“To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.”
Submitted by Name: blush building owner
Comments: It is unfair to accuse the mayor of doing favors for political pals at least "favors" related to the "Blush" building. Damon is not doing a favor for a political ally. The city is trying to cooperate with one or two concerned citizens- that is a good thing. The project underway is installation of whats called bird spikes-meant to keep pigeons and other birds from roosting on the side of buildings and causing problems with droppings in front of businesses. The idea originated with Nathan who owns Village Bookstore. Certainly he is not at fault for trying to address what used to be a random, rare issue with one bird here or there. However, this year the problem has spread to several buildings on the south side of Main Street and its a mess.
The plan is for the city to be supportive of concerned building owners- the owners pays for the spikes and the city installs them. A polite email was sent from the mayors office to downtown building owners offering the support. Either the problem isn't an issue elsewhere, or owners dont care. FYI the city was gracious enough to confirm that only two building owners have asked for installation assistance.
The owner of the Blush building considered the idea however, when researching and gathering facts it was clear that pigeon spikes might create more of a problem than simply identifying the underlying cause and correcting that issue. Pigeon spikes can in many cases (not all) make the problem much worse. As far as the political favors- I am the owner of the Blush building- my name is Tami Hagemier and I assure you I hold the mayor accountable for many things- but it is not fair to accuse Damon and his administration of any wrong doing or political favoritism in this situation. Ill send JB some photos of pigeon spikes - building owners should do their own research- lets hope these spikes dont encourage roosting instead of deter it. tams
Added: August 18, 2016 11:35:39 AM
Submitted by Name: Jerry Tatman From: Madison
Comments: It appears a few of the City Councilmen have concerns of the Trilogy - Senior Center, I commend them for speaking up and having concerns as this on the Ram Rod path from the City.At least fact based documents are available for everyone to make their own judgement, and for council to vote their conscience. We will have to see how the vote turns out, this could be very interesting.
Added: August 18, 2016 10:06:16 AM
Submitted by Name: Downtown work?
Comments: What's the city doing to Blush and the bookstore .looks like favors for political friends
Added: August 18, 2016 09:42:25 AM
Submitted by Name: Larry Henry
Comments: The documents that JB is sharing about the Senior Center were received via Indiana Code 5-14-3 which covers public documents . They show that the process of the proposed moving of the Senior Center to the Trilogy site has been in motion for quite awhile with Architect work beginning November of 2015. By the way, I had requested a copy of any contract with Universal Design with the City and have been told by the City there is none.
Other documents are a press release Trilogy did on opening River Terrace and Mayor Welch is quoted. Another is the Notice of Intent from the Mayor the first time around. Key line : The Project includes the following work items rehabilitation of an existing space in within a senior facility into a PUBLIC senior citizen facility. That wording is also in the new letter of Notice of Intent for this grant dated 8-17-16.
There is another document that I have sent JB that I somehow didn't include and it is from the ABC Community Revitalization Plan which you can find on the City website. It would be page 84 there. It shows minutes of a meeting September 2, 2015 where the statement was made that the Senior Center IS vacating the current location and moving to the old hospital.
In all fairness, Mayor Welch did say on Tuesday during the public hearing that he had discussed this possibility with Trilogy for quite some time. The documentation presented here gives some insight into what has been taking place during that discussion.
Added: August 18, 2016 09:20:19 AM
Submitted by Name: Really From: madison
Comments: There may not be any Kick Back's in maintaining a building, but with Trilogy?? Remember when DUMBO wanted to give $200,000 to a couple from Vevay to restore Elk's Building and the couple did not own Elk's Building.
Added: August 18, 2016 08:11:21 AM
Submitted by Name: Sherry Chapo From: Deputy E-mail: Contact
Comments: WHY: for the same reason our schools are in such disrepair. By neglecting maintenance, administrators/politicians can claim the buildings are beyond repair and get a taxpayer paid upgrade to benefit their political benefactors ... and then name it after themselves.
Added: August 17, 2016 06:11:05 PM
Submitted by Name: S.O.S. (or Save Our Senior center)
Comments: The biggest problem I have with the seniors being moved to the Trilogy facility is that it appears they had no input into the decision. Seniors expressed their opposition (to those who would listen or cared to ask) to this entire project but it's fallen on deaf ears. Our seniors are opposed to relocating to the Trilogy facility!! If anyone doesn't know it, it's because he/she isn't listening!
Some questioned the meeting time yesterday of 4:30 pm and how people could attend it at that time of the day. Truly, I would bet that whether there was opposition expressed or not, it would still be approved.
It sincerely appears this decision was made well before 4:30 pm yesterday. Sad, and another example of why there is no trust of our local government. Sigh...
Added: August 17, 2016 03:19:52 PM
Submitted by Name: Why From: Madison
Comments: Just wondering since the city owns the current Senior facility WHY has it gone into such disrepair?
Added: August 17, 2016 01:11:48 PM
Submitted by Name: Giddy Yup
Comments: Ooooh Aaaah a $700,000 dance floor that we have to rent back to ourselves. Will the wonders never cease? It just makes me giddy with anticipation.
Added: August 17, 2016 08:13:56 AM
Submitted by Name: The Facts
Comments: The sellout of Seniors has been going on for quite some time. In the ABC One Madison Community Revitalization Plan there are minutes from a September 2, 2015 meeting of "Stakeholder Groups and the Project Steering Committee. Under Redevelopment Opportunities it says "The Senior Citizen center is vacating the current location and moving to the old hospital."
It doesn't say might, possibly, could, maybe it says IS. This was a year ago. Oh, and just a above that you can see what may be going there..moving the Visitors Center to Main Street.