By: Diane Benjamin
I’ve written before about Trustee Karyn Smith stating at a Council meeting and in emails the Town of Normal has close to 450 miles of roads. She even compared it to driving to Cairo Il and back.
Actually it’s 289 miles to Cairo, so that example is an exaggeration. Round trip would be 578 miles.
I finally emailed her and asked where her information came from. It took a week to get an answer because she had to ask City Manager Pam Reece.
What this does prove is Karyn believes whatever she is told. Then she regurgitates that information without fact checking it.
Streets (Miles) 189
If you look at those pages, the street miles in 2011 was 213. There is no explanation as to where the roads were that no longer exist.
Karyn asked Pam where the 450 number came from. Below is Pam’s response to Karyn:
So, according to Pam the 189 reflects all “center line miles”. Is that the same as TWO LANE ROADS?
Lane miles increased (Budget) while street miles decreased (CAFR). (Makes perfect sense)
There is a difference of 249 miles between what the CAFR says and what the budget says. Scratching your head yet?
Normal has some 4 lane roads like College, parts of Raab, and a few others. State roads like Main and Veterans Parkway can’t be included since Normal doesn’t maintain them. There are some 3 lane roads when turn lanes are included, but that is a normally a short distance.
I responded to Karyn saying this explanation doesn’t make any sense. The “lane miles” stated in the budget are more than twice the “center line miles” stated in the CAFR.
No response so far.
The gas tax was just raised another $.04. Karyn is going to push to give Connect Transit more money to run empty heavy buses that destroy the streets. If she really believes the Town has to maintain close to 450 miles of roads, why would she want to divert gas tax money to the buses destroying those roads?
Does she not know how bad the roads are?
I hope this clears up how many miles of roads Normal really has. It doesn’t for me.