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Bloomington council approves transition housing plan in troubled neighborhood

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 03:54:59 CST
By: Rachel Darling

The Bloomington City council passed a motion to approve funding for the Labyrinth project without dissent. The project would renovate and update a six unit apartment house to provide a stable home for women returning from prison to pursue education and rebuild their families. The council held a public hearing about the project drawing residents concerned about a potential downturn in nearby neighborhoods. Mary Campbell of the project spoke to their concerns...

Another Labyrinth project member, Sharon Walker, noted the program had not recieved the council's support in the past. Walker says the project took the coucil's critiques seriously, reducing the renovation budget from $300,000 to $75,000 obtaining additional outside funding and securing more volunteer support.

The council also approved a five-year leasing agreement to replace failing office equipment for city staff. At last night's meeting, Bloomington's Information Technology Director Scott Sprouls Sprells explained the city's need for new multi-functioning devices or MFDs. These MFDs are all-in-one print, fax and copy machines. Alderman Judy Stearns expressed concern about the cost of replacing so many units...

City Manager David Hales says the constant failure of their equipment is reducing staff productivity. The council moved to approved a five-year lease agreement for 32 new MFD units at a cost of about $480,000 dollars, over five years.

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