The Bloomington City Council wants citizens to believe everything is great, so great, the City Manager just got a huge raise.
Report from a citizen:
We are losing some very good neighbors on our block. They put their house up for sale and have already moved out. They showed me the gang activity in houses at 812 and 814 E. Jefferson Street also the house just east of her has 10 to 12 kids constantly running in yards throughout our neighborhood. The family bought a house over in Normal and are much happier.
Also we were devastated the other day when the next door neighbor told us that he was taking a job offer in Phoenix, Arizona and will be moving soon also his buddy is moving out. I told him I was jealous because Arizona is my favorite state it is so beautiful. He is a conservative like us, so when I explained the gun laws there – that he can do open or concealed carry – he was excited. We will really miss these guys, they were our allies on the block. They also pointed out to me the drug and gang activity at 812 and 814 E. Jefferson Street which I reported to Jack McQueen (police). He was also good at keeping those kids out of their back yard which in turn helped us to keep them out of our back yard. What we are concerned about now is when they move out these kids will take over that back yard next door to us at 817 E. Jefferson Street.
It does no good for me to call dispatch about that because when they ask if it is my back yard and I say no then they inform me that the tenant or owner must call even though it’s not these kid’s yard and they live three houses west of that house. Of course when they get in our yard then I can call or speak with their grandmother. So we are hoping for a good tenant to move in next door because I will explain this ongoing problem to them and we can keep them out.
The neighborhood is changing and not for the better.