By: Diane Benjamin
Meeting docs: http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/31937
In this story about Bloomington spending: https://blnnews.com/2019/01/26/bloomington-bills-for-monday/
I listed 4 payments to the EDC for $1600 each. It looks like Renner, Buragas, Mathy, and Tyus won the One Voice trip this year to Washington DC. Buragas is leaving the Council April 30th and Tyus is the brand new Assistant to Gleason. (Must be a parting and welcoming present)
One Voice is supposed to show a united front in local government. Instead, Bloomington wants a downtown bus transfer station and Normal still wants their underpass. The County usually sends people too, no word on what they want. Normal is also sending 4 people:
Rivian is supposedly getting millions of dollars from investors, but winter is hitting taxpayers hard.
The rent for February 2018 was $30,670.11 https://blnnews.com/2018/03/17/rent-payments-and-more-normal-spending/
Rent went up $4,578.66 in one year while Normal is still getting no Food and Beverage Tax from the still empty restaurant under their rental property.
The only other reason to watch the meeting is a presentation by Not In Our Town.
Mike Matejka’s presentation starts on PDF page 72. He will tout their great work trying to get a “Welcoming Ordinance” passed and calling for “Gun Reform”.
I found this hilarious:
Ol’ Mike must not realize that traffic isn’t even a blip on anybody’s radar.
The NIOT motto is:
Stop hate, address bullying, and build a safe inclusive community for all.
(Unless you think laws and your religious beliefs matter, then you get bullied)