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Snow Emergency – January 25, 2021

Mayor Wiegand declared a snow emergency for the City of Bloomfield effective on January 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm until Thursday, January 28th at 8:00 am. All vehicles shall be removed from city streets and right-of-way until 48 hours after the end of the snowfall. Please see the city snow emergency ordinance for details.
City Code Ordinance 69:
69.11 SNOW EMERGENCY.
No person shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley or City-owned or leased off-street parking area during any snow emergency proclaimed by the Mayor unless the snow has been removed or plowed from said street, alley or parking area and the snow has ceased to fall. A snow emergency parking ban shall continue from its proclamation throughout the duration of the snow or ice storm and the 48-hour period after cessation of such storm except as above provided upon streets which have been fully opened. Such a ban shall be of uniform application and the Police Chief is directed to publicize the requirements widely, using all available news media, in early November each year. Where predictions or occurrences indicate the need, the Mayor shall proclaim a snow emergency and the Police Chief shall inform the news media to publicize the proclamation and the parking rules thereunder. Such emergency may be extended or shortened when conditions warrant.
(Code of Iowa, 321.236[1])
69.12 SNOW ROUTES.
The Council may designate certain streets in the City as snow routes. When conditions of snow or ice exist on the traffic surface of a designated snow route, it is unlawful for the driver of a vehicle to impede or block traffic.

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Restaurant & Bar Relief Grant Program

Governor Reynolds has allocated $40 million in federal CARES Act funds to provide financial relief for eligible restaurants and bars that were impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief Program will assist many Iowa establishments that were among the most directly and hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated closures and mitigation efforts.

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The City of Bloomfield is accepting Requests for Qualifications for the position of City Attorney

According to Chapter 20 of our Code of Ordinances, the Council shall appoint a City Attorney for the term of two years. Our current contract concludes on or about January 2021. Please review the scope of services below when submitting your qualifications. 

The scope of services includes, but is not limited to:

  • Review and advise on personnel policies
  • Review, advise and possibly prepare new and existing resolutions
  • Review, advise and possibly prepare new and existing ordinances
  • Review and advise on new or existing contracts or agreements
  • Address all miscellaneous questions and issues that are traditionally part of the normal operating procedures of the City of Bloomfield
  • Review and advise on promissory notes and general obligation bonds
  • Review and advise on document preparation requested from the Auditor or City Council

The City Council would also like to see a cost proposal for the additional items listed below:

  • Attendance in person or by telephone at the City Council Meetings as requested by the Council – please submit either a lump sum cost per meeting or a per-hour cost per meeting attended
  • Provide litigation services on behalf of the City and prosecute or defend actions and proceedings when so requested by the Mayor and/or City Council
  • Hourly rate for items not included in the retainer amount listed above

With your proposal, please submit a complete resume, your educational background, your years of practice and any specializations you may have. Please also note if you have any municipal experience  and experience in the areas of labor, employment, contracts and union negotiations.

The City of Bloomfield has the right to refuse any and all bids. The City also reserves the right to hire additional attorneys/law firms for separate situations as they arise, as this is not an exclusive contract. At the time the attorney and/or firm is chosen by Council, a further defined Agreement for Services will be acted upon.

Please submit the above requested information to the City Clerk by Monday, January 4, 2021. RFQ’s will be reviewed by the City Council at the regularly scheduled council meeting January 7th, 2021.

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City of Bloomfield Is Seeking Candidates for:

City of Bloomfield is seeking candidates for: 

  • Electric Lineman, Journeyman preferred, but will train 
  • Streets Laborer


Job descriptions available at City Hall. Applications can be found at www.cityofbloomfield.org.  

Hours of work are 6:30am – 3pm, Monday thru Friday.  On-call and emergency availability required. Salary is determined by Union contract and is commensurate with experience.  Benefits include IPERS, Medical and Dental, Vacation and Sick Time, OT and/or Comp, 9 paid holidays, Union eligible.

Send cover letter, resume and application to City Clerk, City of Bloomfield, 111 W Franklin St., Bloomfield, IA 52537.  Applications close 4:00pm October 20th.  Successful candidates will be subject to a drug test, physical and POPES testing. Questions may be directed to DPW at 641-208-6119. EOE

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Public Notice Affirmative Fair Housing Policy

This notice is published pursuant to the requirements of Executive Order 11063 on equal opportunity in housing and nondiscrimination in the sale or rental of housing built with federal assistance, and with Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended, which prohibits discrimination in the provision of housing because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability or familial status.

The City of Bloomfield, Iowa, advises the public that it will administer its assisted programs and activities relating to housing and community development in a manner to affirmatively further fair housing in the sale or rental of housing, the financing of housing and the provision of brokerage services.

The City of Bloomfield shall assist individuals who believe they have been subject to discrimination in housing through the resources of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The City of Bloomfield has designated the following office as the contact to coordinate efforts to comply with this policy. Inquires should be directed to:

OFFICE: Area 15 Regional Planning Commission
ADDRESS: 224 E. 2nd St.
CITY/STATE/ZIP: Ottumwa, IA 52501
PHONE NUMBER: 641-684-6551
HOURS: Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

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Attention Small Businesses: ASSISTANCE FOR IOWA SMALL BUSINESS & NONPROFITS

Attention Small Businesses: ASSISTANCE FOR IOWA SMALL BUSINESS & NONPROFITS

Governor Reynolds has allocated federal CARES Act funds to assist small businesses and nonprofits economically impacted by COVID-19. The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program will provide short-term relief to eligible small businesses and nonprofits that face significant hardship in the payment of utility bills for service provided during the months of disruption to their business. For more information and how to apply, please follow the link provided. If you have any questions please contact Tammy Roberts at 641-664-9654 or email tammy.roberts@cityofbloomfield.org
https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/Business/energy-recovery

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U.S. Census Deadline is September 30

The deadline to fill out the U.S. Census is on September 30. Amid the current COVID- 19 pandemic, people are encouraged to respond as soon as
possible online at 2020census.gov. They can also respond by phone or by mail. All responses to the census are kept confidential and are used only to produce statistics.

Here are just a few of the many programs that distribute federal funds based on the Census count: 

 Unemployment Insurance 
 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance 
 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 
 State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) 
 Federal Pell Grant Program 
 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families 
 School Breakfast Program 
 Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) 
 Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Program 
Respond as soon as you can. Respond on your own now to avoid a visit from a census taker later this year.  
  
Learn more at 2020census.gov.

Check out this short video about counting college students: 2020 Census: What College Students Need to Know to Be Counted in the Right Place

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