By: Diane Benjamin
Remember when Normal paid Illinois Arts Station $9,000 so the fire department could train for 3 days in a house they planned to demolish? https://blnnews.com/2020/11/17/more-campaigning-during-normal-meeting/
You may not know $9,000 wasn’t the only payment, the Town has contracts to pay them another $9500! Total $18,500 so the fireman could train at two houses that were going to be torn down anyway.
I remember Pam Reece giving a diatribe about how great a deal this was since travel for training is out the question,
Bloomington also found a house that was going to be demolished so their firefighters could do some training. It is owned by Habitat for Humanity.
Bloomington paid ZERO to use the house.
Received by FOIA:
Both Normal and Bloomington used houses slated to be demolished. Both were owned by non-profits. Normal paid $18,500, Bloomington paid nothing. It sure looks like Normal was handing money to their ISU buddies! Habitat could have used the $18,500 to build affordable housing while Illinois Arts Station is giving painting lessons.
We still don’t know if Normal taxpayers will be deeded the IAS property so taxpayers get the bills for maintenance (rumor) That would be the ultimate insult since Normal gets nothing but expenses and land they can never sell.
Pam Reece hands out your money to non-profit friends and sends police to small businesses just trying to survive.
Other houses Bloomington owns slated for demolition and/or donation to Habitat may also be used. Maybe the Normal fire department should talk to Bloomington and get one to use for free. Pam Reece isn’t capable of finding deals to benefit taxpayers. Friends come first.
Elections have consequences. April 6th vote to end the Normal Friends and Family plan which uses your money to redistribute wealth. The examples are numerous!