NORMAL, Ill. — Normal council member Stan Nord is speaking out after Normal Mayor Chris Koos sent a letter to Bloomington city leaders claiming Nord discussed a merger between two local fire departments and tried to recruit a Bloomington business to Uptown Normal.
According to WGLT, Koos says Nord met with Bloomington Fire Chief Brian Mohr to discuss merging the Bloomington and Normal Fire Departments.
Koos went on to say the concept of a merger has been studied by both Bloomington and Normal and has proven to be untenable.
WMBD reached out to Stan Nord on these accusations and here’s what he had to say…
“It wasn’t something that was supposed to be publicized, or that I intended to be publicized. I was not trying to hide behind it, I was just interested in, if there was a chance to rekindle the conversation,” Nord said. “Public safety is something you should always re-look at, especially when life safety issues with fire and EMS are measured in fractions of a minute. If that can ever be improved, saving one life is worth having this conversation again and again.
Nord is also accused of trying to get a Bloomington business to move onto the second floor of Uptown One, which is currently occupied by the Town of Normal, engineering, planning and inspections staff.
Koos says Bloomington nor Normal try to recruit beyond its borders, WGLT reported.
“Regarding the business, that contacted me, about some space… they contacted me about property in Normal,” said Nord. “They were looking for property in both Bloomington and Normal, they asked me who they should speak with about a property in Normal… after I learned of their interest I immediately contacted the city manager and contacted the mayor per protocol.”
WMBD reached out to Koos but he was unavailable.