By: Diane Benjamin
At the Normal Town Council meeting last Monday the Sewer tap-on fee maps came up again. Stan Nord is not going to drop this issue until citizens understand it. The Town view is Council passes ordinances that put areas of the Town on the fee map which means developers pay much of the cost of installing sewers instead of citizens. What the Town refuses to acknowledge is STAFF produces ordinances, not the Council. If STAFF doesn’t demand developers pay the fees the developers don’t. You do! It is perfectly explained in this clip, staff still refuses to admit the problem. Corruption is easy when staff decides who pays and who doesn’t. If you want to see the entire discussion, it starts at 15:30 in the full video below.
The next item is about the Town raising water rates. Stan Nord researched Enterprise Funds and quoted best practices from the Rural Water Association. They do not believe funds from an Enterprise Fund should be used for any other purpose than why the Fund was created. The Town of Normal purchased snow plow equipment from the Water Fund when plowing has nothing to do with providing water.
Stan Nord has mentioned this issue many times. Pam Reece doesn’t like being accused of stealing or misappropriating water funds. Maybe in the future Stan can blame staff and the people who voted for it:
This vote contributed to the need to raise water rates. If you want to see the entire discussion it starts at 1:17:06.
One more issue that is raised frequently by Stan Nord. Chris Koos choses who he wants on Boards and Commissions. He states in this video those appointees represent the Town on behalf of the people. In other words, they are chosen to do what Koos wants, not what is in the best interests of the citizens. The rest of the Council voted yes to the Koos appointments, Nord voted no. Under Koos, citizens have no opportunity to express opinions on Koos picks like they do in Bloomington. Tyrant anyone? Dictator? The entire discussion starts at 2:10:58.
For those few who think Stan Nord just parrots what I write, ask him why he didn’t bring up the $266,000 in the budget for employee retirement gifts? waiting . . .waiting . . . waiting. . . .
Entire meeting video: