By: Diane Benjamin
How did the City of Bloomington employees get any work done when they spent 3 months planning the Chili Cook Off that only employees attended? Worse, they were already working on the next party – this month – before the October one was even held. It sounds like all the departments decorate and then prizes are awarded. They call it a Winter party, not a Christmas party.
I’ve read TEN of the Twelve PDF files I received by FOIA. See this story from yesterday: https://blnnews.com/2017/12/12/party-on/
Only two more to go! One of them is 253 pages, the last one is only 65.
Here is one of the twelve in case you need a nap: 1017jrnla__Redacted
That file if 150 pages, but has a lot of good information. First, I can add this fully redacted email to my next lawsuit:
What could possibly be so secret about the Employee Appreciation Committee? I can let a judge decide if it should be secret. I wonder if the Community Development person was upset about the expense since the Community wasn’t invited! It didn’t even show up on the City Calendar: http://www.cityblm.org/government/advanced-components/calendar/-curdate-10-27-2017/-curm-10/-cury-2017
It took MANY emails to organize this event just for employees. Remember, this was the 22nd year. It shouldn’t have been too tough!
I will try to recap more information to add to what I posted yesterday. All of this took place during working hours:
- HR department held a meeting to decide on what recipe they would use. Somebody brought in a breakfast chili for sampling
- They couldn’t decide on a theme. They talked about live dogs wearing “bun” costumes, City of anarchy where everybody dresses like bikers, and something to do with corn. I think they settled on Halloween since emails asked for those decorations.
- They got 6 boxes of hot dogs, 40 to a box, from one of the golf courses. Cost was estimated at $30. (no I can’t explain it)
- Fuses blowing at Public Works was a concern. They bought extension cords and power strips
- Barricades were put up with no parking signs so as not to interfere with Public Works, they did ask for PW ‘s employees help in setting up if they had time.
- Departments could reserve tables for an additional cost
- The food they wanted was almost half the price at Sam’s Club instead of HyVee. From yesterday’s story they bought some at both.
- Parking maps were created and sent to employees to avoid confusion.
This event was held during the day – 11:00 to 1:00
Festivities included a costume contest.
They did make this accommodation for citizens:
Below are a few emails to illustrate the above.
Looks like Jim Karch hasn’t attended sensitivity training yet. Love Ya?
Maybe somebody can explain what the horse trough was for.