By: Diane Benjamin
Remember the $5 million water project Normal has in the budget?
Stan Nord asked many times why this project is in the budget. Normal is running water lines on top of Bloomington’s. The only answer he ever got from Pam Reece was: 1) Nobody has requested water service 2) It is for possible future economic development.
Pam Reece had to know Rivian was buying the property west of the plant to build more space. She could have informed the Trustees, but failed to do so. Obviously staff runs the Town, the Council is just there to rubberstamp whatever they present.
Since running the water is in the budget, the estimated $50 billion Rivian won’t be paying the tab. Name another company that can build and not have to foot the water and sewer construction themselves.
See the previous story: https://blnnews.com/2021/03/11/picture-this/
Neither the current Rivian plant or the land they are buying are on the tap-on fee map. The land Rivian is buying will be annexed, will that get the property on the tap-on fee map?
Charging citizens for Rivian’s water pipes amounts to an economic incentive not available to everyone. Does Normal have to drill new wells to supply the water?
It is great to have Rivian here. Good paying jobs are needed. This story states what Rivian is attempting to do: https://www.ttnews.com/articles/rivian-seeks-3-row-ev-debuts-defying-history-0
If they can pull off launching 3 different models in the same year they will be making history.
Amazon and Ford are heavily backing Rivian. Making citizens pay for what no other company would get just makes the rich richer and citizens poorer.
The water project has to come up for a vote eventually. I can think of one guy who will ask why citizens are getting the bill. The answer could be as simple as keeping Bloomington from running their water to the new site. Stay tuned to see if this will be brought before the Council before a new Council is seated.
Maybe Pam Reece can explain why she didn’t at least tell the Council the truth. She stated many times she was not aware of any developments in the Rivian area.
Maybe she just told her favorite Trustees. If Rivian footed the bill that $5 million would be available to replace lead pipes. That $5 million doesn’t get the water across the street. I wonder who gets that bill?