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The Indiana State Police received a $567,000 federal grant from the Department of Justice office of Community Oriented Policing Services (or COPS) Anti-Methamphetamine Program. The COPS Anti-Meth Program provides funds to state law enforcement agencies to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine. The fight against methamphetamine use is one of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly’s priorities for fiscal year 2015 federal appropriations. Indiana is one of only ten states receiving a 2014 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program award and this grant will boost the state’s current efforts to fight Meth Use and the destruction that follows in its wake.
The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Developement Department, or HAND Department, is seeking input from residents on what are the most pressing housing needs; Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB) is one of 50 food banks nationwide to win a grant through Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign; The Indiana State Police received a $567,000 federal grant from the Department of Justice office of Community Oriented Policing Services (or COPS) Anti-Methamphetamine Program.
Major changes are in the works for a stretch of Kirkwood Avenue downtown. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB community report.
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Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB) is one of 50 food banks nationwide to win a grant through Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign. Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change,” campaign was a collaborative effort with Feeding America and committed $3 million to provide 50 grants of $60,000 each to the winning food banks.
Hoosier Hills Food Bank’s “PBJ Campaign,” aimed at providing the equivalent of 250,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to those in need, received votes online and at one point was only 15 votes ahead. Yet it received enough votes in the final minutes to tie for 44th place. Julio Alonso, Executive Director of HHFB, feels grateful to the community for making it happen. “It went right down to the wire, and with just a few less votes we would have been out of contention. But instead, we edged out communities as big as Atlanta, San Francisco, and Louisville.” The majority of the funds will provide the sandwiches to HHFB’s partner agencies and mobile food pantry program, and the balance will allow the Food Bank to expand it’s retail food collection route by making a part-time driver full-time.
The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department, or The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department, or HAND Department, is seeking input from residents on what are the most pressing housing needs. Every five years the City reapplies for funds from the federal government under the Community Development Block Grant Program, which is administered by HUD. The funds are to be used for affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and job creation programs. The grants are awarded to qualified cities and towns and allow for local decision-making for the specific programs that are supported.
In order to be eligible, the grantees are required to get input from a representative population of the community including persons of low and moderate income and non-English speakers. Last week the City of Bloomington mailed surveys to area residents and posted the survey online. The City is also hosting focus group meetings during the month of October. The next community meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 16, at 6 PM at the library. The topic of this focus group is homelessness.
The surveys must be returned by November 16th. More information and a link to the online survey is available at bloomington.in.gov/hand.
Host Doug Storm welcomes Alyce Miller, Dave Rollo, and Sandra Shapshay to discuss Bloomington’s approach to deer management in the city limits and at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.
From the acknowledgments page of City of Bloomington’s Deer Task Force Report:
While the State has exclusive jurisdiction over deer management [IDNR representatives] have worked hard to listen to the concerns of the Task Force and the community to help us develop recommendations that suit the unique needs of Bloomington and Monroe County. And while they never complained about our interminable meetings or endless questions, no doubt Aldo Leopold’s observation that “The real problem of wildlife management is not how we should handle the animals…the real problem is one of human management” rings true…
The decision to define deer populations as stable, healthy, abundant, overabundant, or call them rats with hooves, or nuisance animals, or even the opposite of this such as the quasi-mystical forest denizen deserving of reverence, is to impose a human worldview upon them. And it is the act of managing this worldview that is as important as the decision to contract the sharpshooters of the company White Buffalo to kill the animal in question.
Because there is so much to talk about on the subject of the lethal cull of deer by sharpshooters in Griffy Lake Nature Preserve as well as the change to the city’s municipal code to allow firearms to be discharged with the city limits we’re going to continue this program next week on our 10/14 program. We’ll be joined again by Dave Rollo, Alyce Miller and Sandra Shapshay.
So Part II of To Cull is Kill: The Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Deer Kill next week on Interchange.
Host and Producer, Doug Storm
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