The lame-duck City Council knew by 7:30 PM on November 6, that at least three members would not be returning to vote at their next meeting.
The City Manager, in complete disregard for the public process, rushed through the final passage of two major property purchases by the city for millions of dollars not previously budgeted that will tie the hands of the new city councils for the next ten years. One, a 98 acre parcel on I-25, is completely without precedent and puts the City of Loveland into the land speculation business.
Councilman Walt Skowron attempted to better understand the 98 acre deal and asked pertinent questions regarding the funding, process and need for hasty action. Instead of answers he received personal insults and mocking by his colleague Larry Heckel. The videos tell the entire story and also show the city manager trying to downplay or obfuscate the fact $3 million of the $4 million being appropriated was coming directly from fire safety funds.