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City changes senior housing parking rules

August 14, 2014

By Maria Nagle, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.

Aug. 14--BLOOMINGTON -- The number of parking spaces required at senior housing facilities now will be based on the type of care given.

Under a city code change approved this week by the Bloomington City Council, parking space requirements will vary depending on whether the facility is congregate care; assisted senior living; convalescent/nursing home/memory care; or continuing care that can combine multiple types of senior housing.

The measure assures an adequate number of accessible parking spaces for residents and visitors.

In other matters:

During an earlier council work session, Finance Director Patti-Lynn Silva presented an unaudited report on the city's financial activity during the fiscal year that ended April 30.

The majority of the city's funds, including the general fund from which most services are paid, ended the year with unaudited projected surpluses.

Six funds are projected to have deficits: $14,661 deficit for an Illinois Housing Development Authority grant, due to the timing of grant receipts; $51,313 deficit in the Central Bloomington TIF, which is being closed out; $144,615 deficit in combined golf funds due to seasonal conditions; and $268,879 deficit in the U.S. Cellular Coliseum's operating fund due to repairs of an emergency smoke evacuating system and general exhaust system.

In April, the council voted to extend a quarter-percent sales tax that otherwise would have ended on July 1, 2015. The tax, first approved in 2008 to cover the Coliseum's construction debt, brings in about $2.5 million annually.

Other deficits include $539,662 in the casualty fund for workers compensation and general liability insurance expenses, and $240,643 in the employee insurance fund accounts for health care-related expenses for current employees. Both are due to funds not being transferred by April 30.

The council approved resuming holiday trash pickup, except on Christmas Day and approved a two-year collective bargaining agreement with International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Lodge 1000.

Some water department, maintenance and operations workers who will receive two consecutive annual raises of 2.25 percent.


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