by: Diane Benjamin
Add to the title: And the Aldermen who voted to give him another contract and a big raise!
Of course, you don’t know which ones did because they also voted to NOT release the minutes of Executive (Secret) meetings where they do the evaluations. Think the 7 potted plants. Same thing happened to former City Manager Tom Hamilton’s evaluations. Taxpayers don’t have the right to know anything discussed in their secret cabal about holding the guy THEY hired to manage the City accountable. Aldermen Stearns and Lower voted against the contact and pay raise. Everything that happens in the City is his responsibility, how do you think he is doing?
So what is his fault?
Start with this statement from the November 10, 2012 Panatagraph:
BLOOMINGTON – When it comes to problems with the downtown bar scene, the buck now stops with David Hales.
To date NOTHING has been done to clean up the Downtown Bloomington Bar scene. DAVID HALES fault.
Then there is this from the Pantagraph 26 Mar 2008:
The Bloomington City Council approved a $2.9 million bid from Peoria Metro Construction for the station, which will be built at Six Points Road and Mitsubishi Motorway.
Construction could take about a year. Deputy Fire Chief Dan Shanks told the council Monday that he believed the station could be staffed by February or March 2009.
The Fire Station is built and has NEVER been used. Construction was shoddy and the building leaks. Who has been held accountable? David Hales is throwing away $2.9 million of YOUR money. Why are YOU not contacting your alderman? Why haven’t you screamed at the Mayor and City Manager? $2,900,000 up in smoke, but now they want to raise taxes and spend $11,000,000 more on staff?
Here’s what David Hales said as reported in the Pantagraph March 13, 2012:
Referencing the city’s brand new but unused fire station on the city’s west side, City Manager David Hales said he intends to push for “a much more rigorous” process for prioritizing projects.
Where are Hales priorities? Not reducing pension expenses – he keeps hiring and hiring and hiring – every new hire comes with a new pensions that must be funded. Is it streets? The new budget proposed uses $10,000,000 of borrowed money and takes the City’s $4,000,000 out.
How about the CLOSED Coliseum parking garage? How many millions is that going to take to fix? Will it have to be torn down? Nobody knows because the City isn’t talking. Repairs are not in the budget, and the contractor isn’t talking either. Have you contacted your alderman yet? I probably have at least $5,000,000 just in this post that David Hales is allowing to be thrown away.
Here’s what David Hales priority is – Item B:
Hales wasted 45 minutes of Council time and countless staff hours on a program to compare Bloomington City services to other cities around the country. It all on video – watch the exasperated staff yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuFlvn38avM&feature=share How much is in the budget for this continuing comparison project? Nobody knows!
Does David Hales have his priorities right? Obviously the 7 potted plants think he does. That’s why you have 3 choices:
- Don’t pay any attention to what the Council does and watch your taxes go higher and higher
- Contact your alderman and demand answers
- Demand your alderman FIRE David Hales, then fire your alderman in the next election
Here’s the dirty little secret being buried with the Modified Wards referendum:
The alderman do NOTHING other than vote Yes or No for what is on the agenda and handle citizen complaints. The alderman are the last line of defense against out of control City spending. They are suppose to represent you! They CAN NOT put anything on the agenda. The Council hired David Hales to manage the City. The Council SHOULD be there to hold him accountable. The potted plants are not doing their job. If the Council is dysfunctional it is because they are NOT doing their job. Electing At-Large alderman won’t change a thing. Water wells have not been started on the west side because they are not a priority of David Hales. That won’t change with super-aldermen.
The only way to fix the dysfunctional Bloomington City Government is to quit electing dysfunctional representatives. Mayor Renner, Alderman Black, Alderman Mwilambwe, and David Hales are currently at a League of Cities conference where they are attending lectures about redeveloping downtown and hearing people like Democrat Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz speak. Of course you are paying for it. Mayor Renner posted this on Facebook from the conference:
Is Mayor Renner dysfunctional? Alderman Scott Black “Liked” the post, does that make him dysfunctional too?
Are you getting your money’s worth Bloomington?