The Colorado Open Meeting law defines the rights of citizens to know of public business discussed by their elected officials. The statute defines the acceptable method for providing notice of upcoming meetings and states that the posted agenda "shall include specific agenda information where possible."
On Jan. 11, the Grand Junction City Council held a meeting in the hospitality room of the Lincoln Park tower. The agenda that was posted prior to the meeting said only that the Council was having a "retreat." When people hear the word "retreat," thoughts turn to high-priced speakers talking of improving communication skills followed by everyone sitting in a circle in the dark while singing "Kumbaya."
But that is not what happened at the Council "retreat." In fact, a second agenda existed that was delivered to the Council. This agenda included a broad range of topics including: a tax increase on developers, avoiding TABOR provisions, putting taxpayers in debt, the airport, Brady Trucking, the Matchett property, marijuana outlets, and more.
This is yet another example of Council members attempting to keep their deliberations behind closed doors. Their arrogance has become so extreme that they blatantly violate state law.
Bill Pitts, Laura Luke, and Tom Kenyon are up for election on April 2. I hope voters will express their displeasure for the lack of respect given to city citizens by replacing the three incumbents.