By: Diane Benjamin
You will probably remember Matejka as a former Bloomington Alderman. During his tenure he voted FOR the Coliseum and FOR the never used fire station. If he could get your money to fork over to union members with a government project he was all in.
Now he is at it again. It is long past time for WJBC to recycle their forum conmmentors, especially when the truth is stretched too far. Matejka did this one yesterday: http://www.wjbc.com/2019/11/14/wjbc-voices-lets-build-the-normal-underpass/
He praises Normal for getting a $13 million grant for the underpass. He forgot to mention Normal spent a lot of money to get that grant, well over a million. He also forgot to mention Normal wanted $16 million and only got $13 million.
Mikie forgot to mention if Normal had received the $16 million they still needed to come up with another $7 million. Since they only received $13 million, they now need $10,000,000! Mikie thinks the underpass makes sense for Amtrak riders, does it for Normal’s taxpayers Mikie?
Does Matejka support a tax increase to fund that?
He would be the only one!
(excluding Koos, Dave Shields, and the rubber stamp Council members)
Mikie also forgot to mention Amtrak has a golf cart like vehicle the good citizens of Normal bought to shuttle people who can’t walk the short distance to either Linden or Broadway.
Mikie also fails to mention Normal had a plan and funding for an overpass. After spending a lot of money on planning and getting grants for that one, they threw those plans away.
Even if Normal fleeces the money needed from taxpayers, this won’t happen anytime soon. The train tracks will need to be re-routed, it wouldn’t be safe to dig under running trains. All those poor Amtrak riders forced to walk a little will have to walk even farther, the tracks can only be re-routed south,
Maybe Mr. Spend-Taxpayer-Dollars-Without-A-Care can explain why Normal doesn’t have the money to maintain the current infrastructure, but they are building more which will require maintenance too!
Will the underpass need cleaned everyday so garbage and leaves don’t debase the masterpiece? Will kids still cross at Broadway because the underpass is out of their way? Will the golf cart still be used for ADA compliance or convenience? Will the sidewalk be heated to keep snow and ice from accumulating on it? Who will be the first to sue when they slip and fall?
Mike Matejka has cost the taxpayers of both Bloomington and Normal MILLIONS of dollars.
Why does anyone care what he says?
WJBC must not be able to find truthful people to do forums. Mike needs to be recycled now.
Meanwhile, Matejka and his union buddies should be paying reparations to the taxpayers for his votes!