Loveland's new City Council was sworn-in and went right to work voting on issues brought to the council by staff for the November 20, 2007 meeting.
See stories (new council sworn-in
and Surety Waiver
). Sam Betters who runs the Loveland Housing Authority, apparently encouraged by Mayor Pielin, requested the council break precedent and abandon requirements for surety bonds on the public improvements required for their Mirasol subsidized housing project currently under construction. Admitting they already received over $600,000 of fee waivers from the city for this single project, Betters said the waiver wasn't finanically necessary but a way to divert money away from insurance brokers and banks.
A new council majority emerged and defeated the request leaving Pielin, Heckel, Rousey (old gaurd) voting alone with newly arrived Carol Johnson. The remaining 5 council members articulated reasons why it was a bad idea and defeated a motion by Johnson to approve the waiver on a 5-4 vote.