Local News Headlines: January 14, 2021

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Indiana expands COVID-19 vaccines to Hoosiers 70 and older

Just days after Phase 2 of the Indiana Coronavirus vaccine roll out begins, allowing for residents over the age of 80 to become vaccinated, Indiana has expanded its access to the Covid-19 vaccination to those 70 and older. According to the state Health Department, over 100,000 Hoosiers between the ages of 70 and 79 have since scheduled online appointment to receive their shots. To date, almost a quarter of a million state residents have received their first Covid-19 vaccination shot, and over 40,000 have obtained their second, and final dose. The number of Hoosiers who have been diagnosed with Coronavirus is approaching 600,000.

House Bill would limit Gubernatorial Executive powers

Indiana State Representative Matt Lehman’s has introduced legislation which would ensure that a renewal to a 30-day Governor Ordered declaration of Emergency can only be issued if the Legislature is currently in session. In the proposed bill, the Governor would be required to call a special legislative session should there be a desire to extend such an order when Indiana law makers are not in session. Currently, there is no limit to the Governor’s power to renew an emergency order.

City Sanitation Customers May Access Information, Services With New Online Tool

Bloomington is offering residents a new tool for accessing information about and scheduling sanitation services. The interactive website allows City sanitation customers to submit information to receive automatic responses about collection schedules and acceptable items, and to schedule special pickups of large or bulky items. The tool was developed to simplify household trash and recycling disposal for customers, encourage compliance with recycling guidelines, and reduce unsafe or illegal disposal of large or hazardous items.  

Sanitation customers may visit https://api.recollect.net/r/area/bloomingtonin at any time for the following information and services:

  • View and print trash, recycling or yard waste collection calendars (by entering one’s address)
  • Schedule special collections (appliances, bulky items, mattresses, furniture, etc.) or an extra weekly pickup
  • Determine whether an item should be disposed of in the recycling cart or trash cart        
  • Request additional assistance