By: Diane Benjamin
Below are a few notes from the Normal Town Council meeting. The bigger points will be in the second story today.
- The minutes from the last meeting where the activists were allowed to speak at the beginning of the meeting do not reflect Stan Nord made a motion to waive the rules. Chris Koos claimed he didn’t remember a motion, he said it was an informal vote and therefore didn’t need to be stated in the minutes. See the minutes in the packet: https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/4097
- The Children’s Discovery Museum already had cameras, the almost $18,000 cost for new cameras isn’t charged to the CDM because the Town doesn’t want to. That would make it too easy to see what the building is actually costing taxpayers.
- One agenda item called for eliminating scheduled Liquor Commission meetings if no business was before the commission. Stan Nord brought up Public Comment and making people wait until the end of a regular meeting to speak. See Koos’ comment below, yes it is the Council’s fault if people have to wait hours to speak. The Council can fix it!
The comedy award for the night goes to Chemberly Cummings. She has a BA in Political Science, her comment means either the school she went to in Ohio is worthless or she skipped the classes on representative government.
The topic was appointments to Boards and Commission. Normal doesn’t tell the public in advance who Koos wants to appoint, he has now changed the procedure to announcing the names before a vote. It used to be a secret until after the vote. Stan Nord asked when the public found out who Koos wanted to appointed, the answer of course was right then.
In this video Cummings claimed to be using her degree to tell Stan he is wrong. Chemberly stated Koos gets anybody he wants and the Council is not allowed to object. Chemberly proves what we all know: The Council is immaterial. I wonder why she thinks the Council votes on appointments if the vote is meaningless? Chemberly?