By: Diane Benjamin
The Normal Town Council meeting lasted more than 10 minutes last night! It actually went over an hour because of the mandatory recycling ordinance.
ISU kids showed up to demand their right to recycle. Some called it a necessity, one claimed she had to drive 5-10 minutes to drop hers off and that was a burden. (Horror!)
I suggest every multi-family landlord in Normal automatically raise rent at least $50 a month now. These snowflakes need to know their “rights” cost money. Some implied the landlord needs charged. Duh kids, your rent is going up. One suggested landlords could cut back on marketing items like wrapping a Connect Transit bus and shirts. One kid brought in a binder with 3000 signatures from students demanding recycling.
Two people did speak against the ordinance. The live stream hiccupped around 11:10 cutting off one student and part of a guy who spoke against it. The posted video has the same problem. The guy works at ISU and claims the kids could easily recycle on campus. Steve Snyder, part owner of a large complex in Normal, said the one size fits all ordinance isn’t practical because it mandates a recycle bin next to every trash container. The snowflakes could lose 28 parking spots because of it.
That same sentiment was voiced by Trustee Kathleen Lorenz. She wanted the Council to hold more discussions with stakeholders to get the ordinance right. Trustee Jeff Fritzen agreed with her, Scott Preston was absent. The other members all agreed government has the right to control private businesses, even if what is proposed isn’t practical for all.
These kids were raised believing government would save the environment. Their responsibility to recycle doesn’t include going a little out of their way to accomplish it. Personal responsibility isn’t required. They need a lesson in regulations strangle free markets, they need to see for themselves the consequences of their “rights”. Normal discontinued 4 locations for drop off because of budget cuts. Last night Koos, McCarthy, Cummings, an McBride mandated the kids pay more to live in Normal even if recycling wasn’t a budget priority for them.
Mandated recycling was sold to the Council as a “LAST RESORT” when the solid waste plan was passed just a few months ago. We all knew it wouldn’t be. If there is a market for glass, plastic, cardboard, and paper, why hasn’t some entrepreneur already placed recycling containers at complexes? Why not one just for beer bottles and cans? (see public comment)
Raise rents now landlords. Include a message to the kids saying the Town of Normal forced you to do it.
Just hit play below to hear the Public Comment. Actual business probably took 5 minutes, the Council discussion took up the rest of the meeting. Fast forward a little if you want to hear the Council comments.