IS IT TRUE? June 30, 2011 Special Evening Edition: Another FOIA


IS IT TRUE? June 30, 2011 Special Evening Edition: Another FOIA

IS IT TRUE that the banks are closed and that there has been no deal announced regarding closing the loan to consummate the development contract for a downtown Convention Hotel to be built to serve the new Arena and the Centre?…that we are now at square one holding the bag for a process that just did not deliver?…that we will be interested to see the real content of the forthcoming RFP to try to get something going again with the hotel project?…that we are concerned that the time allocated to respond will not bring spark the interest of any developer other than the rebirth of Woodruff Hospitality LLC or the group(s) that somehow could not find a way to work together from within Woodruff Hospitality LLC as it exists until midnight tonight?

IS IT TRUE that there is a trench being dug to connect the new Arena to the Civic Center so that the anticipated bandwidth needed to serve 11,000 cell phones, iPhones, iPads, etc. in the Arena are actually functional?…that John Kish did stand before the Evansville City Council and state that there was no cost to the taxpayers of Louisville to get their $2 Million oversight corrected and that there would not be any cost to the taxpayers of Evansville to establish bandwidth either?…that in the spirit of that statement we would like to know what budget from what company or department are paying to dig this trench and to establish the fiber connection to the server bank in the basement of the Civic Center?

IS IT TRUE that the City County Observer has once again been forced by stonewalling and complacency to file a Freedom of Information Act Request with the City of Evansville to get our hands on the real situation with respect to the premium seating in the Arena?…that the text of the latest FOIA is as follows?…that we expect to see whatever exists or does not exists within 21 days of today? Stay Tuned!!

June 30, 2011

Office of the Mayor of Evansville Indiana, the Evansville Department of Metropolitan Development, and the Evansville Redevelopment Commission


Dear Records Request Officer:

Pursuant to the state open records act, I request access to and copies of any contracts, agreements, and correspondence between VenuWorks/the Evansville Redevelopment Commission/City of Evansville pertaining to the sale, lease, or rental of all preferred seating, skyboxes, loge seats, or other seating other than general admission seating in the new Evansville Arena.

Furthermore according to the state open records act, I request copies of any contracts, agreements, and correspondence between VenuWorks and the Evansville Redevelopment Commission/City of Evansville pertaining to recommendations and/or approval of any items whatsoever that are delineated in Exhibit A of the Contract for Pre-Opening Consulting services or succeeding agreements between VenuWorks and the Evansville Redevelopment Commission/City of Evansville.

I agree to pay up to $50 to cover the cost of copying the document.

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act.

Thank you for your assistance.


Joe J Wallace

Joe Wallace, Editor
City County Observer


    Cover-ups are more damning than the thing being covered-up
    and are temporary, at best.

  2. It is my opinion that Kunkel does NOT have the financing. If they did have it, why in the world wouldn’t they hold it up and say ” give us the business”. In fact, I believe that they are positioning themselves to be the ‘builder of last resort’. When Kunkel gets anointed, it will be part of a ‘Private/Public Partnership’; and the taxpayers will put up 70% of the money to Kunkel’s 30%. There should be a demand made tomorrow, on July 1, 2011, that Kunkel show proof of the existence of their approved financing (100% funded) for this deal. It’s my belief that they are telling a lie, let them prove me wrong. They are hanging around to reap the public’s majority financing of this deal. Round 3 anyone ?

  3. Beerguy is right. Kunkel is a paper tiger and lives from one nothing down dirty deal to the next. There is less than a 5% chance that they can close this deal with the equity and loan requirements. The only thing that Beerguy is missing is this will only happen with Kunkel at the helm if the City gives them 100% financing.

    Why would anyone be fighting to take this deal. The deal is dead. Any halfway sensible business would be asking the city for triple what this deal was for. The fact that they want such a deal when they can get millions more shows how inept this group is.

    Only scavengers take on deals that are dead. Let the bottom feeders start to circle.

    • TheDonald, if you are correct, and the City will pay 100% to build the Hotel, why don’t you and I make a bid to get in on the action ? We’ll call it: The Donald Beerguy Royal Palace Convention Hotel. After we get it, let’s strip as much cash out for personal use as we can, and set the room rates at $ 70/night–knowing that when things start to go south that Big Brother will be there to bail us out (again and again and again . . . . . . ).

    VCTP’s to “fork over”

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