By: Diane Benjamin
Citizens of Normal can expect more backroom deals and handouts to friends because most of the Normal Trustees didn’t get the message from the last two elections. Voters can permanently get a representative government in 2021. Meanwhile Stan Nord and Karyn Smith are by themselves expecting fiscal sanity.
- The excessive spending trying to get a Tiger Grant for an underpass will continue.
- The giveaways to developers will continue, Uptown still needs one more building on the Circle whether it makes sense or not.
- Ask Pam Reece is she plans to buy a property on E. Vernon! (details coming)
- It remains to be seen whether Normal will advance a sports complex. I have a ton of emails between the Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and Pam Reece trying to come up with a way to fund it. Example – did you know a “finance committee” has been formed?
Lots of people are trying to push this complex through, it appears so far they have not been able to close the huge funding gap. The complex may just show up on the Normal Agenda to great fanfare someday. Unless $20 million can be found, you will get billed.
Remember the properties Normal was paying property taxes on they didn’t owe? Stan Nord wanted to at least have a conversation at a Council meeting about how to prevent this in the future. Nord also wants the empty Connect Transit seat filled now – it has been vacant for close to a year.
Recently Stan tried again:
The only response I received by FOIA is from Chris Koos:
Obviously Chris Koos has no respect for the results of the last election. We know the Working Group is a joke. We know the atmosphere is toxic because the people currently on the Board don’t listen either. Koos isn’t interested in placing a person who might accidentally represent citizens.
Where are Scott Preston and Kathleen Lorenz? We expect Chemberly Cummings and Kevin McCarthy to take Koos’s side and ignore the last 2 elections. Both Lorenz and Preston claim to be Republicans. That used to mean limited government, not a full service behemoth controlling all aspects of life for it’s citizens.
Kathleen Lorenz supports hiring the propaganda manager – this is part of her email referring Reece to a friend for help:
The Town’s explanation for what this person will do:
Who listened to the people opposed to destroying the mural? Who listened to the people not being served by Connect Transit? Who listened to the people in Blackstone Trails asking for alternate locations for the fire station?
Who has ever listened?
Stan Nord and Karyn Smith will evidently be standing alone for citizens and their wallets. They need your encouragement and support.
Did you know the local non-farm payroll employees decreased 1.7% in a year?
If spending and debt aren’t controlled by those you elect the future is bleak. Right now you only have two people who care.