By: Diane Benjamin
More information concerning this story from yesterday: https://blnnews.com/2021/10/06/one-more-on-normal-more-must-watch/
Yes, more sewer tap on fees. This is deep stuff you must read carefully! It’s your money.
The development that was approved at Monday’s meeting was charged a sewer tap on fee by the Town even though it was not on the Tap On Fees Map. The Town is collecting it only because the developer agreed to pay it in the annexation agreement. Remember those two words: Annexation Agreement.
Now we head back to January 2021 where the final plat for development on Kerrick Rd was approved. This was a property that had been abandoned and never completed by a previous owner, the Town and Council were thrilled that somebody is now developing it. However, from the minutes: PDF page 3 https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3870
Ding ding ding! Houston, we have a problem! Are some developers more equal than others? Neither property was on the Tap On Fees map, but one agrees to pay while the other skates? That’s Equitable treatment of developers? Is staff negotiating incentives themselves without Council approval?
Now jump farther back to the referenced June 1, 2020 meeting. The minutes do not say anything about sewer tap on fees. The minutes also don’t reference the annexation agreement, keep in mind what the annexation agreement says can’t be ignored by staff because it is a legal document approved by the Council. The minutes: https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3665
The Kerrick Rd property was annexed to the Town of Normal clear back in 2007. Guess what’s in it? Ding, ding, ding.
PDF page 76:
The development is 65.47 acres. At $300 an acre somebody owes $19,641 in sewer tap on fees. Did Mercy Davidson read the annexation agreement before she decided to state this property is not on the Sewer Tap On Fee map so they don’t have to pay?
Is Mercy Davidson incompetent or did she provide additional incentives to the Kerrick Rd developer without Council consent by not collecting the fee? (corruption) Was the water tap on fees collected?
Will some future owner of this property be charged these fees years from now when the Town “discovers” they forgot to charge them?
You are looking at exactly what happened to Stan Nord. The Town of Normal “forgot” to charge the owner 12 years and 3 owners before Stan Nord bought the property. Was it Mercy Davidson who hunted for something to punish Nord with for daring to get elected? Was that incompetence or corruption 14 years ago or political retribution in 2019? If you remember, the Town got the media to call Stan everything short of a criminal for not paying his bills.
Nord was charged more than a decade after the Town failed to collect from the original developer. The Town’s failure to collect from the Kerrick Rd developer has only been since January. The annexation agreement passed by the Council says the developer owes the money. The Town either needs to refund the $11,904 Stan Nord paid or collect from the current owner. Equity!!
If Stan owed fees, so does this developer.
The clip below is from the January 2020 meeting. Pam Reece states there are no Sewer Tap on Fees on the Kerrick Rd property. Incompetence or Corruption?
From the same meeting, Karyn Smith thinks the “professional staff” have honesty and integrity and therefore should not be questioned. She berated Stan for representing citizens while asking for proof of his claims. Here it is Karyn. Other Council members agreed with Karyn. Kevin McCarthy is always asking for proof too. He will ignore this, the entire Council will.
Council Incompetence or Corruption?
Normal only has ONE representative who stands between citizens and their government. They hate Stan because he does. Will Pam fire Mercy Davidson for incompetence? Write her up? Will the Council fire Pam Reece for incompetence? Award a big raise? This is why corruption is everywhere in Illinois. Government hates all “Stans” who question them, the people you elected do too.
Listen to Karyn, hopefully she won’t run again in 2023: