By: Diane Benjamin
Below are some of the stories I’ve written about the Coliseum. Some are opinions, some questions, and some proven facts. This isn’t everything, but it’s enough to prove the 5 Coliseum employees would NOT be under indictment of I hadn’t started investigating in 2013!
Each link has a quote from the story below it.
Meanwhile, the Coliseum is managed by a private company, taxpayers can’t see their books. At least one of those owners is also a part owner of the hockey team. So, the private company is the landlord, hockey team the tenant. Do you think there is any chance the taxpayers are getting a fair deal? Everything is private-you don’t have right to know.
If he (Renner) was serious, the management contract for the Coliseum would not be renewed. The City is deeply in debt because of the Coliseum and they have no idea how much the management company is making off the City owned asset. The City doesn’t get any cut of concessions, in other words, there is no accountability.
It looks like City Manager David Hales is not going to break the contract with Rodgers and Butler:
“The new arrangement will return them to focusing primarily on operation and management of the Coliseum and allow new ownership to take over the hockey team,” said Hales.
I wonder if Hales will finally start providing oversight for the taxpayers? What percent of the money coming in are Rogers and Butler going to record as their commission?
These numbers do not include concessions, which are completely un-audited. Who is looking out for taxpayers? When the Coliseum management and David Hales think they already have a deal, why does Bloomington even have a City Council? Why is the Coliseum a cash cow for management at the taxpayers expense?
I am requesting the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
NOTE: June 2014↓
- Concessions at the Coliseum must be audited. The City paid for the Point-of-Sale equipment, start using it
- It’s not okay that CIAM (Coliseum management) is taking 14% of items clearly spelled out in the contract at 10% (Club Seats, Suites, Sponsorships, Naming Rights)
- It’s not okay that CIAM is taking a 4% Commission on Sales Tax collected and gross Merchandise Sales
- It’s not okay to bury this information until the contract is renegotiated!
- It’s not okay to renegotiate the contract in private and then ask the Council to rubber stamp it.
One more note: CIAM paid themselves a commission based on their version of income. Did the City require them to pay it back based on the Auditor’s report?
Hales has failed to supervise the Coliseum.
I found this while looking for something else. Before the Coliseum opened, an editorial in the Pantagraph questioned why Coliseum management wasn’t put out for bid. They even called the Council action “a bad practice”.
- Why has CIAM issued no Coliseum statements since October 2013?
- Why has the promised review of the Coliseum, dog ordinance, etc never taken place?
The City of Bloomington management now wants YOU to know nothing about the Coliseum.
Stearns did NOT receive the review promised by Renner and Hales before amending the CIAM contract. You are supposed to forget promises, video tape bites every time!
Do you (Renner) realize you would have more respect from the citizens if you admitted David Hales screwed up supervising the Coliseum? Is the Council going to admit the guy they keep giving big raises to isn’t doing his job?
As I have reported many times, what CIAM reports is pure fiction.
Yesterday we all learned the Coliseum lost a lot of money.
Since Hales claimed today the private sector has INTERNAL auditors-this proves he does too!
Or, maybe they will continue to ignore those reports (David Hales not doing his job) and hear from these guys instead:
Lawsuit filed 9/21/15
Results of the lawsuit: https://blnnews.com/2016/08/26/bombshell-sit-down-before-reading/
I predicted theft of: $447,317.77
Since my fingers hurt, instead of posting anymore links – here is a pic of my documents from the lawsuit.
The case was dismissed in November 2016 without the judge awarding me reimbursement for expenses. Judge Foley ruled that taxpayers don’t have a right to know who CIAM had on their payroll and how much they were getting paid.