By: Diane Benjamin
Some people are more special than others. If Koos appoints you to a Board or Commission it’s because your ideology aligns with his. That is why one Normal seat on the Connect Transit Board is still empty. Koos must have run out of people who think like him.
On the agenda for Monday night is something you aren’t supposed to understand. The documentation starting on PDF page 80 details what a special place One Normal Plaza is. (https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3621)
Here’s the agenda item:
What they want approved is looking at a microbrewery inside one of the existing buildings, of course you need to read everything to find that out.
The Town Council is not charged with “Initiating” Zoning text Amendments. They wouldn’t be asked to initiate anything if “average Joe” was the guy involved. Things are different if you are a “special friend” of Koos and company. (Sounds reminiscent of all the below market leases)
Remember Julie Hile who shows up everywhere, especially to usurp the processes in place for the Connect Transit Working Group? This time it’s her husband, Bob Broad.
Normal people have to take their case to the Planning Commission, it’s their job to make recommendations to the Council. PUD is mentioned frequently in the documentation.
The Planning Commission also:
Mr. Broad just happens to be on the Planning Commission: http://normal.org/401/Planning-Commission
The Planning Commission should be looking at the plans and holding public hearings. Instead the documentation claims “staff” talked to neighbors and held meetings. Those meetings were not public meetings requiring agendas and minutes, so whatever “staff” wants to say happened did happen.
Mr. Broad could easily recuse himself from discussion at the Planning Commission. PDF page 83:
Is he afraid the rest of Planning Commission won’t approve so he wants pre-approval?
“Staff” appears to have spent a lot of time gathering information that “average Joe” would have to gather himself when requesting a text amendment. “Joe” would probably have to hire a lawyer to walk him through the process.
I wonder if the proposed microbrewery will want a liquor license too? Will they also want to serve their brew? The microbrewery would be attached to Happy Splashes swimming pool with lots of kids around. Is that why Koos wants pre-approval by the Council so he can slide it by later?
Regardless of details, the Council should tell Koos and Broad to pound sand. Follow the procedures everybody else has to follow. Being best buds doesn’t make you superior to the rest of Normal’s citizens.
Koos’ Friends and Family plan needs terminated. If the Council won’t do it, the voters will early next year.