By: Diane Benjamin
Every alderman managed to make it to the meeting last night!
Public comment start at 6:22.
Gary Lambert spoke at 9:30 about the council not releasing Executive Session minutes that are now over 10 years old. He also mentioned his recent gas bill had municipal taxes higher than his natural gas cost.
Listen to the other comments. None were earth shattering.
The Consent Agenda didn’t fly through the Council. C, D, H, and J got pulled before the vote: https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=22423
In the order discussed:
Crabill and Emig wanted electric garbage trucks instead of diesel because an ISU professor contacted them. The purchase of 3 trucks got delayed for 30 days so staff can investigate the cost difference. Jim Karch said previous investigations showed the technology isn’t ready yet for electric, but he agreed 30 days wouldn’t hurt. The vote didn’t take place until 33:15. It passed – Bray, Mwilambe, Boelen, and Mathy voted against the delay.
Black pulled renaming Mitsubishi Parkway only to ask about reimbursing businesses that would be affected. Donna Boelen was against naming any streets after businesses because they come and go while streets remain. Rivian didn’t meet their incentive goals last year. She wants the City to be equitable to all businesses in order to be business friendly, she thinks it’s free advertising for Rivian. She also claimed a small business contacted her and said their cost would be $5000 to change their website and advertising plan. From previous discussions, Rivian agreed to reimburse expenses but a couple hundred bucks was discussed – not $5000. Joni Painter also received a call from a business owner who claimed it would cost him $3000 – $4000 to change his marketing plan. Painter voted YES anyway, Boelen and Carrillo voted NO. The businesses affected are now left to fend for themselves.
Carrillo pulled funding for the Hamilton Road project. She was the only no vote.
Painter read a statement she had prepared pulling two names from the list of Renner’s appointees to the Transportation Commission. John Corey had applied for Connect Transit and Guadalupe Diaz had applied for Planning Commission. Painter thought these two should be appointed to the Boards they applied for. Both commissions have openings. Corey is currently in the CT working groups and claims concerns are not being heard. (No surprise there) Tari attempted to justify not appointing them to positions they requested. The motion was to approve all appointees except Corey and Diaz. It passed 7-2, Crabill and Black voted no.
There was no no business.
It appears the group looking for a new police chief has reached a decision. At 1:04 Tim Gleason mentioned an announcement would be made soon. He used words like “credentialing”, I’m assuming he was talking about a chief.
Next Monday at the Committee of the Whole meeting the Council will hear from the McLean County Regional Planning Commission, Connect Transit, and will discuss video gaming.
Guarantee: Connect Transit will not admit they have failed in their mission. The mission isn’t to provide rides for people with no other options, so in their minds they haven’t failed.
Carrillo thanked the people who attended her listening sessions about the downtown State Farm building.
Maybe she can pay the upkeep and taxes for State Farm while her group ignores the wishes of the area’s largest employer and continues to cost them money. I wonder if State Farm has issued a statement on the condition of the building?