By: Diane Benjamin
I hope you haven’t forgotten the Town of Normal billed Stan Nord for fees they “forgot” to charge 3 or 4 owners previous for tapping into the sewer system. The Town had no liens on the property, he was told to pay when he started publicly speaking against Town policies – like the massive debt.
Normal’s assault on the property rights of EVERY citizen of Normal cost Stan Nord $11,904: https://blnnews.com/2020/03/17/normal-a-council-of-frauds/
EVERY citizen could find themselves in the same situation as Stan. If you don’t “kiss the ring” Normal will look for what they can do to you too. That won’t change until the people in charge are swept out!
So why did I recap history?
I did it because of what happened Monday night with the Council voting to “initiate” zoning changes for the benefit of a Koos buddy.
Recent history: Stan Nord was dragged before the Planning Commission because he dared to add rock to his property on West College. The Koos friendly media tried to paint Nord as non-compliant, of course forgetting about the $11,904 he didn’t owe but paid anyway. They also ignored emails that proved Stan was working with the Town to resolve issues, but they happily printed an email they didn’t receive by FOIA – it was leaked to them just to attack Stan. https://blnnews.com/2020/02/21/remember-the-letter-leaked-to-wglt-about-stan/
Back to Monday night. We know staff has already invested around 40 hours softening up the neighbors to except a microbrewery at One Normal Plaza, the property is owned by a Planning Commission member – Bob Broad.
The Council voted to “initiate” the process, in other words – fast track it Planning Commission. Without explanation, the Planning Commission meeting for Thursday night (tomorrow) was cancelled: https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3611
Mercy Davidson (Town Planner) claimed Monday night approval could be on the Council agenda June 2nd. Mercy was set to publish Public Hearing notices for the Thursday meeting. Unless a special meeting is called by the Planning Commission, June 2nd isn’t going to happen.
Is there a chance the Planning Commission members revolted because one of their own was given special treatment? Were neighbors planning to voice opposition? We don’t know why the meeting was canceled.
When Stan was hauled in front of the Planning Commission the chairman described the duties and responsibilities of the commission:
Planning Commission minutes from March 5, 2020: https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3578
Excerpt from Page 1:
Did the Planning Commission decide the Council didn’t have the right to usurp them as “gatekeepers of the code” by passing an “initiative”?
Probably not because they are all Koos appointees, but somebody should say why the meeting was cancelled. Since these meetings aren’t on video and the public can’t attend, it wasn’t a good idea to hold it anyway.