By: Diane Benjamin
During public comment many first time speakers almost begged the Council to save the historic buildings at 104, 106, and 108 Beaufort Street. From the Council discussion, that is not going to happen.
City Manager Peterson claimed all they were doing was picking a developer. Oh they will see what they can do, but it doesn’t look good for the 130 year old buildings. Most members of the Council had similar attitudes: We hear you, but your opinions don’t matter. Peterson pulled out the Master Plan for Uptown, the developer “might” need to remove the three buildings. Lorenz wants new construction – cranes in the air! It will be glorious, not old buildings. I think all the members praised the public for being so respectful. Now watch them stab you in the back.
The Council could tell the developer those building are historic and need to be saved. Nothing the Council said last night showed they intend to do it.
Would somebody ask Chemberly why she brought race into the discussion? She equated Martin Luther King’s activities in the 60’s to her being on the Council. Then she implied that change is hard and then used that to justify maybe tearing down the 3 buildings. Maybe she doesn’t know Bloomington had a black woman on their Council way back in 1979: http://www.mchistory.org/research/resources/eva-jones.php
Her name was Eva Jones. Chemberly must not understand that race has no part in doing what she was elected to do. Does she believe in representative government or representing the Uptown Master Plan? Citizens care about what happens after a person gets elected! See her comments around 30:25.
Kevin McCarthy and RC McBride: The private sector knows government and government agencies don’t create prosperity. They aren’t investing in BN Advantage because they don’t throw money out windows. BN Advantage was supposed to be funded 75% private, 25% public. It’s not even close to that. I know it will be news to both, but low taxes and low fees provide money for investment. Because of you, local businesses don’t have it anymore.
If you didn’t watch the meeting video, the comments you don’t want to miss were from Marc Tiritilli. If you sat out the last election, when he only failed to be mayor by 12 votes, you will wish you had bothered to vote. He was the last speaker, go back to hear the others. Just hit play: