By: Diane Benjamin
Last night’s Normal Town Council meeting will take more than one story.
It’s becoming really easy to tell the political leanings of people just through one thing: Do they put people in boxes?
People who lean left, even if they claim to be Republican, segregate people by all possible means: gender, race, sexual identity, education level, religion, etc etc etc.
People who lean right believe people aren’t groups, they are individuals. The first thing they see in people has nothing to do with the above descriptions. Character matters, not the “box”.
If a right leaning person isn’t happy with an individual it is a massive error in judgement to believe any criticism is because of a “box”.
Putting people in “boxes” was on full display during the Normal Town Council meeting last night. The topic was Pam Reece’s raise. Objections to her salary have ZERO to do with her being a woman. Kathleen Lorenz accused objectors of sexism.
First: Recce’s performance review took place in April of 2019. Yes folks, close to a year ago. That was before the current Council was seated. The real question is why did the previous Council not think Reece deserved a raise? Kathleen Lorenz, was it because she is a woman?
Stan Nord abstained from voting because he was not on the Council when Reece’s performance review took place. Lorenz attacked him for that and even pulled out “women make 84% of what men do” line when it doesn’t apply to Reece. She is now getting paid more than the last City Manager when he had much more experience. Karyn Smith thought Reece deserved the increase because CEO’s in the private sector make much more.
A City Manager isn’t a CEO!
CEO’s are responsible for making money. City Manager’s use other people’s money to perform services those people can’t do for themselves. Maybe somebody on the Council should have looked at this:
At $190,500 plus car allowance, free insurance, and pension her total compensation is way off the scale. Is she overpaid because she’s a woman Kathleen? Is the City Manager making so much because previous Council’s merely rubber stamped all increases? How much is too much to pay and why don’t citizens have a right to object? Obviously being “public servants” is out of style.
Nobody answered the elephant in the room: Why didn’t the previous Council give her a raise? How would they feel if after a performance review an increase was delayed for almost a year?
Hear Lorenz at 1:17:40. Hear Karyn Smith at 1:08:40. Stan Nord is at 1:07:40. he also responded to Lorenz’s accusation after she spoke.
Two people spoke at public comment about her salary. Ron Ulmer was first – see 39:30. He detailed all the failings that no one has been held accountable for. Later some Council members claimed Reece wasn’t responsible, a CEO would have been. Following Ron was Koos buddy Dave Shields. He couldn’t say enough fabulous things about Reece.
By the way, the property Normal owns that they shouldn’t be paying property taxes on STILL shows taxable in the County records. Reece continues to throw money away.
Kathleen: Has Reece failed to change the status because she’s a woman or is this somehow Stan’s fault?