By: Diane Benjamin
Just a reminder: Chemberly Cummings wants to make laws in Springfield to control you, but she refuses to say the Pledge of Allegiance. She put the red sign over her camera. She hates America and is unfit for ANY office. She did not get her internet connection fixed, the quality is still awful when she speaks.
Public comment was over 20 minutes of Koos buddies supporting the Bike Master Plan. If you didn’t look at the plan, running bike lanes out to Rivian has high priority. It is around 2 miles and will serve very few people, many more neighborhoods could be connected to the trail if that money was spent where people actually live. With this Council it won’t be.
So you don’t forget: The Normal Public Comment policy is still illegal. You can only talk about things on the agenda.
Hypocrisy at it’s best:
See 27:59. Stan Nord has been attacked numerous times for daring to ask about a payment. Koos changed the agenda item from “approving” to “filing” bills. Chris Koos has yelled at Stan. During the last TWO Council meetings McCarthy and Lorenz took turns explaining everything paid was already approved in the budget, therefore bills can’t be discussed.
Last night Kathleen Lorenz pulled bills to ask questions! You can’t make this up folks!
More hypocrisy: Chris Koos made an appointment to the Planning Commission. His appointments are only announced AFTER the Council votes. Citizens aren’t allowed to have any input on people appointed to serve them.
Koos appointed a guy who the voters rejected for the Town Council: RC McBride. He was on the Council for 4 years – until the people said we don’t want you anymore. Re-elect Koos? The guy who doesn’t care what you think? FYI: Stan was the only No vote.
Almost everything was pulled from the Omnibus Agenda, way too much bloviating to stay awake. If you didn’t watch you didn’t miss anything.
The only item of interest pulled was the One Normal Plaza text amendments. Just the facts one more time:
- the “professional staff” dreamed up the plan
- the Council is named as the applicant on the plan
- the Council accepted the plan and sent it to the Planning Commission
- the Planning Commission started the hearing process by Zoom
- the area citizens merely want “alcohol” removed from the plan
- the area citizens want an in-person meeting, not 100+ people on Zoom
- several Council members claimed last night they can’t change their plan
- Pam Reece claimed the Public Hearing has already convened, language can be changed but it isn’t expedient
We are expected to believe it’s too difficult now to change their own plan!
This is about alcohol sales in the park. The ONLY person who has mentioned she would enjoy drinking in the park is another Koos buddy: Julie Hile.
Council: You aren’t fooling anyone. The citizens aren’t going away. You can play your little games as long as you want. You will all be replaced just like RC McBride.
I do know the Council received over 100 emails from citizens that don’t care about the rest of the plan. They just don’t want alcohol allowed where kids play games, go to school, and attend daycare.
The Planning Commission, now with Koos buddy RC McBride as a member, could ignore the citizens and not change the plan. This Council will continue to ignore citizens as proven by this one fact: They refuse to change their application.
1:12:00 Kevin McCarthy thinks this process is open and transparent. He doesn’t want the Council to change anything, he wants the public to show up and tell them what they want. Hey Kevin: They can’t – you aren’t meeting in person.
1:13:00 McCarthy claims it would be disingenuous to change the plan now. He also claimed again the Open Meetings Act did not allow them to attend the citizens meeting. He is misguided. The Council was asked to LISTEN, not talk. Koos decided to talk anyway which meant other Council members could not attend. LISTENING is too difficult evidently. Not removing alcohol from the proposal is wasting everyone’s time.
Keep listening after the above. McCarthy claims people are trying to subvert the process. Gee, I wonder who he is talking about. The issue got delayed until meetings can be held in person, I doubt it will be delayed until Phase 5 however.
The text amendment could have proceeded to the Planning Commission with alcohol removed. They refused. Obviously this is only about alcohol.
The presentation of the Bike Master Plan was only exciting for a minority of citizens who showed up at the planning meetings. Possibly many millions will be spent implementing a Quality of Life plan while your taxes are raised to pay pensions. Priorities of Normal are spending on what you can see, not spending for essential functions of government. You could end up with beautiful paths right before bankruptcy is declared.
2:08:10 Kevin McCarthy claimed the Bike Master Plan is the resident’s plan even though a consultant made the presentation. The Town has a long history of listening only to the people who support THEIR plans. They didn’t care about:
- the citizens who simply wanted the new east side fire station moved across the street
- the citizens who wanted the building with the mural saved
- the citizen opposed to the increased gas tax
- the citizens opposed to raising property taxes year after year
- the citizens who rejected RC McBride
This list is endless. Based on experience, the One Normal Plaza changes will be passed by the Planning Commission with alcohol. The Council will then pass it as presented.
The current Council will then be wiped out next April.