By: Diane Benjamin
Chris Koos was sick so Kevin McCarthy acted as Mayor. No one adds less intensity to doing the people’s business than McCarthy. Try to stay awake if you watch.
New people showed up at Public Comment. A local businessman wanted to know why he wasn’t allowed to participate in the Town picking a new Wellness Provider. Pam Recce claimed since they hired a consultant they can only follow the consultants recommendation. Stan wanted to table this item so they could hear from the local vendor, he was voted down by EVERYONE ELSE. Nord was shut down later when he mentioned a project by the EDC and Chamber of Commerce to promote local businesses. McCarthy claimed that didn’t apply to this agenda item. See this part of the discussion beginning at 37:50. It proves local businesses have no priority to the Town of Normal. The Town was aware of this provider but CHOSE not to pass that info to the consultant. Jump to 50:00 to hear Stan and then McCarthy interrupt him.
Note: According to McCarthy not only do citizens have no Freedom of Speech, your elected Representatives don’t either. Specifically Stan, the rest had no problem.
Another lady called in to support the police department. She went on to explain what one school resource officer contributes at NCHS. Her comments were to counter the BLM demands to remove officers from schools.
One final lady obviously had no idea how Public Comment works. She wanted each Trustee to tell her if they support defunding the police. She likely never understood the Council doesn’t respond to questions during Public Comment.
All of the Public Comments are at the beginning of the meeting if you want to listen. It was nice to hear new people participate in their government.
Chemberly Cummings pulled ratifying the police contract and wage increases. She wanted to make clear this vote has NOTHING to do with Defunding the Police. Black Lives Matter must have urged her to vote NO. Other Trustees chimed in supporting her comments.
Hear Stan Nord at 1:04:00 asking what it will take to restore confidence in the police after Target was looted while the police watched. The Police Chief clarified what happened: He chose not to let his officers protect property while risking injury to either his officers or the looters. See 1:09:40.
We are supposed to celebrate the arrests made after the incident. He chose defending life and safety of the staff over defense of property. Will the people arrested be paying for the damaged police vehicles and the losses Target suffered?
Bigger question: If they didn’t protect Target and public property, will they defend your property?
1:14:10 – McCarthy cuts off Stan again when he asked the Chief if there are other tools or training he needs. Anybody else think some tear gas would have ended that rampage before the extensive theft and damage?
The theme of the night was cut off Stan.
Celebrate now taxpayers:
1:31:50 – There will be public investment involved with the newly rezoned PRIVATE Illinois Arts Station.
It is a secret however. Kevin McCarthy cut Stan off again. Pam Reece dodged Stan’s questions claiming they were still negotiating. Stan asked if the Town would be doing maintenance for them. I bet he knows more than McCarthy allowed him to say. As usual deals are formed behind closed doors so the bobble-heads can cheer later. Who authorized Pam to negotiate giving away your money?
One more: See 21:10. Stan Nord brought up the cost of health insurance again and CIRBN employees. Those 3 employees could rack up hundred of thousands in claims the taxpayers of Normal are forced to pay. Citizens are currently paying 100% of employees health insurance and Normal largely self-insures. CIRBN is supposed to reimburse the Town for expenses, health claims aren’t one of them however.
The only way to change this pretend employee relationship is to change the Mayor and Council.