NORMAL, Ill. — Normal Town Council Member Stan Nord paid the sanitary sewer “tap-on” activation fee for land he bought in 2017.
Nord tells WMBD, holding off on the payment, wasn’t a matter of saving money, but rather, standing for something in which he believes he is right.
Earlier this month, Nord told the council he wouldn’t pay the $11,904 “tap on” fee, because they should have collected it from one of the many previous owners.
Nord purchased the property for $1 million, but town officials say they didn’t collect the fee earlier because previous owners did not file a plat before developing the property. After threatening to take this matter to court, he eventually paid but says this is only the beginning of the argument.
“Paying this fee, takes my conflict of interest off the table,” said Nord. “It allows me to be involved in the change necessary, through an administrative process, instead of through a court process. This is so ghost charges do not cloud the title of other properties in Normal.”
Nord went on to say he hopes this will cause other people to learn to voice their opinions on issues that don’t seem right. He says he will now turn his attention to fixing parts of the zoning codes to ensure this does not happen to anyone ever again.