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Normal Town Council

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The head of the Bloomington Normal Economic Development Council thinks the full scope of a financial crisis from the COVID-19 outbreak may not be known for a few months.

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal
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City councils in Bloomington and Normal will be considering emergency ordinances on Monday to help them more swiftly respond to COVID-19.

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An iconic city manager of Normal has died at the age of 82.

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Several Town of Normal employees will get their semiannual cost of living raises, but Council Member Stan Nord says it’s a bad look for the town in the current economic climate.

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Normal Town Council member Kathleen Lorenz fears one of her colleague’s defiance of zoning regulations has set a “very, very bad precedent.”

Pam Reece
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The Town of Normal is proceeding with plans to halt water shutoffs and delay a scheduled utility and waste fee increase in response to potential economic ramifications from the coronavirus pandemic.

"As we know, this situation is going to have significant economic impact," City Manager Pam Reece said during Monday's Town Council meeting. "We just don't know to what extent."

Planning Commissioners meet
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Members of the Planning Commission in Normal expressed skepticism of Town Council member Stan Nord even as they unanimously suggested approval for a site plan for his property.

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A contingency figure left out of the Town of Normal budget for the past three years has been reintroduced.

Containers set up at 2012 W. College Ave.
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Town of Normal officials contend town council member Stan Nord continues to expand a business on his property in defiance of town zoning rules.

Pam Reece listens
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Normal City Manager Pam Reece received a salary increase Monday, along with plenty of praise from Town Council members.

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Work on a new apartment complex near the Illinois State University campus could begin as soon as May, according to property owners.

Design of new building
Town of Normal

Property owners who want to demolish three aging student apartments and build a new complex are expected to face opposition Monday when their plans go in front of the Normal Town Council.

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It may still be a while until recreational cannabis sales begin in Bloomington-Normal.

University Galleries exterior
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Illinois State University’s Uptown art gallery has a new five-year lease, but some Normal Town Council members aren’t pleased with the terms.

Storage containers
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UPDATED 4:30 P.M. | Town of Normal officials confimed Monday the town has receieved a site plan request for development at 2012 W. College Ave.  

City Planner Mercy Davison said the request was submitted on Friday afternoon. She said town staff will review the request and will place it on the town's Planning Commission agenda for March 5. 

Storage containers
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Town of Normal staff has asked Town Council Member Stan Nord to halt development on his property in west Normal for a business until the town approves a site plan he has yet to submit.

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Normal Town Council members and town staff agreed with an environmental group that the community needs better emergency plans for heat waves and polar vortexes.

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UPDATED 1:30 p.m. | Normal’s medical cannabis dispensary wants to sell recreational cannabis too.

Town Council meeting
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Normal Town Council member Stan Nord said he believes the town’s membership in the McLean County Chamber of Commerce could produce conflicts of interest.  

Kathleen sitting at a meeting
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Normal Town Council member Kathleen Lorenz said she embraces her status as a potential swing vote on the council on a number of issues.

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Town of Normal

The Normal Town Council took the first step toward a new budget Monday night with the approval of a six-year Community Investment Plan.

Stan Nord
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What happened when 65 Normal residents and town council members sat down to talk about how the town should plan for the next 15 years?

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Normal Public Works Director Wayne Aldrich said there is still a long complex road ahead before an underpass could connect Uptown and Uptown South.

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The zoning amendment that will go before the Normal Town Council for consideration Nov. 18 would allow cannabis-related businesses to locate in the town — with restrictions.

Stan Nord speaking at Normal Town Council
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The Normal Town Council on Monday narrowly approved a draft proposal that would keep the property tax levy flat for next year after several members said they could support a one-year hiatus from accelerated payments to fully fund the town’s police and fire pensions by 2040.

Normal City Hall
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Town of Normal staff estimate increased retirement contributions could cost the owner of the typical home an extra $37 in property taxes next year.

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Normal Town Council members confronted their poor working relationship and the lack of trust between them head-on during a contentious retreat Friday.

Kathleen and Scott listen
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An intended stand on principle switched to a measure of practicality for Scott Preston during Monday’s Normal Town Council meeting, allowing plans for the Blackstone Trails subdivision to move forward.

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As Normal begins to consider how it wants to approach the upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana, Town Council members hope to get public input from the business and law enforcement communities.

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