Bloomington City Council votes unanimously on multiple agenda items
City Council held a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. last night. At this meeting, the committee discussed environmental conservation and pollution. They also spent a lot of time talking about municipal codes.
Most of the comments made by council members and citizens concerned the preservation of the environment and the repercussions of collective practices in terms of transportation and lawn maintenance. On municipal codes, council exchanged views on the implications of code changes for affordable and sustainable housing.
There were several items on the agenda, including a council report where council member Stephen Volan commented on a coalition against large trucks which have proven dangerous to civilians using the same roads.
In his report, Volan said he supports the coalition because they are trying to fight laws that allow larger tractor-trailers on roads not designed for them.
He also presented several statistics on pedestrian and cyclist fatalities correlating to large SUVs and pickup trucks.
“We are all responsible for the vehicles we put on the road and how we manage them,” Volan said in his closing remarks. “It’s a matter of our times and I would ask everyone to rethink their assumptions about motorized vehicles.”
Following the council’s reports, Ben Sharaf presented the Bloomington Habitat Connectivity Plan on behalf of the Bloomington Environmental Commission, which is a voluntary commission that works to advise the city on environmental preservation.
Sharaf spoke of five recommendations which included prioritizing habitat potential and connectivity with neighboring areas when making land use decisions as well as creating more green space to connect isolated areas. of the Bloomington Habitat.
He said the lack of green space was problematic and therefore a priority in the connectivity plan.
Sharaf also said the commission will work to connect high and low areas of green space and talk to public landowners according to an amended map to connect Bloomington land and plant as much natural species as possible.
Five people spoke about communal resources, the cost of housing and gas-powered lawn equipment after Council President Susan Sandberg opened the floor for public comment.
The council passed six ordinances. Most were voted unanimously to pass, including Resolution 22-11, a resolution about implementing a labor agreement between the City of Bloomington and the Fraternal Order of Police.
City attorney Mike Rouker provided an update on the matter, saying the FOP has agreed to the new pay terms and the final step is for the board to vote on the collective bargaining agreement. Passing this resolution meant increasing investments in public safety and providing greater benefits to FOP members, such as a 23.3% increase in base pay for first class officers.
The contract in question is applicable for the period 2023-2026 and deals with several positive salary adjustments which also affect pension plans.
Several people have supported the legislation both in public comments and in council. Paul Post, president of the Fraternal Order of Police in Bloomington, said the union accepts the terms and will try to address staff losses with the incentives. Council member Sandberg thanked everyone involved and council member Dave Rollo said he was very happy with the deal and would like to see the city ranked first in terms of benefits and compensation.
Other ordinances passed dealt with Title 20 of the Bloomington Municipal Code. The City’s Planning and Transportation Department summarized and answered several questions regarding typographical errors and title changes.