IS IT TRUE Part 2 August 19, 2013
IS IT TRUE the following statement regarding a conversation between Rick Huffman of HCW, the development company from Branson, MO and two members of the Evansville City Council?
“As some of you probably know, Councilman Friend has been asking for business records, a business plan, and tax records from HCW, the developer. He had a meeting with Rick Huffman, the “H” in HCW, and he told him point blank “WE ARE THE BUSINESS PLAN!” According to Friend, this statement was made in front of Councilman Dr. Dan Adams as well.”
IS IT TRUE that both Councilman John Friend and Councilman Dr. H. Dan Adams have confirmed to the City County Observer that this is an accurate representation of their meeting?…we find it amazing that anyone who is asking for a grant of the taxpayers money for so much as $100 would be so arrogant as to tell two members of the grant management team that “WE ARE THE BUSINESS PLAN!”?…the way this went down not only confirms that there is no business plan whatsoever but that the developer has no respect for the Evansville City Council or the hard earned tax dollars of the people of Evansville?…the only people that we are aware of that is even close to being this flippant and arrogant while panhandling are Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump?…we are sure there are others who have such a high opinion of themselves to do such a thing but the names are not on the tip of our tongue?
IS IT TRUE perhaps the Evansville Redevelopment Commission, 4 members of the CVB Board, and the Evansville City Council should sit down for a talk with the senior commercial loan staff of Old National Bank and ask them just how far a statement like “WE ARE THE BUSINESS PLAN” would go toward getting to YES with their loan committee?…we all know the answer to this but hey, it’s just taxpayer dollars so lets bundle them up like Jesse Pinkman and toss money out the window like some of our most slothful residents do with fast food bags?
IS IT TRUE that being blatantly told “WE ARE THE BUSINESS PLAN!” after respectfully asking for a business plan for weeks should result in a vote of the City Council of 9 – 0 to tell a person with this attitude NO?…the City Council are the stewards of the public’s money and such a flippant attitude combined with brass balled arrogance does not set the stage for a good working relationship?…we suspect that this attitude from anyone at all before a grant committee or a loan committee would result in this door being shut forever?…we shall soon learn whether or not 5 members of our City Council have the courage to stand up to a bully or if they will cower and give the bully our breakfast, lunch, and dinner money?
IS IT TRUE this makes the fact that the Mayor’s office and two appointed commissions rolled over and support this deal without having even attempted to VET it even more astounding?…a wise man once said, “a good deal with a bad partner is not a good deal”?…we wonder what that wise person would say about a bad deal with a bad partner?