By: Diane Benjamin
I attended the press conference today to announce the new Coliseum Management. The Council will approve it at the next meeting.
The only problem I saw was a lack of transparency and no Request For Proposal was issued. David Hales said two other companies were in town last week and another one was on the phone. The committee organized to find a replacement for CIAM may have talked to others. Hales claimed that finding a new management company was an emergency.
That said, it looks to me like the City has made a GIANT step forward. Judy Markowiz and crew didn’t have the slightest idea what they were doing and taxpayers suffered for 10 years because of it.
The graphic below sums up the difference between the CIAM contract and what will be the contract with VenuWorks out of Ames Iowa. Professionals will be managing now – a recap of every event will be posted on-line according to City Attorney Jeff Jurgens. Transparency, for a change, is more than welcome.
Many Coliseum employees came to the press conference. I know they didn’t see the change as an emergency. I’m sure they are concerned about their jobs, I would be. Maybe the City was worried about John Butler hanging around when his contract expires, and thus considered replacing him a priority.
I don’t know if the Coliseum will ever show a profit and pay the loan payments. Predictions before it was built have so far been wildly off.
At least now the Coliseum has a chance to perform much better.
Side note: David Hales’ Economic Impact number went up $10,000,000 since March 14th – it’s now $130,000,000. I did tell him to knock it off with the fictitious numbers, time will tell. See the post from earlier today: https://blnnews.com/2016/03/23/its-the-lies-too-many-of-them/
I also congratulated Hales and Jurgens on what looks like a good move for taxpayers. Tari was hiding from me at the time.