The Carbondale Observer

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CCTB Board – Clarification and Additional Information

with 3 comments

Earlier this week I wrote a post about the CCTB board’s decision to increase its voting membership as a tactic to evade public oversight. Carbondale city council member Chris Wissmann, who is also a city-appointed CCTB board member wrote in with some additional information. With his permission, I’m quoting him below:

Technically, before Monday, the board consisted of seventeen members, but two – Mayor Fritzler and Karl Maple from Jerry Costello’s office – are non-voting members. In a practical sense, the board had fifteen voting members.

The board will technically now have thirty-one members, the same two of whom (the Mayor and Jerry Costello’s representative) are non-voting, driving up the voting members of the board to twenty-nine.

I attended the meeting and didn’t support the expansion. Among other points, I stated to the Tourism Board that the city provides more than seventy percent of the Tourism Bureau’s revenue, and this measure will reduce our appointees to the Tourism Bureau’s board to about thirty percent. The only other board member to oppose the expansion was the Jackson County Board’s representative, Ed Benyas.

I may address this further at the Tuesday, April 3 city-council meeting.

I want to thank Mr. Wissmann for writing in with the information. I also would like to thank Mr. Wissmann and Mr. Benyas for voting against the board expansion. I hope Wissmann and the rest of the council can find a way to bring the CCTB under the control of the public, which provides its funds.

Comments are welcome.


Written by The Carbondale Observer

March 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm

3 Responses

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  1. Without going into the details of the controversy at CCTB, and it is a “CONTROVERSY”, does anyone have an operative theory why the Southern Illinoisan has resolutely refused to cover the story?


    April 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm

  2. It would be a shame if they lost the CCTB advertising or their food writer ……. Just a theory!!


    April 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

  3. Anon 12:13 – I don’t have any theory on why the Southern won’t cover the CCTB issue aside from the theory Anon 6:12 offers below. The Southern doesn’t seem to be a very good paper.

    Thanks for the comments!

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