By: Diane Benjamin
Numerous items Normal citizens need to know:
Below is part of an email written by Stan Nord. The yellow is City Manager Pam Reece’s response to his email.
Pam does not understand citizens saw Target being looted and the destruction to police vehicles while the police did nothing. They know Mayor Chris Koos was there too evidently enjoying the show. Citizens expect the police to stop riots and looting.
We have never received a good explanation other than somebody didn’t want officers to get hurt. Tear Gas couldn’t have been used to disperse them?
Trying to locate the culprits after the fact isn’t what citizens expect!
The Town of Normal owns half of the building. It has been vacant since the staff that was there moved to the second floor of 1 Uptown Circle. The Town RENTS that floor for around $36,000 a month. (No rent to $430,000+ a year)
305 S Linden was purchased for further development south of the tracks, but it has been declared surplus property – the Council didn’t do that, staff did. The Town is advertising their half for sale on their website instead of attempting to maximize the price to protect taxpayers. It is obvious Normal has a buyer they are keeping a secret. See the email below. If Normal is selling it in a transparent manner to someone other than another “friend”, why do they want CIRBN internet run to the building? Are they paying for it too?
Click the link in that story, Normal had been planning to pay CIRBN $5000 to run fiber. Are they planning to pay it before selling the building? We aren’t allowed to know facts surrounding this property. It will just appear on a some agenda.
In case you were wondering how much pension Normal’s former City Manager Dave Anderson received before his death:
Yes, he received $10,268 a month Illinois Income Tax free. I don’t know if survivors receive anything.
The gas tax has been doubled by the State and both Bloomington and Normal.
Instead of using State Motor Fuel Tax dollars to fix the disgusting roads, Normal voted to use that money to extend Constitution Trail. Fixing roads is way to boring when monuments can be built to honor yourself. TWO fine so called Republicans voted with the Democrats for this one. Scott Preston is running for re-election, this is why he doesn’t deserve it:
See the minutes in this packet: https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3775
In case you were wondering who the Koos status quo (Responsible Citizens PAC) is supporting for Trustee April 6, 2021 – this is one of them:
The Koos candidates can easily be defeated:
More people need to vote. It’s easy to waltz into office when most don’t.