On Saturday in his Chat Kendall Wallace seemed to be channeling his buddy Bill Taupier and making comments on an RFP that he apparently hasn’t read and was NOT written by Mr. Taupier who wrote the original agreement with Mill City Management back in 2006.
Since his ring wasn’t kissed because the City was looking to avoid any Conflict of Interest charges due to Mr. T being a Trustee of the Auditorium and presumably having a good relationship with GM Peter Lally.Mr. Taupier has been sharing his ‘concern” with Mr. Wallace, George Anthes and anyone else who would be inclined to NOT do any checking and parrot his concern to make people think the Manager and City are up to no good.
I posted about this two weeks ago but in light of Saturday’s Chat have decided to Post the original agreement with Mill City which included the RFP written by the one and only gifted and absolutely brilliant man William Taupier and the new RFP which is a basic copy of MR. Bill’s Original to see if once and for all the whining can be put to bed.(seriously doubt that)
For instance this can be found in BOTH Versions:
2) “City Events and Activities”
a) The term “City Events and Activities” as used in this document shall mean use of the Facility by the City for events for which no admission is charged and/or to which the general public or groups are invited at a discounted admission rate, including but not limited to commencement exercises, musical concerts, recitals, public addresses, debates, conferences, auditions, seminars, and other cultural commercial, athletic, civic, instructional or ceremonial functions of the City.
3) “Other Events and Activities”
a) The term “Other Events and Activities” as used in this document shall mean all other operations conducted by Contractor at the Facility other than City Events and Activities.
a) The term “Trustees” as used in this document will mean the Trustees of the Lowell Memorial Auditorium
One of the IMPROVEMENTS in the NEW RFP is this: Bold Mine
14) Contractor acknowledges that the Lowell Memorial Auditorium was constructed and dedicated as a living memorial “To the Men and Women of Lowell Who Were in the Service of This Country in the Wars in Which the United States has been engaged (spec. Act 1919, Ch. 148). Contractor agrees to extend to any duly organized Veterans Group of the City of Lowell every reasonable consideration including, but not limited to, rental waivers, custodial services, and any other customary services which might help or enhance any Veterans’ use of the Facility that has occurred in the past. Furthermore, Contractor agrees to make as a condition to any Concession Activity Contract that five (5) percent of the concession’s net profits, not to exceed Five Thousand and 00/100 ($5,000) dollars yearly, be paid to the Lowell Veteran’s Counsel by said Concessionaire(s), on or before July 30th of each year of the Agreement.
The current agreement caps it at $2,000.
I’ve pointed out that the biggest difference is the city doesn’t commit to providing any funds in this RFP.
While anyone who has dealt with Tom McKay and Mill City Management (especially with Peter Lally) will tell you how great they are, myself included, can we NOT jump to the conclusion that the Auditorium will revert back to a dilapidated building if we don’t have NATIVE LOWELLIANS or Locals running it and and admit that the city can write an RFP without having to appear before the great and powerful TAUP!