By Steve Robinson | April 1, 2019 - 10:40 pm
Posted in Category: Normal Town Council

NORMAL – A Normal resident’s attempt to expedite having Normal Town Council members approve a final plat of property he owns in a subdivision evolved into a disagreement over a fee the Town charges for sewer rates which, the resident and the Town admit should have been paid by the property’s prior owner.

The matter was further complicated by the fact that the resident lodging the complaint is also currently a candidate for an open seat on the Normal Town Council.

Stan Nord, one of nine candidates seeking to take a seat on the Council, accompanied by his attorney, Ryan Powers, addressed Council members during Monday’s regular Council session in Council Chambers on the fourth floor of Uptown Station, informed Council members he refuses to pay a sanitary sewer tap-in activation fee of $6,700 for land he owns at 2012 W. College Ave. Nord bought the property in 2017 and contends he won’t pay a fee that otherwise would have already been for before now when sewer service was activated for that area.

Brian Day, Corporation Counsel for the Town, explained fees stay in place and don’t “go away” even when the Town doesn’t collect such fees from previous owners of the property. He added Nord was aware of the cost of the fees because Nord exchanged emails with the Town about them.

Nord said if he were to take the situation into the courts, it would set a precedent for Normal being accused of charging “ghost charges.” Koos countered that, calling that notion “ridiculous” and “a wild accusation.”

With a 6-1 vote, Council members voted to send the matter to the Normal Planning Commission to review. Council Member Chemberly Cummings cast the lone opposing vote. Following the meeting, Nord told reporters the fact this matter came before the Council now was a coincidence. He added had it come up were he to be seated on the Council as a result of winning election, he would excuse himself from any Council discussion about it.

Nord is one of six residents who were running for an open seat on the Council with Council Member Jeff Fritzen’s decision last fall not to seek another term. Incumbents R. C. McBride and Kathleen Lorenz were also running each for a second term on the Council.

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

• Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held on March 18, 2019.

• Approval of Town of Normal expenditures for payment as of March 27, 2019.

• A resolution authorizing the execution of a three-year agreement with St. Louis, Mo.-based Gateway Fireworks Displays for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display.

• A resolution to accept bids and award a contract to Bloomington-based Stark Excavating, Inc. in the amount of $330,973.02 for the Underwood Park and Maxwell Park parking lots project, including the base bid, alternate 1 and alternate 2, and a related budget adjustment of $16,827.02.

• A resolution to award the bid for the Bryan Street water main replacement project to Bloomington-based George Gildner, Inc. at a total cost of $184,487 plus up to a potential $15,000 bonus for early completion.

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