By: Diane Benjamin
At last night’s Bloomington Committee of the Whole meeting Tari lost his ability to appoint anyone he wants to Boards and Commissions without review by the Council before a name is put on the agenda. The Council didn’t vote, but the consensus was the Council needs to know names before notice is sent to the appointee. Jenn Carrillo was also clipped since the rumor is a “friend” of hers caused the kerfuffle in the first place.
Tari continues to claim he has to appoint 300 people to Boards and Commissions. See this link: http://www.cityblm.org/government/boards-commissions
I count 129. Several have a link that has been disabled, that might add a few. The Downtown Task Force is out of business. Tari: Where do you get 300?
Side note: Changing the titles of alderman causes most members, especially Tari, to stumble when trying to interact with the others. How about everybody acts like real people and use first names instead of a meaningless title?
The Council spent the next hour and 20 minutes trying to decide the direction for video gaming. Living dangerously since making decisions is difficult, the council was given three options:
The current moratorium on new machines expires in September. Things people might know or might not:
- If you buy a business with a liquor license it doesn’t mean it will pass to you
- Ditto for video gaming
- Joni Painter is the morality police
- Gay Pride month is over but Jenn still has her flag.
Donna Boelen thinks laws should apply to everyone. She isn’t in favor of a moratorium on new businesses while allowing older ones to have the machines See 1:33;00
It was really hard to say what they agreed on except they didn’t agree. A 3-person group will be formed to hash out details and bring them back to Council. It appeared most members were in favor of the first option with lots of strings attached.
Kim Bray attended the meeting by phone. I couldn’t understand a lot of what she said which isn’t good because usually she can coalesce council thoughts into something resembling consensuses.
Marijuana was barely mentioned.
Joni Painter wants to extend the moratorium. Just hit play to hear her read her statement: (1:15:34)