By: Diane Benjamin
Tari’s Downtown Task Force mostly consists of people who had their hand out for your money and Council people dying to give them more. The entire rest of Bloomington has no representation. Maybe that’s why moving the library and adding a bus transfer point got shredded at the meeting Monday night. See these members HERE
Then there is Tari ‘s Signage Committee that also got shredded. The Committee members are:
Crystal Howard – Convention and Visitors Bureau
Beth Whisman is from the History Museum that prefers tax dollars to making a profit.
Russel Francois has a downtown architect business
Dave Park – Downtown Businesses Owner
Thom Jones – Real Estate agent
Carl Teichman – IWU and lives in Normal
Vicki Tilton is a downtown business owner
Kyle Ham – Economic Development Council
Andrew Johnson used to run Connect Transit and no longer lives here
Tom Krieger is a real estate agent (same firm as Jones)
Tricia Stiller is one of the new City employees from the Downtown Business Association that failed
If you don’t live or work downtown,
which person represents you?
The people paying for their plans are expected to love them!
Typical of government, “experts” were called in at your expense. They blew it. This committee has now met 48 times and produced a product only they like. They have also failed to provide minutes for their meetings: http://www.cityblm.org/government/boards-commissions/downtown-signage-committee/commission-reference-materials/-folder-481
Seems to be some HOLES! Lots of missing minutes!
Did I hear they had “Dream Big” bumper stickers printed before the design was approved?
There are businesses downtown this committee, the Council, and the Mayor are doing nothing to help.
Do they know Hobbyland is closing?
I spoke to the owner this morning. He has been trying to sell the business for 6 months so he can retire. He also said the City and the Council have done nothing for him. He did say the closing of Mitsubishi and the Internet hurt his business.
Hobbyland is just the latest victim of government. If spending and taxes hadn’t skyrocketed the last 4+ years in Bloomington, people would have more of their own money to spend. The good news is, Bloomington is going to raise fees again! The destruction will accelerate – just in time for the next election.
Maybe next time whoever is picking people for committees will make sure the whole City is represented, not just their interests.