Interesting timing! I had no idea somebody was re-writing the ordinance! At Monday’s City Council meeting a bunch of changes are going to be made to the Boards and Commissions. It looks like somebody thought adding more was a good idea, but most got scrapped. If you want to decipher what is happening – feel free: http://cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=6157
The proposed changes start on page 209.
Will the Council, especially the rubber stamp 7, actually read the information before they vote?
Maybe this why DC doesn’t read bills. When they served locally they were told to vote yes, why change now?
by: Diane Benjamin
Do you recognize more than a few names on this list? A very few are elected, a few are City of Bloomington employees, one is the husband of Renner’s campaign manager, the rest are appointed by the Mayor. Why is that significant? Keep reading.
Schierman, Mary Anne
Montes de Oca, Leticia
Balmer, J. Alan
Stuckey, Charles E.
Much of the City is run by Boards and Commissions. Here’s a list: http://cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=253
These people bring recommendations to the Council concerning everything from spending your money to regulations. The Council for the most part is told to just approve whatever they bring. The Council doesn’t usually have time review their work or ask questions.
A LOT of these positions had expired terms when Mayor Renner took over. He has replaced a LOT of people, his idea was to infuse local government with new people. Not a bad idea, but why are they qualified to make decisions for the City?
These people exert a LOT of power over what happens in the Bloomington. Does it make you feel better that the un-elected hand-picked Mayor appointees are making decisions instead of your elected alderman?
Packets for Council meetings are frequently hundreds of pages long. Do the aldermen read all of it before the meeting? The packet and agenda for the meeting next Monday night is still not posted. Is all this on purpose?