By: Diane Benjamin
Many of the locally elected aldermen and trustees are inflicted with the same disease. They believe everything they are told instead of looking at facts for themselves. They weren’t elected to represent government staff, they should be representing the people. There were two glaring examples during the Town of Normal meeting last Monday.
The first one was Karyn Smith. She allowed the Town attorney to convince her Pritzker spewings are law. See this story: https://blnnews.com/2020/12/08/normal-isnt-shutting-down-businesses-for-violations/
Karyn: This one is easy. Name all laws that can’t be prosecuted unless locals pass an ordinance. That would be zero. The Town of Normal wants to create a law to punish small businesses that are merely trying to survive. If you want to vote for that you will be a one term trustee.
The second example was the sanctimonious Kathleen Lorenz. See 1:35:52. Her comments were made at the end of the meeting when trustees can say anything they want. Her sermon (including a Veggie Tales episode) was full of syrupy sweetness and total untruths. She obviously got her facts from those trying to hide truth. She didn’t bother to find out for herself what is really going on with the water in Normal.
I filed a FOIA request for communication concerning the quality of water in Normal. The Town extended the FOIA because they have to review over 1300 pages. I could have narrowed the FOIA but decided against it. Maybe the area in question isn’t the only problem.
I first became aware of problems because Marc Tiritilli (Normal’s next mayor) posted details on Faceboook, see this story: https://blnnews.com/2020/12/02/facebook-post-from-marc-tiritilli-for-mayor-of-normal/
Lorenz doesn’t want to see Marc as mayor, so her sermon was meant to call him a liar. He isn’t. If Kathleen had bothered to find facts for herself she would know that. The FOIA request will confirm, but it was easy to actually talk to the people involved. I did – 2 different homeowners.
The problem has been happening sporadically for two years and recently got worse when the Town tried to mitigate it because of Marc’s post. One person involved started calling the Town very early this year after she bought her house in January. The third time she called she asked for a supervisor and got one. While on the phone the Normal employee pulled up her address and started talking about “As I told you last year . . “. She informed him she just bought the house and didn’t talk to him last year – 2019. Ding Ding Ding! 2019 Kathleen. Is a phone call to a resident too difficult? It likely took you longer to write your sermon calling Marc’s comment a rumor than it would have to call.
I was told everyone at the Town was very nice and concerned but the problem was not fixed. Little happened to fix the water UNTIL Marc’s post. Lorenz didn’t bother to find out real facts. If she wants to believe everything she is told she will continue to miss what is REAL.
In Bloomington citizens can contact their alderman, in Normal they can’t. Every Trustee is elected at large so no one is responsible for assisting citizens. It is way past time to create Wards in Normal so trustees can be held accountable when they don’t do what they are elected to do.
I’ve got two phone numbers Kathleen. One resident has many more phone numbers. If you want the truth I will send them to you. When I receive the FOIA I will prove even Chris Koos knew months ago about the problems. Koos let you blather without throwing out that fact. Ask him why Kathleen!
Instead of fixing the water problems the council voted to run water to Rivian when they already get water from Bloomington. It looks like Normal just wants to steal Bloomington’s water bills at taxpayer expense instead of providing good service to Normal citizens. See Marc’s post, replacing the bad water main was not recommended while Rivian was deemed critical.
These people pay for water suitable for drinking and water that doesn’t destroy their clothes in the wash, they deserve better. I expect you to apologize at the next meeting Kathleen.