By: Diane Benjamin
The entire meeting of the Normal Town Council video is 1:12:08. The discussion about buying two Rivian vehicles started at 14:40 and didn’t end until 1:02:58 with a vote of 4-3.
Kevin McCarthy pulled the purchase from the Omnibus Agenda so he could bloviate. He claimed Rivian has paid the town $2 million in permits and fees so that more than covers the purchase. (It doesn’t cover the running water and fire hydrants, redoing West College, and giving away Electric Avenue among other freebies) That led Scott Preston to ask where that $2 million was put, Pam Reece said the General Fund. Preston wanted the purchase paid for with those funds instead of the Vehicle Replacement Fund, Reece made it sound like that was really difficult. A vote was never taken so it isn’t clear where the funds will come from.
McCarthy also claimed the Town bought over 40 Mitsubishi vehicles, does McCarthy think you are stupid? Mitsubishi vrs Rivian isn’t at all comparable!
I could post numerous clips, but start with this one. Stan Nord asked City Manager Pam Reece a question, Mayor Chris Koos told her not to answer:
Stan Nord questions the “blank check” authorization since no dollar amount is listed. Pam Reece claims $149,000 is budgeted, that didn’t make the documentation. Chris Koos claimed “he is the Town” when he authorized the deposits on two vehicles himself:
Chemberly Harris proves she would support anything staff proposes at 37:50. Ditto for Karyn Smith at 55:10.
Kathleen Lorenz was also worried about the blank check at 44:25.
26:50 – Chris Koos claims Rivians aren’t luxury vehicles, they are just expensive vehicles. A few minutes later Stan Nord stated taxpayers should consider themselves lucky Normal doesn’t have a Ferrari plant.
One more video – Kevin McCarthy claims “hundreds” of people support going EV, the rest of Normal must be immaterial:
Scott Preston, Kathleen Lorenz, and Stan Nord voted no. Just hit play to hear the entire discussion: