Bloomington city council punts question of standing committees to end of January

On Wednesday night, Bloomington’s city council began its year with an organizational meeting that featured a split vote.

What generated some controversy at the start of the term was a proposal from newly named council president, Steve Volan, to use existing local code to establish several four-member standing committees. They would add to the existing land use committee.

Six of the nine councilmembers, led by outgoing council president Dave Rollo, wanted to postpone a vote on Volan’s proposal for three weeks, until Jan. 29. Susan Sandberg was vocal in her opposition to establishing standing committees, pointing out that she’d heard similar proposals three times before from Volan, during her time serving on the council.

Three councilmembers, including Volan, would have been content to postpone the question until next week, Jan. 15. But they thought the three-week wait was unnecessary. The 6–3 vote to postpone until Jan. 29 came after about 90 minutes of debate.

Near the start of the meeting, the naming of  Volan as president, Jim Sims vice president, and Isabel Piedmont-Smith parliamentarian was done by a unanimous voice vote. Continue reading “Bloomington city council punts question of standing committees to end of January”

B Square Elsewhere: Bloomington’s clerk weighs in on city council meetings

Bloomington’s city clerk, Nicole Bolden, was quoted on the City Council Chronicles last Sunday describing her first run for the elected office of city clerk: “When I decided to run for city clerk, my family laughed at me. They said, ‘How on Earth are you going to be able to handle those meetings that go past your bedtime?'”

The Chronicles is a website maintained by Michael Karlik. He documents city council meetings across the world. Continue reading “B Square Elsewhere: Bloomington’s clerk weighs in on city council meetings”