By: Diane Benjamin
The Council held a retreat on November 4, 2017. The minutes from the meeting show just how bad a City Manager David Hales was. See them here, rarely do the minutes reflect contentious discussions – you can see some of it here even if they don’t reflect how bad it was: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=16276
Under Hales the minutes became more and more vague, they don’t reflect what really happened.
To prove that point see what they say about economic development:
Why would they have to discuss Official Roles in economic development?
Two words: Tari Renner
I FOIA’d the audio of the meeting, it isn’t on video since it was held at Fox Creek. I made notes on the discussion while listening. I printed them here: https://blnnews.com/2017/11/08/49548/
Some of my notes:
- Strong mayors make life miserable for City Managers. (Remember that guy who thinks the mayor’s job is full-time?)
- The Giebelhausen fiasco cost the City way too much money in consultants and staff time because it went through an elected official. Hales didn’t mention the Fazzini jet fuel kerfuffle.
- GE project developers have come to staff, not elected officials.
- Basically the message was Tari needs to stop playing developer. He cost them too much time and money. Bloomington has an economic development guy, it isn’t Tari.
A link to the audio was included in my story, it no longer works. What happened to the GE Project?
Tari is back to doing economic development! The last few weeks he’s been claiming he is talking to companies, one wants to lease the arena the other wants to buy it.
Even if anybody believes him, he can’t negotiate anything. He is likely trying to make people think the City is finally being responsible and unloading the albatross. Tari can’t make that decision, the council has to. Nothing has been brought to them, even for discussion.
If they do vote to investigate selling or leasing it, it would have to be opened for competitive bidding. Backroom deals to unload the building aren’t allowed by law.
Renner is also saying he could do something with the State Farm building if they would let him.
Taxpayers deserve better, the Council needs to tell Tari AGAIN to shut his mouth before he does Gielbehausen/Fazzini 2.0
Tari in the media:
Pantagraph story: Renner-City-has-potential-buyers-for-Grossinger-Motors-Arena