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Park Workers Receive Raises in 2016 Budget


Seasonal workers at local parks can expect a four percent increase in their hourly wages next year, while permanent staff can expect a two percent raise. These proposals were part of the 2016 budget request presented by the Director of the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, Mick Renneisen. Renneisen spoke to the Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners yesterday.  He first reviewed highlights from the department’s activities this past year.

Renneisen says there were almost a million public participations in parks and recreation programs in 2014. He then went over the Department’s priorities for next year.  The Board approved the Department’s request for a little over eight million dollars in general funding for next year, an increase of 2.3 percent over 2015. That request now goes to the City Council. Renneisen then reviewed the non-reverting fund budget request for his Department. These are on-going funds needed for expenses, such as personnel, which roll over yearly.

The Board has the final say over the approval of the non-reverting fund budget. It unanimously approved the Department’s proposal.

Bloomington Parks Department seeks public input


The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is holding a public forum this Thursday to hear from members of the community as it develops its five-year Master Plan. The forum will be held from six-thirty to eight-thirty p.m. in the council chambers at city hall. Parks Department Director Mick Renneisen says some key themes for the plan have already been developed that will guide the department’s actions from 2016 to 2020. Residents also want the department to continue to take care of the parks and facilities currently in place. The forum will allow Bloomington residents to comment on these themes.

Indiana University’s Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands is leading the Master Plan team. The Eppley Institute has extensive experience guiding master planning projects for parks and recreation departments across the nation. Institute staff have already begun gathering information from the public. According to Renneisen on the week of May 18th a randomly selected sample of Bloomington households received postcards in the mail with invitations to go online and take surveys about Bloomington parks and programs. The results make up one part of a triangulated approach to creating the Master Plan. The other two are consultations with stakeholders and steering committees and holding public forums. While Thursday’s forum will be the third one held so far, it’s the first one held as a stand-alone. Renneisen hopes between 20 and 40 people will attend.

Anyone needing more information about Bloomington Parks and Recreation’s Master Plan process or further information on how to contribute opinions and ideas can contact The Eppley Institute at 812-855-3095. A finalized Master Plan will be released in November.

Daily Local News – January 15, 2013


Indiana University Men’s Basketball archived a big win last night against the previously unbeaten Wisconsin Badgers; The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department announced today that it is looking for someone to serve a two-year term on its Environmental Resources Advisory Council, or ERAC; State Representative Peggy Mayfield was appointed to the House Ways and Means Committee last week by Speaker Brian C. Bosma; On January 9th the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District’s Board of Directors turned away a pro-recycling activist who asked to be on the District’s advisory committee.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence delivered his 2014 State of the State address last night, to a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly in the House Chambers. We bring you some of that speech now, for today’s WFHB feature report.

Our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware! discusses department store cyber-security.

Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Drew Daudelin and Alycin Bektesh,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Ilze Akerbergs produced our feature.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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