By: Diane Benjamin
Some angry citizens of Normal appeared at Public Comment asking the Trustees to at least investigate moving the proposed fire station to a different corner. Staff had spent too much time to backtrack, they voted to proceed with “the plan” as presented anyway. Kathleen Lorenz and Scott Preston voted against it. One speaker claimed the people she represented would show up at the April election. I hope she meant it. RC McBride should be gone not only for his vote but because he is part of the media who will spin what really happened. Council candidate Stan Nord also spoke, a business guy with common sense is badly needed.
Many references were made by trustees to the Comprehensive Plan. Normal has the same problem Bloomington does, the “Plan” is all that matters. The “Plan” is infallible and must be followed. The Planning Commission (with member Mike Matejka) had already approved the plan even though one person stated up to 50 citizens had attended their meetings asking for the station to be moved.
The Town of Normal evidently never investigated the costs of simply moving the station to vacant commercial property across the street. An attempt to delay the vote by Kathleen Lorenz so it could be investigated failed. One citizen claimed the current plan is developer driven. Gee, they all are.
Chris Koos was absent, I believe Jeff Fritzen claimed he was in Washington DC.
Marc Tiritilli spoke first. He mentioned the Dan Brady/Rodney Davis lease of a building in Uptown for $2. The taxpayers of Normal are forced to subsidize their offices, nobody on the council pulled it from the agenda for discussion. Demand for space in Uptown must be non-existent.
Jeff Fritzen was the acting mayor. If found him hilarious when he mentioned if the Town had listened to citizens Uptown and Constitution Trail would never have been built. Jeff, I can think of a lot of citizens who wish they weren’t more than $80,000,000 in debt and taxes hadn’t been raised on everything while revenues are precarious. Worse, Normal isn’t done. Was Koos in DC begging for money again?
Taxpayers of Normal should watch their fellow citizens – just hit play: