By: Diane Benjamin
Links to the 4 previous stories: https://blnnews.com/2020/07/08/the-saga-of-mondays-normal-meeting-continues/
Rumor (98% confirmed) is Normal was furious with Bloomington when they offered to lease or sell part of Prairie Vista golf course to Fire Juniors for a new soccer field.
Prairie Vista already has adequate infrastructure, the new location in Normal doesn’t. Bloomington kids will be able to play in Normal while their parents aren’t responsible for the improved infrastructure that will be necessary. The residents of Normal will get that bill whether they have kids who play or not. Bloomington maintained the airport soccer fields for Fire. Moving the complex to Normal is a Win-Win for Bloomington taxpayers.
One more note: Fields are already developed on Bloomington’s Southwest side – Nord Fields. Those fields continue to evolve now including lights, the airport never had them. The only reason there will be two complexes is because the two groups have a personality conflict among leadership. That friction is costing millions of dollars.
Two individuals from Fire made a presentation to the Council, I don’t know why that was necessary unless Normal is attempting to control them (not surprising).
For this story I’m not going to post snippets. Stan Nord mentions expenses the taxpayers might incur starting at 1:43:15. He starts with building and maintaining a retention pond, Fire will build it the Town might be responsible for it later. The discussion then went to roads. Taxpayers will get the bill for widening Towanda Avenue and possibly other infrastructure. Shortly after Stan Kathleen Lorenz dug a hole for herself by implying Nord Fields and the airport fields were less than adequate for soccer. Stan corrected her about Nord Fields. The video should start with Stan when you hit play: