NORMAL – There may not have been any items on the agenda for Normal Town Council members at their regularly-scheduled meeting Monday in Council Chambers in Uptown Station, but that opening gave Council members an opportunity to be introduced to Shelleigh Birlingmair, who became executive director of the Children’s Discovery Museum. The Town conducted an intensive search over the spring and summer, and Monday was Birlingmair’s first day on the job.
City Manager Mark Peterson formally introduced Birlingmair to Council members just before the Council’s brief meeting concluded. In addition to her duties at the Museum, Birlingmair will also have oversight of the Normal Theater, serving as supervisor to Theater Manager Adam Fox.
Birlingmair has been a vice president and wealth management consultant for the Commerce Trust Company since 2004. She is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal, and incoming Chair of the Board of Directors of the Advocate BroMenn Philanthropy Council.
Meeting with the media following the meeting, Birlingmair said she plans to spend her first couple of months with the Town reviewing the operations of both CDM and the theater. In a shift which took effect over the summer, oversight of the 79-year-old historic movie house transferred from Normal Parks and Recreation to Town Administration.
Peterson said Birlingmair was hired for a number of skills including, as he explained, “being very well connected throughout the community. I think she will help to raise the overall profile of the museum.”
Peterson said a large part of Birlingmair’s job will be fundraising. He said that will be key “because Children’s Discovery Museum relies heavily on external funding donations, contributions, grants, and other things for its exhibits and some of the museum’s programs.”
“I think she will be really good at that external fundraising component,” Peterson added.
Liquor License Second Installments Paid To Town: Council members, serving as Normal Local Liquor Commission, met for a scheduled meeting prior the Council’s regular meeting. Mayor Chris Koos reported the second installments paid by six licensees who opt to pay their annual fees in two parts have been paid to the Town. All six made their payments in time to meet a Sept. 30 deadline, and thus avoid late fees.
In addition, Commissioners unanimously approved minutes from two previous Commission meetings – a regularly-scheduled meeting held July 18, and a special meeting called on Oct. 3.
Omnibus Agenda Items Approved: Omnibus agenda items approved by the Council included:
• Approval of minutes of the regular meeting on Oct. 3, 2016.
• Approval of Town of Normal expenditures as of Sept. 28, 2016.
• A resolution accepting bids and authorizing the replacement of perimeter fencing at Savannah Park by Bloomington-based Ifft Quality Fencing, Inc. in the amount of $33,988.
• A resolution to waive the formal bidding process and accept quotes totaling $85,003.37 from Dell for the purchase of computer equipment.
• A resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a license agreement with Morton-based CORE Construction for use of three Town-owned properties for operations and staging related to the construction of Phase II of the One Uptown On The Circle Project.
• An ordinance conditionally approving the final plat of the 403 Vernon Subdivision by expedited process (403 E. Vernon Ave.).
• An ordinance conditionally approving an easement vacation on Outlot 15 of the Rolling Meadows Subdivision at 403 E. Vernon Ave.
• An ordinance approving an easement grant to Evansville, Ind.-based Metro Fibernet, LLC in connection with the license agreement for the installation of a fiber optic hut on Town property at 700 Pine St.