By: Diane Benjamin
There isn’t any new business on the agenda – everything is on the Consent Agenda. Unless some item is pulled, the meeting will last 10 minutes.
The former Gypsy Room, now Mystic Kitchen and Tasting Room is up for a Liquor License. It includes package liquor. To start they will only be open until 10:00 pm during the week, 11:00 on Friday and Saturdays. The usual downtown supporters, Vickie Tilton and Jan Lancaster, supported the license at the Liquor Commission hearing. No one objected.
These appointments are on the agenda, we will see if the problems that surfaced earlier with Tari’s picks have been worked out:
Note: No one is being appointed to fill the expired term of John Bowman to the Connect Transit Board. His term expired June 30th: https://www.connect-transit.com/about/trustees/default.asp
Below is how much of your money is going to Connect this month, don’t forget your Sales Tax was increased to pay for empty over-sized buses roaming City streets destroying the infrastructure:
Public Works is getting new garbage trucks. Since your bill will go up 3% every year without a Council vote, they can afford them: https://blnnews.com/2018/02/27/solid-waste-done/
Are those knuckleboom trucks being used yet? https://blnnews.com/2019/07/18/does-twice-a-year-bulk-pickup-save-money/
More Sick Leave Buy Back as long time employees rush for the door before they can’t collect:
If voters had approved rolling the Bloomington Election Commission into the County Clerk’s office, you wouldn’t be paying two staffs for training. It should be back on the ballot. You do not want an un-elected Elections Commission! You will have no ability to hold them accountable for fair elections.
Add this payment to Tari’s Hawaii expenses:
The total is now $4,114.25. https://blnnews.com/2019/07/18/bloomington-bills-for-monday-2/
What benefit did taxpayers receive?
The next mayor should campaign on not wasting taxpayer money attending propaganda conferences!
This is also on the agenda:
Just guessing, but I bet the Council will be discussing a raise for City Manager Tim Gleason. Keep in mind the minutes of these secret evaluations for the past two City Managers have never been released, you will never know what the current Council says about Gleason.
David Hales was an over-paid under achiever. Tim Gleason has so far been much better, with the exception of the 3% automatic garbage fee increases.
Any decisions by the Council should be delayed until the demolition permit is issued for the State Farm building. If he supports any action that costs taxpayers a dime, that amount should be taken out of his salary. Greg Koos’ opinion is immaterial since he ran the History Museum for years believing taxpayers needed to fund it instead of having it fund itself.
PDF page 309: https://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=22149
The current budget: