By: Diane Benjamin
Chris Koos buddy Dave Shields is livid he got beat in the last election. See 12:50. He decided to tear into Stan Nord for “lying” at Public Comment. Hey Dave – you said New York leads the states in out migration. According to this link New York is 4th, New Jersey is first with Illinois second. https://investorplace.com/2019/01/states-people-are-leaving/
Still want to go after Stan? You and Koos lost big, the people spoke – both of you need to get over it.
The next three speakers were upset with Connect Transit changing routes and raising fees. Lesson: Socialist programs are for the benefit of the collective, not individuals. Connect is not capable of providing services to the targeted population that needs their services. They want solar panels and grants to spend more instead. There were stories of people and businesses who moved to be on a bus route that have or will be eliminated. The Board members don’t represent the people who need transportation.
Marc Tiritilli spoke last. (25:45) One of his issues was the vacant seat on Connect Transit’s Board representing Normal. Marc asked to be appointed 5 weeks ago, the seat is still vacant, Koos refuses to appoint him. Marc does have experience with riding buses. Koos must not want competent leadership on the Board. The citizens need to demand Marc gets appointed!
FYI: If you are 60 or older – try Faith In Action. Volunteer to give rides or get one for free. https://bnfia.org/services
The days of bobble-head Trustees racing to approve whatever is before them is officially over.
Stan Nord made waves by pulling the bills from the consent agenda. See 32:00. He wanted the payment to Connect Transit, $75,000, pulled because Connect has failed to serve the people who need it. He wants the money only paid to Connect when changes are made to support the people who need the services, not the people who can afford to drive but choose not to. Nord was also upset about the rent paid for 1 Uptown Circle. He will probably bring this up every month until the lease is revised, sublet, or cancelled. The Town is paying $422,000 a year to lease space for 19 people.
The developer is probably in default since the entire first floor is still empty.
Nord also brought up the charging stations. We found out they are free to use. Tesla pays for the ones Tesla owners use. The Town charges their electric vehicles (14 of them). Anyone else gets free electricity while paying no motor fuel tax. Koos claimed the cost of installing equipment to charge for the electricity prevented it when the parking garages were built, but it can be revisited.
The CDBG money was also discussed. Last year nobody took advantage of the $3000 down payment subsidies! The County, Bloomington, and Normal are in the process of preparing the next 5 year request for funds. If you still haven’t taken the planning survey, take it now: https://form.jotform.com/90654486550160
Stan Nord brought up one more issue. A Veterans Memorial was left behind when the Council moved to their new fancy digs years ago. It needs to be moved. Chris Koos said is easily could be. People will be watching to see if it happens. This is it:
Some of the other Trustees didn’t get the message from the last election either.
Listen to Chemberly Cummings tell all of you that she is “governing”, not campaigning. Just hit play below.
Do you elect representatives to “govern” or “represent”? Chemberly, Stan and Karyn were elected because you and the others do not represent. The opinions of the homeowners around the location of the new fire station were ignored. The citizens wanting the mural preserved were ignored. The incentives and free land given to developers continues while the citizens get tax and fee increases. 1 Uptown Circle main floor is still vacant. Affordable housing in Normal is $4000 a month and subsidized by citizens.
Cumming’s tone was condescending at best. After listening to her, fast forward to 51:50. Kathleen Lorenz wants to meet in private with citizens. She thinks one-on-one meetings solve problems. Kevin McCarthy echoed her comments. See the list above Kathleen and Kevin. Not a one of them has been “fixed”. The citizens of Normal sent a loud message April 2nd: