By: Diane Benjamin
Last night’s Normal Town Council meeting was an hour long. The longest debate was over changing the name of a major road again. It used to be Diamond Star Parkway, now Mitsubishi Motorway, it will be getting it’s third name.
Stan Nord questioned the impact to not only the businesses in the area but the logic of naming any road after a business that may or may not be around long term. Nord preferred changing the Parkway name to something generic in the future so it never has to change again. Kevin McCarthy thinks it is a small thing to show support for Rivian. Taxpayers paying for their ground maintenance and security isn’t support Kevin?
Karyn Smith thought changing the access road’s name to the plant was a better plan. Of course that didn’t show “enough” support.
City Manager Pam Reece proclaimed IDOT will change the street signs for free. Evidently as long as Normal isn’t writing the check – money spent is free. (Speaks volumes)
Nord is worried about the ripple effect caused by the name change. Truckers and tourists use that road, at least one Council member thinks all GPS systems get their data from the same place. Chemberly Cummings must not know some systems don’t update automatically, some people have to have a subscription to update, and some can only be updated at a dealership. Cummings has a way of sounding very condescending, it must have been beneath her talents to discuss such a trivial matter as changing the name of a street. Just hit play below.
Maybe Cummings can explain this search – I typed in Diamond Star Parkway Illinois:
How many years ago did Diamond Star Parkway cease to exist? The Rivian name made the search engines, but not the street name.
References were frequently made to the investments by Ford and Amazon. Nobody has said how many of those millions will end up here. The local plant isn’t the only facility Rivian owns.
Chemberly proved why she need replaced at the next election. Don’t miss her comment at 53:20 National League of Cities is promoting a “Summer of Love”. She wants every one to watch for upcoming events. She claims there has been enough fighting, time to “show love” for your community. How about at least some respect for people with different opinions Chemberly? Meeting after meeting you aren’t showing any “love” for the two Council members elected by the people because of their opinions. Let’s see you “show some love” at the next meeting.
The name change isn’t a done deal, other government agencies have to approve it first.