By: Diane Benjamin
It isn’t possible to have verbal or email permission from government to do anything and expect it to be honored. If boats on Lake Bloomington are so hazardous to the drinking water that supposed “illegal” docks must be removed, why are any boats allowed on the Lake?
$250 fine per day? Send Tari and the 7 members of the Council who voted YES a thank you card for the display of complete tyranny. Those homeowners aren’t allowed to vote in City elections, they just get penalized. An attorney attempted to speak first, he was cut off because he wasn’t allowed to speak on behalf of the family whose name was called. It would probably help if the Public Comment rules were spelled out on the City website. I can’t even find the policy in the City Code. It might be there somewhere because I know it has been revised. It should be clearly stated on the meeting announcements page – that’s where other units of government have it.
Emails from City staff years ago approving the docks didn’t matter. A likely decrease in property values didn’t matter either. Docks that have been in place for more than 40 years didn’t matter. A decrease in income to the City because of falling property values didn’t matter either.
I’m betting the City gets sued again over this one. Mathy and Black voted against the motion, I did not listen to why. You can listen yourself here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piuV80hoB-4
The City Clerk is still not posting any minutes for meetings in 2018. It’s only April, no rush. She does post “motions and votes” which are a complete waste of time since that information would be in the minutes if they were posted.
Why does this matter now? Because Alderman Bray pulled approving the minutes from the February 12th meeting again. This time she moved to replace them with a revised set that evidently was sent to aldermen yesterday afternoon. The packet was not amended to reflect the new minutes. Therefore we have NO IDEA what the new minutes that were approved say. As long as the clerk refuses to post the minutes we never will either.
The Council approved spending money for a sports complex consultant by a vote of 5-4. See 1:17:40 for Alderman Hauman’s reason for voting Yes. Sage, Mwilambwe, Painter and Bray voted no.
I guarantee this study will return claiming the end to world hunger with all the millions of economic activity it will generate in the few months it will be available for use each year.
Public comment is cued up below. CPA Carl Woodward thinks the Council needs to hire a consultant to cut the budget for them. I think new council member are needed instead. Aaron can not be believed, I have MANY emails saved up for the right time and place from him.