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Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan

We talked with Mayor Kruzan about bike-friendly policies, parking meters, the budget hearings and more.

Here are some highlights from today’s interview:

  • The city pushed back its annual budget hearings from July to August in order to use more up-to-date data from the state.

“Sue West, the new controller, looked at the ways in which we receive numbers from the state of Indiana. Since we don’t get some of our numbers until August she asked the council and council President Darryl Neher, all the other council members – Dan Sherman the council attorney all agreed. We were asking for 2014 but they accommodated the request for 2013 and its already made a difference.”

“Anyone who sees graffiti or gum on the sidewalks or sadly because we’ve got so many more residents downtown with pets there are some pet waste issues and signage that might get vandalized or damaged in storms – we want to have a response within 24 to 48 hours of problems being called in.”

“Tending to problems as they come up as opposed to taking them for granted and believing that’s just part of living in a city – it’s a more aggressive approach to downtown conditions.”

  • A listener asked if the new parking meters will feature a pay-by-phone option.

“Yes it will in upcoming months and I can’t tell you exactly when but we did just sign a contract with the vendor and you’ll be able to establish kind of an E-wallet where you can put credit on that much like those who are familiar with Paypal or your own debit card and then use the pay-by-phone application to charge your parking time.

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