By: Diane Benjamin
A reader sent one of my Coliseum stories to Alderman Painter and politely asked if she thought it raised issues that needed answers. (https://blnnews.com/2015/10/01/coliseum-info-buried/)
This was her response:
I don’t read Diane’s website any more because I have found it to be riddled with errors. When I first got on City Council I read it because I thought she had already done my homework for me. Before a meeting with CIAM management I downloaded and printed 30 some odd pages of the “CIAM contract.” When I got into the meeting I discovered to my horror that the contract I had in my hands was totally different from the actual contract in force at the time.
I’m not going to open the link you sent. I really don’t care what she says. If you think you’re looking at “factual” information, I don’t think I can convince you otherwise. You’ll just have to learn for yourself the hard way like I did.
As far as the Coliseum goes, there are serious issues that are being addressed. I’m not at liberty to discuss the details because it involves legal matters. You can rest assured that the Council isn’t nearly as stupid as Diane implies.
The reader asked me what she is talking about. Since the contract (124 pages) I have posted to numerous stories was received from the City under the Freedom of Information act, I have no idea. The original contract was for 10 years, the only change made to it was for junior hockey. Joni, if you were told a different contract is now in force, either you were lied to or the City is acting illegally without Council approval. I may have posted only the first 30 some pages to a post because the rest don’t apply to current operations, just naming rights, pre-opening info, and miscellaneous. But those 30 some pages were identical to the first 30 some in the original contract.
I even filed another FOIA request just to make sure nothing had changed. I received the same information again – 124 page contract with one addendum for the hockey change.
The reader then sent this email to her:
You are correct. I did not communicate to Diane that the contract she placed on her website was no longer in effect. There have actually been about four iterations of the contract for the Coliseum, and the one I downloaded was probably just old. It was my fault for assuming there was only one contract and not checking further. I don’t think Diane altered it. It just wasn’t the right one.
As far as Diane and her information is concerned, further communication will not help at this point. She is not a citizen of Bloomington, and I have been set up and attacked by her far too often to give her any credence whatsoever.
I will respond to you, however, with this information. As I stated earlier, there is much wrong with the Coliseum contract. We are on top of it. I can’t discuss it because it involves legal issues. I realize there are a few members of the public who want to know every little thing that is going on, which, depending upon their motivation, is either a really good thing or a really bad thing. But what goes on in closed session is always closed to the public because disclosure would either humiliate someone to the point where they could sue the City, or because disclosure would reveal legal strategy that is pivotal to winning a dispute or acquisition of some sort.
I can tell you that the contract is coming up for renewal very soon and changes will be made.
Have a nice day,
Ward 5 Alderman
Joni, there has NOT been 4 iterations of the contract.
Is the Council really “on top of it”?
Not if you are being told the contract I posted is not the correct one.
I will make you a deal: Quit acting like potted plants, and I will quit calling you such.
Did you know the Council was called “the rubber stamp 7” by the public before I ever used potted plants? Are you being told not to read the Pantagraph too? That’s where it started – Letter to the Editor.