By: Diane Benjamin
So far this fiscal year the federal government has spent $1.61 TRILLION more than it collected in taxes. That is why inflation will continue.
That didn’t stop Normal from applying for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. They want $100,000 and will find out in November is they get it. Normal taxpayers will be matching it:
The Council spent 41 minutes before the council meeting hearing an update on the Public Art they included in the budget. Public comment had a long line of art supporters.
The actual council meeting doesn’t start until 59:00 on the video.
Congrats Normal: All the microphones worked! They also added in some overhead video of the council.
Kathleen Lorenz voted against the 1 year extension for the parking lot paving. She wants the full weight of government brought down against the property owners since they had 5 years to comply. She was the only one. Koos said the developer(s) would comply. If Climate Change was real Koos wouldn’t want the two parking lots paved – that will require fossil fuels!
See her comments starting at 1:04:40.
Kathleen tried again with the cannabis ordinance changes. She wanted to limit the number of dispensaries in Normal to 4. See 1:28:42. The rules don’t apply anymore pertaining to how long a Trustee can speak, she got way longer than what Koos’ previous rules were. Her amendment failed, only Scott Preston voted with her. Lorenz mentioned limiting the number would help staff not have the measure every possible location which could be as many as 8. The rest are in love with the tax revenue evidently.
Keep in mind a dispensary can not be located in Uptown. Alcohol is for sale in Uptown, more hypocrisy by those who claimed it’s a legal product and shouldn’t be re-litigated. (Kevin McCarthy)
Bloomington put a limit of 2 in when they passed their original ordinance.
Normal had an Executive Session too but they didn’t let the video run so we don’t know how late they were there.