By: Diane Benjamin
The meeting is going to be out of order (pun intended) tonight. Meetings usually end with Mayor and Council comments, there must be a reason for this change:
I’m sure other items will be interesting, but severing ties with VenuWorks piqued my interest. I don’t know why but the City wrote checks to VenuWorks totally $1600: https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=23691
The documentation says nothing about the balance of the $375,000 loan VenuWorks loaned to the City so they could loan it to VenuWorks to remodel the 10 year old facility. The City has been paying $4999.98 a month for between 45 and 50 months. To me that means it hasn’t been paid off. Maybe somebody will ask it tonight.
They claim the termination is because of COVID. I suspect it also has to do with not living up to expectations.
The pandemic is over:
Extending parking enforcement downtown is back: (Why would anyone live downtown if there is no free parking?)
I’m sure other interesting items will occur during the meeting, they always do.