City Council

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 City 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

City Council meeting documents are 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

The City is creating an archive of City Council minutes for dates prior to the adoption of its agenda management system. Until the archive is available, for meeting minutes prior to June 23, 2014, please contact the City Council secretary at 952-563-8782 or at

Meeting types

  • 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 schedule for each type of meeting.

2019 State of the City: Bloomington in Focus

March 2019
The annual State of the City presentation featuring Mayor Gene Winstead and City Manager Jamie Verbrugge.

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