By: Diane Benjamin
Asking the Council to approve buying TWO Rivian vehicles was on the Omnibus Agenda without a cost in the documentation: https://www.normalil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/4451
The only reason to put this on the Omnibus was to get a blank check vote without any discussion. That didn’t happen.
Just hit PLAY to hear Chris Koos say both vehicles were the BASIC model:
The one in Chris Koos’ driveway isn’t a basic model, it has an Adventure Package:
Go back to the invoice in this story: https://blnnews.com/2022/12/29/update-on-the-koos-christmas-present-a-rivian/
Cash Price $71,500 + $1,500 Destination fee gets to $73,000. That isn’t the base vehicle Koos claimed he was buying.
Keep in mind the “professional staff” wanted a blank check. Look at the bottom of the invoice, keep in mind the Council got this item for approval on October 17th:
Chris Koos knew how much this Rivian would cost at that meeting. Why wasn’t buying only 1 on the agenda instead of 2 when only ONE was available for delivery?
One more item, h/t a reader:
The above link is from a Rivian forum. There is a pic of damage to a rear panel – the owner got hit in his driveway. Vehicle insurance is through State Farm. The owner wanted repairs done by a certified Rivian repair shop, not who State Farm wanted them to use.
The estimate to repair pretty minor damage is $ 21,195.95. I wonder how much the Town is paying to cover Koos’ Rivian?
Just hit play to hear the whole discussion, hindsight is very illuminating: