BLOOMINGTON — The final time elected officers attended an in-person metropolis council assembly, the 9 members sat on the dais, listening to how Bloomington was getting ready to navigate a rapidly-spreading coronavirus.
And on Monday elected officers and government metropolis employees for the primary time since early 2020 gathered in the identical room on the identical time, with Mwilambwe presiding from the middle seat.
“It feels good to be again collectively,” Mwilambwe mentioned on the onset of Monday’s assembly.
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The last council meeting without precautions inspired by the pandemic was held March 16, 2020, in the council chambers at Bloomington City Hall. Monday’s assembly convened within the county board chambers on the McLean County Authorities Heart.
All in all, the return to face-to-face governing went off with none main points.
Council did hear from 10 East Gate neighborhood residents who chronicled extreme flooding points they skilled during the extreme storm events that ravaged the city last month, when water and sewage from city-owned mixed storm and sanitary sewers backed-up into their houses and basements.
A few of the Ward 8 residents blamed the problem on an absence of infrastructure funding and planning, with others asking for a agency dedication from metropolis leaders that the sewers be modernized or that they obtain help.
Metropolis Supervisor Tim Gleason mentioned the town has fielded 500 harm claims associated to the storms and that they’re being labored by on a case-by-case foundation.
Council earlier than The Pantagraph’s deadline moved by its consent agenda, unanimously approving a employees compensation settlement settlement for a former Bloomington police officer and a decision allocating a portion of the town’s share of state motor gasoline tax funds for fiscal yr 2022.
The previous merchandise permits the town to pay a $158,128 settlement to former patrol officer Luke Maurer, who in June 2018 injured his left knee whereas “combating a suspect,” in accordance with a metropolis employees memo.
A Practical Capability Analysis report from Could 2019 concluded that Maurer, 38, was not able to returning to the division due to the damage. He was first employed in Jan. 2011, in accordance with BPD personnel information.
Maurer’s responsibility incapacity pension was permitted in December 2020 and an arbitrator in Could discovered that Maurer’s compensation declare was reputable based mostly on Maurer needing to alter jobs, reasonably than his bodily incapacity.
The latter merchandise authorizes the town to spend $500,000 of its $20,272,966 in state motor gasoline tax funds on avenue lighting, electrical vitality and rental fees that can accrue from Could 1 by April 30, 2022.
The town may also spend an extra $550,000 on the identical prices, with that cash popping out of an account within the FY 2022 budget’s general fund. All $1,050,000 in vitality fees can be paid to Ameren and Corn Belt Vitality.
Council on Monday additionally OK’d an task of lease settlement, authorizing Bloomington-based funding agency Adidev Builders LLC to buy the eastside Chateau Convention Heart from its present house owners, SDO Fund II D37.
The settlement requires Adidev to pay the town $1 per yr to lease the property the middle sits on and permits the agency to purchase the middle for $350,000 anytime between between Jan. 1, 2026, and Dec. 31, 2027.
Contact Timothy Eggert at (309) 820-3276. Observe him on Twitter: @TimothyMEggert