Kruzan Says Volan’s Changes Will Slow Council, Add To Schism

Bloomington’s mayor says he opposes the creation of a group of standing committees to do the business of the city council.

Bloomington City Council

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If the changes are adopted, the council would create ten standing committees.

Councilman Steve Volan’s proposal would adopt a set of ten standing committees to parse city business into categories, so that small groups of councilors would focus on various areas of government.  But Mayor Mark Kruzan, speaking on WFIU’s Ask the Mayor, says he thinks the process works on paper, but not in practice.

“I think they all should be a part of decision-making on any given issue from day one,” Kruzan says. “As opposed to three of them being part of it from day one and then the other six come in two weeks later.”

Volan disagrees, saying “I think, just bottom line, he’s wrong.”

Volan tabled his measure during the last meeting of 2011, in part because of criticism he was trying to pass the rule with votes from three outgoing councilors.

“It’s that there’s one faction of council that believes that when things are the way they want them to be, it should be done by majority vote, but when there’s thing that they don’t want everything should be decided unanimously,” he says.

Volan says he’ll reintroduce the legislation during the next cycle of the council, with few substantial changes from the prior year’s version.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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  • Anonymous

    The city council needs a term limit to get Volan out of there.

  • Anonymous

    You say that about Steve but Kurzan is just fine? They have the votes. They win the elections. Anything else isn’t democracy.

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