By: Diane Benjamin
23:40 – Donna Boelen pulled the purchase of the garbage trucks to talk about the Henson Disposal bills. She wanted clarification on why Henson was getting thousands a week from the City. She asked if the contracts will expire soon so they can be renegotiated. City Manager Gleason said internal conversations are taking place.
28:05 – Jenn Carrillo asked about buying vehicles through the State purchasing plan instead of locally. It was also mentioned during public comment. City Manager Gleason said the City will be looking at the most economical way to purchase. Gleason said local dealerships will be given a chance to bid in the future, but municipalities see savings through the State plan since they buy in bulk. The Council will be able to decide in the future whether to pay more for local.
32:15 – The only item of the regular agenda was creating a cannabis task force. Jenn Carrillo attempt to make herself chair. 41:20 – All of McLean County and Dewitt County will only be allowed one new dispensary, Bloomington may not have a location selling cannabis. Current medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to sell for recreational use. One exists now in Normal. (The black market won’t be disappearing anytime soon)
Kimberly Bray, Donna Boelen, and Joni Painter were not in favor of the task force as presented. See Kim at 44:00. Donna Boelen followed. Both thought staff was capable of bringing recommendations to the Council. Painter spoke at 1:11:40. Bray spoke again at 1:14:30 about the division the task force creation is causing on the Council. She wanted to work for consensus with Council members, including looking at why Naperville decided to ban sales. Carrillo countered her after, she is still under the assumption Bloomington is a Democracy.
1:22:30 – Bray mentioned creating a Task Force with no end is a bad idea. She also mentioned Carillo appointing herself chair isn’t appropriate since she has announced she wants to create tourism with cannabis. Bray questioned her impartiality.
1:26:15 – Donna Boelen amended the proposal: 1) strike Carrillo’s name 2) amend the ending point to 90 days Donna has a problem with cannabis business owners being on the task force because they could make recommendations that benefit them. Her amendment passed 6-3. Renner will be making the appointments with Council consent, he will consider her comment when picking business owners. Emig, Crabill, and Carrillo voted against it.
Creation of the task force passed 6-3 with the amendment, Boelen, Bray, and Mwilambwe voted no.
See Carrillo at 1:31:05. She wasn’t happy to be dethroned. See 1:30:15, it looks like she has a stress ball.
Public Comment started at 15:00. Nothing earth shattering happened.