The Normal Town Council has approved a special use permit, despite a zoning board of appeals recommendation against it. The permit's for a church to operate a food pantry. Neighbors had complained during an appeals board hearing last month that the pantry was a poor fit for the residential area. Initially the pantry is planning to operate by appointment, but Calvary Baptist Church, which owns the property at 406 West Summit, does want flexibility to expand hours of service. Residents living near-by continued last night to argue their neighborhood was a poor location for a food pantry. Councilman Cheryl Gaines chastised one Summit Street neighbor for remarking about the pantry attracting "those people." The council also approved the use of a municipal judge, who would hear some minor cases that now go to McLean County court. Parking ticket appeals, property code violations, and other municipal issues would be heard by the officer.
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