No special meeting posted, a demolition permit will likely be issued very soon. Planning to vote now?
By: Diane Benjamin
Chris Koos seems to have forgotten he does not have overwhelming support from the citizens of Normal: (2017 election results)
12 more votes would have ended the Koos reign of debt and development terror.
The only factor effecting what happens in Normal is the Comprehensive Plan. If what citizens want doesn’t fit the Plan, their opinions are discarded. All Koos needs is your money. He knows most citizens don’t vote and therefore he doesn’t care about your opinions. Koos proved that again when he did not allow candidate Karyn Smith to speak at the last meeting. She wanted to talk about the buildings and mural but wasn’t allowed since not taking a vote wasn’t on the agenda.
In the future people wanting to speak need to say they want to talk about an agenda item.
Citizens deserve video of Koos forcibly removing speakers who dare to break the rules.
Citizens were ignored when the NE Fire Station was approved against the wishes of area homeowners. The Town failed to even investigate moving it across the street. The numerous citizens who contacted their government were ignored. Obviously it isn’t their government since they don’t fit the Plan.
Now Koos and company are playing chicken. They don’t want to revisit tearing down the 3 historic building in Uptown. How convenient to have an ordinance so the Trustees never have to vote to reverse the decision of the Historic Preservation Commission. That commission is composed of citizens appointed by Koos. Their recommendations can be buried in history by just ignoring it for 30 days. The 30 days is up on Friday and then the demolition permit will be issued.
The Town could still meet on Friday.
An agenda needs to be posted by 7:00 pm tonight.
The Trustees should at least have the guts to vote.
Chris Koos thinks the only reason more than 1000 people joined a Facebook group to save the mural and buildings is because this is an election year. He thinks the same about the almost 3900 who signed a petition to save the mural.
Koos: You made it an elections issue by continually usurping the will of the people. Kathleen Lorenz and RC McBride should be voted out as a consequence to “The Plan” is all that matters.
Do citizens know the historic buildings north of the undeveloped main floor of 1 Normal Circle will be the next to go? The destruction of historic downtown Normal will be complete – it is the PLAN. Your opinions won’t matter there either.
Since the only major businesses planning to move into the Trail East building are currently located in Bloomington, this project will add nothing to the area except debt and destruction of history. The only possible explanation for proceeding is payback for Bloomington pulling out of Metro Zone.
If a meeting isn’t called for today, Koos will have made it perfectly clear he doesn’t care what people think. Of course, he could call a meeting with a fixed vote to make his two lackeys up for election appear to be listening. I doubt he will even do that.
Are the citizens of Normal finally mad enough to actually vote?
The voter turnout in 2015 when McBride and Lorenz were elected was only 11.9%: Source
The voter turnout in 2017 when Koos narrowly won was only 18.23%: Source
The opinions of citizens are immaterial because of these numbers. Ignoring local politics makes fleecing you easy.