“There have been character concerns raised, through unsolicited feedback, from our community regarding previous financial dealings and projects that have taken place between the owners of ANS and employees, family members and business partners,” he later stated in an e-mail.
“These red flags make it difficult for me to support the grant request when it puts the city’s money at greater risk than we believe is necessary. We understand that most grant requests will come from small- or medium-sized businesses, who may need the money to help fulfill orders, production or equipment purchasing needs, so there is inherently some risk. However, those risks, combined with additional financial concerns and character issues of the requestor, in this case, cannot be overlooked and would be reviewed in any request.”
Mayor Rick Fledderman added, “We have to do our due diligence ... and scrutinize things very closely. Our reputation is on the line.”
Members were going to hold a special meeting April 25 to make a decision on the grant request. However, prior to that, ANS officials provided updated financial information for members to review. “In fairness to all parties, we felt it was best to postpone this meeting,” the mayor revealed.
A decision will be made at a later date.
Diane Raver can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.