Bloomington hoping to improve downtown nightlife

By WEEK Reporter

August 26, 2013 Updated Aug 26, 2013 at 10:19 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The city of Bloomington is considering options to improve its downtown nightlife.

Monday night, council members gathered for a work session to consider a list of actionable items.

Several ideas already have council support including a ban on alcoholic beverages in "Vehicles for Hire" or party buses.

Also moving ahead, is a recommendation for an additional 15 to 20 surveillance cameras in the downtown area.

City Manager David Hales said the priority is to make the area a safer place.

"How we can continue to make it a cleaner inviting place for people to visit," said Hales. "Whether its downtown to have dinner or to drink after an event at the coliseum. So that's really our goals, to make it cleaner, safer."

The council is also considering raising liquor licensing fees to help pay for cleaning of the downtown area.

Ordinances are expected to be drafted in the next 30 days.