By: Diane Benjamin
At last Monday’s Bloomington City Council meeting, David Sage was adamant that an agenda item signed by 6 Council members be on this Monday’s Committee of the Whole agenda. Tari Renner attempted to stall, but it is on the agenda: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15300
Instead of bringing it up Monday, it has played out in the media. See this WGLT story: http://wglt.org/post/mayoral-power-risk-bloomington
Alderman Buragas has the funniest line, she hopes the proposal isn’t politically motivated. Renner hand-picked MANY of the current Council members, it isn’t politically motivated.
The Council is tired of wasting their time, lots of staff time, and lots of money on Renner’s agenda items. Alderman Painter mentioned his request for an assistant since he’s so over-worked. I could add the Fazzini garbage to jet fuel proposal and Jeff Giebelhausen’s downtown hotel deals.
Alderman Sage and the 5 other Council members (we don’t know who) want to force Tari to get 4 aldermen to approve of whatever he wants on the agenda, just like aldermen. Tari will oppose being caged. He thinks Bloomington has an “active Mayor” and City Manager form of government. City Manager yes, “active mayor” is something he made up. He will extol all his connections to ex-mayors and others who have never heard of what Sage + 5 are proposing. With 6 Alderman thinking otherwise, his pleas won’t work.
No vote will happen Monday, the discussion should be fun though. There may be tears.
Maybe Tari can give the Council another standing ovation!