By: Diane Benjamin
If you read the story below you saw Stan Nord was cut off last Monday when he asked questions about taxpayer investment in the private Illinois Arts Station: https://blnnews.com/2020/08/18/normals-painful-meeting/
He was cut off because Pam Reece and company have been negotiating behind the backs of the Council for months. All emails received by FOIA.
The emails below prove Pam Reece was been plotting since at least early June to:
- Have the property surrounding the building “gifted” to the Town of Normal which makes taxpayers responsible for the maintenance
- Burn one of the un-needed buildings and call it Fire Training
- Negotiate a partnership agreement between Illinois Arts Station and the Town of Normal
None of this has been presented to the Council for their approval. When all of the negotiating is complete the Council will be asked to rubber-stamp it. Kathleen Lorenz will be thrilled, if you didn’t watch Monday’s meeting she was the first Trustee to rejoice about this project.
So your roads can’t be fixed but you get to pay Town employees to do maintenance at a non-profit because you will own the land that can never be sold.
Town lawyer Brian Day is involved:
Most of this email was redacted, but the end proves Pam was finalizing an agreement without ever discussing this with the Council. Note Pam wants the agreement acceptable to IAS, she never mentions citizens don’t want to own land that can never be sold and pay to take care of it:
If any of this information has changed since June Pam Reece needs to stop negotiating behind the backs of the Council and the taxpayers she expects to pay the bills. Try transparency for a change Pam.
Note: Staff devised the plans for One Normal Plaza, not the Council. Staff doesn’t care what citizens say. I hear another plan with the soccer complex may be in the works. Of course, it’s a secret. Government For and By The People is a joke in Normal.