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May 18, 2021

Can O' Worms #15

In an article introduction from a previous post Can O' Worms #13 concerning questions about the recertification of Intelliplex Park, it was stated that local citizen activist, Mike Carpenter had submitted a set of questions on July 30, 2009 to Major Hospital and on July 31 to Shelbyville's mayor. The previous article contained Mike's questions and the answers to those questions that he received from Major Hospital's CEO, Jack Horner.

By contrast, this article, contains only Mike's questions. The mayor reportedly declined to answer the questions out of a concern that the Indiana Economic Development Commission would not look favorably on public discussion of Shelbyville's tech park recertification efforts. You can read the full text of the Memorandum of Understanding referred to in the following questions here.

Mike's questions to the mayor follow:

July 31, 2009

Mayor Scott Furgeson

4 W. Washington St.

Shelbyville, IN 46176

Dear Mayor Furgeson,

I read with great interest your comments in the May 11, 2009 newspaper article concerning the public-private partnership of Intelliplex Park. As a result, I have even more questions for both you and the city's Redevelopment Commission and am requesting a written response to the following. Will you please provide documentation where possible.

QUESTION #1: In the May 11 newspaper article, you state that the IEDC has done absolutely nothing to help us. Given the fact that the language in Item #1 of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) requires the city or the city's designee to continue to employ the services of a developer to market Intelliplex, is it your opinion that the state was obligated to do more? And is there any documentation obligating the state to do more? If your answer is yes, please explain.

QUESTION #2: Did the city employ the services of a recognized real estate developer in accordance with Item #1 of the MOU? Or, was that left up to the hospital as the city's designee? Can you provide examples of their work, such as websites or other marketing materials?

QUESTION #3: Do you think the language in Item #1 of the MOU is intended to relieve the state or the IEDC from the burden of helping market Intelliplex Park and place all of that responsibility on the city? If your answer is yes, will you please explain your reasoning for your comment in the newspaper that the state did not help you?

QUESTION #4: To your knowledge, did the state make any commitments or obligations to provide the city with prospects or business leads? How, in your opinion, can that be corrected? Will you make an effort in that direction and ask for assistance from our state elected officials Sean Eberhart and Jean Leising? Or, Governor Daniels? (after all, our success is his success, too).

QUESTION #5: Is there any indication that an effort was made by the state to comply with the sixth item of the MOU, which merely required either party to contact the other and establish a reporting procedure?

QUESTION #6: Concerning your comment in the May 11 article published in The Shelbyville News (paragraph 16), "the RDC should have owned the land out there because anytime I wanted to make a deal, I had to ask the hospital," do you have any plans for the city to actually acquire property at Intelliplex Park, so that you no longer have to ask the hospital before you can make a deal? Please explain.

QUESTION #7: The following comments were attributed to you in the May 11, 2009 Shelbyville News article: "some things were put in the original application for certification by members of the former administration and Major Hospital that never happened" and "those things are all going to come out." Other than Med Ventures, please explain what other things you were referring to. What exactly never happened or never "took off"?

QUESTION #8: Another comment from the May 11 newspaper article stated "The mayor noted that city, county and hospital officials recently discussed the state's other certified technology parks...". Are you or any other local elected officials, members of Major Hospital's Secret Intelliplex Park Advisory Panel (SIPAP)? By using the word "secret", I mean "public not invited." Will you please give your opinion on how that is supposed to work in a public-private partnership?

QUESTION #9: Is there anything else about Intelliplex Park or Certified tech parks in general that you would like to tell the public?

QUESTION #10: Other than continuing to pay our EDIT dollars, ask questions, and make suggestions based on the answers we receive, how can members of the general public assist in the effort to bring news jobs to our community?


The following questions are intended for the Shelbyville Redevelopment Commission in regards to Resolution #2005-50.

QUESTION #1: Was it the intention of the commission to distribute certified tech park funds to the hospital automatically as the funds were returned from the state or upon closure of each land sale separately as each tract is sold? I was informed that the hospital only receives funds after a deal has been made, not as an automatic entitlement. If this is true, please explain why the resolution does not reflect this.

QUESTION #2: Pursuant to the language in item 10 on page 2 of the RDC resolution #2005-50, is there a written agreement between the hospital and the RDC to distribute funds to the hospital for the use of LAND SALE REPAYMENT?

QUESTION #3: Would you please explain why the term LAND SALE REPAYMENT is used in Resolution #2005-50 on page 3, item #2Aii and 2Bi for the reason to distribute funds to the hospital, and yet the term LAND SALE REPAYMENT does not appear in the list of reasons for which certified tech park funds may be used? Is land sale repayment allowed under the state statute? If so, please provide the statute number for verification.

QUESTION #4: Is anyone on the Shelbyville Redevelopment Commission a member of the hospital Secret Intelliplex Park Advisory Panel (SIPAP, for short)? If so, do they have a secret handshake?

If you need any clarification concerning these questions, please contact me. Upon receipt of your answers, I will forward them to the news media and other interested persons.

Thank you in advance for your time, I look forward to your response.

Best wishes,

Mike Carpenter

Shelbyville, IN

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 14, 2009
Article comment by: Our Grand and Exalted Monarch

"Let's just have another free hot dog and chips day and that'll shut the serfs up for awhile."

"This mess all started when we ended those classy Fat Fish Fridays."

Posted: Monday, September 14, 2009
Article comment by: One Hung-Lo

As usual, great work Mike and Dee. I loved the line about a secret handshake.

Of course these questions won't get answered. What do you think we have here in Shelbyville, a democracy or something?

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