Minutes of the April 18, 2017 Neighborhood-wide NWSNA Meeting

NWSNA Meeting April  18, 2017

 Present:  Carol Gulyas, Sandi Clothier, Sophia Hauserman, Olivia Dorfman, Cheryl Sweeney, Vernon Sweeney, Alan Balkema, Monica Dignam, Sean Starowitz, Emily Wilson, Christina Smith

– Traffic Calmer Murals – Sean Starowitz, Assistant Director of Economic Development for the Arts, Economic and Sustainable Development Department of the City of Bloomington, and Emily Wilson, an Indiana University graduate student in Arts Administration, presented Ms. Wilson’s designs for a series of traffic calmer murals to be painted on the three concrete circles surrounding planters on 7th St.  These artworks are part of Bloomington’s goal to get more public art into the city and to engage the community in creating public art. The murals will be outlined by the artist, and then at a community event (on a date to be determined) members of the neighborhood–and especially children–will  be invited to participate in filling in the designs with paint provided by the city.  On the designated day for this project, traffic on the street will be restricted.   From a selection of five designs, Carol Gulyas moved to accept three of them, seconded by Cheryl Sweeney, and the motion was unanimously approved.






– Sanitation – Christina Smith, a member Bloomington’s Department of Public Works, reported on the city’s plan for the future of trash collection in Bloomington. According to Ms. Smith, the current system is inefficient with a high risk of employee injury and deteriorating equipment necessitating replacement. The city created an advisory committee which developed a proposal that recommends moving to a more efficient, partially automated system.

To pick up trash, the new system will use either an automated arm (on side-loading trucks) or a powered tipper (on rear loading trucks.)  The type of truck used will depend on the neighborhood, with narrower streets requiring rear-loaders manned by a crew of three, and wider streets permitting side-loaders operated by one person.  The city will purchase 4 new trucks, not all at the same time, including 2 side loaders with arms and 2 rear loaders with tippers.  Existing rear loaders in good condition will be fitted with tippers.

Trash stickers will be eliminated. The fee for trash collection will be based on the size of container the customer selects, and will be added to the water bill.  The city will offer garbage containers in 35, 65 or 96 gallon sizes, with the default size being 65 gallon. The fees for these will range from $4.82 – $6.51 a month for 35 gallon, $8.60 – $11.61 per month for 64 gallon, and $13.72 – $18.52 per month for the 96 gallon contained.  The containers will be on carts to enable the tipper to lift them.    Residents must call ahead to discard large items, which will have a $10 charge.  Those having more trash than the selected container size can call to have a second pickup during the week for an additional fee. Trash collection will be weekly, probably on the same day as now.

Recycling will continue to be free of charge, and will be single stream with all forms of recyclables in the same container. The recycling containers will be available in the 35, 64, and 96 gallon sizes, and do not have to match the size chosen for trash.    Recycling collection will be weekly, on the same day as trash.

Yard waste will be either in containers without a plastic liner or in paper bags, and will cost $1 per container, with payment attached to the utility bill. Yard waste service will be biweekly.

City Hall will have an open house to display the containers and carts and answer questions.  They will also have representatives at the Farmers’ Market six Saturdays this summer.  Inserts in utility bills will give residents the option to choose container sizes. During the first 60 days of implementation, residents may exchange container sizes for no charge. After 60 days there will be a charge to change container size.  Containers will be one color with colored lids to differentiate contents. The containers will be delivered to residents.  Containers will have a radio-frequency identification tag (RFID) to enable the city to track the new system and keep records of the process.

If you have questions about the new sanitation system, contact smithc@bloomington.in.gov

– NWSNA Elections – The following officers were nominated:

Carol Gulyas–President

Sandi Clothier–Vice President

Sophia Hauserman–Treasurer

Olivia Dorfman–Secretary

Alan Balkema moved to elect the slate of officers presented and Monica Dignam seconded. The officers were unanimously re-elected.

– Neighborhood Concerns – Monica Dignam expressed concern about three issues: litter, abandoned cars, and uneven sidewalks.  In particular, the sidewalks in the 900 block of 6th street are in poor condition.  Carol Gulyas noted that such complaints should go to the District 1 Representative, Chris Sturbaum (812) 349-3409 or sturbauc@bloomington.in.gov, and also suggested that the NWSNA should organize a neighborhood walk-around to identify areas of concern.  Then, the association could write letters advising property owners to take care of their sidewalk issues.

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