By: Diane Benjamin
The second issue in Koos’ letter pertained to fire stations.
Stan Nord had been looking at why Bloomington and Normal couldn’t have a joint east side fire station since both want one:
Pam Reece’s reply:
See the document here: Fire Department Study
The real question should have been: Why can’t two towns work together to save taxpayer money?
From the same Pantagraph article linked in the first story: https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/koos-nord-acted-alone-to-poach-bloomington-business/article_aeff8b7c-78a3-5e32-b1ef-f65e4e81f812.html
Nord also approached Bloomington Fire Chief Brian Mohr about combining departments or stations with Normal.
On the issue of fire departments, Nord said he and Mohr are childhood friends, and he didn’t feel their conversation was inappropriate.
Pam Reece sent this email to Stan and the entire Council on July 3rd. Note Koos’ language in his letter is lifted from this email:
I hope you saw Pam’s “Board of Directors” comment.
She and most of the Board think they only do policy. Stan and Karyn have a policy: Taxes are too high, people are leaving Illinois, we are going to stop it.
Is this and the previous story enough evidence Koos lied about Stan Nord?
Every municipality must have an ethics officer by law. They are also required to have an ethics ordinance. I emailed Town lawyer Brian Day this morning for that information, no response so far.
Can we assume the Town of Normal has neither? A search of their website did not show either exists.
The Trustees must hold the Mayor accountable for his libelous attacks on Stan Nord. The Trustees are evidently in hiding. The citizens of Normal must demand Koos gets censured or the only people who will know about his treachery are readers here.
The media stole the Hyatt story from yesterday, I bet they don’t touch this one. #FakeNews.