By: Diane Benjamin
The City of Bloomington staff REALLY hates answering Freedom of Information Act requests. Members of the Council think they shouldn’t have to waste valuable staff time answering requests from the public. So, instead of sending FOIA requests to explain the spending below, let’s play a new game: GUESS! Staff doesn’t want to be bothered, okay, I won’t.
Below are just the ADMIN expenses for food and miscellaneous put on employee P-Cards. See: Page 112 http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8494
Is Gordon Biersch a new restaurant in town, and why is Renner buying Raikes (IBEW local 197) and Mike Matejka lunch?
ADMIN City Council Expenses Gordon Biersch $ 12.78 Business Breakfast- Tari Renner
ADMIN City Council Expenses Gordon Biersch $ 50.61 Business Lunch-Tari Renner, Michael Raikes, Mike Matejka
Have you noticed Renner and Hales gaining a lot of weight? I wonder how long they stayed at Panera?
ADMIN City Council Expenses Panera Bread $ 200.13 Business Meeting, Mayor Tari Renner, David Hales
ADMIN City Council Expenses Panera Bread $ 313.73 Business Meeting, Mayor Tari Renner, David Hales
ADMIN City Council Expenses Paypal Mclean County $ 20.00 Business Travel – 1
Who ate at Medici? Can we just assume Tari and some people he doesn’t want you to know about?
ADMIN City Council Expenses Medici $ 31.00 Business Lunch – 1
ADMIN City Council Expenses Jimmy John’s $ 128.75 Business Dinner- Council
Who ate at Biaggi’s? Can we just assume Tari and some people he doesn’t want you to know about?
ADMIN City Council Expenses Biaggi’s $ 41.15 Business Lunch – 2
ADMIN City Council Expenses American Air $ 25.00 Business Travel- Tari Renner
ADMIN City Council Expenses Usairways $ 25.00 Business Travel- Tari Renner
I wonder if the Ecology Action Center paid the City back? Assume NO.
ADMIN Community Relations Wm Supercenter $ 713.10 EAC Raffle
ADMIN Community Relations Best Buy $ 199.99 EAC Raffle
Admin Imaging COPS $ 41.77 Invoice 57599 Dated 2/28/15 Departmental Shredding
ADMIN Other Misc Expense Four Seasons Hotel WA DC $ 52.00 Business Travel
How many people does $104.01 feed at Monical’s?
ADMIN Other Misc Expense Monicals Pizza $ 104.01 Sister City
ADMIN Periodicals Chicago Trib Subscriptio $ 142.48 Business Subscription
ADMIN Postage Fedex $ 26.16 Invoice 295833958 Dated 030515 Various Shipments
ADMIN Postage Fedex $ 17.57 Invoice 297310920 Dated 3/19/15 Various Shipments
ADMIN Prof Development Getty Images $ 620.00 Thinkstock graphic program for 4 departments (Buying pretty pics?)
ADMIN Prof Development Coffee Hound $ (0.68) Business Lunch- Tari Renner, Cheryl Gaines
Who knew that Jewel sells Professional Development Office Supplies?
ADMIN Prof Development Jewel $ 31.44 Office Supplies-Beth Oakley
Or that Professional Development is available at Krispy Kreme?
ADMIN Prof Development Krispy Kreme $ 29.15 Business Meeting-David Hales
Then there is a list of other meals, labeled as Professional Development, all without any reference as to who ate. Maybe now we know why it takes 6 months to issue financial statements! Heard of Garbage In – Garbage Out?
ADMIN Prof Development Swingers Grille $ 13.53 Business Lunch – 1
ADMIN Prof Development Mclean County Chamber $ 140.00 Business Meeting – 7
ADMIN Prof Development IHOP $ 17.46 Business Breakfast – 3
ADMIN Prof Development Panera Bread $ 9.67 Business Breakfast – 2
ADMIN Prof Development Jewel $ 25.45 Supplies – Beverages
ADMIN Prof Development Jims Steakhouse $ 12.50 Business Lunch – 2
ADMIN Prof Development Jimmy John’s $ 13.44 Business Lunch – 1
ADMIN Prof Development Hansen Center $ 12.50 Business Lunch – 2