By: Diane Benjamin
Both Bloomington and Normal held meetings last night. Both attempted to use “conferencing”. Some elected officials were in the council chambers, others were on the phone or computer.
Both attempts proved government incompetence.
Government should be the very best possible performing essential services. When government expands their role “for the people” it is always a disaster. Last night was one of those easy to see moments of failure. Evidently testing the systems to work out bugs didn’t happen in either city. If the two meetings had been held in the private sector, people would be unemployed today. I guarantee nobody in government got canned.
The same incompetence is seen across government when they attempt development and entertainment. I bet you can make a long list of blunders by both Bloomington and Normal when they tried. If government can’t be trusted to get common technology right, what do you trust them with?
Bloomington held a Township meeting prior to what was supposed to be a Council meeting. The regular meeting was cancelled because of the technical difficulties during the township meeting. Bloomington has deleted the township video, that’s sad because not only would you have heard Jenn Carrillo wanting the State rules for township aid changed, you would have heard Scott Black say “We can’t do business like this” after the meeting adjourned.
The regular meeting will be rescheduled, since the Open Meeting Act requires 48 hours notice it will probably be Thursday – if they can figure out how to use technology by then.
The technology in Normal took some time to work out bugs, eventually the audio got better. At times it still sounded like the speaker was under water. Stan Nord called in by phone, everyone else used some kind of video chat.
What did the media miss?
Kevin McCarthy must be trying out to be the next mayor. Chris Koos was primed to throw the “remove Section 11” ball to him, he ran with it. Instead of this being a victory for citizens, removing Section 11 from the ordinance is meaningless.
One has to wonder why that section was in the ordinance in the first place. Section 11 merely references Section 25.2-12 of the Municipal Code. Nobody would have known about that code if the ordinance hadn’t referenced it. If one wanted to look for emergency powers, would they look here? http://normal.org/101/Municipal-Code
Nothing the Normal Town Council did last night removes the offensive language from the City Code. Mayor Koos still has the authority to:
Was reference to this in the Ordinance just to make people aware Koos has this power – in case he wants to use it?
The citizens were played, you didn’t get a victory last night.
Kevin McCarthy read a long list of Public Comment emails. If you want to hear them, listen at 8:30. Normal made the right decision not voting for Koos buddy Dave Shields. I believe his was the only comment supporting the ordinance as written. If you missed this in a previous story, McCarthy also read a comment not germane to the agenda. He just changed the rules for Public Comment without a vote.