by: Mayor Thomson, Human Rights Commission and Common Council 

Meeting time: 5:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in City Hall’s Hooker Conference Room. 

Eligibility: There are no eligibility requirements for this position. 

Compensation: Unspecified  

More information can be found here.  

Commission on the Status of Children and Youth  

The Commission on the Status of Children and Youth promotes community connections that empower, enhance and nurture children and youth. 

Seats available: 2 

Appointed by:  Mayor Thomson 

Meeting time: 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at City Hall’s Hooker Conference Room.  

Eligibility: Applicants should be representative of low income, community and social services for youth and children. 

Compensation: Unspecified 

More information can be found here.  

Commission on the Status of Women  

The Commission on the Status of Women explores the issues and concerns facing women to promote solutions to such problems.  

Seats Available: 1 

Appointed by: Mayor Thomson 

Meeting time: 5:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in City Hall’s Hooker Conference Room.  

Eligibility: There are no eligibility requirements for this position. 

Compensation: Unspecified  

More information can be found here.  

Community Advisory on Public Safety Commission  

The Community Advisory on Public Safety Commission strives to increase the safety of all Bloomington community members, but especially marginalized community members through research and data gathering. 

Seats available: 5 

Appointed by: Common Council  

Meeting time: 4:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month in City Hall’s Allison Conference Room. 

Eligibility: Must be at least 18 years of age and reside in the City of Bloomington. 

Compensation: None 

More information can be found here.  

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commission  

According to the City of Bloomington, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission sponsors events and programs, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, "A Day ON! Not a Day Off," to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and promote the acceptance of diversity in the community.  

Seats available: 1 

Appointed by: Common Council 

Meeting time: 5 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month in City Hall’s Kelly Conference Room. 

Eligibility: Preference for appointments is given to individuals part of local religious organizations, the Bloomington Human Rights Commission, Monroe County government, local community school corporations and the NAACP. 

Compensation: None 

More information can be found here.  

Historic Preservation Commission  

The Historic Preservation Commission strives to provide affordable and sustainable places to live, work and visit through preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings.  

Seats available: 1 

Appointed by: Common Council 

Meeting time: 5 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month via Zoom, and fourth Thursday of each month in City Hall’s McCloskey Conference Room.  

Eligibility: Must be a voting resident and interested in preservation of historic buildings and areas.  

Compensation: None 

More information can be found here.  

Parking Commission  

The Parking Commission develops, implements and maintains parking policy in respect to the city’s comprehensive plan, a long-range plan for land use and development. The Parking Commission coordinates parking activities, supervises the preparation and publication of parking reports and receives comments and concerns regarding parking matters, among other responsibilities.  

Seats available: 3 

Appointed by: Mayor Thomson and Common Council  

Meeting time: 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month in City Hall’s Hooker Conference Room.  

Eligibility: One member must be a merchant owning and operating a business located within city limits; one member must be a board member or employee of a non-profit which operates at a property within city limits; four members should be residents within the city; and one member should be from the transportation department, engineering department or Department of Public Works.    

Compensation: Unspecified 

More information can be found here.  

Tree Commission  

The Tree Commission advises the city landscaper on practices of urban forestry, promotes public education on tree matters and provides advice to the Board of Public Works for cases and policies regarding trees. 

Seats available: 1 

Appointed by: Common Council  

Meeting time: 9:30 a.m. on the third Monday of each month at 930 W. Fourth St.  

Eligibility: There are no eligibility requirements for this position. 

Compensation: Unspecified 

More information can be found here.  

Urban Enterprise Association

The Urban Enterprise Association strives to provide the means for residents and businesses within the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association Zone to improve economic, physical and social environments and the association contributes to economic development efforts of the city’s urban core. The BUEA Zone includes areas north, west and south of downtown whose residents and businesses are eligible for scholarships, arts and business grants and tax incentives.  

Seats available: 1 

Appointed by: Common Council 

Meeting time: 12 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in City Hall’s McCloskey Conference Room. 

Eligibility: One member must have jurisdiction over the zone, if any exists; one member must be of the municipality’s department that partakes in planning or economic development functions, if any exists; three members must represent businesses within the zone, one from manufacturing if exists in the zone; one member must be from the trades and represent construction workers; three residents must be from the zone, two of which should be from different political parties; and one member must be from the municipality's legislative body whose district includes all or part of the zone.  

Compensation: Unspecified 

More information can be found here.  

 

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