Councilmember Jack Baloga said goodbye to the Bloomington City Council on December 20, his final meeting as a councilmember.
“My great joy of serving on the City Council was responding to calls and emails from constituents, and working with City staff to solve the problems, or providing resources outside the City as necessary,” Baloga said. “I was not always able to solve the problem, but I always enjoyed the interaction with residents.”
Baloga represented District III for 10 years. He was first elected in 2011. What began as a volunteer opportunity to serve on the board of equalization and review many years ago led to more than 30 years in public service. Before being elected to the City Council, Baloga served on the planning commission for five years.
“I have a personal belief that we should volunteer our time and talents to service others in whatever way we are able to do so,” Baloga said. “Ten years ago, I felt I could be of service to residents and chose to run for Council. I have been honored and humbled by the support of my constituents and their trust and confidence in me.”
During his tenure, Baloga focused his energy on the quality of life for residents and visitors of Bloomington, including housing, transportation, public safety, natural resources and equity. He was a part of many far-reaching projects during his time on the City Council, including establishing the sustainability commission, supporting affordable housing, working to enable the construction of the bridge from Bush Lake Road to westbound I-494 and more.