By: Diane Benjamin
The Bloomington City Council is being told by City Manager David Hales there is no reason to fire CIAM (Central Illinois Arena Management) when their current contract expires. CIAM has first right of refusal when a new contract is constructed. Hopefully it will be so radically different from the current contract that they will walk away. (Don’t hold your breath)
I’ve written before about concessions and how the City of Bloomington (taxpayers) have no way of verifying the correct commissions are being paid to the City. CIAM pretends that BMI Concessions is a private company they hired and therefore everything they do is a secret. The below is from the Secretary of State website – it shows CIAM is the manager of BMI Concessions. Of course we knew that.
Recently, another citizen attempted to get information of concession sales. There is nothing in the CIAM contract authorizing them to set up their own concessions company. They could have hired an independent company to run concessions. Since CIAM would receive commissions based on sales, what are the chances that CIAM would just “take their word for it” and assume the correct amount is being paid.
“Take their word for it” is exactly what CIAM is expecting us to do. Maybe a better question is:
Why does the City of Bloomington allow it?
Below is CIAM’s latest reasons for denying the information. What do you think they are hiding? I asked the Illinois Attorney General to rule on their claims many months ago. crickets . . . crickets . . . crickets. Is the City Council really this clueless?