City, county commissions have plenty of spots for citizens to park

At a Bloomington city council work session held last Friday (July 19) councilmember Steve Volan told his colleagues he’d soon be introducing some proposed changes to the city’s parking ordinance.  (The council has been on hiatus for a few weeks, but a regular meeting is set for July 31.)

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The Bloomington’s parking commission has two vacancies and might soon to have a third, out of nine spots. (Image is of the 4th Street Parking Structure top floor. Graphic made from vintage 2017 imagery in Monroe County’s online GIS system)

Volan, who is the city council’s ex officio appointment to the parking commission, said that it’s a challenge to keep a full complement of members on the nine-member group.

Two vacancies are currently shown on the city’s webpage about boards and commissions, and Volan said he expects there’ll soon be a third.

So he wants to consider loosening up the requirements for serving on the commission. Currently, four of the spots are tied to affiliations with a business or non-profit in the metered parking zone. One of the spots is for someone who lives in a neighborhood permit parking zone.

The parking commission is not the only Bloomington board or commission with at least one vacancy to fill.

And several spots for citizen service are open on Monroe County boards and commissions. At the Monroe County Board of Commissioners meeting last Wednesday, board president Julie Thomas encouraged people to apply for positions.

Here’s a quick rundown of all the city and county boards and commissions with vacancies.

Bloomington (apply for city board/commission appointment)

Monroe County (apply for a county board/commission)

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