By: Diane Benjamin
See the previous story: https://blnnews.com/2020/09/28/see-if-you-can-spot-anything-strange/
That story shows the largest purchasers of Bloomington water. I see three locations in Normal that are getting water from the City of Bloomington: Rivian, Bromenn, and Firestone.
All three have been buying water from Bloomington for a LONG time, Mitsubishi before Rivian. So why does Normal suddenly want it’s citizens to pay to run water to Rivian? They do not have plans to run water to the other two.
The below is from a Normal document I received by FOIA called:
2020 – 2025 – 2035
See it here:
PDF page 17:
Rivian is not lacking water – it is provided by Bloomington.
Just a few weeks ago Normal started the process with this agenda item:
That documentation claims the study is required to promote economic development around the Rivian Plant. Since the Master Plan calls for providing water service to Rivian, this has nothing to do with economic development.
So why does Normal want to run water to Rivian when they already have water from Bloomington?
If you forgot how mad Normal was when Bloomington terminated that agreement, see this story: https://blnnews.com/2019/08/16/fun-stuff-normal-suing-bloomington/
How is this not taxpayer abuse?
Normal has written plans to replace Bloomington water with Normal water at the Rivian plant.
This has already cost you $250,000, I received no emails from either Bloomington or Normal discussing this. I received no emails from Rivian asking Normal to provide water.
This is Normal’s “professional staff” and Chris Koos attempting pay-back because of the plan Bloomington terminated. Normal is using money the citizens had stolen from them for retribution.
It took 10 days to receive the FOIA that only had 5 documents. Bloomington also took 10 days, I received 12 documents from them. Maybe both wanted this to remain a secret.
Elections next April. You have a lot of housecleaning to do!
Maybe Normal’s new propaganda minister can explain. Maybe their documents don’t really say “Water service to the Rvian plant”.
(I have others if necessary)