By: Diane Benjamin
Remember that joint meeting of the Council, Library Board, and Connect Transit that 5 members of the Bloomington City Council voted not to hold? Remember Tari called a special meeting anyway?
Remember how he claimed his Downtown Task Force worked for months and had a right to be heard? Remember the editorial from member Carlo Robustelli crying about not being listened to?
Tari’s meeting was held at the Police Station where video isn’t available. You should thank Angela Scott who attended and Live Streamed it on Facebook! It was obvious the meeting was not to hear from the Task Force. A facilitator led the entire meeting after a few opening comments.
The lady talked about a survey she had sent to everyone invited to participate. She also claimed it was her survey and she hadn’t talked to anybody about the questions. How did she know what questions to ask then?
I filed a FOIA request for the survey. This is the denial I received:
It looks like Tari set this dog-and-pony show up, held it in a location where he thought only people who attended would know what happened, and then made sure the basis for the meeting (the survey) would never be public.
Since Carlo’s editorial was just last Sunday, is Tari refusing to give up on the ridiculous idea of moving the library and tearing down a parking garage?
Instead of working on real cuts to the budget, Bloomington’s mayor spends time on things like this and the upcoming welcoming ordinance for people not living here legally.
I wonder if he will shut down government if he doesn’t get tax increases since obviously there is nothing to cut! AFSCME is campaigning on Facebook to make sure garbage isn’t privatized.
I received some other interesting info with the FOIA, like the report the library paid Farnsworth to compile: BPL Long Range VisionStatement
I’ve been trying to tell you for a long time the Library is being turned into a social and fun club, here’s the proof:
You are getting more government sponsored Quality of Life spending whether you want to pay for it or not.
People are counted when they walk through the door regardless of why. Smile though, you are on camera: Door Count Visual