If course they didn’t say NO. Details tomorrow.
By: Diane Benjamin
The big item on the agenda tonight is this:
Did you have flooding this weekend? There were videos on line showing nearly impassable streets in Normal, evidently that’s not unusual.
Instead of essential services at a time when revenues are way down and Uptown is mostly dead, the Town wants the Council to approve un-budgeted burying of power lines. The TIF does not generate enough money to pay the debt now. This is non-essential spending at a time it can’t be afforded.
Watch the vote on this one. It will prove who isn’t capable of saying NO to any project. They know where to get more money.
This is the equivalent to you installing a fancy fire pit and lounging area to your backyard while your income isn’t covering your current expenses. Nice, but not intelligent.
At 6:55 there are two Public Hearings concerning the additional CDBG funds ($246,067) the town is receiving. This money has to be spent on COVID relief. It should be handed over to PATH since they are the local first responders. At the end of the meeting the Council will hear from PATH and United Way.
Remember when the town hired the U of I to do an energy audit? ($15,000) We were told the Ecology Action Center doesn’t do that. Efficiency and Audit must be different in their world:
At the last meeting, as part of cost savings, we were told advertising for closed buildings and programs could be cut. Looks like it didn’t get the ax:
Refunds continue, rebates continue, rent for a floor at 1 Uptown Circle continues (as does the empty first floor)
I don’t know what the Workforce Compact is. My guess is the IWU center formed to supposedly help entrepreneurs. Maybe somebody will asks.