Pieces of an antenna in Joe Davis’s backyard. (Aug. 9, 2023)
A cat rests aloof from the comotion on top of the van in Davis’s backyard. (Aug. 9, 2023)
Joe Davis disputes with contractors whether the board is rotted. (Aug. 9, 2023)
For more than a year, and probably much longer, the city of Bloomington has been trying to convince Joe Davis to take a more conventional approach to his South Washington Street house and yard.
But Davis describes himself as an “unconventional guy.” Parked in the backyard with building materials stacked on them are a truck, and a van with a trailer. The county’s online property lookup system has aerial imagery showing the two vehicles sitting in the backyard at least as far back as 2014.
Davis has old bathtubs arranged around the place as catchment basins, and a compost pile.
Davis describes the place as an active building site, where he’s been working to renovate the house. He bought the place in 2009 for $65,000. He has described how the house was damaged by fire before he bought it and had sat abandoned for two years.
During that period all the pipes burst because there was no heat, the wiring was stolen and homeless people were living, Davis has said.
Where Davis sees an “organic building site,” the city sees a raft of code violations.
So next Tuesday’s meeting of Bloomington’s board of public works marks the start of another chapter in the saga of attempts to enforce city code against Davis’s property. Continue reading “Skirmishing over “garbage” between homeowner, city of Bloomington set for next week”
Rendering of gateway monolith, birdseye view from the southeast.
Bloomington board of public works president Kyla Cox Deckard
Board board of public works vice president Elizabeth Karon
Public works director Adam Wason
Parks operations director Tim Street
Engineering field specialist Alex Gray
David Ebbinghouse at the public mic
Planning and transportation director Scott Robinson
Excerpt of the maintenance of traffic plan and detours for the construction.
In a change of plans, over the next few days, Reed & Sons Construction will not be starting onsite preparations for various improvements at the north end of Miller-Showers Park.
The scheduled work is supposed to include a 40-foot tall gateway monument costing about $400,000. The monolith features the word “Bloomington” in all caps inscribed vertically from top to bottom.
What delayed the parks department project was a decision made by Bloomington’s board of public works at its Tuesday night meeting.
In the area of College Avenue and Old 37, Reed & Sons had requested temporary sidewalk and lane closures, with proposed pedestrian detours, in order to make the construction work possible.
But the board voted to put off approval of those right-of-way closures.
Continue reading “Delayed by Bloomington board: Right-of-way closures for Miller-Showers city gateway construction”