By: Diane Benjamin
Of course the media won’t ask questions and officials in Normal won’t publicly say anything about it. But, instead of suing Bloomington when they dissolved the west side sales tax sharing agreement (Metrozone), Normal appears to be plotting. Of course they are using your money for payback.
A pattern is developing, even though my sources tell me Normal does not have the capacity to provide service. See this story from just a few weeks ago: https://blnnews.com/2020/09/28/is-normal-abusing-taxpayers/
Normal wants to provide water to Rivian, currently Bloomington does and is therefore making money doing it. Normal is using your money to provide a service they don’t need to provide.
Last night Normal voted to spend $417,505.59 for a water main:
It was stated at the meeting there is not a problem supplying this area with water now. Redundancies already exist. Keep in mind this is for “additional supply”. There was mention of the State possibly resurfacing Center Street at some point in the future, so they wanted to get this done now.
Go back to the story from a few weeks ago. Click on the first link in that story – I received a FOIA showing the biggest purchasers of Bloomington water. See the third one on the list: Advocate Bromenn Medical.
Why does the south end of Normal need additional water? Is it to supply water to Bromenn and therefore cut Bloomington out?
At least Normal put supplying water to Rivian in writing. Are they now doing the same with BroMenn?
Where is the water going to come from for Rivian and possibly BroMenn? Drill more wells at your expense?
Stan Nord questioned why this project had to be done now when water rates are continually increased. He asked why supply needed to be increased and even more redundancies added.
Stan got an hilarious response from Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy claims it is Normal’s policy to not wait until there are problems before fixing things. The very next topic was fixing West College – a road that is in despicable shape because the Council did wait to fix it. Residents of Normal might add ALL roads except Uptown are in despicable shape for the same reason. Hear McCarthy’s attempt to belittle Stan and Stan’s response:
The only way the war with Bloomington will end is to replace those in charge. Next April folks.