Bloomington council discusses city's future

By WEEK Producer

May 6, 2013 Updated May 6, 2013 at 10:29 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner has proposed some ideas for his vision of the city's future.

City officials held a retreat Monday evening so the new members could get to know incumbent aldermen.

The mayor says he would like to see more transparency for residents and improvement in transportation and economic development.

Specifically, Renner would like to see changes in the city's plan to invite private investment to downtown Bloomington.

"I have particularly attempted to try to get a hotel somewhere downtown, hopefully across from the Coliseum,” Renner says. “And if we can get a private hotel across from the Coliseum, that will reduce the Coliseum's red ink, because we'll get more visitors, we'll get more events, venues, and also we'll get more jobs and taxes."

The mayor says he and city manger David Hales are moving forward on bringing a regional water plan to Bloomington.

He wants to make sure the city is not vulnerable to droughts, as was the case last summer.

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