By: Diane Benjamin
The Wild Country lease will automatically renew in January, the operators just pay taxes, maintenance, and insurance. Taxpayers make nothing. No council vote required.
I haven’t seen anything saying the sweet deal Terri Ryburn got for the Pine St gas station ever has to be renewed either.
There are more – at least one will be a future story.
The agreement CIRBN has with the Town of Normal looks to be expiring in January. It isn’t on the agenda for tonight’s meeting. This agreement allows their 3 employees to pretend to be City employees and partake in City benefits.
All small businesses need to demand the same!
Haven’t you always wanted cheaper health insurance and a pension? I wonder if CIRBN employees get the Christmas gift cards too? Are they invited to the Christmas party? Do they get town gear?
What is on tonight’s agenda?
Besides paying tons of interest: https://blnnews.com/2019/12/13/interest-is-never-part-of-the-cost/
PDF page 29:
The final item should be interesting, this is the huge spending plans for the next 5 years:
See this link for a complete list of projects: https://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/15443/View-2019-24-CIP
Right on the first page is: $80,000 for Uptown 2.0 Master Site Plan
Also $210,000 for Trail East site improvements. (tearing down the mural?)
There are pages and pages of projects, some they will fund and some they won’t.
Page 4 has what they are going to spend on resurfacing roads. (a ridiculously low amount unless roads aren’t a priority)
PDF page 13: The dog park gets a $30,000 expansion
It appears the Council is asked to approve this massive 5 year spending plan tonight. That means staff is making decisions for the Town, not the Council. When was this plan thoughtfully considered and the public given time to review and comment on it?