City Is Responsible ForThunderbolts Financial Losses For The 2016-2017 Hockey SeasonCity Is Also Paying All The Utilities Bills A t The Ford CenterAttached below is the e-mail that Scott A Schoenike the Executive Director of the Ford Center sent Pastor Steve Ary concerning the utilities at the Ford Center and acquisition contracts between VenuWorks and the City of Evansville. Mr. Schoenike answered the questions that we have been asking concerning the Ford Center utilities and Thunderbolts acquisition contracts between VenuWorks and the City of Evansville.We are puzzled why this information wasn’t provided to Pastor Steve Ary, City County Observer or the general public by City Council Finance Chairman Dan McGinn (R), or by City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr.We wonder if our friends with the local main stream media will inform their readers and viewers that the taxpayers of Evansville are responsible for all theThunderbolts financial losses for the 2016-2017 hockey season? We also wonder if they will report that the City of Evansville are paying all the utilities bills at the Ford Center? We predict that they won’t touch this story because they will consider this to be “FAKE NEWS”!POSTED BELOW IS THE UN-EDITED E-MAIL RESPONSE BY MR SCHOENIKE SENT TO PASTOR STEVE ARY CONCERNING THE AGREEMENTS MADE BETWEEN VENUWORKS AND THE CITY OF EVANSVILLE. MR. SCHOENIKE’S E-MAIL SPEAKS FOR ITSELF!Mr. Ary,Please find the information below in response to your questions from Monday night. These answers are provided by Scott Schoenike.Thank you,Ashten StenftenagelDeputy City ClerkOffice of the City Clerk, City of [email protected] MR. SCHOENIKE’S E-MAIL SENT TO PASTOR STEVE ARY VIE DEPUTY CITY CLERK OF EVANSVILLEUtilities 2015: $610,828.14Utilities 2016 $614,363.52The City ultimately ends of paying the utility bill. The process is a little complex but this is the way Harding Shymanski recommended after our annual audit for the city in all years of operation (2011-2016). Since we don’t control the maintenance or operation of the utilities at the Ford Center by contract utilities are not suppose to be paid by VenuWorks. For simplicity VenuWorks pays the utility bills throughout the year, at the end of the year we bill back the city the annual total paid for utilities and then give the city the cash to pay us back. On the line item city budget Fund 0474 and 0408 Arena this adjustment is taken into account and includes utilities being paid in the approximate $1million paid to the city.In regards to the question if the hockey team loses money who pays. It would be paid out of the Ford Center Operating budget which is city funds. The big picture would be the loss of hockey would negatively affect the bottom line of the Ford Center. So the way I look at it is the $1 million operating revenue budgeted for VenuWorks in the City Budget does not change even though hockey operations are now indirectly part of the Ford Center budget. Without hockey at the Ford Center the budgeted $1 million operating revenue would not be possible. ThanksScott A SchoenikeExecutive Directorwww.thefordcenter.comwww.victorytheatre.comManaged by VenuWorks of Evansville, LLCFOOTNOTE: todays “READERS POLL” question is :Do you feel that the majority of our elected officials knowingly withheld information about who is paying the utilities bills at the Ford Center?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
FILE – At left, in a March 20, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving is shown during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. At right, in a May 8, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant is shown during the first half of Game 5 of the team’s second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK — Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA.On Sunday, they were the story of the league.ADVERTISEMENT Just nowhere near as much as the Nets.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine football chief World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games Justin Brownlee gets much-needed help in Ginebra’s bounce-back win View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles An ill-fated trade with Boston in 2013, when the Nets acquired Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in hopes of competing for a championship but didn’t even get out of the second round, cost them years of high draft picks and contributed to them becoming the worst team in the league.They bottomed out at 20-62 in 2016-17, when Durant won NBA Finals MVP in his first season with Golden State after the Warriors beat Irving’s Cleveland Cavaliers for the title.Now they will try to win one together.They might have to wait a year, as Durant could miss next season while recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon. But with Irving taking controls of the offense and a promising young core around him, the Nets should be a playoff team, even while Durant recovers.The Nets got back to the playoffs last season after going 42-40, stamping themselves as a team on the rise. Brooklyn might be able to keep rising all the way to the top after Sunday’s moves.ADVERTISEMENT Even after winning titles in his first two seasons with the Warriors, there was seasonlong speculation that Durant might leave. But much of that speculation had been focused on the Knicks, who had more than $70 million and the ability to sign two top free agents after trading Kristaps Porzingis during the season.Right city, but wrong team.The Nets felt confident with what they could offer, from their roster, to their medical staff, to their facilities. And when they made a cap-clearing trade last month, they became even more attractive by freeing up salary to bring in two stars.Irving wasn’t expected to be one of them a few months ago, after he’d said last fall he planned to re-sign in Boston. But despite his good stats it was a bad season for him with the Celtics, who were considered an Eastern Conference favorite but instead lost in the second round.Irving became frustrated and reconsidered his plans, deciding his future was not in Boston, but in Brooklyn. Now he’ll play for the team he watched while growing up in New Jersey, where the Nets played before moving to Barclays Center in 2012.Even when the Nets had better teams, the Knicks still got more attention and it sometimes felt as if they would always be the marquee team in the city.That changed Sunday in a New York minute.The Nets were not only the talk of the town but of the whole league, and when the Knicks were shut out early on, they took the rare step of commenting about their situation.“While we understand that some Knicks fans could be disappointed with tonight’s news, we continue to be upbeat and confident in our plans to rebuild the Knicks to compete for championships in the future, through the draft, targeted free agents and continuing to build around our core of young players,” Knicks President Steve Mills said in a statement.The Knicks eventually agreed to deals with forwards Julius Randle, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis, so they did get something. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple.They landed two of the top players available, both perennial All-Stars and NBA champions, and they weren’t finished. They also added center DeAndre Jordan, who played with Durant and Irving on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal, and veteran swingman Garrett Temple.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt was such a powerful victory that the crosstown Knicks even put out a statement acknowledging their fans’ disappointment, just three hours after shopping season had started.And it was even more remarkable given where the Nets were not long ago.