Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Child Homelessness and the Township


FIRST RULE OF THUMB: DON'T MAKE IT WORSE


One of the Township's responsibilities is responding to requests for assistance with rent or mortgage.  We carefully evaluate the household's situation and, if children are in the household, their security factors into our decision.  Further, I believe that the Township has a responsibility NOT to contribute to the homeless population.  Especially when children are involved.  Hence, my interest this morning when I saw in the paper an article about a new report out on child homelessness and well-being, which has been issued by the National Center on Family Homelessness. 

The report is called America's Youngest Outcasts and can be found on their website.

It's great that the Township can choose to keep a roof over a child's head for one more month, but that's not enough.  Here is the Center recommends for effectively addressing child homelessness and well-being, with which I agree:

Effective responses to child homelessness must include:
• Safe, affordable housing.
• Comprehensive needs assessments of all family members.
• Family-oriented services that incorporate trauma-informed care.
• Identification, prevention, and treatment of major depression in mothers.
• Parenting supports for mothers.
• Education and employment opportunities for parents.
• Further research to identify evidence-based programs and services for children and families.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

IT TAKES A VILLAGE!


I have received many lovely congratulatory messages from friends and family and fellow campaigners. My daughter's adoring accolades may warm my heart the most.
However, friends, I am blessed to share a vision with many others for a Township, for government, that is professionally run and fiscally responsible as well as responsive to the public, but, foremost, a township that is compassionate toward all. This shared vision includes dedication to collaboration as the way to meet the challenges facing our community.


Party headquarters Election Night
photo by David Snodgress, Herald Times
I am also blessed that Linda Sievers (my inspiring predecessor) agreed to manage the campaign and that a great team was formed with Board candidates Kim Alexander, Barbara McKinney and Bill Sturbaum. The team and inspiration blossomed because so many great and loving people stepped up to help with the campaign generously giving their time, energy, and resources to help us build on this vision for the Township. I am grateful to the Democratic Women's Caucus for their endorsement and training and to the Monroe County Democratic Party leadership for the training and resources they provided. They made our ability to be strategic so much easier.

And, to my father, Warren Henegar, who set an example for what a public servant and leader should be, whose shoes I strive every day to fill, and who told me many times "Lillian, you should run for township trustee"!

I am a bit awed by the challenges facing the Township in the next four years. But, like this campaign and the work we've enjoyed so far, it is a team effort. Nothing we do, except maybe dying and that I'm not so sure about, is done alone. A great group of people have shared our vision thus far, which makes me hopeful for the future.
Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

Township Staff who put the vision
to work everyday!


Bloomington Township Trustee
Lillian Henegar (D)   3427
Bill Eggleston (R)     1698


Bloomington Township Board
Matthew Shute (R)       1739
Michael A Lakes (R)     1686
Kim Alexander (D)        3165
Bill Sturbaum (D)          3222
Barbara McKinney (D)  3285

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Summer Becomes Fall


Remnants of Summer Clustered Against the Wall



Summer Becomes Fall

I took a walk this evening. Not very far. I noticed how summer has ended and fall is fully here.

The Hinkle Garton Farmstead is not far from my home.  The volunteers there keep a big garden and I wandered around it to observe what they had planted, how they laid it out, and what was remaining there.


The fields surrounding the Farmstead, now owned by the Bloomington Restorations Inc., cushion it from the ever spreading commercial and residential developments 


Hong Kong Protesters Have Not Given Up - Will You?


In less than 8 days, the local Fall elections will conclude here in Monroe County. Will you let it pass without casting your vote? The people in the picture are risking everything asking for open elections in Hong Kong.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Finding Information on 2014 Election Candidates

FINDING GOOD INFORMATION ABOUT CANDIDATES RUNNING THE 2014 ELECTION

Monroe County Courthouse and Peace Monument
Most people want to make an informed decision about each office when they go to vote.  One of the shortcomings of the so-called mid-terms is the limited information available about each office and each candidate. When I lived in California, you received two booklets in the mail. One was a catalog of each office and the candidate biographies and statement. The other was a sample ballot of all the offices. Such accommodation is a dream for the citizens in Indiana.

Thus, I decided to put into one place the sources I have identified that provide information about the candidates for the various offices on the 2014 ballot.  If you have found other reliable sites for good information about the 2014 candidates and election, please share them with us below in the comments section.

The best all round site that I have found is the Herald Times website.  Their staff have developed a section of their website called 2014 Election, which I believe does not have a pay-wall.  They also have an ongoing blog, GovTracker, which is free and covers all things government relevant to Monroe Countians.

In Monroe County, the community public access television service operates out of the Monroe County Public Library. They are called CATS and they are kind of a Monroe County version of CSPAN!  Several candidate forums have been recorded and posted on their website. Plus, they gave every candidate, from US Congress 9th District to Township Board the opportunity to be videotaped giving their 3-5 statement and posted on their website in a section called Candidates On Demand.

The Monroe County Democratic Party has a website where information is posted including access to the candidate guide. (It doesn't include Township offices.) This doesn't give you all the information you need, but it's better than the absence of a common website where a voter can find all the Republican candidates for local government and state offices.

Henegar's Campaign Sign at Early Voting Site, Spring 2014








Monday, October 13, 2014

Local Paper Covers Bloomington Township Trustee Race


Bloomington Township Trustee Race Achieves Front Page Coverage in Local Paper

Here's the link to the article online:

http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/news/local/bloomington-township-candidates-address-fiscal-transparency-continuation-of-services/article_6f7c1b79-48cb-5ec6-9700-4a11dcaaf6ff.html

If you can't get past the pay-wall, here's the article in its entirety.

Bloomington Township candidates address fiscal transparency, continuation of services

By Dann Denny 812-331-4350 | ddenny@heraldt.com | Posted: Monday, October 13, 2014 12:00 am

Republican Bill Eggleston is promising total transparency if he succeeds in defeating Democratic
incumbent Lillian Henegar in the race for Bloomington Township trustee. “People will be able to come into my office at any time and get a computer printout showing how much money we started with and how much money we’ve spent,” he said. “It’s their money, not mine. I’m not throwing stones at anyone, but whenever there is public money involved, it’s always good to have it looked at with a fresh set of eyes.”

Henegar was elected trustee in a Democratic Party caucus in March 2013 to complete the term of former trustee Linda Sievers. Henegar said she decided to seek a full term “because folks depend upon a continuation of the sound, responsible and compassionate policies and services that I and my predecessors have provided. I enjoy serving as the trustee and love being able to contribute my many diverse life and professional experiences and capabilities to the benefit of Bloomington Township and its residents.”

Eggleston said he wonders about the raises given to township employees last year. “I have some questions about whether or not that was appropriate, particularly in these economic times when people are struggling to stay afloat,” he said.

Henegar said the township has two major responsibilities — ensuring fire and emergency medical
services for its non city residents and providing emergency assistance to its residents in need. “The fire and emergency medical services we all deserve and expect are very expensive,” she said. “Therefore, in the next four years, we must find and implement the most effective way to fund this service into the future.”

The second issue, she said, is figuring out the best ways the township can contribute to overcoming
the obstacles confronting the working poor and poor in the community. “Every day, we see folks whose income is insufficient to cover their basic needs, who rely upon public transportation for work and yet are challenged when service is limited, who can’t find housing that is affordable, whose health challenges outstrip their resources, and whose economic vulnerability is preyed upon by payday lenders, rent-to-own and others,” Henegar said.

Eggleston said he’s running because Bloomington has been good to him, and he wants to serve
township residents as a way of giving back. “It’s like my grandmother used to say, ‘Sonny, to those who much is given, much is required.’”

He said if elected, his priorities would be to continue making the township’s volunteer fire unit the
best it can be and turn the township trustee’s office into a clearinghouse for information to help people find jobs; and, within the limits of the budget, help everyone who needs assistance.

Henegar said she joined with other townships in Monroe County to explore options to better the
funding for fire and emergency medical services; worked with New Hope Family Shelter to get
Rosie’s Place back on line as an emergency family shelter; and worked with township staff, the
Bloomington Township Volunteer Firefighters Association and the township’s “Pantry Partners” to
better meet the demands on the township food pantry.

Eggleston ran for Perry Township trustree against incumbent Dan Combs several years ago.
“He beat me like a tom-tom,” he said. “But I’ve acquired a lot of business knowledge, and I’ve seen a lot of life. And the age of 73, this is not stepping stone to me becoming mayor or governor.
“I pledge I will do everything I can to make sure there are no hungry children in Bloomington
Township. I have the energy and experience to do the job, and I want to serve the people in the
township.”

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