Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What do you want Walnut St. to look like?

The City of Bloomington is gathering input to be used for designing the "streetscape" along Walnut St. between Fisrst and Third Streets. Isn't it great that they Asked?! You can take a quick survey by clicking on the title of this post or pointing your browser to www.bloomington.in.gov/walnutsurvey.

Friday, June 13, 2008

If you have suffered flood damage...

Monroe County city, town and county residents can call and report flood damage to the county emergency management agency until 4 p.m. Friday, June 20.

Call 349-2533 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Monroe County residents are also encouraged to report damage directly to FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), or 800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired.

Reporting can be done online at www.fema.gov.

When contacting FEMA, have the following information available, as stated on the agency’s Web site:
• Current phone number
• Address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying
• Social Security number, if available
• A general list of damages and losses you suffered
• If insured, the name of your company or agent and your policy number
• General financial information
• Bank account coding

In addition, if you have had flood water inside your home, the agency recommends the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for infomation on how to prevent health hazards due to mold. Go to www.epa.gov/mold or call (800) 438-4318.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Hearing - Rental property at 805 E. Hillside Dr

This is a reminder about the up-coming hearing for a variance to allow 2 rentals on 1 property in our neighborhood. I have included a brief summary of the details. It is an extremely bad idea to allow 2 rentals on 1 property and if this is allowed at one location in our neighborhood, it could open the flood gates for the rest of our neighborhood. This case is third on the tentative agenda.

There will be a follow-up meeting with the Plan Commission on June 26. Scott (our new VP) will be sending out a reminder notice, but do mark your calendars. We need to have a presence at the meetings to ensure the desires of the neighborhood are represented. I will NOT be able to attend the Plan Commission meeting!!!

Jan Sorby
Bryan Park Neighborhood

June 26, 2008 at 5:30 p.m.
UV-19-08 Tim Treahy 805 E. Hillside Dr.Request: Use variance to allow 2-units on a single-family lot.
Jan’s summary:
Rental House at 805 Hillside seeks support for 2 rentals on 1 property: Timothy Treahy (an out of town landlord) is requesting a variance from the City to allow 2 rentals on 1 property. Mr. Treahy owns multiple rentals in Bloomington. This single-family bungalow with detached garage apartment was purchased in 2005 for $124,000. Mr. Treahy was told by the seller that both the house and garage apartment had valid permits. He did not check with the city. He is now saying it is a hardship to not have the double income from this property. This property is now assessed at $198,200. He has suggested that if he does not get the variance he will break the property into two separate lots. However this would create a “land locked” parcel of land which is against code.