By: Diane Benjamin
Documentation for the 5:00 pm meeting: http://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3586
This meeting is not to address this:
Illinois State University is closed and Normal’s pension funding percentages have crashed, that is a real emergency. Stopping non-essential spending to get ahead of the more than likely severe revenue decrease isn’t an emergency being considered.
Protecting City employees is listed first – the City Manage can “modify” personnel policies.
This is for citizens:
What guarantee do citizens have that all emails will be read? Will the mayor decide some aren’t germane to the agenda and discard them?
Part of the ordinance is this:
What is Section 25.2-12?
Note: The above has been in the City Code since 1969.
The Open Meetings Act allows emergency meetings without 48 hours notice. Instead of calling a meeting for a specific emergency, the Town is granting the mayor and City Manager broad powers to respond to whatever they consider an emergency.
This emergency can easily be made worse by government. Responses need to be targeted, shutting down businesses across Illinois isn’t targeting. Some of the local businesses won’t reopen. Some local retailers closed for 2 weeks and promised to pay their employees for those weeks.
What happens after two weeks? Companies can’t afford to pay employees indefinitely. Huge federal bailouts threaten future generations with huge interest payments.
Until Normal runs out of money their employees will be fine. We are writing history now. Either healthcare was saved from too many patients or the economy was severely damaged.
Possibly both. Take care of each other folks, government isn’t capable.