More on the Contract Hales failed to enforce

By:  Diane Benjamin

Part #2 – see part #1 here:

The Renner/Hales talking points are they didn’t know what was going on at the Coliseum until VenuWorks took over.  They should have known!

Keep in mind the City was negotiating a new contract with CIAM – it was CIAM that backed out.  The City planned to sweep the past under the proverbial rug and start over.  Taxpayers will be shocked, appalled, and furious when some of the things being uncovered are revealed.

The old management contract is frequently blamed by City officials.  It was a bad contract, but it had plenty of provisions the City could have used instead of pretending they were locked out of their own building.  Don’t forget the City wrote a huge check to John Butler for $299,999 AFTER he left the building. (VenuWorks wrote the check, the City has to pay them back)

The City knew my lawsuit was still pending, obviously they thought nothing was amiss.

Here’s the CIAM Management agreement:  Management Agreement CIAM

Below is a partial list of items in the contract David Hales could have used but didn’t:

1)  The City did have the right to inspect anything they wanted to – including the books.

The definition of “Revenues” included concessions.



2)  If CIAM’s reports differed from the audited statements by more than 5%, CIAM should have paid the audit expenses:
For FY 2015, CIAM reported a loss of almost $500,000. The audited reported shows a loss of almost $700,000.

THOUSANDS of dollars were paid by taxpayers for the annual audit – did the City get their money back?

3) There was no competent full-time manager with no other job.

4) Did CIAM have a bond?

Who is looking out for the fleeced taxpayers?






  1. Can’t wait for the results of the police investigation! Renner, Hales and council can’t play ignorant then!


  2. sticky bean says:

    Excellent work BLN! Excellent! Can’t wait to watch the cockroaches do their scattering routine as you’ve turned on the bright lights with this one. Bravo!


  3. So when can the City of Bloomington collect on the bond? Whether it’s an “omission” or “dishonest act” by CIAM that caused the losses of many hundred of thousands of dollars (if not millions), the City should be fighting hard to get this money back. It doesn’t matter if the money offsets losses accrued by the Coliseum or gets put in to fix roads and other infrastructure because it’s less money borne by the taxpayers.

    Also, what happens if the tabulated losses are more than $500,000? Is that when CIAM becomes liable? I’m guessing anything over $500,000 would be written off by the city and they would not pursue CIAM leadership.


  4. BLNNEWS…..I think you nailed this 2 1/2 years ago.


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