By: Diane Benjamin
The ordinance Normal passed last Monday did this: PDF page 5 http://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3586
Now jump to the Town Code – PDF page 10: http://normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/7775/Chapter-25—Miscellaneous?bidId=
Put the two together. Normal declared a local emergency as required by City Code. That proclamation gave the Mayor the authority to enact 1 through 4 if he chooses. See section D. Without input of the Council, whatever action the Mayor takes can be in effect for 48 hrs + 48 hrs + 48 hrs = 144 hours (6 days). Koos stated at the meeting whatever executive order he does would only be in effect for 48 hours. He left the rest out.
Anybody think this Council wouldn’t extend the time?
At the meeting Kevin McCarthy read 21 emailed public comments. I FOIA’d copies, thanks to Normal for not taking 5 days to answer. 19 of the comments were against the ordinance, 1 expected the Town to do things like “designate a substantial amount of money” for housing, health, and direct assistance.
Only 1 supported the ordinance as written – Dave Shields, failed candidate for Trustee:
You voted right Normal.
Did Kevin McCarthy, Chris Koos, and Pam Reece know that removing Section 11 from the ordinance was completely meaningless? Koos doesn’t need it to enact any of the above, he needs to make that clear at the next meeting.