Mayor Jim Schmitt will host a budget open house on November 1st at City Hall. Residents who would like to learn more about the City’s 2018 budget are encouraged to attend. Senior staff members will be present to answer questions. The event will take place at City Hall, 100 N. Jefferson Street, Room 604, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.
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Today five members of the Green Bay Common Council, Alders Zima, Steuer, De Wane, Wery and Nicholson, took it upon themselves to file a complaint with the District Attorney’s office alleging that my administration lied about Hotel Northland finances.
The allegations lobbed by the five elected officials, and their explanations of the events that transpired in the last 10 months regarding the Hotel Northland, reveal a deep misunderstanding of financing and banking. Furthermore, the alders do not comprehend the most basic issue, namely that the City does not own the hotel. At several junctures this past year, the City did its best to support the completion of the hotel, and worked tirelessly with other lenders in the capital stack to that end.
Senior staff members Kevin Vonck and Vanessa Chavez are well-versed and experienced in creating contracts, development agreements and the like. Dr. Vonck and Attorney Chavez are advocates for the city and will work to their utmost capabilities to bring innovative development to our community. In contrast are the five elected officials who stood before the public today.
If not for these alders’ obstructionist tactics, the Hotel Northland would have long been open by now.
I am disheartened by the inaccurate and malicious statements made by Ald. Zima during the
press conference he called today regarding the Hotel Northland. In it, he accused not only the
Mayor of wrongdoing, but also me and Dr. Kevin Vonck. These issues have been vetted in
public for the last 10 months, and at no time has Alder Zima taken the opportunity to discuss any
of these issues directly with me. We have been forthcoming throughout this entire process, and
have answered all questions by alders when asked. To put it simply, we did not offer money to
settle the private dispute between Mr. Harenda and Mr. Frantz. Claiming that we did is an
absurd spin on the situation. We were asked to mediate a quickly deteriorating partnership, and
in doing so, were asked to support a request to the Council and RDA for certain funds. We made
clear that RDA and Council approvals were necessary, and that any contribution by the City
could only be used for the Hotel Northland project. In addition, the Alder alleges that the City
caused the defaults with Huntington Bank by going outside the disbursement agreement. This is
patently false. The City distributed the funds with the consent of all the lenders, including
Huntington, and the Borrower defaulted, not the City. The implications that City officials
misused City funds or somehow acted inappropriately with City finances is untenable. While I
have yet to receive a copy of the complaint, I look forward to cooperating with any investigation
in this matter so that we may put these allegations to bed once and for all.
Vanessa R. Chavez
The Green Bay Public Works Department is announcing the closure of South Military Avenue at the railroad crossing between Western Avenue and Leo Street on Tuesday, October 10th.
Starting at 6 a.m., crews will close Military Avenue from Western Avenue to the Shopko driveway. A detour route will be established along West Mason Street, Fisk Street, and Shawano Avenue. Trucks should travel South Taylor Street and Shawano Avenue. The roadway is expected to open by 4 p.m.
Access to businesses will be maintained. All lane restrictions and work operations are weather dependent and subject to change. Motorists should anticipate backups, use caution while driving through the work zone, and travel alternate routes to avoid the closure.