By: Diane Benjamin
The audit is done, not released though:
Evidently the City doesn’t think they have to print the P-Card spending list anymore, just 1 big amount. Amazon purchases are listed without a descriptions – pages of them. Link to Bills and Payroll: https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=25260
Tari wants to re-appoint Rob Fazzini to the Public Building Commission. Rob is running for County Auditor, that office is in the Government Center. The Public Building Commission has the ability to recommend spending to tenants of the Government Center, they can issue revenue bonds the City and County agree to pay for – the building is occupied by both. Isn’t it a Conflict of Interest if Rob is elected because he can recommend spending on his office. He is famous for thinking low interest rates are why government must spend money – he was behind borrowing $10 million for roads when he was a Bloomington alderman. How long below his office needs remodeled? As “commissioner” he can vote for and talk Bloomington and the County into paying for it.
Best defense: Vote for an independent County Auditor instead – Kevin Woodard.
PDF page 157 – City can get reimbursed from the Federal government for COVID expenses (as soon as the money is printed).
PDF page 175 – You will get a Public Arts Commission. It appears they will tell the Council what their budget should be. Jenn Carrillo lost the argument on rotating members for race based art. Appointees will serve for two years. Tari Renner continues to grow the size and scope of government.
Otherwise, some zoning changes and sign code discussions will take place, of course associated with downtown. Once all the regulations are right downtown will undoubtedly prosper.