By: Diane Benjamin
Pam Reece can’t understand why Stan Nord is questioning the actions of past Councils. If Pam can’t understand why Stan was elected, she had an opportunity handed to her:
Stan has raised questions about a number of issues. Some of them included Town owned properties being leased for much less than market rate. One of those is Wild Country. They are only paying the property taxes, no rent income. That lease will automatically renew if the Council doesn’t stop it. Will it make the agenda before then? Who benefits? Not taxpayers!
This story isn’t about them, it’s about CIRBN.
I’ve done lots of stories about this company, here are two recent stories:
CIRBN is a private company, originally started with taxpayer funds, and it continues to exist because of taxpayers. CIRBN employees are considered Town of Normal employees so they can get benefits. The get health insurance and pensions just like Town employees.
Pam: Where does every small business go to sign up for the same plan?
The contract between Normal and CIRBN requires reimbursement of all expenses. Since the Town is mostly self funded for insurance, Stan wants to know how Normal knows what medical expenses CIRBN employees incur and how Normal knows they are being reimbursed for those expenses. Reece claims knowing that information would violate HIPPA. Stan wants to know why the Town created an unenforceable agreement!
Below is one response to Stan I received in by FOIA:
Does Pam not see “POLICY” is what Stan questions?
Was Lyle Sumek elected? If the Town can’t do their job without a consultant, Joplin looks like a REALLY nice place!
Pam then wrote this email:
Did you notice Scott Preston isn’t on that list but Kathleen Lorenz is?
Citizens of Normal:
It is way past time for you to educate the Council. You may not have until the next election to fix the mess past Council decisions have created.
- rent subsidies with your tax dollars
- property tax increases because the Town isn’t funding pensions any other way
- private companies getting benefits at your expense
- developer handouts
- debt that won’t begin being paid for YEARS
- policies that benefit government friends at taxpayer expense
- ignoring public comment rules as stated by the Attorney General
Normal will be a great place to live when your government understands elections have consequences. Pam’s emails proves that concept if over their heads.