By: Diane Benjamin
Temporary sign regulations will be heard at the Planning Commission August 4th at 5:00.
Below is an excerpt from an email Pam Reece wrote to the council before the July 5th meeting:
Did you catch Uptown Signs are next?
Why was a Public Review process needed? During the meeting there were flimsy references to complaints. The Town did previously provide 1 complaint by FOIA about a sign – see this story: https://blnnews.com/2022/07/16/lets-just-say-avoiding-foia-is-on-purpose/
I received another FOIA yesterday. I FOIA’d the below for an 18 month period of time:
Below is are the complaints I received – none of them have anything to do with temporary signs. Normal is obviously creating a problem they want to fix.
I have another long email from a resident opposed to Normal’s pedestrian stop signs in the middle of the road nobody can see and a request from WGLT for an interview pertaining to solar push-button crossing signals. I didn’t include those since the Planning Commission isn’t hearing testimony on them.
Two of the emails were written to Mayor Koos about signs the writer(s) didn’t want to see in the windows of businesses in Uptown.
The Council should be asking why time is being wasted on temporary signs when the 2015 Supreme Court ruling merely said to treat all signs the same. Normal wants regulations way beyond that.
The sender of these emails were illegally redacted. It doesn’t qualify as private information.
This is an excerpt from a longer email: