By: Diane Benjamin
If you missed the BILLS story, see it here: https://blnnews.com/2020/10/02/normal-10-5-2020/
Firefighters are getting a new contract:
Normal will try to collect from the feds, the fed money printing press is ramping up again:
This one is more than ridiculous:
Quick review: The “professional staff” brought this to the Council many months ago. The Amendment aggravated citizens in the area for one reason: It approves selling alcohol in this park-like setting. A large group is opposed to alcohol sales, this amendment could proceed to a Public Hearing before the Planning Commission if the alcohol part was removed.
Here is where it gets funny:
Staff initiated the zoning change, Council just played bobble-head.
The Council could end this whole fiasco Monday night. The Planning Commission hearing has been delayed because they are not meeting in person, the citizens want to meet in person – eye to eye. The Town did attempt to schedule an in-person meeting when COVID was raging in Uptown. That one was delayed when the citizens objected for health reasons.
If the Council amends what the “professional staff” proposed by removing permission for alcohol, the citizens would be happy.
If the Council doesn’t do that Monday night, it will be proof the only reason this amendment was ever brought to the Council was for ALCOHOL.
The only big item on the agenda is revisions to the Bike Master Plan. As Kathleen Lorenz likes to say “We make a Plan and then Work the Plan”.
It doesn’t matter if the plan doesn’t make sense, they stick to the plan.
Did you know:
Since the mayor owns a bike shop he should recuse himself from everything to do with this discussion. I’m betting he won’t.
See PDF page 68 and following. It appears fixing the roads aren’t as important as bike paths.
The documentations says approving the Plan won’t cost anything now. It will cost you in the future.
The only other item is appointing somebody to the McLean County Planning Commission. You aren’t allowed to know who until the Council votes yes.
The only reason Normal does this is to keep the public out of the process.
You deserve to know in advance who will be doing planning for you, Chris Koos won’t allow it.