Newly elected Bloomington city council president Sue Sgambelluri (Jan. 11, 2023).
From left: Bloomington city councilmembers Matt Flaherty, Kate Rosenbarger, and Susan Sandberg (Jan. 11, 2023).
From left: Bloomington city councilmembers Isabel Piedmont-Smith, Sue Sgambelluri, and Dave Rollo (Jan. 11, 2023).
From left: Bloomington city councilmembers Jim Sims, Ron Smith, and Steve Volan (Jan. 11, 2023).
Monroe County commissioner Julie Thomas (Jan. 11, 2023).
Bloomington deputy mayor Mary Catherine Carmichael (Jan. 11, 2023).
A mayoral veto of a Bloomington city council resolution supporting a capital improvement board (CIB) as the governance method for a convention center expansion, has been overridden by the city council.
It was at 3:15 p.m. Friday, the day before Christmas Eve, when Bloomington mayor John Hamilton issued his veto of the council’s Dec. 14 resolution.
In December the council had approved the resolution by an 8–1 vote, with Kate Rosenbarger as the sole voice of dissent.
At this Wednesday’s city council meeting, the outcome of the vote was the same, satisfying the two-thirds majority required under city code to override the mayor’s veto.
On Wednesday as in December, Rosenbarger’s dissent was not based on any support for Bloomington mayor John Hamilton’s preferred convention center expansion governance structure, which is a 501(c)(3). Instead, Rosenbarger is skeptical that a convention center expansion should be built at all.
Friday morning sometime after 9 a.m., I’m heading to Monroe County’s convention center at 3rd and College to check out the quilts. They’re displayed as part of the “Quilts from the Heartland” show hosted by the Bloomington Quilters Guild.
The show runs two days, Friday and Saturday.
In my pocket I’ll have the $7 admission, plus my proof of COVID-19 vaccination, and a cloth fabric mask. I picked up the mask from the Bloomington Mask Drive a year and a half ago, when the pandemic started.
The requirement that a mask be worn inside the convention center is a county health regulation. The proof of vaccination is a quilters guild choice.
It’s worth remembering the connection between the quilters guild and the mask drive. It was guild members who stitched together many of the masks for the drive. The total number of masks produced so far is over 70,000.
Please consider registering for the April 29 blood drive that will be held at the Monroe County Convention Center.
That hyperlink should take you directly to the Red Cross website where you can register.
Running a public service announcement like this means driving a little outside of The Square Beacon’s normal lane.
But Monroe County’s emergency manager Allison Moore said at Friday’s weekly press conference that she is worried about the April 29 date.
Moore said that for the first time since the pandemic-response blood drives started, one of the dates that’s been scheduled for the convention center location might not get every appointment slot filled.