By: Diane Benjamin
Normal Town Council last night:
First to speak was Craig Stimpert. (4:27) The topic was pensions funding and the constant raising of property taxes to fund them. Craig called this Town practice unsustainable. The Town uses property taxes because they refuse to make pension funding part of the budget. He called out Chemberly Cummings for her 2017 comment insisting law says property taxes have to be used, she was wrong. I wrote about her comment in 2017: https://blnnews.com/2018/09/12/normal-is-lying-about-police-and-fire-pensions/
Next was Patrick Hoban, head of the EDC. He was there to proclaim the incentives to the Fiala brothers very worthy. (8:44). He promoted drinking and driving by claiming his family travels to other cities to visit their brew pubs. Nice.
Chris Koos’s buddy Dave Shields is still depressed over the results of the last election. (9:55) Ever hear “numbers lie and liars use numbers”? Dave Shields is the poster child for that statement. Koos may have written his speech for him.
Karl Sila was next (12:51) He talked about the ISU gallery space. He did a little comedy when he asked the Council to approve the zero rent lease since the space was useless anyway and no market exists to rent it to anyone else.
Next was Jonathon Siden (sp). (14:30) He was there to chastise Stan and Karyn for voting no on the Fiala giveaway at the last meeting. Expect to see him appointed to something soon, if he isn’t already.
An ISU student was next – Davie Rivers (14:44) He is upset his apartment complex isn’t complying with Normal’s mandatory recycling ordinance. I suggest the owners send a notice to all their snowflakes raising the rent $25 a month. Include a note saying the increase is because Normal is forcing them to recycle. I wonder if Davie has researched how much ends up in the landfill anyway? Davie can always hop on the bus his tuition pays for, ride to Walmart, and drop it off himself. He would rather keep it in the corner of his apartment.
Davie spoke about something that wasn’t on the agenda – Koos didn’t stop him!
17:50 Marc Tiritilli – he countered Dave Shields use of numbers. He also talked about the incentives given to the Fiala brothers. He asked if they are so great, why not make them available to every business? Marc next attempted to talk about the empty seat on the Connect Transit Board. See 19:45. Koos cut him off, Marc fired back. Marc mentioned the Attorney General’s OMA training – Koos cut him off again.
Marc mentioned during his comments this issue would come up later in the meeting. He obviously knew Stan Nord would bring it up. Stan did at 2:00:15. He requested the rules be suspended so Marc Tiritilli could continue saying what he wanted before Koos cut him off. The council voted – only Karyn and Stan voted yes. Koos claimed again it was a “business meeting”. Every other member of the council voted no.
Stan then went on to say much of what Marc likely wanted to say. The topic was the “purpose” of Connect Transit. According to Stan, bus service should first provide rides for people who have no other options, it shouldn’t subsidize people who can afford other options at the expense of taxpayers who never ride the bus. He called out Koos’s failure to appoint a person to the empty seat. Koos countered claiming he wasn’t playing politics. Kevin McCarthy chimed in next, proving he is nothing but a Koos clone.
The prize for most out of touch Trustee goes to Kathleen Lorenz. She must know the Town of Normal continues to violate the Open Meetings Act by requiring speech only on agenda items. See 2:14:40. She wondered how Marc Tiritilli knew Connect Transit would come up during comments. Duh Kathleen. You and the other Trustees have proven you do not respect the results of the last election. You have no respect for the Attorney General’s Open Meeting’s Act training. You have no respect for under representation of Normal on the Connect Transit Board. The result is citizens working with the people they elected since people like you refuse to.
There is still more to cover from this meeting!