Note: The meeting video is missing! I will change the link when it’s available.
Video is back – this time without Koos’ challenger on the opening screen. Coincidence?
By: Diane Benjamin
Just hit play below to hear the Metro Zone discussion by the Normal Town Council last night. Bloomington’s Mayor Tari Renner was there, but he left before the discussion ended – the camera pointed to his empty seat about 45 minutes into the discussion:
Yes, the war brewing between Normal and Bloomington is real. Normal has decided to not accept the vote of the Bloomington City Council to abolish sharing taxes. Are they really going to file a lawsuit over $1.2 million? Are they really so strapped for cash in their $100 million + budget that $1.2 million matters?
The entire Council acted like scorned lovers while claiming it isn’t about the money. It’s about Bloomington leaving MetCom years ago, and everything Bloomington has done since.
Most of the conversation was about “working together”, “common directions”, and “functioning together as a region”. (Note: Koos made his own plan for new fire stations instead of working with Bloomington on a regional plan)
Koos claimed from April of 2014 to February 2017 only 6 meetings have taken place with Bloomington for a total of 5 3/4 hours. Normal claims they offered to suspend the agreement for 1 year while talks continued,but that offer was rejected by Bloomington. Since Bloomington did not hold talks in Open Session, the citizens of Bloomington don’t know what the truth is.
Koos claims he never heard any substantive reasons for why Bloomington wanted to terminate the agreement, only that it is outdated.
Alderman David Sage led the effort in Bloomington to put a vote on the agenda. Sage hasn’t said a word publicly since the vote.
Normal is demanding a re-vote by Bloomington. Did they manage to flip any of the 7 aldermen who voted to end the agreement?
I smell another illegal Executive Session coming!