Bloomington annexation hearing updates: Possible postponement until 4 p.m. with no in-person access

The Bloomington city council announced in a news bulletin released a few minutes after 2 p.m. on Wednesday (Aug. 4) a possible change to its scheduled 3 p.m. public hearing at city hall on annexation.

The council could consider a motion to postpone the start of the meeting until 4 p.m.

If the motion were to pass, the news release seems to indicate the meeting would resume at 4 p.m. but would be accessible only through electronic participation.

The meeting had been advertised as one that would take place in hybrid fashion. That is, it would be accessible either in person or via the Zoom video conference platform.

Any updates known to The B Square will be added below.

[Updated at 3:54 p.m. Around 3:15 the council voted unanimously to recess the scheduled meeting and to reconvene at 4 p.m. When it resumes at 4 p.m. the meeting will be accessible only electronically.]

[Updated at 7:22 p.m. Sometime before 7 p.m. there was no remaining queue of attendees on Zoom who wanted to speak at the public hearing. A that point, the city council deliberated on how to accommodate those who might have been deprived of an opportunity to speak by the council’s decision to cancel the in-person component of the hearing.

The outcome of those deliberations was to recess, but not end, the public hearing. The hearing will be continued next week at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11. That means anyone who did not speak on Aug. 4 at the public hearing on annexation will have another chance in a week.]

4 thoughts on “Bloomington annexation hearing updates: Possible postponement until 4 p.m. with no in-person access

  1. It is ironic that the city that wants to annex the county residents, would not receive the public in a public building. Instead, the city council sent them to other county facilities: the Monroe County Public Library and the Perry Township Trustee’s Public Meeting Room. Afraid to meet the public themselves, they had no qualms about sending the elderly and disabled to other public spaces that will endure a financial hit should annexation be approved. As the county public was turned away by the city, I welcomed the same people into my county space. I would like to know: what exactly is the city offering these county residents??????

  2. Margaret. The reason for the change was health issues related to COVID. Remember that virus that those with disabilities and elderly are more susceptible to? I respect this government body abiding by the recommendations of other government bodies.

  3. This was foreseeable. They should have cancelled, Sue Wanzer, well in advance of the stroke victims, elderly, and otherwise, susceptible elderly journeyed out to attend the meeting.

  4. I think the salient point here is that the Council, in referring people who lack internet service to County public spaces, was willing to subject their would-be constituents to risks they would not subject themselves to. This irony was not lost on many of us.

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