Council Tables Transportation Commission

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The conversation about the role of a new transportation commission is continuing in Bloomington.

At Monday’s city council meeting, the council voted to table an ordinance that would okay the commission.

Several council members did bring up concerns about forming a new commission. Alderman David Sage asked for clearer language in the ordinance to show how expert recommendations fit into the process. Alderwoman Diana Hauman said she did not think the commission was necessary.

“I just question finding people that are qualified. We have qualified staff. We do hold public hearings about roads and speed limits when it comes up,” she said.

Ward 4 Alderwoman Amelia Baragas, along with Public Works Director Jim Karch, explained the committees’ job would be to give recommendations about overall policies, before it reaches the council, and give the public more of an opportunity to give their input on transportation issues.

“This allows us to say, there is a consistent, steady mechanism, you don’t have to be on the look out for special meetings, but there is a consistent mechanism by which you can be involved in these conversations,” said Buragas.

City staff will take the next few weeks to make some clarifications to the ordinance in order to specify the commissions role in decision making.

The council will vote on it July 12th.

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