Redevelopment Commission Selects New PR Firm
(posted Sept 22)
Speedway Redevelopment Commission has now hired its third public relation
firm since 2006. The commission approved the Hirons & Company contract
with a 4-0-1 vote at its September 15 meeting. The commission's action
also back dated the contract to become effective September 1.
Commissioner Steve Bishop abstained from the vote since his request to
delay action to a special session was overridden by the other commissioners.
President Vince Noblet did not want to delay because of the urgency to
get a lot of information out to the public. Bishop requested a postponement
to give him adequate time to review the proposals. He said that it may
have been his fault for not pushing to get the information for review.
The commission was willing to allow him to vote based on a contingency
approval, but that discussion never materialized into action.
Commissioner Benny Grove believed they were hiring a top notch firm that
has experience with working with redevelopment commissions across the state.
Hirons & Company Executive Assistant Kayla Biggerstaff said her firm
is now working on the Carmel Redevelopment Project.
Redevelopment Commission Executive Director Scott Harris said the commission
interviews were conducted in an "individual session" when Navigator
asked when the interviews transpired since notice was not given to the
media. The Navigator also asked if Biggerstaff's participation in the Charette
was part of the interview process. Harris said that it was not to his "knowledge"
that it was part of the interviewing process. He said Biggerstaff resides
in town and is concerned with the town's future.
Commissioner Bill Jones said the commission needs to improve on its "internal communication."