Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Steamboat Springs There has been much criticism recently of the City Council for excessive executive sessions, and we think this is largely unjustified. Unfortunately, it has been picked up as a verified truth by more than one candidate for City Council.
When we wrote the original contract to sell Fish Creek Mobile Home Park to the Housing Authority, we included the words, "The parties agree to keep confidential and not disclose in any manner" the essentials of the transaction. We made this condition because we did not want to cause more concern than necessary to the tenants in the park, who are on month-to-month tenancies, and their nervousness is understandable. Also, in the event the deal did not close we did not want other potential buyers to know the price at which we were willing to sell to the Housing Authority.
We know that this requirement was very arduous to the city because it required several executive sessions with the Housing Authority. There were other executive sessions at which the council had to decide on negotiations with us on price and who was to pay for the railroad crossing, and with the Housing Authority over very detailed conditions on the city's loan. The contract was written on April 6 and confidentiality was maintained until we had time to properly inform our tenants and then release the information. The price was not released until a few days before the closing. This confidentiality could not have been achieved without many executive sessions. Executive sessions serve the public's purpose.
Bob and Audrey Enever