By: Diane Benjamin
If anybody still reads the Pantagraph, they have what looks more like a hit piece against the City of Bloomington than reporting: http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/trespass-some-lake-residents-may-lose-their-boat-docks/article_3263bf43-a08b-5c85-90d3-5314b7417024.html
Some of the people making comments on the Pantagraph site are clueless!
Homeowners on Lake Bloomington are leasing the land – Bloomington owns it. They are paying property taxes to Bloomington – the big difference is they have no representation on the Council.
When I moved to this area in 1980, Bloomington-Normal was a hick town. Route 51 was a two lane road. There was nothing east of Veterans Parkway and most of the luxury houses on Lake Bloomington didn’t exist. The area consisted of lots of summer homes people used before air conditioning and fishing shacks.
Few homes were lived in year-around. I don’t think it’s hard to believe that verbal agreement for docks was given to some people decades ago. I hope the Council is smart enough to realize that. I hope the department heads Hales hired from out-of-state realize that too. Penalizing homeowners of decades old docks would show the City has no interest in anything but tyranny.
The problem, according to a resident I talked to, is people who have constructed docks without permission on City property when they have no adjacent property. One person even constructed a dock and put a No Trespassing sign on it:
Will the Council be clueless or think for themselves?
That answer will show how far left the Council will operate for the next 2 years.