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Former Mayor Weinzapfel weighs in on Ford Center review

The Evansville City Council voted to take a closer look at the books from the Ford Center construction project.

Former Mayor Johnathan Weinzapfel, who was in office when the Ford Center was build, weighs in.

The Ford Center cost well over $1-million and right now officials want to hire an outsider to look at the books.

Monday night, the city council voted to hire a forensic accountant to do the job.

Councilman H Dan Adams made the motion for the hire and he says there are about a half dozen to a dozen issues with the books that have been questioned.

He says this would be limited and specific, but didn't go into what those specifics would be.

Now the Ford Center was the biggest project former Mayor Weinzapfel tackled during his 8 years in office.

He says at first, he wasn't sure what council was proposing with this accountant, but since has learned from a council member that they're wanting to look at some wire transfers.

"There are no problems that I'm aware of," says Weinzapfel. "I have followed up with John Kisk, who was project manager, and Jenny Collins, the City Controller. They're not aware of any issues. But to the extent the people have specific questions about some wire transfer, and apparently some members of city council do, I think they have an obligation to check into those further."

Mayor Winnecke requested they audit the revenue and expense accounts of the Ford Center for the year 2011.

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