Too Painful to watch

By:  Diane Benjamin

The Bloomington City Council met Thursday night since technology prevented them from holding a meeting on Monday.

The only Alderman in the room was Donna Boelen.  also present was Tari Renner, Tim Gleason, City Clerk Leslie Yochum, and Jeff Jurgens.  There was a painfully long pause when aldermen wanted to speak, most started with “Can you hear me?”.  Occasionally Julie Emig didn’t respond when her name was called.  Ditto Jamie Mathy.  Aldermen Black evidently couldn’t hear well, he frequently asked for clarification.  It looks like the Clerk had the ability to mute and unmute aldermen and the aldermen could signal her when they wanted to comment.

One Note:  Leslie Yochum keeps Tari Renner in line.  He couldn’t conduct a meeting without her.

Two people spoke in person at Public Comment, the clerk did not read the comments submitted by email.  All should have been read, public comment isn’t just for elected officials, frequently it reflects how other citizens feel.  That leads to the realization they aren’t alone.  See those here:

Alderman Carrillo and Crabill attempted to table most of the spending on the consent agenda.  After lengthy discussion over three items pulled by Alderman Mathy, they were outvoted.

What citizens need to know:  Bloomington has way more money in reserves than they need.  They got that money by over-taxing citizens.  A few years ago they wanted $15 million, now they want $18 million in reserves.  They are projecting to end the fiscal year with $23 million.  They aren’t going to cut taxes or refund that money to you.  That is why the spending continues unabated.  To government there is no non-essential spending, especially when they have a huge savings account.

Carrillo pulled numerous other items and attempted to table voting on them until the last meeting in April.  Alderman Bray defended the City staff and refused to overrule staff decisions on essential items.  Alderman Boelen noted that many of the items pulled pertained to infrastructure.  She said the biggest complaint from citizens is infrastructure, therefore she does not want the items tabled.  Carrillo and Boelen got into a tussle when Jenn claimed her priorities are people being able to stay in their homes and not losing businesses.  Boelen called a point of order for being off the topic.  After some back and forth Renner let Carrillo finish. Carrillo and Crabill lost that battle too.

Everything pulled from the Consent Agenda eventually passed.

The Emergency Ordinance was on the Consent Agenda last Monday, it was moved to the Regular Agenda for this meeting.  It was in two parts, the first was just technical corrections.  The second was specifying emergency measures.  Unlike Normal, Bloomington officials do not have the authority to shut down gas, alcohol, gun, and ammunition sales:

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See the City Code here:

The Finance Director gave his monthly report.  See it here:

The meeting was adjourned without comments from Council members, I suspect on purpose.

Use of the new technology did eventually get better, I wonder how many aldermen wanted to talk and weren’t allowed?  The new system makes that very easy to do.

As of this morning, video of the meeting is not on line.

I will add it to this story is it ever appears.



11 thoughts on “Too Painful to watch

  1. My concern with Renner and his group is that they’re building these reserves to then spend on things they wouldn’t normally be able to do because citizens would revolt at even higher tax increases. Why not use the money to upgrade the roads, water system, etc. now and prevent further, more expensive fixing down the road? The reserves are going to grow and grow because Dems don’t like reducing the amount of taxes/fees/etc taken in.


    1. Pension funding is going to plummet. If they cared about pensions it should be spent there. Of course, that’s just throwing money away since this won’t be the last recession. Never forget it is DEMOCRATS who refuse to fix it.


  2. Agreed Ole Stanky, and IF you simply look at the numbers, of the 1286 cases in IL, 12 people have died. So, that’s 1% of the cases! and when you figure the population AS A WHOLE, 1286 people is just about the size of Leroy.
    Next thing ole JB will be shutting down farmers, because TOO MANY farmers are getting hurt/killed on the job in a year-but he wouldn’t do that, as he’s got that “approaching maxium density” belly to maintain.


  3. Everyone should educate themselves to read and watch videos on Event 201. The event occurred last year in October. Sounds like someone or a alot of someones knew something back then. They either knew it was coming or hoped it was coming.


  4. Also, the “events” in the 201 exercise were presumably made up. A what could happen scenario if you will. Everyone should start connecting the dots and listen carefully what the panel of experts say. Interesting to say the least.


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