(BLOOMINGTON) – Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton will dedicate room 225 at Showers City Hall as the Allison Conference Room on Wednesday, January 1 immediately following the Noon inauguration ceremony.
The dedication ceremony will take place after the inauguration of four new and five returning Bloomington Common Council members, the City Clerk, and Mayor Hamilton. All events are open to the public.
Mayor Hamilton will make remarks to honor former Mayor Tomilea Allison, after the swearing-in of new council members Sue Sgambelluri, Ron Smith, Matt Flaherty, and Kate Rosenbarger; incumbent council members Steve Volan, Dave Rollo, Isabel Piedmont-Smith, Jim Sims, and Susan Sandberg; incumbent City Clerk Nicole Bolden; and Mayor Hamilton in Council Chambers.
Tomilea the former Mayor of Bloomington from 1983-1995, was the first woman elected to the office. During her tenure, Bloomington’s historic downtown saw a period of revitalization, including the transformation of the former Showers Brothers Furniture factory into City Hall.
Mayor Allison also led efforts to produce Bloomington’s first master plan, secured Bloomington’s first Tree City designation, and laid the foundation for many facilities and programs offered through the City’s Parks and Recreation Department.
The naming of a frequently used conference room for Mayor Allison follows a well-established tradition: Mayors McCloskey, Hooker, Dunlap, and Lemon, among others, have been similarly honored with eponymous rooms at City Hall.