By: Diane Benjamin
Below is another issue I learned about only because of emails I received by FOIA from the Town of Normal. Original story: https://blnnews.com/2019/08/01/the-foia-email-treasure-trove/
Frequently it feels like government doesn’t care about money until they need more of it. Of course, they know where to get it. In Normal we frequently hear about their “professional staff” who are supposedly above reproach.
A citizen began questioning Town procedures last year for planting new trees. I didn’t include his name on purpose.
The below is an email to Kathleen Lorenz, the trees were a multi-year problem. Stan Nord and Karyn Smith were copied. (June 14, 2019)
This pic was included with this email:
The Parks Department provided this explanation last year: Parks explanation
This issue goes back to October/November 2018. I didn’t FOIA those, but somehow they were included. Below is one of the emails from the citizen in November:
Tyler Bain, Normal Parks Supervisor, outlined the procedure for planting new trees: (part of his email – June 17, 2019)
Refer back to the pic above. Was the procedure highlighted followed?
It doesn’t appear to be the case.
One more note from the June 3, 2019 meeting: http://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3312
Trees aren’t cheap!
A 70% failure rate should be unacceptable. Note, without my FOIA the taxpayers of Normal would never know any of this.
The email below from Stan Nord was included in the FOIA. I didn’t see a response from Pam. I received over 2000 pages, if I find a response I will add it.