Switching to Bloomington last night

By:  Diane Benjamin

No one showed up for Public Comment last night at the Bloomington meeting!

There is A LOT more to cover about Normal, I will get back to that meeting eventually.

First on the Agenda was a presentation from VenuWorks.  I have no idea why this presentation is allowed instead of the AUDITED version.  Maybe the accounting this year will be better since there were far fewer shows.  In the past the audited loss has been much bigger than what the manager presents.

That didn’t stop some members of the Council from celebrating the almost $271,000 loss.  Listen to Kim Bray at 12:15.  She claimed it only cost each citizen $3.46 a year.  Donna Boelen corrected her at 16:15.  Taxpayers will be paying around $2,000,000 a year for the next 20 years to pay off the bonds.  That adds almost another $26 a year for every citizen, including newborns – whether they ever attend an event or not.

The economic impact is immaterial if taxpayers are still footing the bill.  If visitors spend money here because they attend a show, that’s redistribution of wealth – not economic impact.  One fallacy was presented.  If tickets are bought by a college kid on a credit card logged from their hometown,  it appears to VenuWorks that person is coming from out of town.  They have no way of knowing how many people do travel here for events.

I know the Council would love the fleeced citizens to start loving what they got stuck with.  Maybe they will when it doesn’t cost them a cent, after all that’s what they were promised before it was built.  I hear Mike Matejka may be planning a run for some office.  Don’t forget he voted for this catastrophe.


Next on the agenda was a discussion of Lake Bloomington in the aftermath of the fire.

Summary:  Go Big or Go Home.

The city isn’t planning to just replace the building that burned.  Jim Karch and crew are combining it’s replacement with the Water Master Plan.  He called it “Fire and Opportunity”.  He starts at 22:30.  This is a draft that will be brought to the Council in the future.  Items being considered:  shared maintenance shop, locker rooms, showers for employees, dedicated work spaces, ADA bathrooms, parking including covered parking, and moving the ranger station.  Total plan $1.2 million, they already have the money.  Karch wants to hire a consultant, no estimate of that cost yet.

This slide was presented showing what the City expects to receive from insurance from the fire:

net loss


The rest on the meeting was about cannabis.  The appointees to the Task Force will be on the agenda next Monday.  I don’t know why some people on the Council are pretending they will vote to not allow sales in Bloomington.  Jenn Carrillo wants to promote Bloomington cannabis as a tourist attraction.

The rest of us wonder how a state that banned smoking in bars etc. in the interest of public health, will probably regulate vaping in the interest of public health, now legalized inhaling marijuana so it can be taxed.   There is no proof the black market will disappear in favor of buying it from limited government approved sources.  Of course the state is billing legalization as “adult use”.  Yep, that will work.

Stay tuned.

7 thoughts on “Switching to Bloomington last night

  1. Allowing cannabis sales in Bloomington is all about the revenue. The Council has agreed to form a Task Force without having voted whether or not to “opt-out.” The question is, does the formation of the Task Force commit the Council to dispensaries, etc. within the City? Is that to be ASS-U-ME(d)?

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  2. If cannabis is to be sold through dispensaries, maybe liquor should be dispensed in a like fashion. More lives are lost or ruined by liquor than by cannabis. Government at all levels needs to address the green gorilla in the room.
    If they can’t decide what to do, then go talk to Willie Nelson.

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    1. Anecdote? Data? Source? This is a common statement made by those who are all in for legalized dope. Is there adequate research to prove the hypothesis that alcohol related deaths significantly outpace those for cannabis? Willing to have my mind changed, but need data that clears the weeds.

      Jet powered ground vehicles have less deaths attributed to them than than traditional ones, so they should be street legal, right? Or is the old causation/correlation fallacy?

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  3. In a business, the Manager would be the top administrator. In a City Government, even with a City Manager, the Mayor IS the TOP person. For the top man to not be aware of the loss of a building and equipment worth around $529,000.00, for months, is shinning a bright light on someones stupidity. It is a direct reflection on the respect shown towards the Mayor.

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  4. So far the people I’ve talked to here in Colorado don’t pay the high price at dispensaries. No pun intended. It’s like a convenience store. When you can’t get a hold of your guy you get a quick fix at the convenience store.

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  5. Having worked in CO, I know that the number of traffic related crashes and smuggling increased greatly when THEY legalized pot.
    WGLT had a good story a week or so ago about legal pot in LA and when they passed the legalization of pot bill, they didn’t have their “act together” So automatically over 1,000 dispensaries opened up JUST IN LA! Of those 1,000 only 200 are licensed. the rest are black market-so to speak, and the black market has become an $8 BILLION a year business there -WHY because the state taxes it too much, and people can get it from ole Tom, Dick or Harry down the street for a BETTER price. Which shows ONCE AGAIN, when government gets involved, they can’t even run a PROFITABLE business on ANYTHING!

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    1. A relative of mine is in law enforcement in the Denver area and what you say is true. Facts mean nothing to members of the BN Elitist Clique. Renner, Carrillo, Koos and others want to promote local use and sales because they will profit off of it in some way (likely kickbacks–and don’t say it doesn’t happen here because it does) and likely have friends that are dopers or have smoked themselves. Renner’s list of board oversight members will be a familiar group of supporters and maybe one cop. Our local governments are as corrupt as anything you see in Chiraq.

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