This is third installment in a series by bond analyst Steve Willson:
Notes on the Lakewood TIF FOIA dump 5/27/15
9 Now we know why [Gary] Sexson said the SportsPlex was “currently dead”. See the 3/20/15 email from [Catherine] Peterson to the Board noting there was not sufficient support for the project for it to go forward.
A few days later, she writes,
“I would respectfully request that no mention be made of the sports complex… how this message is conveyed publicly is very important in terms of our residents” (email 3/24/15 Peterson to board)
I am amazed that the Village Manager would ask board members not to openly and freely discuss a major issue, and that she would seek to manage impressions for the voters. I’m also intrigued that she figures all the board members will go along. So much for transparency.
So much for our legislators actually debating the public’s business in public meetings!
She then goes on to state there is not enough support on the board to move the project forward (email 3/26/15 Peterson to Sexson).
Clearly they wanted more time to convince opposing board members. Note the date of the emails and the meeting; it sounds very much like an attempt to manage information going to the voters just before the election.
10 – Then on 4/2/15 Erin Smith says the SportsPlex is NOT dead, and Mike Turner, the Woodstock city council member who is also involved with the SportsPlex, emails Erin Smith to ask what’s going on and does she need help with the Governor, because he can help there.