Since the Mountain Mail did not report why I voted against the resolution to divest the NRCDC from the city, I thought I should recap the statements I made to explain my vote. As I noted last night, although I think there might be some merit to this idea, time should be spent to set everything up and to explain this idea to the public, get input, and work through the concept so that it could be successful. The details could be very critical to a positive outcome. The implications are complicated and I asked lots of questions. I am disappointed that a presentation to explain the resolution was not given. That has previously been standard procedure in Council meetings.
I stated that we needed to step back and consider how our next actions would impact the healing of the community. I said that I feared moving forward without providing the public with a clear understanding of how divesting would work and what it would entail, might increase controversy. I was concerned that there was not going to be an opportunity for public discussion. I also addressed the need for rewriting the NRCDC By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation and stated that I thought such legal tasks should be completed before divesting would take place. I also expressed concern about working out the impact on the solar panel contract and other pending issues.
I apologized that this Council has spent the good part of a year consumed with TABOR issues rather than working on our priorities. I wanted to spend this year working on housing. If the plan for placing infrastructure on Vandaveer had not been stopped by the TABOR controversy, we would have had a much better chance at Colorado Housing Finance funding for the rental project on Vandaveer. But that is all in the past and we must identify a new route.
In public comment several citizens noted that this action would negate the need for the court hearing that was scheduled this morning to determine if a moratorium would continue and possibly set a hearing for a declaratory judgement. I think everyone agrees that the timing of last night’s resolution was to avoid this hearing, although the reasons for doing so may differ.
My colleagues all thought this was a good idea. I hope they are right and I hope each of you will assist the NDCDC Board as they make this difficult transition.