The City of Bloomington’s Senior Budget Manager Scott Rathbun will now serve as Interim Finance Director. Before joining the City Rathbun spent 13 years as Chief Financial Officer for Kahuna Business Group, a Bloomington-based information technology and services company, and has over 30 years of professional financial management experience.
The Normal Town Council meeting Monday night covered three issues, including the sale of the Marriott Hotel, the reopening of Swingers Grille, and plans for Mayor Koos to return at the end of this month.
Main Point: Monday's Bloomington City Council meeting covered four issues, including an approved city budget, a presentation on crime stats by Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner, funding for a multi-sport complex feasibility study, and the water department's current projects.
Lake Bloomington residents hoping to end the years-long debate over potentially illegal docks now face what City staff warn could be a lengthy court process to assess the 17 or so structures in question.Council members Monday night voted 7-2 to effectively take no action on the issue, deferring instead to the City’s current process for handling structures that don’t comply with its building ordinances.
Over a year after the issue first arose, Bloomington City Council members will meet for a special session Monday evening to discuss options for a number of Lake Bloomington docks, which City staff say are in violation of City code.
During a brief council meeting Monday night, the Normal Town Council approved infrastructure improvements and Mayor Chris Koos announced a leave of absence effective immediately.
Plans for Habitat for Humanity McLean County to add a solar panel array to its newly renovated ReStore were put on hold last week when City Council members tabled an economic incentive agreement to help Habitat pay for the project.
Despite lagging job statistics and prohibitive trade barriers, Illinois is positioned for a solar boom over the next five years.
According to the Solar Jobs Census, Illinois ranked 20th in 2017 with 3,571 solar jobs down 150 jobs from 2016. Concurrently, the Trump administration implemented a 30% tariff on imported solar to boost domestic solar panel production.
A blanket tariff on imported steel and aluminum shook the international markets earlier this month, but the local effects on Bloomington-Normal have yet to be fully revealed. On March 8, 2018, President Donald Trump imposed a 25% tariff on all imported steel and a 10% tariff on all imported aluminum.
Supporters of a welcoming city ordinance again called on Bloomington leaders Monday, using one of their signature lines: “Do the right thing--Pass the ordinance.”Members of the Keep Families Together coalition staged a 24-hour fast in front of City Hall on Sunday Night and a walkout during Monday night’s City Council meeting.