An Open Letter to Mayor John Hamilton Regarding the Police Department’s Purchase of an Armored Vehicle

Steve Volan, Member, District 6, Common Council, City of Bloomington • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Dear Mayor Hamilton — This document explains my understanding of the decision to purchase a Lenco Bearcat armored vehicle by the City of Bloomington Police Department, and my position on its purchase. It has taken a … Continue reading

Ordinance: vetoed. Veto: overridden.

Did I mention that the ordinance I authored earned the mayor’s veto? Just as I was anticipating the establishment of a new Bloomington Parking Commission in the last post, I was taken aback by Mayor Hamilton’s announcement that he refused to sign Ordinance 16-22. The Mayor’s response on Nov. 11, in … Continue reading

AMA: How to follow an item through City Council

Q: What’re the first steps someone needs to take to get involved in local government? And do you need to be affiliated with a party? — Citizen Newbie A: Newbie, I’m going to dodge the intent of this question, which is how to participate personally in the electoral process. But that gives … Continue reading

How to start your own town, Hoosier-style

Last week, in addressing what Bloomington could do to see more “affordable” housing built, I wrote this: Council has some authority, but not that much in a country called the United “States” of America, whose provinces have significantly more power than do provinces in other countries.Our Constitution mentions neither cities nor any other … Continue reading

The very basics of how Bloomington’s city council works: update

Wednesday nights are Council meeting nights, and they can go on. Last night’s committee of the whole was not too long, at only 3 hours and 45 minutes. Despite being a night owl, I’m not keen on writing after meetings. I also have to admit that my first efforts at blogging here about … Continue reading