Monday, October 1, 2007

Welcome, New Neighbors!

Bryan Park area residents welcome new blood to the neighborhood each fall and throughout the year. If you are new to Bloomington, you are probably still learning about the City services and ordnances. Here’s a little ‘cheat sheet.’

Quiet times. Sleeping hours are protected by limits on noise sources:

· 11:00 pm - 6:00 am for movable source noise (car radio, boombox, etc.)

· 9:00 pm - 7:00 am for fixed source noise (power tools or lawn mowers, etc.)

The City considers noise “excessive is if it can be heard in the public right-of-way or in another person's home.”

Parking is permitted on paved or gravel surfaces only, not in yards.

Snow removal. Property owners must clear ice and snow from sidewalks abutting their property within 24 hours. BPNA volunteers help neighbors with health problems clear their walks and avoid fines. Contact BPNA president Jan Sorby at to get on the list.

Recycling. Every two weeks the recycling truck collects:

  • Plastic containers coded #1 through #7 (it’s stamped on the bottom of the item) and clean plastic grocery bags
  • Clean dry paper, shredded and bagged paper, flattened cardboard and paper board boxes
  • Metal cans and glass containers.

Please sort recyclables into two categories: paper and everything else. To check the collection date or request a red recycling bin, call the Sanitation Department at 349.3443.

Dog don’t. You’ve probably noticed the doggy waste bags dispensed from plastic milk bottles around the neighborhood. Liz Brown gets the “good neighbor” award for putting them up, but she needs an endless supply of plastic bags. Feel free to fill the dispensers yourself or leave bags in the bin on Liz’s porch at 413 E. Davis.

Neighborhood Watch provides both an 'extra eyes and ears' approach to crime prevention and a proactive approach to improving quality of life in the neighborhood. Dick Mitchell acts as liaison to the police or other city offices, without involving you. Call him at 339-5096 or email

From BPNA Neighborhood News, October 2007