By: Diane Benjamin
Jamie Mathy reported Jenn Carrillo did not participate because she was experiencing internet problems.
The City extended the Post Office lease in the Market Street parking garage for 18 months. Usually the lease is for 5 years, the City reduced it because they are planning to replace the garage.
A contract was approved with Rowe Construction for $5,129,185.05 for general resurfacing. A map of the streets is available on PDF page 234: http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1116&Inline=True
The Convention and Visitors Bureau will be leasing space in the arena. They are currently located at the airport. Both Bloomington and Normal taxpayers fund them, taxpayers will be getting $2,100 a month back. Bills and Payroll show this payment to them: https://www.cityblm.org/home/showpublisheddocument/26396/637570382831800000
Bloomington is going to keep meeting on zoom because, according to the City Manager’s COVID update, Pritzker’s 30 day executive order from more than a year ago is still in effect. Gleason responds to a question by new alderman Tom Crumpler about meeting in person. If the Council wants to go back to meeting in person plexiglass could be installed in the Council chambers. See 1:54:30.
The Finance Director gave his monthly report. The City is expecting excess funds because of the Cares Act. Don’t get excited about taxes going down, the City is thinking of transferring funds to capital projects. The Coliseum needs 2 new rooftop units, $1 million each. See 1:44:45
The comment of the night was by Jeff Crabill. Just hit play to hear it. He was remembering George Floyd and claiming since his death 181 black people have been killed by police. He didn’t say how many were shooting at police or otherwise attempting to harm them. Crabill would like to reduce the number of interactions. He didn’t mention how but he did attempt at an earlier meeting to cut the police budget. He did at least mention the Champaign police officer who died last week responding to a domestic violence call.