By: Diane Benjamin
At 1:221:45 the Bloomington Council finally got to the regular agenda.
First was hiring a consultant to update the historical preservation plan. The City Planner claimed this group is going to do extensive public outreach. (Bring it On Bloomington flopped, but the results of that public outreach are golden https://blnnews.com/2014/09/19/bring-it-on-bloomington-flops/)
One thing we already know: Historic buildings are rarely saved without tax dollars. The costs are too high without subsidies or property tax breaks. The Council needs a consultant to know that? The City Planner claimed the plan will help them decide which building to save. Council approved unanimously.
Next was the Fire Chief discussing the intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and family Services to collect Medicaid money for ambulance services. Last year Medicaid calls were 34% of all calls but Medicaid only pays 10% of the cost. Passed with no discussion.
Last was cannabis. 1:35:00
The discussion was all over the place. Cannabis sales will happen in Bloomington if a license is available. Some Council members want growing, processing and selling. Jenn wants cannabis tourism where cannabis can be consumed where purchased. That one is the only part that likely won’t be approved. Details will be discussed at the Planning Commission that meets at 4:00 when a lot of people are at work. So much for a “Public Hearing”.
the Finance Director delivered the monthly report. The Utilities Tax contuses to decrease. That is bad news for taxpayers because the Utilities Tax was passed to fund pensions: https://blnnews.com/2016/07/20/35476/
This is the pension funding schedule passed in 2014:
Where is that money going to come from? A new tax? The taxes you already pay are spent.
Besides the gay pride flag, Carrillo wore a Black Lives Matter shirt. At least she tried to cover it up with a sweater – but failed:
Jeff Crabill brought up the public comment that attacked aldermen personally. 2:40:00 Tari claimed is was borderline. See his comment at 33:30 and see if you call it borderline.
After Jeff, Kim Bray said more shows like Carol King are needed because obviously people will support them. The event report is still not posted, I know the show cost $35,000 – it was sold out. Maybe Kim should wait to see if it made money before wanting more like it.