Bloomington park commissioner Israel Herrera asks questions of protesters at the Feb. 25, 2020 meeting of the commission.
Protestors stand and offer sustained applause for park commissioner Israel Herrera’s vote against the new rules of behavior.
Bloomington’s board of park commissioners voted 2–1 on Tuesday night to adopt new rules of behavior at the city’s farmers market. Dissenting was the newest board member, Israel Herrera.
The rules specify how and where protests are allowed at the farmers market.
Herrera told The Square Beacon after the meeting that his vote was based on the concerns that meeting protestors had conveyed—from the public podium and their seats in the audience—about the possibility of increased police violence in the coming season, due to the new rules. People who speak up should not be forced to shut up, he said.
Councilmember Jim Sims was sponsor of the non-consensual towing ordinance.
Max Stryker, a tow company operator, addresses the city council on Feb. 19, 2020.
City attorney Mike Rouker answers a question at the city council meeting on Feb. 19, 2020.
The proposed new ordinance on non-consensual towing would require signs similar to these, which are already in place.
Beginning July 1 this year, companies that tow vehicles that are illegally parked on private property in Bloomington will need a license from the city to provide the service to property owners.
Bloomington’s city council voted unanimously at its regular Wednesday meeting to enact the new law.
Highlights of the law include a $350 annual license fee for tow companies that do non-consensual tows. Those companies can’t charge vehicle owners more than $135 for basic towing, $25 for use of a dolly, and $25 per day storage, to retrieve their towed vehicles.
At Wednesday’s regular meeting, after about two hours of deliberation, Bloomington’s city council voted 5-4 to establish eight new four-member standing committees.
Wednesday’s vote means that after a first reading of a new local law, the council will now have the option of referring the legislation to any of the standing committees for further consideration. And as one consequence of local code, a standing committee can meet twice on a referred proposal, before it has to report back to the full council. Continue reading “Bloomington city council creates standing committees on 5–4 vote”→
Bloomington is still reserving the right to appeal its unsuccessful eminent domain action to acquire additional land to replace the 352-space parking garage that stood downtown at the corner of 4th and Walnut streets.
New map of county council representation in Monroe County.
Plot of current councilmember home addresses on district map of Bloomington.
On Saturday, the League of Women Voters and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce hosted the second in a series of three events tied to the General Assembly’s session calendar, which concludes in mid-March this year.
A shot of the city hall conference room, where the city council’s work session was held.
Council president Steve Volan.
At a work session held Friday afternoon, city council president Steve Volan and other councilmembers heard again from city staff about Volan’s proposal to establish several four-member standing committees.
The proposal—which is a resolution, not a new ordinance—will appear on the council’s agenda next week (Feb. 19) for a third time. It was first heard on Jan. 8, postponed until Jan. 29, then put off again until next week.
The smaller standing committees would replace the “committee of the whole” in the regular legislative process.
Under Volan’s proposal, the standing committees would also play an oversight role for departments in the administration.
First introduced on Jan. 8, Volan’s initial proposal met with resistance from city department heads. Volan has since clarified that he means “oversight” in the sense of “inspect or examine.” Volan says the standing committees are not meant to exercise oversight in the sense of supervisory authority.