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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.




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Why do certain members of the Regatta 'wheels' committee think they have the right to use the property for their campers that houses the Regatta office to use for their personal pleasure during the Ribberfest. This property is owned by the City of Madison.

Added: August 16, 2017 11:01:56 PM
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Apparently we need handicap accessible ramps to all our downtown business 100% of which are on the ground floor with easyaccess from the sidewalk. I can't think of a single building that you need a ramp to get into. What do you think they'll really use the money for if they can scam it out if this contest? Maybe all those druggies, suicidal angry people will be gathering downtown in popcorn alley for evening concerts and side walk chit chats can use the ramps to sit on out in front of all those businesses that close at 4 or 5.

Make Downtown Accessible
City, State:Madison, IN
Type of Cause:Safety
Submitted By:Victoria Perry
To make the navigation of Downtown Madison safer for visitors with physical disabilities.

When the historic buildings of Downtown Madison were constructed, there was no legislation regarding the accessibility of buildings. As a result, many downtown buildings are still without access ramps - making entering and exiting these buildings either treacherous or impossible for visitors who are physically disabled. These visitors either run the risk of injuring themselves or others if they attempt to enter the building, or they avoid the risk and then have to watch as others enjoy a location that they will never have the opportunity to visit. Even with the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are still far too many buildings that do not meet the necessary standards.


Added: August 16, 2017 10:26:54 PM
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Here's how the downtown historic preservation group called Main Street describes our hometown in a contest to earn 25 thousand bucks. What a bunch of hypocrites. They stand in front of local government and talk about what a perfect place and then to get some cash they spill the beans in a nationwide contest . Looks like we are all azzholes according to them.

a place where community can occur

City, State:Madison, IN
Type of Cause:Community Development
Submitted By:Victoria Perry
To create togetherness in a disconnected community.

In a community of 12,000 residents, there is a disproportionate number of suicides and substance abuse victims. The residents of Madison, Indiana have lost touch with one another. We have become distant, unattached, and unaware of the very real struggles that the person next to us is facing.


Added: August 16, 2017 10:16:17 PM
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Ok who out there is stealing the bee food?

Added: August 16, 2017 03:29:44 PM
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I want to state that mowing the 'weeds' along and between highway lanes takes away food that birds, butterflies and other NEEDED insects, i.e. bees need. Indirectly mankind needs these animals to survive.

Added: August 16, 2017 12:40:05 PM
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Yes the Elks building has sold- yes it was Crusifili but the name is under a business name not her & her husband's name. That is not an uncommon practice & is often used to limit personal liability & protect ones home & retirement from possible legal action. Her decision is an excellent choice for a property development project from a business point of view. This post is meant to convey that I & many others join the majority of the community in a collective sigh of relief that someone is finally going to attempt to do something with the burned out building. However, attempts to cover the fact that the new owners may receive tax money to help finance their project has been met with great disappointment & in some cases anger. Perhaps there is no covert effort to shift city tax dollars, TIF dollars or even stellar (state) tax dollars to the project. We will keep you informed. Until then- this is good news.

The Tack Factory sale is/was to close shortly despite its contamination. Yes, there have been letters sent opposing putting a low income multi-residential unit in a neighborhood that has worked hard to improve their area quality of place. It is just as likely that your local dollars acquired by the "redevelopment commission" will be used to help this project. And yes, everyone knows that low income housing is not economic development; we also know it was neither fair nor nice to not at least consult area residents before adding a large low income unit in their neighborhood.

The falsification of transcripts & altering of school records continues and it continues with the knowledge of the interim superintendent. The reason the state did not take official action against the first filling was because the grade alteration was & remains "institutionalized" meaning the school board, principals & teachers knew and/or participated despite knowing such behavior was unethical & illegal. An exploratory committee is being formed to evaluate possible candidates for the upcoming 2018 fall school board election. This is new information & JB has asked we follow the committee closely & work with them as they attempt to review & recruit possible candidates. I will post contacts names of members in the event any reader wishes to consider a run for school board & would like to speak to the committee. I am told this committee has funding to support "qualified candidates". So far the only qualification that I have heard is "Don't be like Joyce Imel". I am sure there are more or at least hope so.

I too hear rumors the republicans are considering what has been described as one of the best choices they could ever make to fill the vacant city council seat. I'll believe it when I see it. I have heard several names. Lets hope the local GOP chooses well.

Larry Henry attended last nights public meeting (some call "dog and pony show" others "Cooks scam")None the less, I'll ask Larry to convey his understanding of the evenings events & comments. On a positive note all 3 county commissioners were present. Commissioner Schafer asked an important question about funds being taken from the county budget for the TIF zone. The tif zone is meant to spur economic development- but the new proposed zone does not include the downtown industry & manufacturing properties.

Thank you for all the texts, emails and phone calls. Have a great day everyone.


Added: August 16, 2017 11:55:29 AM
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The proposed extension of the TIF zone (tax incremental finance zone) continues forward. Proposed maps, project list, meeting minutes & videos indicate the oddly shaped zone, which is connected by only a sliver of land along the railroad incline, appears not so much for "economic development" but rather to shuffle funding from the existing zone to downtown proposed projects (or pipe dreams depending on ones view). The word being tossed about to describe the TIF expansion is "SCAM".

The list of projects includes investing in renovation of the Cotton Mill which currently houses an abundant array of rodents,transient homeless & the occasional meth lab. The Cotton Mill was once ex-mayor Al Huntingtons pet project that collapsed when his hand picked developer stripped the building of valuable old timber, abandoned the property & "took the money & ran".

The tack factory on the west end near first street & the Heritage Trail is also targeted as a possible recipient for free tax dollars. The factory is a brownfield site -currently contaminated with cyanide- which may or may not have been re-mediated (cleaned-up). The housing project is more honestly described as as multi-unit, low income housing. I have no idea if the city, stellar folks or TIF board bothered to reach out & accept neighborhood feedback.

The new police station will be in the proposed expanded zone. Maybe the city can use TIF tax dollars to compensate for their poor decision making regarding relocating the department to an overpriced, poorly maintained structure that is already several hundreds of thousands over budget.

The south end of the proposed trail connector is included in the zone- just in case people do not want to walk the tree lined paths that lead to waterfalls at Clifty Park or stroll lovely Big Oaks Wildlife Refuge and instead prefer to stroll along 421 capturing the beauty of speeding cars & concrete roadway along with the occasional overgrown weeds in the median. In addition the "trail" proudly includes several city streets & sidewalks on the hilltop providing outstanding views of some of Madison's most stunning moderate & low income houses & magnificent hikes across busy city intersections. Of course the property owners at the north end of Hatcher Hill have asked that trail hikers not park in their front yards or drive. To solve that problem the trail planners opted to restrict parking to the south entrance only - where again, you get a great view of concrete, streets & low income homes while strolling along beautiful highway 421 & meandering down Mulberry Street. Along the way a great rest stop could be one of Madison's most desirable entertainment destinations the Central Bar & Hotel. If you are exhausted from your "trailing" you can even rent a sleeping room for the night, week & I am told even hour. I believe they have showers down the hall.

Main Street from Broadway to Walnut Street is included, presumably to fund 2nd &3d floor renovations of downtown business properties for apartments (Huntington attempted the rehab idea his last term awarding funds to some of his better friends & supporters) or perhaps facade improvements especially along the scenic Mulberry trail street. However, one of the largest concentration of downtown historic residences & building is also included - possibly so elected officials can establish a program to fund home owner improvements/neighborhood improvements under the guise of economic development with the usual statement that the historic district is a huge tourist attraction. I've also told the moon is made of cheese.

Although not part of the tourist district Walnut Street has been included in the proposed expansion possibly to fund the "underground railroad" park. The less than 20 committed supporters & even fewer donors have a strong passion to see a bust honoring a local underground railroad activist erected in a grassy contaminated field in one of Madison's most unstable & poorest neighborhoods. Those few organizers have decided their passion should be converted to your public obligation. The plan is for the city to "take over" the "park" & its grassy field, locked gates & memorial bust and for taxpayers to add the "underground railroad" park to tax dollar obligations. Or the city might use your tax dollars for cleaning up the Walnut St area with nice sidewalks (home owners wont have to pay like you did), new street lights & possibly even attractive banners with pictures of a bust on them.

I have no idea what economic development plans they have for the 10 foot or so wide sliver running the incline to connect the hilltop TIF & downtown TIF. Perhaps they wish to create a very narrow, shovel ready industrial park with no real access to interstate, or for that matter any road at all.

More later...


Added: August 16, 2017 11:41:36 AM
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Dobbins has been paying insurance and taxes so foreclosure isn't far behind. Betting she hasn't paid the city money either.

Added: August 15, 2017 09:22:13 AM
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Is it true that Shooters and Downtowner are being foreclosed on?

Added: August 15, 2017 08:22:43 AM
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Last chance to own a piece of history on Main Street before I let it go. 206 and 208 East Main Street - make an offer - no reasonable offer refused.

see here.


Added: August 14, 2017 10:33:05 PM
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