By: Diane Benjamin
We know Bloomington’s Police Review Board (PSCRB) has been in existence for a year, held lots of meetings, prepared information for citizens, and has yet to hear one complaint. Anybody think it was set up as a “feel good” board and never intended to hear complaints?
Now we will see if Normal’s Historic Preservation Commission is just another gimmick to make citizens think they have influence. Today they voted 3-2 to keep the three buildings set for demolition to make way for the huge shiny new building. Demolition includes the mural.
I expect the Town Council will vote to reject their recommendation, meaning there is really no reason for the commission to exist. Their opinions are immaterial and merely block progress.
At least that’s what the Council will think. Just watch. There will be tears and gnashing of teeth, but those buildings are as good as gone.
Farnsworth is merely moving closer to their biggest benefactor, (Re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic)
One note: I find it hilarious that appointees are a secret in Normal until after the Council approves the appointment. Koos claims it’s a personnel issue that can only be discussed in secret. Bloomington actually welcomes their appointees before the Council even votes!
Is Normal afraid a citizen might actually object to one of his people? Aren’t commission members working for free? Yes they do, how are appointees personnel – especially if their opinions don’t matter? http://www.normal.org/98/Boards-Commissions