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Concerns about parking garage plans


A Monroe County Council member is raising concerns about plans for a new parking garage in downtown Bloomington. The County Commissioners have already voted on financing for the garage. But the Commissioners, which make up the executive branch of County government, effectively bypassed the County Council, which oversees County finances. Council member Marty Hawk said there are problems with leaving the Council out of decisions to build multimillion dollar structures.

The Commissioners had apparently discussed the parking garage in work sessions, but not during their regular meetings on Friday mornings. The work sessions are technically open to the public but they are not filmed and broadcast like the regular meetings are. Hawk urged the Commission to hold their work sessions in a space that could be easily recorded.

Commissioner Iris Kielsing was present at the Council meeting. She said it might not be easy to have all the Commissioners meetings filmed.

The parking garage would be used primarily by County employees. The building will also include a space that could be used in case the County Jail needs evacuated. Currently there is no structure to house inmates in case of an emergency. But besides those benefits, Kiesling told the Council the Commissioners have larger plans in mind. She said County employees who would park in the new garage are currently finding parking outside the Convention Center.

If the County sells its portion of the Convention Center to the city or to some other entity, Kiesling said that money could be used to pay for the new garage. The current plan is to pay for the structure out of the County’s cumulative capital development fund. That fund is used for a variety of capital expenses, including some road projects. Although County attorney Michael Flory said there appears to be enough money in the fund to pay for the garage, some Council members voiced concern. Cheryl Munson said the County may soon have to spend more money from that fund on roads.

Hawk said she’s not necessarily opposed to the new garage, but she wished she was consulted about it.

Unless plans change, the Council won’t actually vote on any measure related to the garage until next October, when it considers the entire County budget.

Voices in the Street – Ghosts, Ghouls and other Spooky Stuff: Tomorrow is Halloween!!


Tomorrow is Halloween, and even though the scariest part might be the chance of snow late Friday night, Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors about some of their best past costumes and what some of their fondest memories of the celebration are.

Daily Local News – October 30, 2014


Bloomington Police have arrested suspects in the armed robbery of the Circle K Gas Station that took place at approximately 12:19 this morning; A Monroe County Council member is raising concerns about plans for a new parking garage in downtown Bloomington; Bloomington firefighters are struggling with a new computer dispatch system that went live September 22nd; In a study conducted by the Applied Research and Education Center at IU Southeast, a research team found that the poverty rate in four Southern Indiana counties increased by nearly 60 percent from 2000 to 2010; Indiana University’s second annual Diversity Leadership Conference is this Saturday, Nov 1st; This week Lorraine Merriman Farrell, 2014 Chair of the Monroe County Election Board announced that the Monroe County Clerk’s office has finalized all staffing needs for the 2014 General election.

Discussing aging issues, such as living arrangements, finances, dating, end-of-life decisions and driving, early and often can save families years of heartache, tension and even legal battles. Yet, research indicates that about two-thirds of American families put off these conversations, either because they are uncomfortable with the topics or they just don’t know where to start. The “40-70 Rule®” program resources, developed in part by Home Instead, are available through Area 10 Agency on Aging and Home Instead, which includes an Action Plan for Successful AgingSM and other resources to help ease these conversations between adult children and their parents” Today correspondent Jennifer Whitaker speaks with Joe Yonkman of Home Instead for today’s wfhb community report.That was WFHB Correspondent Jennifer Whitaker speaking with Jon Yonkman about Home Instead and conversations that will help the aging process for all families.

Tomorrow is Halloween, and even though the scariest part might be the chance of snow late Friday night, Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors about some of their best past costumes and what some of their fondest memories of the celebration are.

Anchors: Carissa Barret & Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Taylor Telford, Cathi Norton and Anson Shupe
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was engineered by Dan Withered with Correspondent Jennifer Whitaker
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley, with Correspondent Taylor Telford
Our engineers are Jose Rodriguez and Jonathan Goethals
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Eco Report – October 30, 2014


In today’s EcoReport feature, local biologist Marti Crouch talks about the reasons for the dangerous decline of monarch butterflies and the need to protect them.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Todays’s anchors: Dan Young and Alicyn Bektesh
This week’s news stories were written by Dan Young, Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and David Murphy. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young. Dan Young also compiled this week’s calendar.
Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Standing Room Only – Get to know your local candidates Part 5 of 6


In the first part of this episode, candidates Chris Gaal and Jacob Moore discussed their qualifications for Monroe County Prosecutor. Monroe County Sheriff candidates Brad Swain and Steve Hale present their cases during the second half of the program.

County Commissioners announce Veterans Day ceremony

The Monroe County Commissioners invite the public to a special Veterans Day ceremony to be held at the Monroe County Court House on Tuesday, November 11th at 10:00 a.m.  Their press release also extends a special invitation to World War II Veterans to attend and be recognized. The annual ceremony will honor all persons who have served honorably in our military services. The event is being sponsored by Burton Woolery American Legion Post #18—Richard E. Dunbar, Commander, a primary sponsor of a Veterans Day Event in Bloomington for over 45 years.  The support and participation of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #604—Joe Harding, Commander, and AMVETS Post 2000—John Bowman, Commander, is also noted.

Colonel Turner Nolan, United State Army, retired, will serve as Master of Ceremonies and with weather permitting, a laying of memorial wreaths around the Veteran Memorial Monument on the Courthouse lawn will be conducted, followed by free luncheons at sponsor locations.  World War II veterans are urged to contact Turner Nolan (812) 824-9478 to provide additional information to be used to honor their service.  In recognition of Veterans day, there will be no parking meter costs downtown on November 11th.


Bloomington Beware! – Halloween!


Let’s keep kids safe! Here’s our regular reminder about what to watch out for — and what you don’t need to worry about — on this annual Fright Night.

Matt Alano Martin discusses the Bloomington comedy scene and the release of his debut album


Local Comedian Matt Alano Martin is releasing his debut album tomorrow night on the same stage of his first stand up performance more than five years ago. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh met with Matt and asks about building a career on comedy here, for todays community report.

The Comedy Attic is located on the corner of Walnut and 4th street in downtown Bloomington.

State records go digital

On October 23  a joint press release from the office of Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana Commission on Public Records announced a new partnership with Ancestry.com to digitalize 13 million birth, death and marriage certificates in time for the state’s 2016 bicentennial. This will be the largest online collection of Indiana state materials ever digitalized. Online historical records older than 75 years will start to become available to the public in 2015. Birth and death certificates date back to the early 1900s and the state’s marriage records span the years 1958-2005. The State Archive estimates the partnership will save Indiana more than $3.2 million considering the costs to index, scan, and make such materials accessible and will accomplish these tasks years sooner than otherwise possible. For the past two years the Indiana Commission on Public Records has worked with the Indiana State Department of Health Vital Records to achieve this partnership. The Indiana State Department of Health Vital Records will streamline Hoosiers’ access to records with its own copies. Ancestry.com will also provide access to these materials for its members when the project is completed.

Standing Room Only – Get to know your local candidates, Part 4 of 6


On Thursday, September 25, in the Ivy Tech Student Commons seven candidates discussed their qualifications for MCCSC Board, the candidates for the district 1 seat are Larry Barber, Chuck Holloway, Kelly Smith, Raymond Conn, and Joshua Paul. The candidates for Seat 7 are Brandon Shurr and Jeannine Butler. This event was recorded by Community Access Television Services and used with permission by Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

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