By: Diane Benjamin
Last night during Trustee comments at the end of the meeting Chris Koos claimed Council agreed to limit each to 5 minutes. Evidently that was done in secret. I doubt Stan Nord got 5 minutes because he was constantly interrupted. Nord showed a map of where Normal plans to run water lines on West College. The lines run right on top of Bloomington’s. Bloomington is currently providing water to Rivian. The original Metrozone agreement must have reflected that for a reason. Either Normal didn’t have the capacity to provide water or they chose not to. This was decades ago.
Keep in mind, when Bloomington ended Metrozone Normal claimed it cost them $1 million, less than 1% of their budget.
See this 2017 story which proves the anger in Normal: https://blnnews.com/2019/08/16/fun-stuff-normal-suing-bloomington/
Last night Pam Reece tried to claim the water study was done for future economic development. That is how Bloomington got a never used fire station. Reece has publicly stated there is no development right now.
Does Normal know Rivian is looking to build another plant in Europe? Does Koos know Biden wants corporate tax rates raised because democrats don’t know that chases businesses to low tax countries? https://www.formacar.com/en/news/view/33169.html
Kathleen Lorenz blew the economic development narrative by volunteering to “educate” Stan about Metrozone.
It gets better! As of 10:30 am the video of the Council meeting is not on-line. Luckily I have it anyway. Below is the applicable clip. Kevin McCarthy was appalled that Stan dared to show pictures. Evidently trustee comments can only be used to praise the staff. This clip proves why the April 6th election is vital. The current Council is using your money to wage war with Bloomington.
Stan Nord did his usual Council recap on Facebook after the meeting. He urged Bloomington to elect Mboka Mwilambwe mayor and Marc Tiritilli mayor of Normal to end this feud. There is no reason the two towns can’t work together to solve common problems. The current incumbents prove they have no intention of working together. Normal is hell-bent on stealing everything possible from Bloomington as retribution for ending Metrozone. Remember the picture of Koos standing in front of his business taunting unemployed people? Yes he is that vindictive.
Below is one of the pictures Stan used to prove Normal is wasting your money. The red water line which Normal wants to build runs right on top of Bloomington’s water line. The total cost of both red lines is over $5 million. If economic development was really the goal Normal could have connected to the north end without running pipes on top of Bloomington’s.
Since the Council video is not on line, I was forced to tape the applicable section. I could have posted the live stream link but that could be removed by staff. The citizens of Normal need to hear how Koos, Lorenz, McCarthy, and Reece attempt to dismiss Stan for caring about your tax dollars. They obviously don’t. Sorry about the quality! If the real video is ever posted I will replace the below.
FYI – the Live Stream is posted on the Normal website – just hit play. I am leaving my version in case the Live stream version disappears.