Vetting John Hanson-the record

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All votes can be accessed at the City of Bloomington website

http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=242&parent=128

John Hanson’s last meeting was 4/25/11.

Below is a summary of votes from January 2009 until Hanson left the Council.  A majority of all votes taken are unanimous,  below are the votes with split results. The known conservatives on the Council are/were:

Judy Stearns and Kevin Huette.

Mostly conservative were Steve Purcell and occasionally David Sage.

Bernie Anderson even had some conservative votes.

Judging Hanson’s vote against the known conservative’s vote explains a lot about how conservative Hanson is.  This information can also be used to assess the current aldermen running for re-election:  Karen Schmidt, Jennifer McDade, and Mboka Mwilambwe.  Jim Fruin is also up for re-election, but does not have a challenger.  It is very difficult to call ANY of these 5 qualify as conservative when looking at how they vote.

A lot of detail isn’t included in the meeting minutes, but an in-depth analysis can be obtained  by looking up the specific meeting here:  http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=242&parent=2827

Item 7A. Approval of 2009 Tax Levy.  12-14-2009
Motion by Alderman Hanson, seconded by Alderman Schmidt that the 2009 Tax
Levy be approved and the Ordinance passed.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Schmidt, McDade, Anderson, Hanson and Fruin.
Nays: Aldermen Stearns, Huette, Sage and Purcell.
Motion carried.

Item 8A. Proposed 2009 Tax Levy and Process.  11-9-2009
Motion by Alderman Fruin, seconded by Alderman Hanson, that the proposed tax
levy be adopted as the estimate of $23,586,675 for the 2009 Tax Levy.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Schmidt, McDade, Anderson, Hanson, and Fruin.
Nays: Aldermen Stearns, Huette, Sage and Purcell.
Motion carried.

10-12-09

Item 8C. Approval of a Resolution Encouraging the McLean County Board to Adopt the McLean County Regional Comprehensive Plan 2009. Paul Russell, Executive Director of the McLean County Regional Planning

Commission addressed the Council. The Comprehensive Plan advises, does not mandate. It recognizes the need for actions, but also encourages discussion.  Mark Huber, Director of PACE addressed the Council. The Comprehensive Plan is a guideline for new and existed development. The City uses the plan to build our Comprehensive Plan.  Alderman Sage discussed the wording change on page 123 “Use the recommendation of the Main Street corridor redevelopment plan (Main Street: A call for Investment) to guide the planning and development decisions along the Main Street corridor through Bloomington – Normal.”

Mayor Stockton believed that the statement did not encourage or compel the use of form base code. Mr. Russell and Mr. Huber agreed to same.  Motion by Alderman Hanson, seconded by Alderman Anderson that the Resolution be adopted.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:

Ayes: Aldermen Hanson, and Fruin.
Nays: Alderman Stearns, Huette, Schmidt, McDade, Anderson, Sage, and Purcell.
Motion failed.
Mayor Stockton reminded Council that the form based code had not been approved.
Mr. Huber agreed to same.
Motion by Alderman Sage, seconded by Alderman Huette that the Resolution be adopted, striking the language on page 123 of the McLean County Regional Comprehensive Plan 2009 “Use the recommendations of the Main Street corridor redevelopment plan (Main Street: A Call for Investment) to guide the planning and development decisions along the Main Street corridor through Bloomington – Normal.”
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Stearns, Huette, Schmidt, McDade, Anderson, Hanson, Sage, Fruin
and Purcell.
Nays: None.
Motion carried.

6-22-2009

Item 8B. Economic Development Council of Bloomington Normal Annual Funding Request.
Motion by Alderman Hanson, seconded by Alderman Schmidt that the 2009-2010
Annual Payment in the amount of $80,000 be approved.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Schmidt, McDade, Hanson, Fruin and Purcell.
Nays: Aldermen Stearns, Huette and Sage.
Abstains: Alderman Anderson.
Motion carried.

6-8-2009

Item 8A. Bloomington/Normal Convention and Visitors Bureau – Presentation by Crystal Howard, Director.
The following was presented:
Item 8B. Convention and Visitors Bureau Annual Funding Request.
Motion by Alderman Hanson, seconded by Alderman Purcell that the 2009-2010
Annual Payment in the amount of $530,000 be approved.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Schmidt, McDade, Anderson, Hanson, Sage, Fruin and Purcell.
Nays: Aldermen Stearns and Huette.
Motion carried.

Same meeting:

Motion by Alderman Anderson, seconded by Alderman Sage to instruct David Hales, City Manager, to meet with staff from the Town of Normal and Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) in an effort to reduce the CVB’s budget.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:

Ayes: Aldermen Schmidt, McDade, Anderson, Hanson, Sage, Fruin and Purcell.
Nays: Aldermen Stearns and Huette.
Motion carried.

5-26-2009

Item 8B2. Payment to the Downtown Bloomington Association, (DBA) in the amount of $195,000 for Administering Downtown Programs.
Motion by Alderman Hanson, seconded by Alderman Schmidt that the Payment be approved.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Schmidt, McDade, Anderson, Hanson, Sage, Fruin and Purcell.
Nays: Aldermen Stearns and Huette.
Motion carried.

4-27-2009

Item 8B. Intergovernmental Agreement between the City and the Bloomington Normal Water Reclamation District.
Motion by Alderman Stearns, seconded by Alderman Purcell that the item be laid
over until the Council’s May 26, 2009 meeting.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Stearns, Huette, Schmidt, Finnegan, Sage, Fruin and Purcell.
Nays: Aldermen Gibson and Hanson.
Motion carried.

4-13-2009

Item 7B. Public Hearing on 2009-2010 Budget and Adoption of an Ordinance Titled Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for the Fiscal Year Ending April 30, 2010.
Motion by Alderman Huette, seconded by Alderman Finnegan that the Public
Hearing be held and the Ordinance passed.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:

Ayes: Aldermen Huette, Schmidt, Finnegan, Gibson, Hanson and Fruin.
Nays: Aldermen Purcell, Sage and Stearns.
Motion carried.

Item 7C. Text Amendment to Section 301.6 of Chapter 21 – Refuse Fee Increase from Seven to Fourteen Dollars.
Motion by Alderman Huette, seconded by Alderman Finnegan the revised Text
Amendment be approved (fee will return to $7.00 effective May 1, 2010) and the Ordinance
passed.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Huette, Schmidt, Finnegan, Gibson, Hanson and Fruin.
Nays: Aldermen Purcell, Sage and Stearns.
Motion carried.

Item 7D. Text Amendment to Section 92 of Chapter 17 – Emergency Medical Services.
Motion by Alderman Huette, seconded by Alderman Finnegan that the Text
Amendment be approved and the Ordinance passed.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Huette, Schmidt, Finnegan, Gibson, Hanson and Fruin.
Nays: Aldermen Purcell, Sage and Stearns.
Motion carried.

Item 7E. Text Amendment to Section 142 of Chapter 39 – City of Bloomington Use Tax.
Motion by Alderman Huette, seconded by Alderman Finnegan the Text Amendment
be approved and the Ordinance passed. The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Huette, Schmidt, Finnegan, Gibson, Hanson and Fruin.
Nays: Aldermen Purcell, Sage and Stearns.
Motion carried.

3-23-2009

Item 8D. Text Amendment and Ordinance Amending Chapter 40 (Taxicabs) of the City Code.
Motion by Alderman Hanson, seconded by Alderman Gibson that the Text Amendment be approved and the Ordinance passed.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Huette, Finnegan, Gibson, Hanson, Sage, Fruin and Purcell.
Nays: Aldermen Stearns and Schmidt.
Motion carried.

1-12-2009

Item 6C. Amendment to Contract for Private Development between City of Bloomington and Interchange City West, LLC.
Motion by Alderman Fruin, seconded by Alderman Schmidt that the item be laid
over until the Council’s February 9, 2009 meeting.

The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Stearns, Huette, Schmidt, Sage, Fruin and Purcell.
Nays: Alderman Hanson.
Motion carried.

Same Meeting

Item 6J. Waive the Formal Bidding Process and Approve a Professional Services Contract for the Design of a Clustered Wastewater Treatment System at the Lake Bloomington Reservoir.
Motion by Alderman Hanson, seconded by Alderman Schmidt that the formal
bidding process be waived, the agreement with Farnsworth Group to design a wastewater treatment facility for the Lake Bloomington Reservoir be approved in an amount not to exceed $90,000, the Mayor and City Clerk be authorized to execute the necessary
documents, and the Resolution adopted.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Schmidt, Hanson, Sage, Fruin and Purcell.
Nays: Alderman Stearns and Huette.
Motion carried.

11-22-2010

Item 6E. Change Order #2 with George Gildner, Inc. for Additional Costs to Repave the Area involved with the Water Main Replacement Project on Prairie Street.
Motion by Alderman Schmidt, seconded by Alderman Anderson that a Change
Order be approved, and the Resolution adopted.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Stearns, Huette, Schmidt, McDade, Anderson, Hanson, Sage, Fruin
and Purcell.
Nays: Alderman Stearns.
Motion carried.

same meeting

Item 7C. Public Hearing on the Petition submitted by Charles Frank Niepagen, Requesting Approval of an Annexation Agreement and Rezoning for land generally located north of Fox Creek Road and east of Interstate 55 from A, Agriculture District, to R-1A,
Single Family Residence District.
Motion by Alderman Hanson, seconded by Alderman Sage that the Annexation Agreement be approved and the Mayor and City Clerk be authorized to execute the necessary documents, (without street tap on fee).
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Huette, Schmidt, McDade, Anderson, Hanson, Sage, and Fruin and
Mayor Stockton.
Nays: Aldermen Stearns and Purcell.
Motion carried.

10-26-10

Item 6H. Approve an Agreement with Lyle Sumek Associates, Inc.
Motion by Alderman Schmidt, seconded by Alderman Hanson that Lyle Sumek Associates, Inc. be retained for Consulting and Facilitation Services, and the Mayor and City Clerk be authorized to execute the necessary documents.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Schmidt, McDade, Anderson, Hanson, Sage and Fruin.
Nays: Aldermen Stearns and Purcell.
Motion carried.

9-27-10

Item 8A. Enterprise Resource Planning Project.
Motion by Alderman Fruin, seconded by Alderman Sage that this item be laid over until the Council’s October 25, 2010 meeting.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Stearns, Schmidt, Sage, Fruin and Purcell.
Nays: Alderman McDade, Anderson and Hanson.
Motion carried.

9-13-10

Item 6H. Application from Amanda J. Huber for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing Rehabilitation Assistance.
Motion by Alderman McDade, seconded by Alderman Anderson that Amanda J.
Huber’s application for assistance be submitted to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for their review and consideration.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Huette, Schmidt, McDade, Anderson, Hanson, Sage, and Fruin.
Nays: Alderman Stearns and Purcell.
Motion carried.

6-28-10

Item 8A. Approval of a Brush Disposal Contract with T. Kirk Brush, Inc. and a Modified Lease Agreement for Brush Storage Site.
Motion by Alderman Huette, seconded by Alderman Hanson that the RFP for brush disposal be awarded to T. Kirk Brush in the amount of $406,050, the modified lease agreement be approved, and the Mayor and City Clerk be authorized to execute the
necessary documents.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Huette, Schmidt, Hanson, Fruin and Purcell.
Nays: Alderman Stearns, Sage, McDade and Anderson.
Motion carried.

4-12-10

Item 7A. Public Hearing on 2010-2011 Budget and Adoption of an Ordinance Titled “Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for the Fiscal Year Ending April 30, 2011.
Motion by Alderman Anderson, seconded by Alderman Schmidt that the Public Hearing be held and the 2010-2011 Annual Budget Ordinance passed.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Schmidt, McDade, Anderson, Hanson, Sage, and Fruin.
Nays: Aldermen Stearns and Purcell.
Motion carried.

3-22-10

Item 8D. Participation in the Central Illinois Regional Broadband Network (CIRBN) Initiative.
Motion by Alderman McDade, seconded by Alderman Schmidt that the City’s coapplicant status for the CIRBN initiative and $30,000, split over FY 2011 and FY 2012, as the City’s portion of initial matching funds be approved, and the payments be authorized
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Schmidt, McDade, Sage, Fruin and Purcell.
Nays: Aldermen Stearns and Huette.
Motion carried.

1-25-10

8A. Proposal Analysis for Professional Design Services of Gaelic Park.
Motion by Alderman Hanson, seconded by Alderman Fruin that the proposal submitted by Planning Resources, Inc. (PRI) for the design of Gaelic Park be approved in the amount of $49,915, and Mayor and City Clerk be authorized to execute the necessary
documents contingent upon City staff securing an extension from the state’s Department of Natural Resources, said contract will not be awarded if the extension is not granted.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Schmidt, McDade, Hanson, Sage, Fruin and Purcell.
Nays: Alderman Anderson, Huette and Stearns.
Motion carried.

4-11-11

Item 9A. Text Amendment to Section 301.6 of Chapter 21 – Refuse Fee Retain Fourteen Dollar Monthly Fee.
Motion by Alderman Hanson, seconded by Alderman Schmidt that the amended Text Amendment be approved and the Ordinance passed. The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Mwilambwe, Schmidt, McDade, Anderson, Hanson, Sage, Fruin and Purcell.
Nays: Alderman Stearns.
Motion carried.

same meeting

Item 8A. Adoption of an Ordinance Titled “Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for the Fiscal Year Ending April 30, 2012”.
Motion by Alderman Hanson, seconded by Alderman Fruin that the Public Hearing be held and the amended FY 2012 Annual Budget Ordinance (which included the construction of Gaelic Park) be passed.
The Mayor directed the clerk to call the roll which resulted in the following:
Ayes: Aldermen Mwilambwe, Schmidt, McDade, Anderson, Hanson and Fruin.
Nays: Alderman Stearns, Purcell and Sage.
Motion carried.

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