By: Diane Benjamin
The information below was sent to the Normal Town Council a few days ago by a resident of Normal. It concerns the Town’s plans for the additional $.04 gas tax.
“Before you spend $’s on bike paths, bike/road new construction or consider Connect Transit funding increases, watch this video.”
“Bus corner extension near Portillos”:
This corner has been fixed before after Connect Transit buses destroyed it. They have destroyed it again. Evidently not only wasn’t the road designed for the huge empty buses, nobody at Connect Transit cares or the route would have been changed by now.
Existing roads need fixed, existing sidewalks need fixed. The same citizen sent a Ft. Jesse video in August. The sidewalk has drainage problems leading to mud accumulating across it. Property owners have built fences right up against the sidewalk and brush is growing through the fence and across the sidewalk. Early in the video large holes can be seen in the street. At 6:37 a sidewalk in disrepair is visible, bikes would have a difficult time navigating it. The point of the video is Normal always has huge plans for “new”, maintenance to existing infrastructure is the last option considered.
Quote from the email sent to Council:
“Consider your actions regarding the extra $’s the 4 cent gas tax increase gives you and the spending it will generate. To date you are acting more like teenagers who received a large inheritance from Uncle Taxpayer. It is not a perception that taxpayers want to see. A teenager with a large inheritance will spend on things they ought not without sound financial consideration. You look to be doing or planning some spending that is by no means top of the priority list. More big buses will make more crumbling roads.”
Will Normal listen? Likely no, not until you elect people without their own agenda.