By: Diane Benjamin
Bloomington City Council last night:
A 30 year employee of the Illinois State Police spoke at Public Comment, He applied for the Police Chief position. His application was submitted on time and he received a confirmation email saying his application was received. He followed up with Nicole Albertson, head of HR, when he wasn’t contacted for an interview. She admitted his application has been lost and wasn’t submitted to the review committee. He later received a call from Tim Gleason. Gleason admitted HR didn’t properly handle his application and he would be considered if the 8 now being considered don’t work out. One big elephant in the room, David Bryd is black. He didn’t claim racism, but in this age of “everybody is a racist” the atmosphere was thick with innuendo.
Was anyone held accountable for “losing” his application? This is government, not reality.
Most of the rest of public comment concerned either video gaming or the liquor license for the Park Pantry. As reported last night, the neighbors opposed to the liquor license narrowly won the battle. https://blnnews.com/2019/07/22/liquor-license-denied-to-park-pantry/
The ordinance allowing video gaming at establishments who previously had gaming but lost it because their building was destroyed passed unanimously. The Park View Inn will be back in the gaming business.
The discussion on the liquor license for the Park Pantry began at 50:37. Julie Emig started the conversation in support, she was followed by Jenn Carrillo in opposition. Scott Black wanted to give the business owner a chance since he was willing to invest $500,000 on the west side. Jamie Mathy agreed with Emig and Black. Donna Boelen had a problem with the ever changing percent of sales mentioned that would be alcohol. She questioned how alcohol sales support a depressed neighborhood.
No one on the council wasn’t supportive of a businessman wanted to invest in Bloomington. The 5-4 vote came down to what was in best interests of the City of Bloomington. A motion was made to deny the liquor license, below is how the vote was recorded:
Finally, jump to 1:34
Jenn Carrillo wants a task force concerning local implementation of the new cannabis law. More on what that does to employers in the next story.
Jenn also wants a listening session to discuss the State Farm building. She scheduled a meeting on August 2nd from 5:30-7:30 in the Council Chambers. Donna Boelen mentioned the building is private property and short of denying a demolition permit, there isn’t much the City can do. Tari jumped in stating there is lots the City can do.
Evidently that doesn’t apply to all the other vacant downtown buildings that have been decaying for years. No Tari, the citizens don’t want to own them.