By: Diane Benjamin
The third Monday of the month is hell because both Councils meet. Last night was over 4 hours I will never get back!
Highlights from Bloomington:
Yes folks, this is the spending plan for the next 20 years – for just water. I don’t think the never used water tower was included in the discussion. and no the city doesn’t have that money in savings. Approving the plan will be at the next Council meeting.
Jenn wants the Council to consider making water rates cheaper for people who don’t make as much money as all you rich people. She epitomizes leftist ideology to keep poor people poor. When handouts are based on income the poor can not improve their lives by getting a better job. The entitlements keep them poor, it’s too easy to live with less if government is going to make up the difference for you.
Connect Transit was next:
Of course they want more of your money too! At 1:12:39 Jeff Crabill asked if Connect Transit was devoted to serving the transit dependent. The new chair Ryan Whitehouse actually said yes. Meanwhile many no longer have service.
1:17:00 Whitehouse claims transportation to the VA clinic isn’t a problem since veterans can use Connect Mobility. The extensive paperwork involved wasn’t mentioned. He claimed a fixed route option might be available when Hamilton road is completed.
I filed a FOIA request with Connect Transit for the number of Mobility reservations canceled by them. The answer I received was they couldn’t find anything. It appears they don’t keep track because I have heard from people it happened to.
1:19:20 Jamie Mathy comments that he now understands the large buses because they make maintenance universal. He must have forgotten part of the fleet will be electric – that blows his theory and justification for huge empty buses. I’m still waiting for a “peak time” full bus pic or at least one with more than 4 or 5 people on it.
Tari Renner is really obnoxious holding the Council to preset time restraints. Why is there any limit to how long your elected officials can talk about issues? To prevent them from actually representing?
Jenn was busy vaping as usual. I’m sure she never wants to go back to in-person meetings where she wouldn’t be allowed.
1:29:20 – Scott Black is all for giving them more money so the system is fare-free. Good thing he isn’t running again, he calls this economic development. Actually it isn’t because riders can only go where the buses run. Their freedom to grow into a better job is limited if the bus doesn’t go there. Creating dependents is government’s favorite thing to do, Connect Transit is doing it with your money.
Connect is holding a meeting that nobody will see about the downtown transfer station:
When:Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Time:5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA)
It will not be live streamed.
The Public Safety and Citizens Review Board was next. They will be tasked with holding community meetings on police reforms. Two members quit, so there are two openings.
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Last was Mboka Mwilambwe’s initiative to declare Juneteenth a City holiday. The paper claims the Council informally agreed – they didn’t. They agreed to discuss it further. Several members mentioned throwing it to the History Museum. It will be back at a future meeting.
Mboka thinks this is economic development, he is already planning a downtown festival.
There is absolutely no reason to celebrate a Texas holiday and pay employees not to work for it. Of course it will be re-branded as something it isn’t.