By: Diane Benjamin
Sam’s Club payments show up frequently on Bloomington’s Bills and Payroll. I filed a FOIA request for receipts on this one:
This was the first response: Sam’s Club invoice for FOIA 19-04-0403_Redacted
The invoices show purchases of lots of food. By looking up the person who placed the order, I can see some of it was for the Ice Center and the BCPA.
My favorite is EIGHT – 2 lbs Strawberries $55.84 (PDF page 7). These were ordered by Jill Eichholz. Her job title on the compensation report is: RECREATION PROGRAM MANAGER http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21565
On the document were several entries labeled “Corporate Item”. I had to ask for receipts for those.
This is one of them:
600 N East St is the BCPA. There was nothing on the event calendar for February 12, but The Sound of Music was on February 13th. That show lost $7067: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21459
The purchases show a lot of fresh food. Remember when the City Council used to serve a “light supper”? The staff took home the leftovers. Where did the roses end up? Where did the leftover fresh food end up? Is the BCPA providing food to acts? Keep in mind most of the shows lately lose money.
Credit cards provide easy fraud. Who is in charge of preventing it?