Jim Soeldner sent this link to a 2017 Pantagraph story describing the Public Building Commission. https://www.pantagraph.com/building-blocks-pbc-marks-years-of-construction-projects
Evidently they have been violating the Open Meetings Act for years.
By: Diane Benjamin
I bet you thought the County was building the addition to the Law and Justice Center. Remember when your sales tax was raised to fund Mental Health? I think funding “Mental Health” mostly means building the addition folks.
Well, the County wasn’t in charge of building it. That job went to the Public Building Commission. Ever heard of them? I hadn’t.
This Commission has existed for decades. They handle construction of huge projects like the addition because County officials either don’t have the expertise or time to manage them. I don’t have a problem with that part, but I do have a problem with ZERO transparency!
- They don’t have a website
- They don’t post meeting agendas anywhere I can find
- They don’t post minutes anywhere I can find
- Obviously they don’t post payments anywhere either
I found an email address on an obscure website for the guy who is supposedly their FOIA officer. I sent him an email on January 14th:
On January 15th I sent one to the County Administrator:
I did find out about one member from reading the BNWRD minutes, they appointed him: Jim Fruin. I talked to him but he didn’t know a lot because he hasn’t been on the Commission for long. Since the addition is done they haven’t been holding meetings.
Bloomington Taxpayers pay higher Sales Taxes to fund this project:
PDF page 299: https://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=22149
Normal Taxpayers pay higher Sales Taxes too:
PDF page 110: https://normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/14883/2019-2024
County taxpayers pay too:
Have you noticed that is MILLIONS of DOLLARS?
Because there is ZERO transparency we have no idea how that money was and is being spent. Is it going toward paying for the addition, community programs, or a combination. How long will the increased Sales Tax continue? Until the addition is paid off or forever?
There are a lot of references to the Public Building Commission on the County website, but that’s it. Answering emails must be really hard.
I sent emails to my two reps on a different topic and neither of them have answered either. Jim Soeldner? William Friedrich?