By: Diane Benjamin
Proving yet again the priorities of staff have nothing to do with what citizens expect:
The Town is going to fix West College, it needs it! The problem is they aren’t just going to fix it.
So far just DESIGN is budgeted at $1.45 MILLION.
Nothing is going to be built for that $1.45 million. The design is that expensive because it includes bike paths and maybe other amenities that will make it beautiful. Meanwhile many citizens of Normal will never use it since most destinations aren’t on the west side – unless you work at Rivian.
Contrast that with the budget the Town plans to spend resurfacing streets people do use:
$1.7 million to do 1.7 miles
At 3:10:00 Stan Nord asks how the roads to be resurfaced are chosen since the Council isn’t asked. The answer was the worst roads aren’t necessarily first. Roads are picked by which ones will cost much more in the future if they aren’t fixed now.
That does make sense, but only doing 1.7 miles next year means the other pothole filled roads won’t be fixed anytime soon. The Town of Normal needs representatives who know what priorities citizens expect and then get it done.
According to the Town website, Normal has 426 lane miles: https://www.normal.org/214/Pavement-Markings-Signs
How many are drivable?
Keep in mind all the incumbents have no problem spending $1.45 million on design: Chris Koos, Kevin McCarthy, Chemberly Cummings, and Scott Preston.
Voting April 6th?
The West College cost has ZERO to do with running water lines, that is even more money.
Just hit play: