She said that she had read Mourning Facebook page and thought
things were going in the wrong direction.
Hoefle moved on saying that in articles written by Lincoln Daily
News on March 7th, Tom O’Donohue had said that the Chamber/LCA had,
on the whole, finished the year in the black. Hoefle said that was
incorrect. According to information provided in an abbreviated
annual report at the Annual Dinner in January, adding up the numbers
it appeared that the Chamber/LCA had lost $154,000 in 2015.
Neitzel said that in the previous presentation by Hoefle, the
council had been very receptive to her and heard her concerns.
Neitzel now, however, wondered if the questions being presented
should not be for the city, but rather for the LCA Board.
Hoefle said she was putting the questions out to the city council
because they were anticipating a vote for or against the audit, and
she wanted them to understand the concerns fully.
Neitzel said okay, and Hoefle began to move on.
However, Michelle Bauer asked if her presentation on this night was
a re-hash of the previous one.
Hoefle said no it was not, she had new information she wanted to
She said she had gone through the article by LDN and had new
questions. She began with how the voting for the new LCA board had
been conducted with the assignment of voters based on monetary
contribution to the new organization.
She said that the report showed the city was “in” for $60,000. She
wanted to know whether or not the city had promised the $60,000 in
Bauer said that as the new organization was starting up, it had to
look at its sources of income, just as any new business would. She
added that yes, perhaps there had been discussions, but no the city
had not obligated itself to that dollar amount in 2014. The
resolution to be involved with the LCA through an economic
development agreement did not occur until 2015.
Hoefle went on to say that the weighted voting model gave votes to
various organizations based on their financial contributions. At
that time, the financial contribution by the Chamber was recorded at
$440,000. Hoefle said that figure was inaccurate and that the real
contribution by the Chamber in 2015 was only $111,000. She said it
looked like the Chamber’s voting power had been “boosted” based on
Next Hoefle’s said she wanted to address comments made on Mourning’s
Facebook page because those posts did relate to her PowerPoint
Writers note: Todd
Mourning has a Facebook page set up specifically as the Ward 3
Alderman for the city of Lincoln. After each meeting, he makes a
short video highlighting the events of the meeting. He also from
time to time, posts commentary in addition to the video.
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She said that Mourning had commented on her power point presentation on his
page, but had posed no questions during the city council meeting. She commented,
“He did speak about by Power Points in essence, but had no questions here. When
it is a public forum, the public forum is here (in city council).”
Mourning responded saying there was so much in the PowerPoint that it was too
much to process at the time (of the presentation). He continued, “I had asked
Mr. Hoefle for a copy of the presentation before hand so that we could review it
and then have good questions.” Mourning said he was told no. Leslie Hoefle
responded saying, “He (Rick Hoefle) didn’t even get it, why would you get it?
And why would you go through my questions?”
Hoefle moved on to another post from Mourning’s page, reading aloud, “I find it
interesting that the group that has personal grievances against the Logan County
Alliance is the same group that questions every dollar we spend as a council.”
She asked Mourning, “Due diligence? Does due diligence qualify as a personal
Hoefle read another excerpt from Mourning, “Yet, this same group is willing to
spend your tax money on an independent audit that has not yet proven to have any
basis.” She said that on the Alliance documents alone, doing the math “it’s more
than enough proof.”
Neitzel once again raised her gavel to call a halt to the one-on-one debate.
Mourning interjected to Hoefle that she had her opinion, and was entitled to
his. Neitzel then spoke, “I think you’ve given us reason to think about whether
there should be an audit, so let’s end on that note please.”
City of Lincoln: Vote to request
independent audits of Logan County Alliance and Tourism Bureau