Two types of Council meetings, and the obscure difference between them

The Bloomington City Council meets weekly, on Wednesday nights at 7:30. While these meetings are always open to the public as a matter of course, how one gets to participate depends on what week of the month it is. Regular-strength and concentrated That’s because there are two kinds of Council … Continue reading

The chicken who came to Council to roost: FAQ

Yes, it’s true: I entered the Council Chambers after last week’s meeting began, and took my seat as an elected member of that august body…clad head-to-toe in a chicken suit, which I wore the entire meeting. The photo’s caption: “Chicken Little? In observance of the Bloomington City Council’s discussion on … Continue reading

Getting your questions asked in a Council meeting

I chaired the July 27th budget meeting, the last of four over four straight nights. There wasn’t a single public comment on any section of the budget, which we have been reviewing one department at a time. Virtually no member of the public attended in person. I’m surprised. You’ve heard … Continue reading

The very basics of the Bloomington metro area

Here is the Monroe County Courthouse, the very heart of downtown Bloomington. ¬†   Bloomington (70,000) is the only “city” in Monroe County (120,000), and the county seat. The next largest population center is Ellettsville (5,000), which is too small to be a city and so is called a “town.” … Continue reading

The very basics of how Bloomington’s city council works

Bloomington’s nine councilmembers meet in regular session twice monthly, on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 pm.¬† It may seem like we meet more often than that. That’s because we do. Let me explain. Any item we consider — an ordinance, an appropriation ordinance (not the … Continue reading