By: Diane Benjamin
The meeting started early with a Work Session. The first presentation was an update on Normal’s Smart City Plan. All you need to know about this plan is the World Economic Forum is pushing it: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/08/what-is-a-smart-city/
Government making decisions for the future is always a planned disaster to eliminate pesky citizens planning for themselves. Congrats Normal – this is what you voted for. Your cage is being built. Enough good stuff is thrown in so you don’t notice.
At 38:30 the Council finally gets around to discussing how many cannabis dispensaries they want. Normal already has 3 and a 4th applicant has submitted documents. Bloomington limited dispensaries to 2 which eliminated all the zoning problems Normal is dealing with. Pretty multi-colored maps didn’t need to be created.
At 57:00 Kathleen Lorenz rattled off changes she wants to see in the current ordinance. All of them are immaterial if the allowed number is capped. The “professional staff” made it more difficult than necessary.
All of the above took over an hour. At 1:13:00 your tax dollars bought votes – Harmon Arts grants were handed out. A crowd assembled to witness Koos congratulating each recipient while handing out what looks like checks. Koos isn’t on audio while doing it so we have no idea what he said to each.
At 1:28:00 a Liquor Commission meeting was held with 3 liquor licenses being approved along with a gaming license. No documentation on these is included in the packet. If you enjoy the roll being called over and over and over watch it yourself.
The actual Council meeting finally started late at 1:34:05. It lasted less than 14 minutes with much of the time taken up with Trustee comments. Yep, short meetings are back.