Update: The City just sent their daily propaganda. The title of the Coliseum loss story: Coliseum 1st Quarter Economic Impact
Are the citizens sick of being lied to yet?
By: Diane Benjamin
Both the Pantagraph and WJBC have stories today about another BIG loss at the Coliseum. Obviously the City sent them a press release with what to write, complete with CIAM management interviews. Funny, the report isn’t on the City website yet. The spin machine had to crank up first, hence the local brain-dead media were sent to report.
Nora, the probable writer, didn’t get the memo about NOT calling Bart Rogers the General Manager. On the Coliseum website Bart is Vice President, there is no General Manager because the CIAM contract says they MUST have a General Manager who has no other job. Unfortunately Bart is co-owner of the Peoria Rivermen and is constantly quoted in the Peoria paper. Here’s an example of Bart doing promotions and advertising work with Rocky Vonachen (Peoria Chiefs): http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150817/SPORTS/150819443/12694/SPORTS
Maybe the Coliseum wouldn’t lose so much money if Bart actually worked there! What’s that vehicle you are driving these days Bart?
The CIAM contract expires March 31, 2016. Here’s a quote from the contract:
(a) The Term of this Agreement shall commence on the date of execution of this Agreement and shall expire on the date ten (10) years subsequent to the date of the first public event held in the Arena. If CIAM fully complies with the terms and conditions contained herein, then it shall have the first right of refusal and option to exercise one 5 year renewal of the Agreement for the term of April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2021, on terms and conditions negotiated at the time, except that in the event that the City and CIAM are unable to reach an agreement regarding the fees and conditions. CIAM shall notify the City in writing no later than one year prior to the end of the tenth year of this Agreement of its intent to exercise its renewal option. Upon receipt of such notice by the City, CIAM and the City shall meet promptly for the purpose of negotiating fees and conditions which shall replace the fees and conditions contained in this agreement.
I could name NUMEROUS ways that CIAM has not fully complied with the contract – Bart Rogers just being one.
Here’s another item for the potted plants on the Council. You were lied to again. Remember when you voted to spend over a million dollars on a sign? I heard many of you say you were contractually obligated. Can any of you read? Again, from the contract:
5.8 Capital Improvements: Capital Equipment.
The obligation to pay for, and authority to perform, direct and supervise Capital Improvements and Capital Equipment purchases (defined as equipment costing more than $5,000.00 and services costing more than $5,000.00, as adjusted by the CPI Index) shall remain with the City, and will not be considered Operating Expenses. The annual management plan submitted pursuant to Section 8.2 shall include CIAM’s recommendation for Capital Improvements and Capital Equipment purchases to be accomplished during the year and shall be accompanied by an estimate of the cost of all such items and projects and a request that the City budget funds therefore. The City shall retain the discretion to determine whether and to what level to fund Capital Improvements and Capital Equipment purchases to the Center.
Does that sound like you are required to buy anything CIAM says they wants? Do you ever get tired of being lied to by David Hales?
One more thing. Both the Pantagraph and WJBC talk about the economic activity generated by shows. Earlier today I posted hotel/motel and food/beverage tax receipts. Both DOWN. any economic activity generated at the Coliseum is nothing more than redistribution of wealth. Every purchase in Bloomington has a higher Sales Tax attached to it for the Coliseum and the BPCA. The taxpayers of Bloomington have to cover the loses incurred, CIAM will never make enough money to reimburse the City. Meanwhile CIAM management pays themselves salaries, Management Fees, and Commissions. John Butler won’t let anybody know how much he makes from concessions or if he is paying the City the correct amount.
Your wealth is being redistributed to CIAM and John Butler. Does Renner care? Hales loves Butler, so he’s not doing anything to push him out.
Who does that leave looking out for you?
Yes Tari, the Coliseum could be shut down. You still have the Sales Tax increase to pay the mortgage.