As a result of spring actions by the Normal Community High School Bike2School movement, the Normal Town Council voted earlier than expected to extend the Constitution Trail along the north side of Raab Road, from Airport Road to the high school. The extension is funded through an appropriation of $180,000 from the town’s allotment of Motor Fuel Tax Funds.
The resolution passed, without prior discussion, as part of the Omnibus Vote Agenda. Councilmembers may pull items from the Omnibus Agenda to discuss and vote on them separately, but in this case did not.
Although no one dared to oppose the trail extension, Adam Nielsen hinted at a reluctance to support trail funding in closing remarks prior to adjournment. Mr. Nielsen suggested that if money was available for bicycle infrastructure, then the entire budget should be analyzed to step up road resurfacing projects.
Contradicting Nielsen’s argument, Pantagraph reporter, Mary Ann Ford, provides details to show that both Bloomington and Normal have recently committed more funds for the resurfacing of roads.
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