By: Diane Benjamin
Tim Gleason started the meeting with a COVID update:
The City has used $2 million of $4 million in excess reserves. They won’t have a clear picture of the hit to the budget until June or July.
Police respond to all calls of violation of shelter in place. They attempt to gain compliance, non compliance can be forward to State’s Attorney. So far that hasn’t happened. There was a report on-line about police being called to a burial. Seriously people?
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The sewer presentation by Kevin Kothe was riveting. It can’t be summarized, must be watched. The report is a building block to spending almost $2 million to televise a large part of the system. The City has their own camera system but isn’t capable of working fast enough.
Mathy’s initiative on changing the downtown parking enforcement hours:
The point is to punish people who live downtown and take up all the parking spaces in front of businesses. Joni Painter wants the business owners asked before any changes are made. The rest of the Council mostly supports or defers to the downtown alderman’s decisions. All voted to put it on a future agenda. Why would anyone live downtown if there is nowhere to park except paying in a parking garage and walking? Mathy stated he prefers parking garages are free while meter are installed for on street parking.
Mathy’s initiative to bring back the Downtown Task Force report:
He wants to work on the low hanging fruit in the report. Joni Painter thinks committing to something this expensive right now isn’t wise. She claims wiring the trees for Christmas lights is estimated to cost $8 million. Kimberly Bray was on the downtown task force, she wants direction given to staff instead of looking at the whole report. It will be considered at a Committee of the Whole meeting instead of being an agenda item at a regular meeting.
Mathy’s initiative for waiving late fees longer than already waived:
He thinks businesses might need up to 6 months to get caught up, He will support a shorter period. (1:20:20 Mathy thinks Pritzker has all authority) This will also move forward.
Next council meeting will be on Tuesday 5/26 because of Memorial Day.
It appears videos eventually get moved to the archive YouTube site. So far this one hasn’t been moved.