Adopted in 1960, the City Charter provides for a Council-Manager form of government. The City Council, which includes an elected mayor and six other elected councilmembers, exercises the legislative power of the City of Bloomington and determines all City policies.
The Council appoints a professional city manager, who is responsible to the Council for the administration of all City business. The Council also appoints citizens to various advisory boards and commissions.
Meetings and minutes
Meeting documents after June 23, 2014
Starting June 23, 2014, City Council meeting documents have been provided through the City's online agenda management system.
- Agendas – listing of items to be discussed at each meeting.
- Webcasts – video access to most regular meetings. These meetings are streamed live during the meeting and uploaded as an archived video soon after the conclusion of the meeting. (Special meetings and study meetings are only audio recorded.)
- Voting results (without any narrative) – posted soon after the meeting.
- Minutes – the official record of each meeting, are posted after approved by Council, which can take several weeks.
Meeting documents prior to June 23, 2014
Meetings prior to June 23, 2014 are available at http://184.108.40.206:8080/agenda/cityofbloomington/Search.html. Users need to enter a search keyword in the box next to Search, then check the box next to Archive and click the Search button. It will search for the keyword in any City Council and Planning Commission minutes dating back to 2000.
- Regular meetings are at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month, in Bloomington Civic Plaza's Council Chambers. This schedule is adjusted to accommodate holidays.
- Study meetings may be held at 6 p.m. on an off-week Monday (the second, third, or fourth Monday of the month). These meetings are in the Haeg Conference on the second floor of Civic Plaza.
- The Council also holds joint meetings with other organizational groups, special meetings and meetings on property taxes.
See the schedule in our agenda management system for more information about the scheule for each type of meeting.
The Art of Creating Community: 2014 State of the City
Mayor Gene Winstead and past City Manager Mark Bernhardson presented the 2014 State of the City address at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Normandale and I-494, where they provided insights about Bloomington’s current state and its direction for the future. (March 2014)