Supporters of the unionization of employees of Bloomingfoods rallied in front of the West 6th outlet last Thursday. Around fifty people gathered late Thursday afternoon to talk about the unionization drive and to listen to speakers on the issue. Daily Local News correspondent David Murphy was at the rally to interview an assortment of attendees, including a union organizer from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Bloomingfoods employees, members of Bloomingfoods co-operative association, and an IU faculty member who specializes in labor studies.
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Clarence Boone and Beverly Calender-Anderson welcome Isabella Bravo and Cornelius Wright.
On tonight’s show, William and Beverly welcome Isabella Bravo of the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office and long-time Bring It On contributor Cornelius Wright on for part two of our discussion of the fallout from the Ray Rice domestic assault case and the emotional and psychological factors that may have contributed to this violent attack.
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Stephen Hale talks about his work with the Bloomington Community Orchard and the connections it creates to people, community and the earth. Also, more local growing volunteer opportunities from the Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Hola Bloomington’s hosts Israel Herrera, Carlos Bakota and Luis Hernandez host a special segment “Un Cafecito con” Lotus Edition. The hosts interview Aurelio Martínez and Las Cafeteras both artists will be performing at Lotus International Music festival.
Los locutores de Hola Bloomington Israel Herrera , Carlos Bakota y Luis Hernández albergan un segmento especial “Un Cafecito con” Lotus Edition. Los locutores entrevistan a Aurelio Martínez y Las Cafeteras ambos artistas estarán presentandose en el festival Internacional de Música de Lotus.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was 18 when she and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited some literary friends and got involved in a challenge, to see who could write the most frightening story. Out of a group that included the poet Lord Byron, only Mary’s story of a scientist who goes too far has lasted as a landmark of fantastic literature. Mary Shelley was twenty when the book was published.
Frankenstein was published in 1818, as the Industrial Revolution readied for takeoff in Europe. Science held out the promise of mankind’s triumph over nature, even over death itself – and electricity was the key. In the novel, a doctor uses electricity to re-animate parts of human corpses into a whole, living being – who, although hideous, develops intelligence and self-awareness – and finally turns against its creator. Frankenstein was banned in South Africa in 1955, for containing material deemed “indecent” and “obscene.”
A Monroe County official says the County is dragging its feet on adding a non-Democrat to the Plan Commission. County Surveyor Kevin Enright, who is also a member of the Commission, said September 16th the delay is QUOTE “inexcusable” UNQUOTE. There has been an open spot on the Board for ten months. Enright asked County attorney David Schilling about the vacancy at a Plan Commission meeting.
The County Commission is responsible for appointing a new member to the Commission. State law won’t allow them to appoint a Democrat because the majority of their current appointees on the Commission are Democrats.
Enright was elected to his fourth term as surveyor in 2012. He ran as a Democrat. County Commissioner Julie Thomas defended the failure to appoint someone to the 9-member Plan Commission.
Thomas said the Commission is still accepting applications.
Also at the meeting, the Plan Commission approved a measure that allows local attorney Ken Nunn to build new structures his yard. Nunn asked the Commission to reduce a conservation easement on his property on Saddlebrook Lane, just southeast of Bloomington. Don Kacharik, from an engineering firm who inspected the site, said the measure would correct a surveying error made years ago.
The conservation easement prevents Nunn from building on a portion of his property. Commission member Scott Wells was the only opposition to the measure. Wells said Nunn’s subdivision was given lots of exemptions from the County’s rules when it was built in the 90s.
Nunn was once the attorney for the Plan Commission. Except for Wells’s opposition, he got a warm reception at the meeting. Nunn promised to consult his homeowners association before building new structures.
The Commission told Nunn his own personal injury law firm slogan, “It’s Just that Easy,” when giving him the O.K. to build his yard structures. The Commission voted 7 to 1 to reduce the conservation easement in his yard.
On September 11th, the storm water management board debated a line item in their 2015 budget at the urging of the county council. In their previous meeting the board struck funds that go toward a quarter-time treasurer deputy position. Board member Iris Keisling said that though she voted in the past to allow for storm water management funds to go to the treasurer’s office, it was not intended to be a recurring expense.
Salary plus benefits for the quarter-time position total ten thousand dollars that would come from the Storm Water Management budget. Board Member Kevin Enright recommended the board vote to reinstate the funds for one additional year.
Keisling disagreed, pointing out that other departments do not assist in funding the treasurer’s office and that the Storm Water Management budget should be treated the same as all other county offices.
A motion to reinstate the full ten thousand dollars to help the treasurer’s office pay for a quarter time deputy to oversee the collection of Storm Water Management fees was tied 2-2 and did not pass. Board member Julie Thomas offered a compromise.
County Council attorney Michael Flory was present at the meeting and commended the board on their collegiality and said the funds would help alleviate demands on the auditor and treasurers offices.
The Richland Bean Blossom School Board approved a budget for 2015 in their meeting on Monday, September 15th. While last year The Richland Bean Blossom School corporation was operating over budget, an increase in student enrollment allowed additional funds to come into the district this year. RBBCSC Superintendent Mike Wilcox introduced the new budget during the public hearing at the board meeting.
RBBCSC receives five thousand one hundred and sixty dollars per student from the state of Indiana. Wilcox says the increased enrollment reflects on the quality of the school system, and the replacement of teaching positions that were cut due to budgets in the past.
Board President Dana Kerr said that the balanced budget will allow the school corporation to now focus on long range planning.
The total budget for the school corporation for 2015 is twenty six million, four hundred seventy seven thousand, one hundred thirteen – more than one million dollars larger than the 2014 budget.
The director of the Monroe County Public Library is leaving her post early next year. Sara Laughlin announced her retirement September 17th at a meeting of the Library’s Board of Trustees.
Laughlin says she has confidence in the Library’s current staff to manage the Library in the years to come. She told the Board there is still plenty to do before she leaves.
The Board also held a hearing on the Library’s budget for next year. The $8.2 million budget requires deficit spending, but financial officer Gary Lettelleir said that shouldn’t be a problem.
Lettelleir said the Library also has roughly $3 million in cash reserves.