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The County Employee Parking Garage Proposal Moves Forward

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Bloomington residents debated the merits of the proposed parking garage downtown at a city Plan Commission meeting on Monday. The Monroe County government wants to build the facility at the south-east corner of Morton and Eighth Streets. County employees would park there. This is the third time in three months the proposal has come before the Bloomington Plan Commission. The original proposal was for a nine story, ninety-four-foot tall facility. The height was well over the 50 foot height allowed by City Code. Since then, the County has downsized the proposed building to seventy feet tall. Bloomington Planning and Transportation Department Director Tom Micuda says changes have been made to make the building more compatible with its neighbors.  He compares the garage height to other downtown buildings and says that it is now in relation to all of the others in terms of the facade.

Micuda pointed out that many of the features of the proposal are still in violation of city code. Mayor Mark Kruzan then spoke in favor of the proposal. Despite the size of the building, Kruzan said the garage will help keep County government facilities downtown.  Kruzan said that Monroe County Government has made a choice loyal to staying downtown and that the parking garage  would benefit this initiative in maintaining a downtown presence.

The County Commissioners are looking into opening the facility to public parking in the evening, on the weekends, and during holidays. During the public comment period, there was both support and opposition to the proposal. Generally, supporters lauded the benefits of keeping county employees and their vehicles downtown. Opponents criticized the garage as expensive and inappropriate for downtown. They said the current shuttle service, which takes County employees to work from the convention center parking lot, is a cheaper option. Ultimately, the Commission voted 7 to 1 to approve the project. Commission member Jane St. John cast the only no vote. The recommendation will now go to Bloomington City Council for a final decision.

Interchange – PCBs Under the Rug: A 2007 Interchange Interview

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…in a community that would like to pride itself on being environmentally friendly and attracting people to a safe, comfortable place to live, such as Bloomington, we don’t want to admit that we’ve got this huge unresolved problem; it’s not good for our image. I think the community leaders, the elected officials, have been schizophrenic about dealing with this problem they’ve had a lot of reservations with facing up to it….You can’t just sweep it under the rug. It’s an ethical issue. –Mick Harrison, Public Interest and Environmental Attorney

Yesterday WFHB’s Daily Local News reported that though there has been relatively little public discussion about the contaminants in the past decade, a citizen group called Healthy Monroe County has recently reignited the issue. And on April 30th WFHB’s EcoReport aired an interview with Public Interest and Environmental Lawyer Mick Harrison, and Retired Senior Greenpeace Scientist Pat Costner about PCBs, their health effects, and the current state of the clean-up in Monroe County.

In complement to this we revisit an archive Interchange from September of 2007 about PCB contamination in Bloomington and the ongoing struggle of local activists and concerned citizens to make headway on a real clean-up of this environment hazard which was inflicted on Bloomington by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation between 1957 and 1977.

Westinghouse’s disposal practices were neither abnormal or illegal during this period. However, with the passage of environmental legislation in the 1970s, these disposal practices were halted. Furthermore, environmental legislation made those responsible for pollution strictly liable for the cleanup even if their disposal actions were legal at the time. In 1977 Westinghouse halted production of capacitors using PCBs due to the Toxic Substances Control Act that specified PCBs as a hazardous substance.

Since 1957…58 years and counting…

In this archive episode of Interchange Host Mylo Roze probes Bloomington’s PCB problem with key figures in the fight for public health. Mylo is joined in the studio by Environmental Attorney Mick Harrison and Citizen Activist Greg Moore. Addressed are the history, scope, sites and current status of PCB contamination in the Bloomington area due to dumping by the Westinghouse corporation. The state of then-current litigation against the EPA and the initiation of a new Action Group to get the remaining PCB contaminated materials and soil into sealed bunkers are explained. Possible liability of the City of Bloomington, cover-ups by local government officials and dump sites being ignored by the EPA are also mentioned. Toxic health effects, the ailments of former Westinghouse workers and our legacy of poisoning future generations are also dealt with in this ‘PCB episode’. The apathy and anxiety of the average Bloomingtonian regarding the issue are also spoken to by guests Moore & Harrison.

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Decades-Old Document Lists Properties Suspected of PCB Contamination
Health effects and clean-up options for PCBs- full 30 minute interview
Interchange – Mick Harrison
Frey v E.P.A

Credits
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Adam Reichle
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Cast of Characters: Leslie Rowland

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Rowland holding her niece.
Photo courtesy of Leslie Rowland.

This is the story of Leslie Rowland, a local woman who lived with Lyme disease for 16 years before she was diagnosed, on another installment of WFHB’s Cast of Characters series with reporter Amanda Marino.

The Ins and Outs of Money – Dial This Extension for Money Smarts

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Along with every other Indiana county, we have a Purdue University Extension that offers free resources to the community. Among those resources, says Emily Roth, are information and education related to managing your money better.

Daily Local News – May 12, 2015

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Volunteers at Hoosier Hills Food Bank are in the process of sorting and sending 18 tons of food received over the weekend; Three-quarters of a million Hoosiers could be eligible for refunds from their cellular service providers, thanks to a lawsuit settlement announced today; A study done by an IU environmental scientist and colleagues finds the environment in the United States is exposed to far more animal hormones than once thought; Representative Todd Young is teaming with the City of Bloomington and WorkOne South Central to host a job fair in Bloomington this June; Indiana University has received two National Science Foundation research grants totaling $8.6 million, according to a press release from IU; The Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals considered problems related to development in Karst areas at a meeting last week.

FEATURE
The story of a local woman who lived with Lyme disease for 16 years before she was diagnosed, another installment of WFHB’s Cast of Characters series.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Dial This Extension for Money Smarts – Along with every other Indiana county, we have a Purdue University Extension that offers free resources to the community. Among those resources, says Emily Roth, are information and education related to managing your money better.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Joe Crawford and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Amanda Marino
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Bring It On! – May 11th, 2015

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Beverly Calender-Anderson and Leila Randle welcome Donald Griffin Jr.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, Beverly and Leila welcome Donald Griffin Jr., real estate broker and owner of Griffin Reality. He joins us to talk about his realty business and also educate listeners on effective strategies for home buying and selling.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: Beverly Calender-Anderson and Leila Randle
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

bloomingOUT – May 7, 2015

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Tonight, hosts Jeff Poling and Ryne Shadday interview our guest Jeanne Smith, an activist, an environmentalist, a humanist. She describes herself as a hoosier philosopher, a free thinker, an absolute relativist, a nude transvestite, a transsexual, a full time crossdresser and someone transgender.  She has been living as a woman for the past seven years.  Our music for tonight was “Ghost Town” by Adam Lambert.  The bloomingOUT staff would like to give a special thanks to Jeanne Smith for joining us tonight.

 

Credits

Hosts Jeff Poling, Ryne Shadday

Executive Producer Joe Crawford

Producer Olivia Davidson

Script Coordinator Hayley Bass

Board Engineers Carissa Barrett, Jacob Samples

social media coordinators Megan McCullough, and Jorge Guillen, and Andrew Sims

Voices in the Street – Speaking from Experience: Advice Post Pomp and Circumstance

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This time of year, our community’s youth find themselves on the cusp of big change. In the midst of graduations at IU, Ivy Tech, as well as local high schools, we asked YOU for advice and words of wisdom for our local graduating seniors.

Construction Begins in B-Line Woods Neighborhood

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Habitat for Humanity began building homes last week as part of its new subdivision along the north end of the B-Line Trail. This first round of construction was part of what Habitat calls the Women Build Blitz, where all-women volunteer teams construct houses. The entrance to the new neighborhood is located off Diamond Street. The project faced some resistance when it was proposed last year, mostly from residents who opposed clearing part of the B-Line Woods to make way for the homes. A petition from those residents asked the city government to let Habitat build the subdivision on anearby piece of city-owned property, but that deal never came tofruition. The City Council ultimately approved zoning variances to allow Habitat to clear the woods. Last Friday teams of volunteersbegan building the first two homes in the neighborhood, which theorganization calls the Trail View neighborhood. In total there will be 35 homes there. Habitat for Humanity says homeowners will pay interest-free mortgages for their new homes.

City Deals with Pricey Sludge

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The City of Bloomington has hired a company to truck away sludge from its waste water treatment plant. The Utilities Services Board awarded the contract to Young Trucking. The Board recently heard that costs for removal and disposal of sludge has been escalating rapidly over the last few years, approaching three-hundred-thousand dollars for 2015. Utilities Department Assistant Director Efrat Feferman reported on the process leading up to the recommendation to hire Young Trucking.

“The Young Trucking contract is offering a, per ton, flat charge of $32.52″ Efrat explains.

The company would remove the sludge and arrange for disposal of it at a land-fill. The proposed ten-year contract would allow either party to cancel it with one year’s notice. Utilities Department Deputy Director John Langley says the city will continue to use the City’s Dillman Landfill for the occasional disposal of sludge. The Board voted unanimously to accept the contract with Young Trucking. Also at the meeting, Utilities Director Patrick Murphy told Board members of a special service that his department will be providing for IU-Bloomington during its Spring graduation ceremonies.

“We’ve been specifically requested  by the office of the president of Indiana University to provide water stations” says Utilities director Patrick Murphy.

Later in the meeting, Utilities Engineer Mike Bengston reported on the department’s work with Isolux, the principal contractor building section five of I-69. The city is working with the company on necessary adjustments to utility infrastructure near the new highway.

“We have been working with Isolux for 6 months now trying to establish acceptable relocation plans for each one of the intersections” says Mike Bengston.

Costs for this work will be assumed by Isolux.

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