By: Diane Benjamin
I’m losing track of how many meetings have been held to discuss the June flooding. Tonight is part 4? 5? Not sure!
I hope everything that has already been discussed is skipped, presentations have a habit of showing the same slides over and over and then adding a couple new ones at the end. Citizens want to know when the combined sewer problems are going to get fixed!
The most troubling part is a council initiative by Ward 7 alderman Molly Ward:
Molly thinks the City should compensate homeowners who had sewage backup in their basements. The City did get millions from the feds, Ward is likely eying it.
If the City pays people aren’t they admitting the sewage is their fault?
Over 500 claims were filed with the City’s insurance company, will payments be restricted to sewage only? If this was an “Act of God” flood, why is water flooding not included?
Mollie wants the City to discriminate based on income level? So, if household income is less than let’s say $30,000 they get money, if it’s $30,100 they don’t?
If the City decides to discriminate based on income, other assistance, and insurance coverage every claim will need to be assessed individually. It will take many hours of staff time to review claims and the program could easily devolve into “who you know”.
Paying people for “Acts of God” sets a precedence that will require payments for all future “Acts of God”.
Bloomington has known for decades the infrastructure needs updated. Past City Managers and staff kicked that can with the blessing of past Councils. New gifts to citizens are more exciting than maintenance. That’s why the west side is getting a water park instead of just a new pool.
Local elections determine what government you have. Keep in mind Jeff Crabill voted against moving forward with fixing sewers: https://blnnews.com/2021/08/06/crabill-is-the-eastgate-hero-not-so-fast/
Social Justice warriors aren’t going to vote for essential services. Past councils got union buddies elected so they would have work, that’s how you got the Coliseum.
Government should be boring. It is not their job to entertain you, redistribute wealth, or create jobs. Voting for candidates who feel otherwise created this disaster. Not voting in local elections is the real crime!
The first job of government is to preserve freedom and liberty for future generations. Their second job is essential services citizens can not do for themselves: roads, police, fire, water, sewers.
Instead, citizens will be gifted with an updated library and a water park. Lots of citizens won’t be able to read in their basements however.
Sewage in homes is a disaster. It does prove why government must be limited. Limited government would have fixed the sewers because it understands that is their job. Progressives always dream up new instead. How about not voting for them from now on?