By: Diane Benjamin
Normally Chris Koos would have been banging Stan Nord out of order at the urging of Kevin McCarthy for doing what he did at Monday’s meeting. Koos didn’t Monday night.
First the back story:
At the previous meeting the Council (minus Stan) voted to spend $81,018 from the Water Enterprise Fund to add plow and salt equipment to Water Department vehicles.
Enterprise Funds were established to charge residents what the service they received actually costs. It also makes it really easy to raise rates by claiming the Fund doesn’t have enough money to provide those services.
Stan Nord objected to using Water Funds for a completely unrelated expense. Normal will be using employees paid from water funds to clean snow and spread salt with equipment bought with water department funds.
When the water department vehicles wear out faster because they are used for non-Water Department use, they will be replaced using money you supposedly pay for water. Keep this in mind when Normal wants to raise your water rates again.
Now for Monday night:
Nord played two short segments from a Council meeting in 2020 where both Chris Koos and Pam Reece said Enterprise Funds represent the actual cost of providing services and it is not good practice to mix funds. Kevin McCarthy can be heard calling a Point of Order, Koos didn’t react. At any other meeting Tyrant Koos would have cut Stan off. He was too intimidated by the happenings before Stan comments to object – until the end of the meeting. First watch Stan, then hear Koos’ comment to Stan. It’s hilarious.