By: Diane Benjamin
Stan Nord was absent from the meeting last night so business only took about 15 minutes.
One item that was passed with little discussion of actual facts was this:
Staff has said they have no requests for extending the current sewer lines, so how does Crawford etc. know what to design? How big do the pipes have to be? Who is it going to serve?
Staff is either wasting money for design plans when they have no idea what they are designing, or they have information they aren’t making public.
See PDF page 67 of the documentation: https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/4016
Below is a screen shot of the existing lines (light green) and the proposed new sewer line (dark green and purple):
Why is the Town connecting to a line east of the Rivian plant and run it all the way to Rivian Motorway when an existing line is much closer – see the circled area?
Remember Tap-On fees to recoup the cost so taxpayers aren’t funding work that benefits only a few? https://blnnews.com/2021/03/11/picture-this/
The warehouse area in north Normal that Rivian is renting was never included in the Town’s sewer tap-on fee map. Taxpayers paid the cost. History is repeating itself with this sewer project. It is also not on the map.
Prediction: Rivian will not pay to hook into this new sewer line when it is run to the property west of Rivian Motorway.
(Remember Stan Nord was forced to pay big bucks when the Town “forgot” to charge a previous owner of the property – actual 4 owners back from when he bought the property)
Town code: PDF page 78 https://normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/7701/Chapter-07—Water-and-Sewer?bidId=
The Town authorized a study with no request for service. The area is not mapped to recoup the cost. Does “shall pay” mean taxpayers get the bill because the map isn’t updated?
Staff did say this $60,000 is the fore-runner to actual construction. Where is that money coming from? Will the council be told “we paid for the study therefore we have to build it”? It isn’t in the budget.
Meanwhile, in a few months Rivan is issuing an IPO to raise up to $90 billion. Taxpayers will be funding new entrances for them off West College. The finally fixed West College will be complete with separated bike paths leading to the plant. Water lines are being run on top of Bloomington’s. Remember when taxpayers funded security, snow removal, and outside maintenance in the original agreement?
Rivian is a great asset to the community, corporate welfare so Town leaders can be their buddies at taxpayer expense risks public opinion. Sentiment will change if tax and fee increases are assessed against everybody else to fund welfare.
If the Town of Normal is pro corporate welfare because Rivian is such a great asset – they need to publicly state that! Right now they think you won’t notice.
Watching the meeting won’t take long!