By: Diane Benjamin
All you taxpaying citizens in Normal aren’t allowed to go speak to the Council and be first up if your topic isn’t on the agenda. You have to wait until the end of the meeting which could be hours of waiting. Of course special people get to speak out of order. Remember when County Board Chair John McIntyre got first dibs?
Last night the youngsters telling the Town what they want to see 25 years from now in Normal got moved to the beginning of the meeting. Sure they were cute promoting happiness for all, the Council mostly fawned over them for their civic engagement. The kids spoke and then left, maybe moving them to the beginning of the meeting was so they couldn’t see opposition isn’t tolerated in Normal.
Stan Nord questioned why only 1 bid was received on Water Line and Service Materials. He wondered if staff could ask the people who didn’t bid why. He was worried the citizens weren’t insured the best pricing with only one bid.
I suggest you listen to all the Trustee comments at the end of the meeting. They start at 57:25 with Stan Nord. Kevin McCarthy chimes in praising staff for spending water funds on snow removal equipment, he leaves out water department staff was out clearing roads. When your water rates go up because the fund was drained send McCarthy a thank you. Maybe clearing the roads went well because Constitution Trail wasn’t cleared first like last year. Karen Smith proves why she doesn’t deserve to be reelected if she chooses to run again. She represents staff, not citizens. She looked like she was going to cry.
Stan Nord’s comments had to do with ethics. He wants an ethics ordinance, he suggested using the ICMA ethics statements. Some citizens are still not satisfied with how the Town handled National Fitness Challenge. Staff declaring it dead without a Council vote is unacceptable since the ethics issue is not allowed to be discussed.
In case you forgot, staff and Koos not only claimed NFC was a non-profit, they didn’t tell the Council the head of Parks and Rec, Doug Damery, was on the Board of Illinois Parks and Recreation who benefit from every NFC product sold. Staff refuses to explain why this isn’t at least an ethics violation. Pam Reece responded to Stan Nord’s comments, she isn’t going to tell people what they want to hear, at appears the rest of the Council doesn’t care. Pam, hiring outside counsel will get the answer you want. We’ve seen that dog and pony show. If you can’t see the problem maybe other ethics need investigated too.
Don’t forget Kevin McCarthy changed his business website when I pointed out it said he trains people at Rosa Parks, the exact place NFC was going to be installed. Conflict of Interest? Ethical? In Normal it is.