“To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.”
Submitted by Name: IN His Words
Comments: Henderson actually wanted to pull the ordinance. Vote was unanimous to table. But many were supporting giving away money. In the minutes you'll notice Rick Berry crying about Crony Capitalism. One has to wonder if he would say the same thing today since he's a Midcor supporter now.
Cooke sits in on everything. Remember, he is the real Mayor of Madison.
Added: February 4, 2016 08:15:50 AM
Submitted by Name: Karma guy
Comments: Envision this: in a small Midwest town, somewhere on the Ohio River is a gang of 8 people so arrogant they cut off their nose to spite their face and end up in the legal twilight zone where they are embarrassed and shamed publicly and have to pay back all legal fees county government has spent defending against their temper tantrum. Hahahaha...
Stay tuned folks it looks like a brand new series has been released by Welch and Friends.
Added: February 4, 2016 08:08:53 AM
Submitted by Name: Just asking
Comments: Wasn't it Henderson who pushed to table the work to clean up the loan funds? I was thinking Henderson , Hodges and Berry were the committee and Cook sat in too?
I also recall that JCIDC announced they didn't want to be the city's loan clerk anymore. Seems they didn't want to do collection calls when people got behind. That was part of the problem when they had responsibility before now. They let people borrow money but never followed up when they didn't pay it back. OF COURSE THE OTHER PROBLEM WAS THEY WERE GOING TO LOAN MONEY TO THE BANKRUPT WIFE OF AN IEDC EMPLOYEE. That group of what Tami calls volunteers and others call crooks decided bribing public employees was a great idea.
Added: February 4, 2016 07:58:17 AM
Submitted by Name: Tam
Comments: You are welcome. I'm sorry I didn't have the name of the third person. I'm sure I will know later this morning. I just have a feeling that certain persons reputations will be damaged needlessly in this entire process.
In addition I fail to see the value to JCIDC considering they have placed themselves under heavy public scrutiny at a time they can ill afford "to air their dirty laundry". They are facing a jury trial sometime later this year related to their decision to invite & instigate what I believe has been described as "frivolous" legal action against Jefferson County. Switzerland County has long ago abandoned JCIDC & settled in favor of Jefferson County thanks to leadership by two of the county commissioners. Therefore, JCIDC stands alone with only their past actions & reputation on their side heading into what will surely be a difficult legal battle for them.
Added: February 4, 2016 07:50:13 AM
Submitted by Name: In His Words
Comments: This is from the Minutes of the Feb 7, 2012 City Council minutes.
"Mayor Welch informed the council that they are close to finalizing a proposal to the Council standing Finance Committee of Review involving the revolving loan funds and microloan fund. As part of the proposal, there will be an amendment to City Ordinance 35.16 that will remove EDP or MiDCOR from the process. "
There was an ordinance introduced--2012-3. However on second reading, it was tabled and basically died.
Mayor Welch has never announced he lifted the suspension of the revolving loan fund or why he now believes Midcor should run the program when in the past he wanted them gone.
Added: February 4, 2016 07:46:55 AM
Submitted by Name: Just saying
Comments: So by agreeing to manage the city's political favors slush fund again JCIDC is their own worst enemy because they refused to give the public the information they are required to give and that just starts getting the entire county all riled up again? Maybe they just didnt want questions because they know they don't have answers to them or they're just still arseholes that don't care if they do things legal or not. It's not like JCIDC has ever been the best and brightest people. Their reputation is pretty much you're either a crooked politician , a dumb business owner or unethical greedy industry or bank manager.
Added: February 4, 2016 07:28:50 AM
Submitted by Name: Let the Sun Shine
Comments: Tami, bravo on sharing another side of this story. It seems Ms McIntosh is just a victim of Midcor/JCIDC and the way they have always done business. Let's not leave Welch and Cooke out of this. They love out of sight decisions.
I understand Mr. Auxier was at last night's meeting. Knowing his history of being an advocate for open and transparent government, I hope he uses his expertise in this area to help shine the light on all the hidden away details.
I also await our mostly new City Council stance on this. I believe most ran on "transparency." Let's see if those were just words or they actually mean it. I for one will be watching closely.
Thank you Tami for all your information that you have shared in a very balanced way.
Added: February 4, 2016 07:23:11 AM
Submitted by Name: Tami
Comments: I state all this because I believe it's unfortunate Mr.Ungru, Mr. Goley and others did not provide the public information the public is entitled to know. Ms McIntosh has legally & ethically done what she is supposed to do even though the city & Jcidc have once again failed to do their job. Her loan is not a 20 plus year low interest handout from political pals. It is a low interest 7 year term for gap funding. She has "skin in the game".
In certain persons defense, Mr. Goley hails from the private banking arena & therefore discussing details of any loan publicly would be unfamiliar & even abhorrent to him Mr. Ungru may simply not know the past "shenanigans". Who would you pick that would have been honest & informed enough to tell him? Did JCIDC do what they were supposed to do- clearly not because they didn't or couldn't answer simple questions from the public. Did they know they were subject to such scrutiny? I doubt it. What will happen next? My guess is JCIDC will suffer a flurry of public records requests which will show they did not follow reasonable procedures nor did they comply with public access as it relates to publicly funded loan programs; at which point public scrutiny, negative outcomes etc will weigh heavily on the organization as they head into a very public legal battle with the county they are destined to lose and lose big. The timing is simply horrible FOR JCIDC- But none of that is Ms McIntoshs fault.
Added: February 4, 2016 07:11:27 AM
Submitted by Name: End result
Comments: Revolving loan stuff - So what does it mean? What happens next -'so what? Who cares?
Added: February 4, 2016 07:06:01 AM
Submitted by Name: We Know Nothing
Comments: Tami, thank you for giving us more information than we have from Midcor or our city government.. Ms. McIntosh may have a sound business plan but none of us know that. My problem is with the process.
There were I believe two executive sessions and then just a vote. We don't know what the process entails and there is no oversight by the City. According to the ordinance, this "Committee" can give up to 75K to anyone they feel like without defending it. They get the EXCLUSIVE RIGHT to determine the process. If you watch the video from last night as I did, all a minute or so long, you see the arrogance of Midcor from Ungru. They are above the public's need to know anything.
If this program is to continue, it needs to be put under the complete control of City government and that is City Council. They must approve ALL expenditures. We do not need non-elected persons who work behind closed doors making those decisions and giving away our money. There is no accountability.