Their attorney, William Mahrt, on Sept. 21 sent a demand letter with a proposed settlement of $310,000 to corporation counsel Jeff Jurgens, asking the city to either play ball or expect to face a lawsuit.
The raise to a $202,149 annual salary for city manager Tim Gleason is tied to a review of his performance during his third year on the job. That review found Gleason's service "exceeded expectations, the highest ranking."
The narrow vote came after separate votes that killed two other options. One would have authorized $250,000 in supplemental city funds for direct payments. The other would have committed no extra city funds.
The Bloomington City Council on Monday directed city staff to bring back next week for a formal vote a program that would utilize internal funds to supplement outside monies for victims of the June storms, if they are exhausted.
The measure also permits city manager Tim Gleason to reinstate shutoffs via phases and issue exemptions for "documented hardships related to COVID-19, including substantial loss of income, sustained loss of compensable hours or work or wages, or a substantial increase."
Monday's opening of a Texas Roadhouse Restaurant on Bloomington's east side comes after nearly two years of planning and construction. It will employ 225 people.
Bloomington city manager Tim Gleason said Monday he has formally extended an offer to one of the two finalists for Bloomington police chief.
The Bloomington City Council voted unanimously to amend sections of city code that direct public comment at the body's regular voting and monthly nonvoting meetings.
Adidev Developers Real Estate LLC purchased the Chateau Hotel and Conference Center on Aug. 9 for $2,710,000, according to records filed with the McLean County Recorder's Office.
At least 10 residents living in the Bloomington's Ward 6 will be interviewed to fill a pending vacancy on the Bloomington City Council.
More than a month after the June 25 and June 26 extreme weather events, nearly all of the more than 500 Bloomington residents who experienced and reported losses have yet to be compensated for them.
More than a month after a series of unprecedented storms caused severe flooding and widespread damage to homes across Bloomington, residents are still recounting the harm and pushing for elected officials to expedite repairs to existing infrastructure.
The Bloomington City Council will vote to use cash, rather than credit or financing, to pay for $3.1 million in capital purchases for fiscal year 2022. Finance officials expect the change would save the city over $200,000.
Current Ward 6 Ald. Jenn Carrillo announced last week they would be walking away from the council. Their time in office will end on Aug. 31, about half-way through their four-year term.
The new incentive terms layout differing abatement periods for three different types of development. A retail project can receive an abatement for three years, while a non-retail project and a "significant impact business" can receive an abatement for five years.
Three weeks after a series of extreme storm events pounded the city over two days, dropping up to 10 inches of rain and overwhelming city infrastructure, officials on Monday said they do not have an immediate solution to prevent the same issues from unfolding again.
Another slice of the pizza business, topped with video gambling, is set to open this month on Bloomington's near east side.
All in all, the return to face-to-face governing went off without any major issues on Monday, when the Bloomington City Council met in-person for the first time since March 2020.
The keys to the Chateau Hotel and Conference Center, one of Bloomington's largest and most recognizable hotels, could end up in the pockets of different owners.
A new business on the courthouse square, an improved car wash along a commercial corridor and two new restaurants are some of the economic developments expected across the city this summer.
Monday's move comes as the clearest sign from the city that it is transitioning to a post-pandemic world.
The city's information and technology services department wants to enhance protections designed to identify and fend-off cyberattacks.
Audio recordings from the closed session were requested by The Pantagraph through the Freedom of Information Act but released voluntarily by the city on Tuesday.
Members of the public will be privy to which official said what in four closed-door sessions of Bloomington City Council meetings held when the city was considering whether to end the Metro Zone agreement with Normal.
Bloomington officials by the end of 2021 will vote on a revised plan to make city streets and local businesses more accessible for people living with disabilities.