The Current’s recent coverage of the Carmel Redevelopment Commission (Officials divided on loan payment, Feb. 18) was excellent in simplifying an extremely complex situation. However, CRC member Jeff Worrell was quoted as saying, “The reason we are confused is because Diana never asked (the CRC) for any documentation … I have a copy of the contract myself.”
Worrell’s comment deserves factual scrutiny.
First, the public records clearly show that Clerk-Treasurer Diana Cordray in fact, did ask the CRC for documentation. Among other contacts, two members of the CRC and the CRC financial advisor were consulted and responded privately on Feb. 3, 5 and 10, and also publicly on Feb. 17.
Second, Worrell’s assertion that he “has a copy of the contract,” is revealing. In fact, there were at least five contracts (not one), as well as a stack of other supporting documents which often conflicted in their content. Again, two CRC members and the financial advisor admitted that those complexities made the Clerk-Treasurer’s job difficult. On Feb. 10 and 17, the CRC acknowledged the problems and pledged to provide greater clarity and transparency in the future.
All of these facts were publicly disclosed at the Feb. 17 city council meeting (video can be viewed on the city’s website). The CRC president admitted that the CRC’s transactions were extremely complex, and CRC representatives constructively promised improved future communication.
These facts directly contradict Worrell’s assertion that “Diana never asked us,” and indicate that Worrell is not factually informed. The CRC’s official Feb. 17 response was constructive, appreciated and lays the groundwork for future improvements. With sincere respect, I hope that Worrell can take a more constructive position in the future, as well.
Mike Shaver, 46032