Oak Creek The Oak Creek Town Board agreed Thursday night to release tapes from a Sept. 25 meeting held in secret session.
Town Board members Angie Kralj KenCairn, Steve "Spike" Beven, Tom Bleuer and Mayor Pro-Tem J. Elliott attended Thursday's meeting, during which board members received legal advice from attorney Gerry Dahl regarding the disputed meeting.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today filed a lawsuit earlier this week seeking access to the tapes.
Newspaper attorneys ar-gued that the Town Board met illegally during the Sept. 25 meeting, when it discussed former Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman in secret session. During the meeting, Town Board members heard complaints from three town employees describing poor working conditions under Rodeman.
Colorado Open Meetings law states that local governing bodies are allowed to go into closed, or secret, session to discuss personnel matters, but not if the employee in question has requested an open meeting. The law specifically states that the personnel matters option does not apply to "any member of the local public body" or "any elected official."
The Sept. 25 meeting was called to discuss recent complaints from town employees regarding working conditions. During the meeting, Rodeman was asked to recuse herself, and she sat in a hallway for three hours until the Town Board reconvened. Rodeman said she was not given the option to participate in the session, much less to have the matter discussed in public.
After meeting with Dahl on Thursday, Town Board members opened the public potion of the meeting and unanimously approved a motion to release the audiotape recordings of the Sept. 25 secret session.
Town Clerk Karen Halter-man said the tapes would be available for review today.
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