By: Diane Benjamin
The Normal Town Council meeting last night was over TWO hours long. Not because there was heavy discussion of spending, it was tribute night for departing Jeff Fritzen and RC McBride. The election is still stinging the establishment! The are worried about “the plan” and should be.
The $100 a month lease for 305 S Linden got pulled before the meeting started. Chris Koos only said “it needed work”. Praise for the staff was sprinkled throughout the meeting, no mention was made of what “staff” compiled the lease. Details in this story: https://blnnews.com/2019/04/14/is-normal-handing-out-a-cheap-lease/
Maybe when the new members are seated the $120 a year lease Terri Ryburn got for 305 Pine after Normal paid off her mortgage can be revisited. https://blnnews.com/2017/08/03/imagine-how-many-lifeguards/?fbclid=IwAR3xnimOI-432_iIY3RCRXrOwSf3g_UvtxmR1I88QXB_sYcaJR9FdaalQFw
It is deals like these that defeated RC McBride, along with many of the other “accomplishments” of the Council during his tenure. Long lists were read by Koos for both departing members.
Chris Koos must have been upset about this story: https://blnnews.com/2019/04/13/normal-say-no-to-hotel-subsidizes/
The final plan for the hotel in north Normal was passed, Koos had to point out nobody is talking about subsidizing the project. Chris: that was the point of the story – to make sure nobody ever did. Your game has been repeated over and over. People still haven’t forgotten Portillos.
Kathleen Lorenz and Scott Preston voted against the new fire station amendments for the Hershey road location. Obviously the Town had no desire to move the station even across the street. The people affected are probably wondering what deal the developer worked out, history shows somebody always profits big at the expense of taxpayers and in this case the people who live in the subdivision.
Karyn Smith and Stan Nord both spoke at Public Comment. Stan wants the staff to move back to Linden Street and sublet the expensive floor at 1 Uptown Circle. He claimed government is permanent and shouldn’t be leasing any property. It starts at 6:55. Paul Harmon showed up for the two departing members and two residents spoke against the fire station.
If you want to hear the lengthy speeches and accolades for Fritzen and McBride, fast forward to 48:50. Yes, there was whining about the election and a few tears. Social media and “lies” were mentioned as well as partisan elections. Fritzen was upset about a “watch party” held on election night. The two new members didn’t have one, so that must have been a jab at the establishment candidates.
Jeff Fritzen wasn’t done with comments. The meeting ended with his speech on legalizing marijuana in Illinois. He claimed this would be the only reason for him to leave Illinois. He pointed to many studies and facts on what the results will be that nobody is looking at. He claimed the state just wants money that will never materialize.
Just hit play to hear those comments, he doesn’t mention high taxes have been chasing people out of Illinois for years: