“IS IT TRUE” APRIL 18, 2018

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that a new development is planned for Downtown Evansville? …that the development will be called “POST HOUSE?” …this will be a residential and commercial project located between the Old Post Office, Old Greyhound Bus station building, and Fifth Third Bank’s tower? …this project will be developed by Scannell Properties of Indianapolis.IS IT TRUE if all the bureaucratic approvals are granted this development could receive around $9 million dollars from Indiana’s Regional Cities program?  … it’s been rumored that this project may cost around $50 to $60 million dollars to build? …we wonder how much the Evansville DMD and the Winnecke administration have quietly committed towards this project?  … there is currently no construction timeline for this project?   …this proposed project includes sub-ground parking, will have around 17,000 square feet of retail space on the lower level and 144 apartments on the upper floors?  …this project has a lot of bureaucratic hoops to jump through before it can even begin?  …because of the location of this project, the developers may encounter numerous unexpected infrastructure and environmental challenges that will add expensive change orders to the project?  …the developer better be prepared to pay for the site and architectural design work out of pocket because it may take awhile for them to receive approval from the Evansville Redevelopment Commission, a release from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Indiana Regional Cities group?IS IT TRUE at yesterdays County Commission meeting Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave voted no to approving the February and March account payable vouchers and two professional services claims? …Commissioners Ungethiem and Shoulders voted in favor of paying the above claims declaring that they were incorporated in the 2018 County Commission budget?IS IT TRUE that County Commissioner Musgrave voted no to allowing BINGO to continue to take place every Friday evening at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum?….Mrs. Musgrave claimed she didn’t want “gambling” to continue at this county facility?  ….that Commissioners Ungethiem and Shoulders voted yes to continue allowing Bingo to be held at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum? …they claimed that Bingo is the number one income producing event held at the Coliseum?  ..Commissioners Ungethiem and Shoulders believed that without Bingo being allowed to be played at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum the facility would have to shut down?IS IT TRUE if you compare the financial reports of the City of Evansville from March 31, 2016, to March 31, 2017, you will find that the City of Evansville employee hospitalization expenses has increased by several millions of dollars?  …we are told by reliable sources that serious financial troubles are just around the corner for the City of Evansville because of the out of control city employee health care costs?IS IT TRUE during his last year in office City Councilman John Friend, CPA sponsored a “separation of funds ordinance” in order to ensure that the City Controller would not manipulate general fund balances?  … upon the urging of the City Controller and the former City Council Finance Chairman, Dan McGinn the newly elected City Council voted to repeal of this ordinance?  …that the money collected from all sources are now put into one fund account which makes it extremely hard to track on how much money is in each city account?IS IT TRUE that on December 31, 2019, the Indiana State Board of Accounts will be requiring that all cities must use the accrual method of accounting?  …that Ft. Wayne, South Bend, and Indy have been using the accrual method of accounting for a number of years?IS IT TRUE it time for the At-Large City Councilman and Finance Chairman Jonathan Weaver, to request the Winnecke administration to begin to implement a spending reduction plan? …on January 1, 2012, the City of Evansville operational funds (collectively) had a beginning balance of $32,146,610.80?   …as of January 1, 2018, that the operational funds (collectively) balance was $6,414,918.62? …from January 1, 2012, to January 1, 2018, the operational account was reduced by $25,731,692?  … January 1, 2018, operational fund balance also included the unauthorized $12,500,000 transfer by the City Controller from the Riverboat Fund?IS IT TRUE many of our readers are still wondering why City Councilman John Hayden, CPA, and CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) is so eager to release $500,000 of Federal and State money to ECHO Housing before the results of EPD Police Investigation and Forensic audit are made public?  …all we can say is we have no idea why Mr. Hayden wants to release these funds and recommend that you contact him personally to find out the answer? …that the Forensic audit on ECHO Housing started yesterday and will take a month to complete?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: If the election for the United States Senate was held today who would you vote for?Please take time and read our articles entitled “Statehouse Files, Channel 44 News, Daily Devotions, Law enforcement, Readers Poll, Birthdays, Hot Jobs, and Local Sports.You are now are able to subscribe to get the CCO dailyIf you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]last_img