By Steve Robinson | October 1, 2018 - 10:50 pm
Posted in Category: Normal Town Council, The Normalite

NORMAL – Without discussion, Normal Town Council members unanimously approved appointing Nick Moran to fill a vacancy on the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority, the governing body which oversees Central Illinois Regional Airport.

Moran will fill a Board seat vacated by Beth Whisman, whose term expires on April 30, 2022. Moran has been employed at Commerce Bank for 17 years, currently in the position of vice president of the bank’s Commercial Banking Division based in Bloomington.

Among his community activities, Moran serves on the board of American Red Cross, president of 5Khaos, a charity obstacle race, and the marketing committee of Illinois Prairie Foundation. He also volunteers on the Parent Teacher Organization of Sugar Creek Elementary School. He was also a founding member of McLean County Chamber of Commerce’s young professionals group which was once known as NeXt Professionals.

A Lamont, Ill. native, Moran and his wife, Kathy, have three children, ages 5, 7, and 9.

Three Seats Up For Election, Two Candidates Announced: When voters go to the polls next spring to determine who will sit on Normal Town Council, there will be three seats to be voted for. Two one-term incumbents have said they will run again, while a third veteran has not announced his intentions as yet.

Kathleen Lorenz and R. C. McBride, elected in 2015, each have declared their intentions to run for second terms. Jeff Fritzen, who has served on the Council from 1983-1999, and then after a four-year hiatus, ran again in 2003, hasn’t announced whether he will run for what would be his fifth term this time around. If he seeks re-election, it would be for a ninth term.

“I have a genuine desire to continue to serve the community,” Lorenz said Monday. Having had four years of experience after winning what was Sonja Reece’s seat on the Council at the time, and growing and learning from being on Council during that time has enthused her to run again, she explained.

McBride said he was happy with what the Council has accomplished for the Town in the last four years, including being awarded a AAA Bond rating and a balanced budget. He also pointed to the Council passing a Welcoming Families ordinance and introducing multi-family recycling.

Candidates must file between Nov. 19-26, explained Town Clerk Angie Huonker, with petitions due in by 5p.m. on the last day to her office. Anyone wishing to file can get petitions from either her office at Normal City Hall or the McLean County Clerk’s Office, or Illinois State Board of Elections.

At this time, other than Lorenz and McBride, Huonker said, her office is not aware of any other candidates who have petitions out at this time. She said her office won’t know that until those candidates submit their petitions during the filing period.

Omnibus Agenda Items Approved: Omnibus agenda items approved by the Council included:

• Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of Sept. 17, 2018.

• Approval of Town of Normal expenditures for payment as of Sept.26, 2018.

• A resolution to accept water treatment chemical bids from November 2018 through October 2019.

• An ordinance granting a Special Use Permit for a temporary parking lot at 612 Kingsley.

• An ordinance granting a Special Use Permit for a temporary parking lot at 603 Dale.

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