By: Diane Benjamin
June 1st, Normal Town Council meeting:
Hit play – it should start at 1:14:23 with Brian Day, Town attorney.
The topic is the sale of the property at 1404 Ft. Jesse. Brian Day is responding to questions from Stan Nord. Day attempts to claim selling the property for far less than appraised value is perfectly legal. A few minutes later Koos can’t wait to call for a vote. The rest of the bobble-heads obviously didn’t do any homework. Do they know this sale devalued all commercial property in the area? If that .91 acres was only worth $25,000 then every other property is worth far less than the assessed value.
Start with the Town code: http://normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/7775/Chapter-25—Miscellaneous?bidId=
PDF page 4:
Did the Town follow the TOWN CODE?
This is the published bid notice – in the Normalite:
Anybody see the SIZE, USE, and ZONING?
That section has only been in the Municipal Code since 1992
Brian Day also claimed the Town could have declared the property “SURPLUS” which meant the State Law would apply. One problem Mr. Day, the Town did declare this property “SURPLUS” right in the notice:
That means State law does apply:
Normal did not have a written certified appraisal completed.
Normal sold the property for far less than 80% of appraised value.
Keep in mind the property was sold to the wife of a Town employee.
Unless somebody can find a prosecutor, Normal will get by with writing their own laws.
P.S. You weren’t suppose to notice. Before Stan Nord was elected you wouldn’t have. The sale would have been made with no discussion.
Remember this when your property taxes are raised again.