Host Joe Hren sat down with Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan to share his thoughts from the embezzlement scheme, the end of the legislative session and progress on the new transportation center.
Listen to their full conversation above.
Here are some highlights:
Hren: Did the new parking meter income help hide that fact that money was being embezzled from the public works budget?
Kruzan: No, there are a few theories out there that make sense when you think of it in a vacuum, but we are 100% sure this is not the case. This isn’t missing money, that’s the unusual thing. This was a clever system in which invoices were falsified but legitimate and accounted for within budget.
Hren: What stuck out at you during the legislative session now that the statehouse is wrapping up?
Kruzan: The biggest success of the session was what didn’t happen and that’s HJR-3 and the fact that discrimination wasn’t institutionalized into our state’s constitution I think is the greatest success of the legislative session. I don’t know that the issue has gone away so we need to remain vigilant, but it was important.
Hren: Won’t be long spring will be here and residents will be ready to be outside, any update from the parks department?
Kruzan: The next big thing is making progress on the switchyard development. That’s 69 acres that will forever be public ownership and not turned over for private development. The challenge is the price tag of developing a project like that. It could be a decade worth of development because it will probably be a $35 million dollar development. This year we’ll begin to identify phasing, what we can afford to do when and start to look at bonding authority for the first phase.