By: Diane Benjamin
The 10 year agreement with CIAM to manage the Coliseum contained numerous paragraphs granting the City rights to everything happening at the Coliseum. Tari Renner, David Hales, and the Council either never read the agreement or are lying because they failed to protect taxpayers from John Butler and company.
See the agreement here: Management Agreement CIAM
From page 19:
Cash register tapes showing Gross Concession Sales is what I received because of my lawsuit.
David Hales had every right to walk over there and print off the same information anytime he wanted. He never did. Nobody from the City cared, in fact Hales, Renner, and the Council went out of their way to ignore Judy Stearns and Kevin Lower in 2014.
What other fraud is happening while developing downtown is all they care about?
There is another section in the contract that would have been easy to check – Page 16:
My sources tell me that payments to the Coliseum Fund bank account were rarely made in three days. In other words, John Butler borrowed taxpayer dollars for as long as he wanted to before paying any of it to the City via the Coliseum Fund.
The highly paid City Manager never checked. The Council praised John Butler’s management every time he appeared at Council. Why didn’t anybody care?
Another trip down memory lane:
The Executive Session held in November 2013 that Judy Stearns walked out of explains many things. The Attorney General ordered the City to release the audio and the minutes, we only got the minutes. See them here: 11-15-13 Closed Meeting Minutes
Keep in mind, Tari Renner took office in May of 2013. The minutes make it clear the City has plans and the Council is merely the cheer squad:
This is what government For the People, By the People looks like in Bloomington!
This is also why Judy Stearns and Kevin Lower were marginalized and attacked constantly.
They cared about taxpayers.
They were the only ones.
It’s also why nobody cared what CIAM was doing at the Coliseum.
Please read the entire minutes. In retrospect they are horrifying, unless you believe government is competent and creates prosperity. This is also the reason Tari claimed on WJBC yesterday that “acrimony” is a bigger story than CIAM. He despises anyone who gets in his way.
Don’t forget, it took 2 1/2 years to get the minutes. The AG didn’t care the audio was never released.
Representatives at the meeting who are still on the Council: David Sage, Karen Schmidt, Scott Black, Mboka Mwilambwe