The reality of this situation is that Bob Hall wants Pleasant Ridge for a PRIVATE DEVELOPER to redevelop. He says 70% of the people up there have agreed to sell, which is a LIE. He strong armed the landlords in to signing papers to agree to sell by issuing $1,000 fines a day against them for violations on their properties. Guess what, 70% of the property in Pleasant Ridge is RENTALS! For Bob Hall's entire tenure he has let these Landlords get away with being slum lords! Which comes as no big surprise, since Bob Hall himself is a slum lord. Have you seen his rental properties? You don't have to leave your home to do it, just check them out on the Clark County GIS - it includes pictures:
- 102 Broadmoar
- 102 Chris Ct
- 1026 Monroe St
- 16119 Elm Dr
- 224 Pine St
- 360 Main Cross - Boarded Up windows and all - right on the City's square!
Then go check out his home at 1109 Main St. With sheets for curtains, no landscaping, and an old chain link fence poles surrounding the yard. He doesn't mind using our tax dollars to beautify the City, but he won't spend a dime to do anything on his crappy properties.
His inability to DO HIS JOB and enforce the ordinances has affected all of us homeowners in Pleasant Ridge. He has done nothing but vilify us to the rest of Charlestown. I've got broad shoulders and I can take it. Charlestown if this is the kind of leadership you want, then go flush your tax dollars down the toilet. Because if Bob Hall and his team get elected and they come after my home, the law is on MY side and you will pay dearly. Bob's little plan is going to cost this City MILLIONS in a legal fight that will be publicized across the nation. It already has been on Glenn Beck's Blaze TV, NPR, and other national news outlets. We are lawyered up and ready to go!
Just a few FACTS from Indiana's Eminent Domain Law (HB 1010) signed March 24, 2006 you may want to ponder:
- Projects do not qualify for the use of eminent domain if they are Private (homeowners) to Public (City) to Private (Bob Hall's Developer) aka PPP Project. If the City uses eminent domain for a PPP project, then property owners are entitled to damages outlined in the law.
- The damages the CITY will have to pay per the law include 150% of the fair market value of the property, ALL attorney fees, and relocation costs.
A similar case that our attorney's just won cost National City, CA over $2 million dollars in attorney fees paid to them, not to mention the cost to pay their own attorney. Bob Hall's attorney, Mike Gillenwater, keeps telling them that the City can use eminent domain. That's because he'll be smiling all the way to the bank with the millions he stands to make.
If that's the kind of representation you want Charlestown, then don't be complaining when the City is BROKE and can't pave your street, buy those chemicals to clean the brown water, or can't afford to buy gas to drive you around in that train.