By: Diane Benjamin
The Normal Town Council meeting was thankfully much shorter than usual, but the attacks on Stan Nord continued unabated.
Start with Koos’ secret appointments to Boards and Commission. He has stated in the past appointments can’t be discussed because they are “personnel”. They are volunteers that don’t get paid, they work for citizens, and report to the Council. BUT, citizens can’t know who is appointed until after the Council approves them.
Makes perfect sense? Hardly.
Two years ago voters rejected RC McBride as a Trustee. Last night Koos wanted him reappointed to the Planning Commission. Stan Nord attempted to get these appointments delayed until after the election, remember when Koos left the Connect Transit seat open for close to two years?
What ensued was close to tearful and angry rants by various Trustees against Stan Nord claiming these appointments aren’t political and he was making them political. You can hear Stan’s request around 33:30 and the vitriol directed at him after.
RC McBride is obviously a political appointment. He shares Chris Koos’ ideology and that’s why Koos wanted him reappointed. The Normal swamp if not going to be easy to drain. Of course McBride was approved, Stan voted no on all appointments since a vote can’t be taken on un-named individuals. Those watching has no idea who was being discussed because transparency doesn’t exist in Normal.
Add this to the list of what will change when Koos is tossed: A list of appointments will be available to the council and citizens before a vote takes place. Public servants don’t need to be in the closet and suddenly sprung after a vote.
19:33. Stan Nord brought up spending on the underpass and the information presented here: https://blnnews.com/2021/03/10/what-koos-isnt-saying-in-public/
Stan also questioned the $1,677 paid to Union Pacific Railroad as well as what the mayor and City Manager have submitted as money Normal has to pay for the project. No vote has been taken on funding. McCarthy thinks Stan should just talk to Pam outside a meeting.
Koos showed his intolerance for questions by Stan Nord starting at 25:00. Approving a zoning map was on the agenda, Stan merely wanted to ask staff if it contained any changes the council hadn’t previously voted on. Koos refused to let staff answer the question. Stan told the mayor he doesn’t work for the mayor, City Manager does. Koos was going to let Pam answer, McCarthy called a point of order, lawyer Brian Day claimed the mayor can run the meeting anyway he wants. In other words, with an iron fist. Koos finally allowed Reece to answer the question.
This was a revealing exchange that proves the citizens of Normal need representation that works for them, not Koos.
Koos eventually called Stan out of order for asking questions. Good little Trustees don’t do that.
There was a liquor commission meeting that went long before the council meeting. The actual Town meeting was pretty short.