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If the JCTB only had a little over seventy one thousand in bank and the other in savings, why are they giving Regatta fifty thousand. This is ludicrous. The Ribberfest and Chautauqua dont ask for money. No money no boat race. How are they going to fund VMI? There are salaries to pay. Then the city is giving them that much also. Bull!! Our tax dollars help paying for a drunken boat race. Just saying.

Added: April 7, 2021, 08:17, PM
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There is one thing you can always count on about Madison; Nobody knows where the money went!!

These not-for-profits and their oversight boards usually end up with their cookies stolen from the cookie jar.

I remember when a local Boy Scout leader helped himself to the the local chapter's funds.

My point, if there is money involved there will be a thief hiding in the bushes - guaranteed...

Don't take my word for it -- check back over the years. Oh! and don't forget how the city and county both somehow don't know where the money went.

Scratch your head here. We just caught a thief with her hands all over the cookie jar (proven beyond a doubt) and she gets promoted into a higher position in her public job. Really!
:!mad:


Added: April 7, 2021, 03:57, PM
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I spoke with Regatta president Mr. Thorpe who was very helpful. He was unable to arrive at 5:30 for the JCBT meeting but did return to town around 7pm but that was well after the presentation. Mr. True filled in for the request. They originally wanted 75k but received 50 for the event and 10 for marketing. Mr. Thorpe was open and helped me gather information many have asked JB for. I will post more once I sort out my notes.

Added: April 7, 2021, 02:27, PM
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To Whatthe: with her history I would call the gas company and demand that they go in to the building and inspect it to make sure that it is fixed properly. There is no requirements for the gas company to go back in after repairs are made. Call them up and explain the situation and ask them to do a follow-up.

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Seems to me the reason Mr. True was referenced is that he is the one who apperared on regional television. And he also was the person that appeared before the JCBT. Mr. Thorpe may be the president but, for all intents and purpose. Mr. True is acting as the spokesperson for the regatta.

Added: April 7, 2021, 01:13, PM
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Just to explain, I reference Mr. True for one reason, he at this time appears to be the spokes person for Regatta. I do not know why Mr. Thorpe appears to be MIA and the face of the Regatta for the next two years but he is.

Added: April 7, 2021, 01:12, PM
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I was reading back through some of this history and saw ms. Sanchez long unattended gas leak in her building.Has it been repaired? I just want to know if there is any need to worry since I live nearby.I have smelled natural gas a lot and has the gas company down to inspect my property a couple of times. They couldn't find it and they did look around the neighborhood a bit. I don't want someone to get hurt. She seems to have a bad habit of letting her property go. Letting the trash pill up and so forth. Some of the characters that hand around the back of that place that are meeting others there look unsavory.Can anyone answer this? I'm just a bit concerned.

Added: April 6, 2021, 10:27, PM
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we need to rename ja berry drive to sutton drive,it was in very poor taste to name it after a pollitician to begin with. cpl. sutton gave his life. he is only jeff co sheriff dept to give his life. lets not forget that

Added: April 6, 2021, 10:22, PM
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I understand that it "looks bad" that the records & documents weren't available to the state police. I can't say or do anything to make that easier for a community which has been down this road before with Regatta. There is a long history of distrust & doubt that has circled the event for at least as long as I have lived here- which is over 30 years. I can tell you that in my opinion Regatta (despite past problems) has been the leader in making Madison a regional 4th of July destination. Despite the obvious split in the community as to the value of supporting a dying sport- we should look at all aspects...IMO- for what it is worth as an owner of a tourism based business- having an event which brands one as a tourism destination is very valuable. Whether one likes the boat race or not- has little to do with the fact that 4th of July in Madison Indiana was built upon its back. We dont need to keep the boat race to continue enhancing that brand but we do need to transition to newer, more in demand activities- I believe this is why Regatta members added the music event & why they continue to look for ways to expand their event to draw a stronger market.

I am not suggesting that the boat race continue as it is. Many believe H1 has "one foot in the grave" and 5x5 is unable to draw crowds and compete against multiple more popular fall festivals- citizens are complaining that its past time they combine for one 4th of July. I've no idea the extent of the bad blood between the groups but obviously neither locals nor tourists are interested in two "boat" events. If there was such demand neither event would be "begging" public dollars year after year. (each has asked JCBT a minimum of 3 times) However, both groups have tried to enhance their event & that will make or break them moving forward because its doubtful citizens will support dumping public dollars into events that cant seem to fund themselves- or if you are correct- hide cash and assets in order to acquire public funds and deceive public officials.

Still, I honestly believe that JCBT and the city understand the importance of maintaining Madison as a regional 4th of July tourism destination. I believe Regatta is now reaching out to collaborate with local groups to provide leadership (and funding) for some of the local activities such as the water ball fight. The fireworks display is another example that transitioned to community driven several years ago; the parade is a city event. Long gone are the popular hot air balloon race and 3 on 3 basketball tourney. I'm sure there are others but I'm not familiar with the history to speak accurately.

I'm not sure why you reference Mr. True as you do. Mr. Thorpe is the president of Regatta- he replaced Mr.True. Mr. Thorpe returned my call but I was unable to answer so I will reach out again today. I know the "numbers dont add up" for what Mr. True stated before COVID. There may very well be "money in the bank" that Regatta doesn't want to disclose. My guess is you are not alone in your concern that public dollars are going to a group that has adequate cash and assets. Others are concerned its a waste of dollars because they see the immense decline in H1 racing; some cling to the long history of money mismanagement and say they shouldn't be trusted. However and as you so clearly explain, the majority of persons are upset because of Mr.True's public statement that Regatta was finally in a strong financial position.


Added: April 7, 2021, 10:47, AM
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Well, I have finally had a chance to digest Tami's response and I do have some concerns. First, yes there was or may still be going on, a police investigation instigated by the current leadership. I would have liked the disclaimer that was finally issued that no arrests have been made in that investigation. Leaving it open ended like that leads to the community being suspicious of the organization regardless of who is in charge. Second, Mr. True stated at the JCBT meeting that they had 35,000 people at the event. With a minimum of a $20 ticket (which I believe is on the low end) that is $750,000 of income not including the sponsors less $563,000 of operating expenses that Mr. True references, that means they should have close to $200K in the bank, plus pre sales from last years event. Appears to me that the sponsorship dollars really aren't needed to put on the event. Finally, In September 2017, the organization owed around $54K in payables had debt to H1 and on the building (it is in their minutes). I do not believe that adds up to $179K. I point this out because Mr. True is bashing prior administrations while trying to make himself look good (Normal political stuff). Just want the records to be set straight is all. I hope the event moves forward well and makes a lot of money. Don't envy the members at this point with such a short timeframe.

Added: April 7, 2021, 09:34, AM
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