By: Diane Benjamin
Tari Renner declared May Building safety month at last night’s Council meeting. First, I guess he didn’t notice May is almost over. Second, a City building recently burned to the ground. The only “safe” part was nobody was in the building when it burned. The media still hasn’t reported that fire. When I get time I will calculate the total loss.
If you want to see Tari slap himself for skipping recognition of the appointments already passed by the Council – go to 9:40.
Public Comment had many people from Citizens to Ensure Fair Transit. They were at Tari’s Open House and mostly repeated what they told him there. If you want to see their comments, go to 10:20. The speakers included former Ward 2 candidate Georgene Chissell and former Normal Trustee candidate Joel Studebaker. Both had personal stories of using the bus that were not told Friday night.
The fun began next!
Jamie Mathy pulled Item 7C from the Consent Agenda. Tari wanted 4 people appointed to two boards. This item normally breezes through without comment. Nobody mentioned Tari was appointing a “close” friend of Jenn Carrillo to one of the positions. Jamie wanted the Council to review the process of appointments at a future meeting and hold off approving these four.
Tari got really upset at being challenged! Start watching Mathy at 37:20. At 39:30 Tari went on a tirade against this challenge to his executive authority. He re-wrote appointment procedures to give himself the ultimate authority. His diatribe went on until 45:30. He went on more rants during the ensuing aldermen comments.
During the discussion Tari forgot the alderman approved changing their titles to Council member/person at the last meeting. He tripped over calling each alderman or alderwomen instead. At one point he call Joni (pronounce Johnny) Joni (traditional pronunciation) instead. She’s been on the Council long enough for him to get it right.
Kimberly Bray knocked the mayor off his proverbial pedestal at 58:40. The vote wasn’t taken until 1:17:45. Tari lost big – only Carrillo and Crabill supported him. Many aldermen mentioned this vote had nothing to do with Tari’s picks for the Connect Transit Board. Mathy wanted a discussion of qualifications for boards and commissions. It took 40 minutes to clip Tari’s arrogance, but they did. Maybe instead of a public rebuke for his racist comment, the majority of the Council took this approach.
The establishment of a “Cultural District” passed. The Cultural Commission claimed they wanted to start small. See the map on PDF page 119: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21891
Besides the arena, they didn’t leave much out. Supposedly they can apply for grants easier now.
These two items were pulled from the agenda for discussion at a future meeting. Maybe a majority of the Council understands capitalism.
The video is cued to Jamie Mathy pulling the appointments. Enjoy: