County commissioners discuss FedExForum agreement - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

County commissioners discuss FedExForum agreement

As Public Building Authority attorney Charles Carpenter tried to wrap up their dealings with FedExForum, he got an earful from two Shelby County commissioners, including Julian Bolton.

"I feel like we're a partner, but we're a blind partner, as to what is really going on at the arena," Bolton said.

The PBA is asking city and county leaders to pay off final bills at FedExForum including those for contractors and other labor related costs.

Commissioners John Willingham made it clear he still feel questions haven't been answered regarding changes made to the structure.

"We removed portions of the building, we removed a bus terminal, we removed filigree from the outside of the parking garage," Willingham said.

Commissioner Bruce Thompson said he wants the matter settled once and for all.

"I'm tired of clouds, I'm tired of innuendo, tired of the unknown," Thompson said. "I'd like to see the smoke blow away, answer the questions and move on."

Carpenter made it clear many of the questions being asked should be directed to HOOPS, owner of the Grizzlies, or the Sports Authority.

"The PBA had a very narrowly defined scope to oversee construction of the FedExForum which it has done and the project has come in on time and on budget," Carpenter said.

Carpenter urged Commissioners to seek the answers they want but to leave the PBA out of it.

Commissioners put off a vote on releasing final funds to the PBA for two weeks.

City leaders must also sign off, they'll get their chance next week.

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