By: Diane Benjamin
If you’ve been dying to learn all about Bloomington’s sewer system, this meeting was for you. Of course being a civil engineer would have helped understand it. The meeting was 2 hours and 28 minutes long, most of it was the presentation.
Mollie Ward’s Council initiative doesn’t happen until 2:09:55. According to City Code Council Initiatives have three options for Council to consider:
The Council was not allowed to consider Option #1 and Option #3. City Attorney Jeff Jurgens suggested making a motion, Ward charged ahead with committing staff time to come up with money to pay people. She called it their moral obligations as public servants. It is easy to commit other people’s money!
There was very little discussion as to whether it is the duty of taxpayers to pay the people who suffered damages, some with basement walls caved in. What happens if staff comes back and says it would be illegal for the City to hand out tax dollars to specific individuals? The vote went Molly’s way with Jamie Mathy joined the social justice warriors (Ward, Emig, Crabill, Carrillo)
There are non-profits who should have been contacted. I went on a mission trip to Cedar Rapid Iowa a few years ago when they had even worse flooding than Bloomington. My team worked on a house of an elderly couple who had already scooped all the mud out of their basement one bucket at a time. We helped clean what was left and worked on the first floor that also flooded as well as landscaping that washed away. It only took a few days to make their house livable again. Where are Bloomington’s volunteers? Where are the businesses (that weren’t forced to close during COVID and therefore made a fortune) donating materials? Has anyone asked?
Government’s job isn’t charity, as a minister Molly Ward should know that. Jesus never called on Rome to help the downtrodden. Open your Bible Molly instead of the taxpayers pockets.
Refer back to this story for more reasons why this is a bad idea: https://blnnews.com/2021/08/16/bloomington-on-dangerous-ground/
Maybe if scenes like below didn’t exist so much flooding could be avoided. It’s obviously been there a long time.
Just hit play to hear Molly Ward: