A reporter who wishes to remain anonymous filed this report, see yesterday’s story: https://blnnews.com/2018/07/26/things-that-dont-fit-anywhere-else-2/
Koos spent his time praising ISU and the excellent relationship with the Univ. Then a little about historic preservation. (Short and concise)
Reporter Comments: Although the first 3 historic building east of the NE corner of the circle (In Normal Circles have corners) are toast despite citizen opposition. The new building has a 99% chance being built and the 3 buildings being torn down.
Two cities are one community. Comment: Difficult to believe given several actions of the Bloomington City Council in the last year or two.
Downtown will be the means to grow Bloomingion. Will use Normal’s Uptown Development as model. To lesser degree will use Shoppes at College Hills as example of how to re-invigorate Eastland Mall. Comment: Huh?
He said Chicago suburbs for businesses to undertake economic development are a shithole compared to Bloomingtion. Comment: he used many vulgar words and his entire presentation was a campaign speech. It was an embarrassment. He said quality of life is most important attribute to economic growth. Bloomington Rt. 66 center in Downtown Bloomington increased capital attraction to Downtown. Comment: What planet does he live on?.
Side Note: Remember when Karen Schmidt accused Tari of making denigrating comments about the Council at an ISU conference when Tari thought nobody would find out? https://blnnews.com/2018/02/13/when-it-happens-to-you/
His comments here should leave no doubt that they happened.
ISU Trustees Meeting
ISU near bottom of 12 state universities with respect to state reimbursement although ISU is currently most successful public univ. in IL. (Note as enrollment has tanked at other universities the state has cut the total reimbursement and number of employees very little) ISU’s budget is up 2% for this year over last year but no word when money will be received. State funds only 15% of ISU operating budget. Also capital budget includes new fine art building, but not known if the dollars will be released. This release may be taken up in fall veto session.
Applications and deposits for enrollment are up this year.
Then they went to approving resolutions. The first was approval of Academic Plan 2018-2023. Then one board member asked why the out years were missing for several Colleges. There was much back and forth with Academic Dean. While I was there she did not provide an acceptable answer to the board. Some board members said it looked like the report had several pages missing. After about 10 minutes of this back and forth, I could no longer take it so I left. Either the years through 2023 are included in the Academic plan or are not. It is not debatable.
The resolutions I missed were; Town of Normal Fire Services agreement, property insurance, and 2019 Board meeting Calendar. Watching grass grow is more interesting than discussion and approval than these.