By: Diane Benjamin
One more thing from Monday’s Bloomington Council meeting – see 2:45, Tim Gleason’s COVID comments.
The City will be implementing a Customer Service Hub at what Gleason calls the Arena, most call it the Coliseum. He claims it will be a one stop shop for citizens. All of these departments will be moving there:
Parks and Recreation
Nobody is saying what it will cost to turn a building built for entertainment into an office complex.
According to this July 2nd WGLT article, Administration is moving to the Government Building: https://www.wglt.org/post/bloomington-move-more-offices-government-center#stream/0
The article also says the City Clerk and Water Billing are moving to the Government Center, obviously plans changed.
It seems like somebody is clearing out City Hall!
I FOIA’d the application Connect Transfer submitted to the Feds seeking funds for the downtown transfer station. If you remember Rodney Davis claimed all the information is public. https://blnnews.com/2020/08/07/so-is-the-transfer-station-a-secret/
I received 7 pages without the referenced attachments. So far I still don’t have them. This is MUST reading, enjoy: Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Application – 2020
I asked for the attachments and received the same 7 pages again with their apologies. I of course asked again. Nothing yet.
The current City Hall doesn’t fit their plans since they want businesses around the transfer center as it will promote economic development. There isn’t much room for that one on Olive Street. Get the idea that “economic development” is the magic phrase for funding whether it actually works or not?
The Council never voted on any of this. They won’t until the deal is done. So much for elected representatives.
Just hit play to hear Gleason: