By: Diane Benjamin
This information was received by FOIA, I didn’t submit the FOIA.
Start here. Normal held an Open House in February to show off the Underpass plans. Staff created a SLIDE SHOW for the event. One item was originally in the presentation but was then deleted. See this email:
It now isn’t $23 million to save 50 feet – it’s just short of $30 million!
Remember the July 19, 2021 Normal Council meeting where the Town approved the $13 million grant from the Department of Transportation? See the packet here: https://www.normalil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/4034
A few quotes in the DOT agreement:
PDF page 65:
PDF page 76:
PDF page 77
It seems pretty clear: That’s all the money the Town of Normal is going to get!
That didn’t stop of Town staff from applying for more money. They claim inflation is making the construction costs go from $19,232,000 to $25,232,000. They claim inflation of 1.54% was built into original estimates, but now inflation is 7.9%.
Do the math, estimates are 31.2% higher than last July when the Council accepted the grant.
I remember one Trustee questioning the cost at that July meeting since the they were estimated in 2019, of course he was told he was wrong. Any guesses on which Trustee?
Normal is trying to snag more money that hasn’t been allocated from the Build 2019 and Build 2020 grant fund. See the APRIL 2022 application below.
PDF page 3, I wonder how many Trustees even know it’s now $29,942,120 to save 50 feet? How many “professional staff” still have jobs? (I bet all of them)
I wonder if Dick Durbin is batting for Koos at the Department of Transportation?
If you like your pot-hole roads and yellowish brown water you get to keep both. (Yes that water comment was a hint to a future story)