SPRINGFIELD—A relatively quiet agenda Monday night made for a hefty number of speakers at the beginning of the meeting and then a fight over polling places. The Council’s few summertime meetings usually make for packed schedules, but overwhelmingly the items in play were small financial matters. The housekeeping was dispensed with while the other matters took up the bulk of the meeting’s time.
Although debate during the actual meeting was brief, Ward 8 Councilor Orlando Ramos’s proposal to enact a broader registration system for the city’s 30,000+ rental units drew a considerable crowd at public speak out. Those that spoke on Ramos’s ordinance during the half-hour pre-meeting were almost uniformly against it. However, the opponents’ comments seemed to show a bit of awareness that something is likely to be passed.