As of 5:15 pm 10/19/17 a WHOOPING 386 people have voted out of 78,000. Impressive response!
By: Diane Benjamin
The City of Bloomington has presented the latest versions of signage for downtown. You can see the new offerings and vote here: http://www.cityblm.org/government/boards-commissions/downtown-signage-committee/2017-downtown-bloomington-wayfinding
The committee gave up on a logo after their last attempt failed miserably, the three versions now just have directions.
It doesn’t matter the Council just conducted much hand-ringing over budget deficits and long-range severe “structural deficits”.
This is downtown, therefore we must spend money.
It doesn’t matter that Veterans Parkway will never be moved to downtown.
It doesn’t matter that the local bar scene crowd by closing time may find “interesting” things to do to these signs.
Doesn’t the Council understand:
Frivolous spending like this is where “structural deficits” come from?
On August 22, 2016 the Council approved a contract with KMA Design for $62,190. On September 11, 2017 the Council approved another $10,000 when Dream Big was shot down. PDF Page 293 http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=14583
As of September 11, 2017, the Downtown Signage Committee had met 47 times: PDF page 286
A whooping 70 residents responded to their last survey. More have responded to this survey, but “None of the Above” and “Waste of Money” are not in the choices.
The current budget has $250,000 in it for signage, with the additional $10,000 approved for design, that means $240,000 is available for construction and installation. See PDF page 293 at the link above.
Anybody believe $240,000 will cover the cost?
Is “cute” worth the expense when infrastructure is crumbling?
If you need more proof of government incompetence, this committee has probably now met over 50 times.