By: Diane Benjamin
One more recap from Monday’s City Council meeting:
VenuWorks recapped what they wanted to bring to the BCPA, including saving an estimated $200,000 a year in operations.
- VenuWorks has access to an email list of 409,000 people in Central Illinois to help promote shows
- VenuWorks has plans for new revenue including concessions
- VenuWorks would share labor costs with Grossinger Motors Arena (THEIR employees)
- BCPA currently pays $2500 license fee for ticket sales per year
- BCPA currently pay $4000 as year support fee
- VenuWorks wouldn’t pay either fee
- Venuworks has a network of theaters to help book shows
- The $3000 a month management fee is below market because of GMA
Alderman Sage went into an extended recitation of the upcoming “structural deficit”. He claimed lobbying will be intense for pet projects and the decisions are going to keep getting tougher. Sage sounded like he was going to vote for VenuWorks taking over, a little later the entire Council voted NO.
The hilarious part was a comment made by Tari Renner right after Sage’s comments. Just hit play:
Evidently Renner was trying to justify VenuWorks performance to date managing the arena. Tari claimed they walked into a “h***l of a mess”.
Who is responsible for that mess?
Who ignored warnings for years of maleficence by CIAM?
Who didn’t secure records when CIAM didn’t renew the contract?
Should David Hales be blamed or you and the Council?
The fleeced taxpayers of Bloomington deserve to know why their interests were not protected by their government.
So, who created the mess Tari?