By: Diane Benjamin
Thank Alderman Joni Painter and Mayor Tari Renner for the 30 MPH speed limit. The citizens of Bloomington paid for TWO studies of Hershey Road and BOTH were ignored.
The speed limit was lowered to 30 because of 100 signatures on a petition. The petition to change it back now has close to 700 signatures.
The first study was done in 2014 Knight E/A Inc. Since Hales can spend money up to $50,000 without Council approval, this study was probably never on the agenda for approval. If you forgot, that vote happened in 2015. See the story HERE. If you need more proof that Painter, Mwilambwe, Black and the rest of Council don’t represent citizens – that vote proves it. Stearns wanted the $50,000 lowered to $30,000. She was only supported by Kevin Lower.
Here’s what Knight recommended in their 293 page report:
See the entire report Here. Other roads are also included. I found this payment to Knight E/A:
This study wasn’t good enough, so in 2016 another study was done by Farnsworth. See that 27 page report HERE
ISD means Intersection Sight Distance. It’s harder to know how much this study cost taxpayers since Farnsworth is paid frequently for lots of projects. The Knight E/A study looks like it was paid from Motor Fuel Tax money, so I found this one paid to Farnsworth listing the same information:
Regardless of the cost – both of these studies were ignored. I wonder if Painter’s re-election has anything to do with her being able to put a speed limit question of the agenda when aldermen never have been able to before. Since she has nothing but voting for tax increases to run on, you decide.