By: Diane Benjamin
Two council members were absent: Joni Painter and Kimberly Bray
Connect Transit’s Judy Buchanan didn’t show up. The presentation was cancelled “due to illness”.
WGLT reported only 6 members out of 13 attended the illegal Saturday meeting – they discussed items for almost 4 hours anyway: https://www.wglt.org/connect-transit-likely-delay-fare-increase-again-awaits-working-group-report
How much of what was discussed will need to be discussed again? How much information will the 7 absent members never hear? Board members Mike McCurdy and Julie Hile were there with the consultant – Smart Growth America. Didn’t McCurdy say at a Normal meeting he has stayed out of what the Working Group is dong?
The meeting was illegal because the agenda wasn’t posted 48 hours in advance. Making it worse, the meeting location was changed after the agenda was posted. This is a serious group trying to find solutions? One won’t be smaller buses.
Jim Karch gave a presentation of the road and sidewalk work completed this year. Everything is on this website: https://www.cityblm.org/government/departments/public-works/bloomington-streets#ad-image-33
Karch played a video, some of it time lapse from downtown (1:01). Karch didn’t mention while showing the road work on GE Road the speed of the cars flying past the crews. See 1:04:30. Is it that hard to slow down?
Tim Gleason made an announcement at 1:17:50. On December 2 Bloomington will hold a joint work session with Normal to discuss yet again a sports complex. It will be held in the Normal Council chambers probably at 5:30. The only new item to be discussed is how to pay $43,000,000. Normal sees hotel and food/beverage taxes. They want that revenue and evidently the low wage jobs it produces. Neither city has the money and no private organization has stepped up to cover that cost. That only leaves a tax increase. Meanwhile Normal needs MILLIONS for the underpass.
Maybe the magic money fairy has showered somebody with money. In two weeks we will find out.
Why does Jenn get closer to Tari with every meeting? Is Jenn still leaving her light on all the time making it difficult for other Council members to be recognized? It’s hard to tell from the video.
It appears there is not only a circus during meetings, there is one outside too: