By: Diane Benjamin
This meeting will take more stories to adequately cover what happened last night This is #3.
Numerous people were appointed to boards and commissions. Koos finally filled the empty seat on the Connect Transit Board. Tim McCue will represent Normal, the seat has been empty for well over a year, maybe close to two.
For the first time the list of appointees was read before the Council voted, usually they vote and then read the list. Obviously either way doesn’t give anybody time to research or object. Bloomington publishes names in advance. A discussion took place with mostly Karyn Smith and Stan Nord about the Connect Board not representing under-served areas. Stan abstained from voting because his vote is his word, he couldn’t in good conscience vote for a Connect Transit Board member he had never met.
Koos was insulted that anyone dared to question one of his appointments. He went on to claim nobody has ever questioned him before and the seat was vacant for so long because he couldn’t find anyone to fill it even though he asked a lot of people.
Chris Koos is lying. He had lots of people who wanted the seat, they just weren’t his “right fit”.
Karyn Smith spoke before Koos’ comments. She wished she had a chance to talk to this appointee before the vote to see if his goal was to serve those who have to ride the bus because they have no other choice. The current Board wants everybody riding. Listen to Koos’ indignation at being challenged, he must think we don’t know he’s lying. Marc Tiritilli even expressed interest numerous times, Koos never considered him.