By: Diane Benjamin
The entire agenda is Omnibus which means the meeting would have been 10 minutes before Stan Nord was elected. Lately the Council has stretched meetings much longer.
Bill payments can’t be discussed even though things are on the list that should be. Another almost $36000 is being paid to rent the second floor of 1 Uptown Circle. Rumor is around 20 employees work there. This was supposedly a Council priority to change last year.
The Town wants to hire McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC for $4000 a month to lobby the State for grant opportunities.
They also want to hire Horton Group ($3300 a month) to handle employee benefits issues. The documentation claims the Town issued an RFP that was reviewed by an Employee Benefits Committee, they choose Horton from the 5 who responded. Normally the results from all bidders are included in the documentation, for this item they aren’t. The committee consisted of representatives from numerous departments.
Mayor (bike shop owner) Koos is getting another bike trail, only $471,357.55 with $150,000 of that coming from a State grant.
Compare that is $1,951,965.50 being awarded to resurface streets. Close to 25% of street spending is being spent on a new bike trail. Are bikes 25% of the cars on the roads? These roads are included:
Normal also will get a new well to replace two that are underperforming.
Contributions to Chris Koos’ reelection campaign: https://elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/ItemizedContributions.aspx?FiledDocID=YIs54h%2fevxf7J8yKlr0dbQ%3d%3d&ContributionType=vfmPesMKpA5xGUbTMC3%2fg4zmWst0qzNuScQi%2b5IIf7c%3d&T=637544204096964350
Pay back time?