By: Diane Benjamin
The City of Bloomington is selling this property for $5,000 tonight. The house was condemned years ago, the City tore is down for $9,690.00. The address is 206 N Dorrah. PDF page 54 http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=12802
The sale was advertised in the Pantagraph, the City needs to find a new way to publicize sales since few people still subscribe to the paper. The minimum bid was $5,000, only 1 person bid. Instead of the money going into the General Fund, the City is adding it to the Community Block Grant Fund (CBG) they get from the Federal government. President Trump wants to end CBG funds since it’s a slush fund for City’s to fund local projects of their choice and provide payoffs to friends. CBG funds were used to tear it down, so they probably think they are replacing those funds.
In a special session before the Council meeting, Alderman Amelia Buragas is bringing a proposal to Council. She wants a Transportation Advisory Committee. She is joined by Aldermen Black, Schmidt, and former alderman Fruin.
According to the documentation:
Of course, the mayor will only appoint people who agree with the MASTER PLAN and want it implemented. Traffic calming is forcing you to drive slower. Think 30 miles an hour on Hershey road. Think eliminating vehicle lanes in favor of bike lanes.
The City socialists would never refer to websites with common sense, but they should. The website below has 10 things government should never do because it creates many more problems than it solves.
Alderman Buragas’s proposal violates 8-10. Maybe when driving in Bloomington gets even worse than pothole filled roads, people will start paying attention.
8. It’s a bike lane project that reduces the number of lanes for automobiles. Many cities are attempting to encourage cycling while simultaneously discouraging driving by converting auto lanes to bike lanes, such as by changing a four-lane street to a two-lane street with a center left-turn lane and two bike lanes. This probably doesn’t increase bicycle safety, but it does increase traffic congestion. It is nearly alway possible to find parallel local streets that can be turned into bicycle boulevards without impeding through or local auto traffic. All bicycle projects that reduce the capacity of arterial or collector streets to move automobiles are boondoggles.
9. It can’t be paid for out of user fees. The primary beneficiaries of all transportation projects are the transportation users. Paying for transportation out of user fees is equitable since it is only fair for users to pay for what they use. More important, user fees send signals to both users and transportation providers informing users of when and where travel is most cost effective and informing providers of where new transportation facilities might be needed. User fees also impose a discipline on both providers and users that prevents boondoggles from taking place. Any transportation facility that can’t be paid for out of user fees is a boondoggle.
10. It doesn’t generate increased travel or shipping. Anti-highway groups complain that new roads “induce” more driving, and they think that is a bad thing. They advocate instead for transit projects whose users were former auto drivers. They have it backwards. Transportation projects that merely transfer users from one mode of travel to another more expensive mode are a drag on society. Projects that generate new travel create new economic opportunities. Only by generating new travel can projects stimulate economic development. Given a choice between projects that can be paid for out of user fees, the ones that generate the most new travel should be funded first.
The downward death spiral will continue.