By: Diane Benjamin
On November 2nd Normal held a Strategic Planning Session. It was a Friday at 10:00 am in the Executive Board Room at City Hall. http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3105
Did any citizens know about or attend this meeting? Did the press report on it?
Keep in mind, Trustee RC McBride is the General Manager of WGLT radio. Yes, make the news and then report it. Brilliant, except WGLT did two stories on November 2nd about Normal, both had to do with the upcoming meeting on December 5th. No mention of the 10:00 am meeting. On November 6th they did do a story that mentions a retreat, but the only information in it is Koos wants to re-hire a communications person to counter all the “horrible” misinformation on social media. I have never heard the “rumor” he talks about, I wonder where he saw it? http://www.wglt.org/post/koos-normal-needs-dispel-horrible-misinformation
What I do know: Normal paid for somebody to stay overnight at the Marriott – probably a consultant:
This bill was paid on November 19th, since Normal also holds staff retreats, it may or may not be connected:
The minutes from this meeting have not been brought to the Council for approval. The agenda was not posted as an Executive Session (planning isn’t an exemption anyway), so Normal is subject to the law in the Open Meetings Act:
The minutes should be approved at the December 3rd meeting. They are not included in the packet, therefore they will be in violation of the Open Meetings Act by not acting on the minutes.
Why is McBride’s media hiding this meeting?
Monday night will be the THIRD meeting since the retreat. Normal has no exemption under the law for not making the minutes public.
Of course, we know laws don’t matter. Government officials are exempt – laws only apply to you.
Maybe Koos can do a Rumor vs Fact story. That page hasn’t been updated in close to a year. http://www.normal.org/1378/Rumor-vs-Fact
Koos could avoid problems by being transparent. The retreat could have been mentioned and the public invited. Posting minutes as required by law would promote trust too. Right now it looks like Normal doesn’t care what people think. Tell RC McBride thanks for being part of the Fake News problem. Oh, he thinks you will reelect him in April. Voting for him proves truth doesn’t matter.