By: Diane Benjamin
Tonight’s documentation: https://www.normalil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/4489
Normal will spend $107,244.79 without bidding:
The policy should just be abolished since Pam Reece ignores it at almost every meeting.
Time for a lesson on government:
Fiscal responsibility doesn’t happen with government because they spend other people’s money (yours).
ISU closed the approximately 23 acres on Shelbourne in 2017. It sat empty for 5 years until it was sold to a developer in August of 2022. ISU didn’t even attempt to sell the property until 2021. Government has to be limited because fiscal responsibility with your tax dollars is an oxymoron.
All of these items are on tonight’s agenda:
Isn’t it wonderful to see THREE of Chris Koos’ hand-picked Planning Commission members didn’t bother to show for the hearing?
Since the changes to the Sign Code were voted on at the same Planning Commission meeting, the same three were absent for that one too. RC McBride already stated at the previous meeting the Commission didn’t need to listen to citizens, so they didn’t.
To comply with a Supreme Court ruling the Town simply needs to not regulate temporary signs. I FOIA’d sign complaints, Normal doesn’t have any justification: https://blnnews.com/2022/07/21/normal-doesnt-have-a-reason-to-regulate-temporary-signs/
This sign ordinance is fake news only to regulate campaign signs that may already be ordered for the April election. Once again the Town of Normal staff choses tyranny over freedom.
Another example is in the bills paid. Koosville can’t let the private sector drive development even though Uptown now has empty buildings:
Meanwhile developers for the rest of circle haven’t been heard from in a year: https://blnnews.com/2021/11/12/uptown-we-will-take-two-please/