By: Diane Benjamin
Most of what you need to know about the passage of accepting all the grant money is in the underpass vote. Koos, McCarthy, Smith, and Cummings were enthusiastic Yes votes. Nord voted No, Preston and Lorenz squeaked out Yes votes after uncomfortable pauses. Watch just the vote here:
What else you need to know: the grants will not pay 93% of the cost. Costs to build the underpass were gathered years ago, they have increased. Kathleen Lorenz wanted the council to pass a “cap” on how much citizens would be charged, she withdrew her motion instead of forcing the other bobbleheads to vote against her. Stan Nord seconded her motion but did not withdraw it when she caved.
The other thing you need to know about this vote is it means essential services will not be funded:
- Sewage flooding basements won’t get fixed
- Rusty water in your house won’t get fixed
- Potholes in your streets won’t get fixed
Next up will be a new library however! The south side of the tracks has to be developed. Normal’s unlimited spending spree will never end.
Meanwhile the first floor of 1 Uptown Circle is still empty. Space in Uptown is obviously in HIGH demand (ha). Maybe Koos can relocate his bike shop there since the underpass will mean more money in his pocket. Of course, he will need to quit as mayor to get Town subsidies.
If you are just dying to watch the meeting, it doesn’t start until around 47:00. There was a Liquor Commission meeting before it. Public Comment consisted of one citizen – Karl Sila – speaking against the underpass. All of the rest were a staged conga line of former Normal officials. They are recruited to speak every time Koos wants to marginalize opposition. Citizens who emailed the Council wasted their time. Only appearing in person intimidates them into facing reality. Too bad only one person did.
There is more to report from this meeting, stay tuned.