By: Diane Benjamin
The Live Stream of the Council meeting had no sound last night. Today a video is posted with no sound until around 12:00. When there is sound it wasn’t recorded from the microphones, people whispering, shuffling papers, and footsteps can be heard in numerous places.
At 8:10 a lady spoke during public comment with no sound. She must have said something important because Howard Packowitz from WJBC was seen on the video asking her more questions. I don’t see a story from Howard about that discussion. The minutes for this meeting need to state what was said before the sound was restored.
The Information Service Department has about $3.5 million to spend, almost $400,000 more than last year. How about doing updates for citizens instead of staff?
PDF page 153 https://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=22149
See 14.41 A guy with way too much common sense spoke about City spending. He covered many items – worth your time to listen too. Most of the Council probably didn’t.
Video gaming was approved for the new business opening at Washington and Clinton. Donna Boelen was the only no vote. The Council had decided previously to allow a maximum of 60 locations for gaming. This is number 61. Donna wondered what happens when number 62 requests gaming?
Notice a Bloomington trend? Restaurants, Liquor, gambling, soon a cannabis destination. Sound like a plan for prosperity? Do local governments love these establishments because of Food/Beverage Taxes? They collect 2%. From cannabis they will collect 3%
Finance Director’s report: https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=23519
See the tax receipts to date on page 2. Note budget increases or decreases from last year – far right column.
The City will be $1.250.000 over budget in Sick Leave Buy Back due to employees retiring before the program is finally terminated.
PDF page 4 – It looks to me like the Coliseum is projecting revenue of $2,328,155. Before it was built consultants estimated revenue of over $7,000,000 a year. It was going to pay for itself. #NeverForget
The sound isn’t good, the most exciting part of the meeting was Jenn Carrillo wasn’t there. The lady pictured is the one who spoke with no sound.