By: Diane Benjamin
Back in 2012 the City Council passed an Action Plan: http://www.cityblm.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=4445 See page 10
What this means to you as a citizen
- Reliable utility services necessary for daily life
- Efficient traffic flow throughout the city
- Smooth rides on quality, well-maintained streets
- Customer-friendly, easily accessible city facilities and buildings
- City investing in the future of the community
- Better quality roads and sidewalks
- Quality water for the long term
- Functional, well-maintained sewer collection system
- Well-designed, well-maintained City facilities emphasizing productivity and customer service
- Investing in the City’s future through a realistic, funded capital improvement program
From the 2016 Budget – Book 1 – page 31
- Goal 1: Financially Sound City Providing Quality Basic Service
- Goal 2: Upgrade City Infrastructure and Facilities
- Goal 3: Grow the Local Economy
- Goal 4: Strong Neighborhoods
- Goal 5: Prosperous Downtown Bloomington
- Goal 6: Great Place to Live-Livable, Sustainable City
City staff spent many hours developing the original Action Plan. City staff spent many hours developing the 2016 budget. Both stressed the importance of good roads. So how much money is proposed to be spent on roads? Remember, the ONLY money spent on roads last year was borrowed: $10,000,000.
From the 2016 Budget – Book 1 – Page 38
Draft Street Master Plan to be 50% complete by April 30, 2015.
Present Draft Street Master Plan to Council in FY 2016 – (1) funding plan based on the Bloomington Local Motor Fuel Tax ($.04/gallon = approx $1 million/yr), City’s allocation of the State MFT ($.185/gal = approx $2 million/yr), general tax revenue
See page 106:
General Fund transfer to Capital Improvement $ 2,400,000 Local Motor Fuel Tax for resurfacing
The $2,400,000 is probably the $1 million they expect to receive and what has been received since the tax began, but then government doesn’t clearly state what they mean. Maybe part is what is referred to above as general tax revenue.
The planned spending on roads mostly comes from Motor Fuel Taxes – the local part didn’t exist before the Council passed it last year. The local and State taxes only amount to an estimated $3,000,000. I looks like the City found another $1,400,000 – making the total maybe 4,400,000. I’m sure budget meetings will clarify exactly how much spending is planned, but it’s not close to what was spent last year.
$10 Million didn’t fix many streets last year. $3 – $4 + Million will fix a lot less.
A reader had a vehicle damaged after her son hit a pothole in Bloomington.
She requested information from the City for repairs. The response below came from the City’s Claim’s Adjuster:
|From: Betty McCain [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, February 16, 2015 10:07 AM
I investigate each and every pothole damage claim file filed. There is no automatic payment just because you hit a pothole on a City owned/maintained street.If the City has prior notice in their database that the pothole in question had already been reported, then I look to see when it was reported to the City. The City by ordinance is allowed a reasonable period of time in which to repair the pothole once the pothole has been reported to them. Each claim file stands on its own merits and there is no cookie-cutter handling of these type claims. If the City had no prior constructive notice in their database that the pothole was reported and/or existed, they cannot be held legally responsible for any damage sustained after hitting said pothole.
I trust this answers your question.
Betty McCain SCLA â€“ Senior Claims Adjuster
PO Box 291327 â€“ Nashville TN 37229
Office phone: (309) 434-2382 Office fax: (309) 434-2962
Report potholes using this email address: [email protected]
Tell your Alderman and the Mayor to stop wasting staff time and tax dollars creating Master Plans. They are a meaningless and a waste of money.
Downtown is listed as goal #5 on both the 2012 plan and the 2016 budget. Ask your Alderman and Mayor why #5 is prioritized over infrastructure.