"There were just bigger fish to fry and bigger things to go after," said Deputy Public Safety Director Valeria Washington. She says the fire watch money was negotiated away.
Last year, the city made lease payments of $57,000 a month for a total of nearly $700,000.
Where did the money come from?
Washington says IMPD is footing part of the bill for leasing space at the ROC.
"We did have to shift some things around," said Washington. "Having to budget for $700,000 is a pretty good chunk of change, so there are some things that we've probably had to reprioritize."A council oversight committee established to review the ROC deal is being stonewalled, and Republican members of the committee appear determined to ensure that all of the corruption surrounding this deal gets swept under the rug.
"We don't have the basic loan documents detailing how much Mr. Carroll and his entities borrowed," announced Councilman Fred Biesecker, who says he has been asking the Office of Corporation Council since November 15 to turn over key documents.
City attorney Andy Siehart says he took over in July of last year and shares the committee's frustration.
"Some documents we simply don't have. I don't have the loan documents," he told the committee. "There's no file that I can go to to say, 'Here they all are.'"I hope to have more information in the near future about former Public Safety Director Frank Straub's unclean hands in this sordid matter. Meanwhile, Mayor Ballard will go on blaming the taxpayers for not paying enough in taxes as the reason there isn't enough money to fund public safety.