By: Diane Benjamin
The Special Use Permit for chicken keeping on Durham Dr was back on the Consent Agenda: https://d2kbkoa27fdvtw.cloudfront.net/cityblm/a66201e455c5f8574bd36e9daacfb3d60.pdf
Only one item was pulled from the Consent Agenda and this wasn’t it. When the vote was taken to approve the rest of the Consent Agenda, including the chickens, Donna Boelen and Sheila Montney voted NO.
In all the years I’ve watched Council meeting I’ve never seen a NO vote on the Consent Agenda. Items an alderman wants to discuss further or vote NO on are pulling and voted on separately.
So, the Consent Agenda passed 7-2. Before going on the Gleason’s raise which he got unanimously, Alderman Kent Lee wanted to pull the Chicken permit. Of course it had already been voted on.
Things got fun later in the meeting when one of Bloomington’s attorneys mentioned a motion could be made by someone who voted YES on the Consent Agenda to reconsider the permit. The vote was 5-4 to reconsider.
There was then a rehash of HOA covenants and the City’s responsibility to not approve the Chicken permit which violates their rules.
A second vote was 5-4 to approve the permit since it isn’t the City’s job to enforce area covenants. If you want to listen to Bloomington’s own version of “Who’s On First?” just hit Play below. This is the leadup to the second vote.
Two other notes:
The Housing Navigator Bloomington partially funded has been successful in finding housing for some people.
Mboka has received 9 applications for seats on the Molly Ward’s Safe Communities Commission, he wants more. I couldn’t find a link to apply. Send him an email and have some fun with leftists who think disarming law abiding citizens will solve the gun problem. If only Molly types are appointed this commission could suggest acting like New Mexico’s governor who is trying to ban legal carry for 30 days in violation of the Constitution. The fun never stops with progressives.