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Pre-Annexation called a "bribe" to Annex passes Council
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Loveland City Council defied public input and voted to approve a pre-annexation agreement for property along 402 agreeing to demands of property owners to "pay throught he nose" in a number of ways. 



Councilman Gutierrez and Skowron voted against the annexation while the rest supported and passed the measure.  Councilman Skowron stated;

"Manipulating City of Loveland financial balance sheets to fund the property owners’ demand to annex to Loveland instead of Johnstown is outrageous to me......... It violates my elected fudiciary responsibility. ........Delaying capital improvement projects that will benefit most of the people in our city is highly more important than a sewer system that benefits only a few........Purchasing water at 20% above market value and renting it back to the owner who sold it to us knowing the facts defies any logic.


We will prepare a more detailed report with video clips to be posted this weekend.

2008-02-08 07:46:26 GMT
Comments (8 total)
Author:Anonymous
I couldn't believe that guy Councilor Klassen saying he only buys good deals!!!!! Who is he kidding? How terribly insincere of the city to say we now are not going to reimburse previous annexation negotiation costs but really just transfer that amount to the current cost by increasing the amount to a $125,000 cap. Unless the term "costs" is properly defined I guess it means the Olson family trust (who never had any intention of annexing into Johnstown)will now get the reimbursement they were seeking but just under a new definition. Please stop the shell games you guys - it really makes the city look bad. Loveland having to pay more to annex than Johnstown had to pay the last property they annexed is like a Mercedes dealer having to discount his cars below a Kia dealer to sell one. Maybe it isn't the product that is the problem but the management team they have working the "deal."
--Carol
2008-02-08 16:48:39 GMT
Author:Anonymous
I couldn't believe that guy Councilor Klassen saying he only buys good deals!!!!! Who is he kidding? How terribly insincere of the city to say we now are not going to reimburse previous annexation negotiation costs but really just transfer that amount to the current cost by increasing the amount to a $125,000 cap. Unless the term "costs" is properly defined I guess it means the Olson family trust (who never had any intention of annexing into Johnstown)will now get the reimbursement they were seeking but just under a new definition. Please stop the shell games you guys - it really makes the city look bad. Loveland having to pay more to annex than Johnstown had to pay the last property they annexed is like a Mercedes dealer having to discount his cars below a Kia dealer to sell one. Maybe it isn't the product that is the problem but the management team they have working the "deal."
--Carol
2008-02-08 16:48:50 GMT
Author:Anonymous
I have a question. Why did the sewer line cost estimate drop from $3.7 million to $2.7 million? Is this more convenient bookkeeping by our city manager or did I miss something.
--John
2008-02-08 16:50:14 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Having investigated the feasibilty of the annexation of those properties I can tell you they have no real idea of what that sewer will cost, it would well be double or tripple that, there are not plans and technically its suspect because they have to pump all of 402 to the interchange and then pump it all back, which is a huge distance and contrary to good practice. This whole thing is a crap shoot and a bad fiscal deal for the City, only being done to feed the Pielin and Williams egos.
2008-02-08 18:31:52 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Well, well, well ...
Our tax dollars at work.
--Anonymous
2008-02-09 20:41:51 GMT
Author:Anonymous
What is worse is how the city budget was shifted around so Don Williams could say it wasn't coming from other funds - well of course not since now they will be taxing the general fund for these costs that are not yet defined.
--Art
2008-02-11 06:12:16 GMT
Author:Anonymous
I love the video clips of the meeting on your front page but the music is too loud. Can you provide us a copy of the comments without the music?

Thanks Jen
2008-02-14 03:10:17 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Why did our new councilman Kent Solt vote for this? Has anyone talked with him about it?
--Grace
2008-02-23 05:11:32 GMT
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