By: Diane Benjamin
Attn: Budget Task Force
It is estimated McLean County Land Trust CC-1 currently owes the City $562,194.78 in development fees. http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=6615 Page 167
COMMUNITY GROUPS/INTERESTED PERSONS CONTACTED: Snyder Development
From the packet APRIL 14, 2014
The parties are working together in good faith to resolve their differences, and believe that they should be able to resolve some or all of their differences in six (6) months.
The agreement wasn’t resolved in 6 months, it was extended by the Council again January 12, 2015 and June 8, 2015.
Don’t expect the Budget Task Force to demand Synder pay the bill – one of their guys is on the committee!
The Snyder Companies, a family owned and operated business founded in 1906, continues it’s mission to diversify their portfolio holdings and invest in the Midwest. Founder, Jack Snyder, began developing land at age 18 with the opening of two A & W Root Beer Stands. The Snyder Companies are currently owned by son Stephen Snyder, President; Charles Farner, Executive-Vice President; Dave Fedor, Chief Financial Officer; and Ron Powell, Executive-Vice President.
Guess who is charged with enforcing all contracts for the City? DAVID HALES http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=262
I. It shall be the duty of the Manager to see to it that all terms of any contract to which the City is a party are fully performed by all parties thereto.
Moral of the story:
When the Budget Task Force reports in September that taxes must be raised, remember paying what is owed is only for the little people. Friends of government are NEVER held accountable for their debts.
Maybe David Hales will get another huge raise, NOT performing his duties has been rewarded in the past.
One more note:
Documentation claims this amount has been due since 1994. Anybody remember Tom Hamilton? The agreement would have expired after 20 years if the Council didn’t keep extending it. Documents also say some items are still not complete at Fox Creek.
If the City refuses to file a lawsuit against Synder, maybe the citizens should file against Synder and the City.
Rumor has it the City wants Synder to create a park instead of paying. Remember that when your taxes go up.