By: Diane Benjamin
Tari Renner has been seen shuffling the Public Comment cards at past meetings, likely resulting in “his” people being allowed to speak first.
The last time the “welcoming ordinance” crowd showed up to pressure the Council, the majority of the speakers were for the ordinance. One lady had a problem with the bus system and another guy mentioned other topics. The numerous other people who signed up to speak were not allowed.
For the 12/18 meeting the City website says public comment will be for 30 minutes. That gives 10 speakers 3 minutes. That amount of time is insufficient, especially if Tari is shuffling the cards again. http://www.cityblm.org/Home/Components/News/News/5787/18?backlist=%2f
The first order of business should be to extend public comment. The Council is responsible for bringing this divisive issue up, so EVERY person who wants to speak should be allowed to speak. If they don’t allow the citizens to speak and Tari is allowed to shuffle comment cards again, it will further prove citizens with a different point of view are immaterial.
I hope the registered voters who stayed home last April realize they are responsible for having no one on the Council representing their interests. Every person Tari wanted to win did.
From the Bloomington Election Commission website for the April elections: http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/IL/Bloomington/66841/185906/en/summary.html