The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 10, 2014

Mill Street bridge should go

The Commercial-News

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One of Danville’s most recent debates is whether or not to remove the dams of Vermilion. I oppose the removal of the dam. I refer to them more as a spillway because neither dam in question has the ability to control water passage. I believe at one point the dam behind the Public Safety building was in fact a dam built to control the flow of water.

Removing these structures will change the entire environment for wildlife, fish and fishermen. Why spend thousands of dollars for a boat ramp in Ellsworth that will someday be totally useless?

If indeed pubic safety were the primary issue for removing these dams, please explain to me why the Mill Street bridge continues to loom over our city-owned park. Grant money can be found for dam removal but not bridge removal? I realize cost is is the biggest factor for the bridge to continue to exist in a park where children play.

This bridge has not been in use for more than 50 years. I would think this bridge is of more concern than these dams.

Put the dam and the Mill Street bridge on opposite ends of hanging scales and tell me which end would be weighted down? That bridge posed a danger years ago. You would think city officials would show more concern for this bridge than removing these dams just because there is grant money to pay for it.

Gregory Miller