On December 18, 2006 there was a Request for Council Action, prepared by the city manager, Tim Cruikshank.
One of the reasonable conditions of granting a lease with the Windego Park Society was a "Viable Financing Plan". Cruikshank's document states that this plan "was reviewed by Lori Yager, Finance Director for the City of Anoka and her comments are as follows":
"The Windego Park Society has laid out a reasonable financial proforma to plan for the construction and operation of an outdoor amphitheater. The fundraising and planning efforts in 2007 will contribute to Phase I construction. Phase I construction includes 50% in kind services. We are anticipating a letter of commitment from the cement union regarding labor for concrete work worth about $80,000. Additional commitments should be completed in 2007."
This is outrageous! So far this language represents nothing but wishful thinking, anticipating preliminary promises. Not only does this professional, Ms Yager, vouch for the construction but the operation of this thing.
We recently received the fund raising letter for Lyrics Arts. They stated that 65% of their operation is covered by ticket sales. The rest is covered by ongoing fund raising.
But somehow this Windego Park Society going in can vouch for being able to cover their operational expenses.
Can you impeach finance directors or city managers for incompetence? Or is it possibly the job of the elected officials to oversee these people ?
The latest is that the financial officer of the City of Anoka, Lori Yager, is now installed as the financial officer over at Paul Pierce's Historical Society. Pierce is on the boards of both Windego Park Society and ACHS.
One individual, Ms. Yager, has now vouched for the City of Anoka, the Windego Park Society and the Anoka County Historical Society. That seems cozy and efficient, doesn't it?
The City of Anoka, it should be noted, is the leasor/landlord to both the Anoka County Historical Society and the Windego Park Society.
I sure wish Bjornite, Aaron Barr, would look into this for any possible conflict of interest. He promised to stay involved and not be afraid of making people nervous by asking the hard questions.