By: Diane Benjamin
Normal had an agreement with IDOT to build an overhead passenger walkway at their expense:
The source for the above is the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by former City Manager Mark Peterson and officials from the State of Illinois and Union Pacific Railroad: 12.6.16_MOU
Your elected officials decided a free overpass wasn’t good enough for Uptown!
The proposed underpass costing at least $22,000,000 now has little to do with getting train passengers from the south side of the track to the north side. The underpass actually makes the distance farther for train passengers than the overpass IDOT had agreed to build.
The underpass is the latest luxury item Normal wants taxpayers to fund. They already fleeced $13,000,000 from the Federal government, they hope to get more tax money from other sources to help close the gap.
See PDF page 7 of the MOU:
In order to build the underpass Normal wants, the tracks will need to be temporarily re-routed. Union Pacific Railroad isn’t going to pay for it.
See PDF pages 4 and 5:
What are the dates?
According to the MOU, Normal has THREE MONTHS to award a contract for construction!
At Monday’s meeting Chris Koos claimed the re-vote on raising property taxes was “to correct an error”. In other words, Kathleen Lorenz was temporarily insane when she voted with Scott Preston, Karyn Smith and Stan Nord to not raise property taxes. That problem has been remedied so a re-vote needs to happen.
The paper quoted Koos pertaining to the Citizens Summit tonight: “It’s a public meeting,” Koos said. “People can show up. They can go through the exercise if they wish. The idea is they can participate. But the ones invited is whose information will be taken by the council.”
The comments by this supposed public servant prove why the Town wants to a hire a propaganda manager. Making sewage not stink needs a professional.
Revolutions have been started over less,