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Entry for August 8, 2007
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The Loveland City Council approved their City Manager's request Tuesday night (Aug. 7) to discuss the McWhinney proposal to use sales tax dollars to buy a trolley attraction for Grand Station in secret at their next meeting.  An open meeting to hear public input on the proposal was scheduled for weeks after the secret session.  The open meeting will take place on August 28, 2007.



Councilman Walt Skowron told the city manager his justification for discussing the matter in private "is quite a stretch."



State law requires locally elected officials to meet and do business in public.  A few exceptions exist inlcuding the ability to "negotiate" certain agreements or property acquisitions where public release of the data could give an unfair advantage to the other side in the negotiation or another interested party.



The Loveland City Council never directed the city manager to renogotiate the MFA (Master Financing Agreement) and several councilmembers have already said publicly the MFA is closed and another change will not be considered.



Don Williams presented the City Council some specious reasoning to try and justify bringing the trolley desicion into a secret session where next steps will be carefully coriographed.  Any thoughts?
2007-08-08 07:26:37 GMT
Comments (7 total)
Author:Anonymous
This is not acceptable. The people of Loveland will also get a chance to vote in secret this November. McWhinney should pay attention.
--Carl
2007-08-09 08:38:07 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Why is it that most developers are required to provide infrastructure out of their own pockets and McWhinneys are not? If they want to provide a trolley system around McWhinneyville, then they should be allowed to do so. If someone wants to ride the trolley, pay a quarter or use 'chits' provided by the merchants, but PULEEZE don't ask for public funds to buy/operate buses with (which is what the 'trolleycars' will be - too expensive to lay tracks).
--Pinchme
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2007-08-09 19:03:17 GMT
Author:Anonymous
What next? Will lovelanders just sit by and watch this issue get decided in private?
2007-08-10 19:34:36 GMT
Author:Anonymous
It is completely wrong, unethical and unjustifiable for the Council to go into closed meeting for this purpose. THe Sunshine Law does not allow them to discuss such matters in private. There was no request by City Council to "negotiate" with McWhinney...the developer's request was a yes or no matter. If they go into closed session for this, they can do it for ANY development proposal or change to one. Someone ought to bring this as a violation of the state's "Sunshine" law. It isn't enough for Skowron to merely vote against going into closed meeting; by participating in it he is equally wrong. We need some new Council members who will stop this abuse!
--Digger
2007-08-16 04:25:26 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Tax money for a trolley and PRIVATE parking garage (yes, Grand Station is a privaye development). This used to be called corruption. Oh, it still is called corruption.
--Anonymous
2007-08-17 02:08:46 GMT
Author:Anonymous
I think the Mayor has no clue how unpopular he is in this community. Do you know anyone who wants to thank him for giving away power over the city to the McWhinneys. It is time to get new people on City Council.
--Jared
2007-08-18 14:33:27 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Jared, you are wrong. He and the others have a clue so now they are hiding in secret meetings to help McWhinneys while pretending in public to be against the trolley.

they make me sick.
--Gonzalo
2007-08-20 04:59:49 GMT
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