By: Diane Benjamin
Kathleen Lorenz and Scott Preston didn’t bother to show up. Maybe they know their presence isn’t necessary.
Two items of note from the meeting:
- Karyn Smith is now the only person who pulls items from the Omnibus agenda. One item was the 3rd streets contract to come to council this year. Celebrate now – the Town is fixing a whopping 4.5 centerline miles of road. According to this document, Normal has 181 miles of roads: https://www.normalil.gov/DocumentCenter/View/20457/Town-of-Normal-Pavement-Rating-Report_FINAL_20220711 Centerline miles ignore the width, the above document doesn’t say how the 181 miles is calculated. See 5:13
- The salary and benefits listed for a housing navigator cover 2 years. If the navigator proves to be essential, further funding will be revisited. (Normal-$55,000 Bloomington-$71,000) See 9:00
The navigator needed 4 votes to pass. Since Lorenz and Preston were absent and Chemberly Harris recused herself (she is on the Mid Central Community Action Board), they only had 4 voting members. Squeaked it by.
I hope Normal taxpayers realize they are billed by the Town so the Cultural Arts Department can provide free entertainment to the entire area, including a drag show: https://blnnews.com/2023/06/19/free-drag-show/
After the short meeting various members bloviated for a few more minutes. Enjoy: