By: Diane Benjamin
Bloomington Council last night:
Public comment started at 25:50. The first two speakers wanted to slow down the cannabis discussions. The 3rd speaker was in favor of hiring a consultant for historic preservation. 4th was a frequent pot user and Renner supporter. When he started to abuse aldermen who don’t want cannabis sales, Tari did little to stop him. That did come up in alderman comments at the end of the meeting.
The next speaker wanted the cannabis sales and the revenue. The entire cannabis discussion has devolved into what the City can do with the tax money. (Funding pensions isn’t one of them) A repeat citizen who relies on cannabis for his health was next. Again, revenue. He is someone who thinks the black market will disappear if cannabis is sold in government approved locations.
Next was an addiction therapist. She claims 25% of the adult population locally uses cannabis. Next was another cannabis supporter. One item of note: the supporters mostly had weight problems. As the first guy pointed out, sales of muchies will increase once cannabis is legal.
Another lady appeared next also supporting cannabis sales since liquor is available. She is also a medical user. The final speaker was back again about the roads and leaves in the streets. He also mentioned lack of ADA compliance with the sidewalks.
Between Public Comment, police recognitions, and beautification awards, the real meeting didn’t start until 53:30.
Many items were pulled from the Consent Agenda: D, E, F, G, H, K http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=14&ID=1044&Inline=True
54:35 Carrillo pulled the same item she pulled last week for research into buying local. Funding sources required accepting the lowest bid which wasn’t local. If Jenn wants “buy local”, she should look at legal.
57:30 To save the planet from Climate Change, Crabill wants alternative fuels and technology to prevent idling wasting fuel. (Jeff’s socialism side was showing here! Whatever the cost – it is worth it. I wonder what plans he has to stop volcanoes)
59:50 Crabill again. Since H&H Landscaping went out of business, staff will take over mowing for the rest of the year. Both Jeff and Tim Gleason claimed they couldn’t find other local alternatives. I know a contractor contacted the City about this item. Evidently he was ignored.
1:02:15 Crabill is upset about the chemicals purchased for golf courses. He investigated alternatives himself and is urging the city to pursue it. Gleason claimed staff is looking at it.
1:06:30 Crabill again. He claims he has heard complaints about the developer of the old Mr. Quick property on Washington. Mathy chimed in to make sure this pizza establishment with video gaming wasn’t crossing the line with “gaming” in the new name. Since only a site plan was on the agenda it was approved after extensive conversation. Currently the City ordinances don’t prohibit “gaming” in the name.
1:18:50 Donna Boelen pulled the library tractor purchase. Since no pictures or description was included in the packet, Donna wondered what they were buying. It is a bobcat type tractor used just for sidewalks. The City clears snow from the parking lot.
Tari wants Aldermen to ask questions in advance instead of pulling items from the Consent Agenda. He claims they spent the “better part of an hour” on these items.
Actually it was closer to 1/2 an hour Tari. Contrary to your beliefs, Alderman represent the people who elected them, not you, staff, or the City.
More when they finally got to the Regular Agenda next.