I was glad to see that the attorney and author of the agreement was at the meeting as I hoped he would shed some light on some of our questions. I must say, I felt like he had a very hard time coming up with any answers to the questions being posed. He did not ever directly answer a question, just kept circling the questions with legalese. This did not make me feel any better about the agreement or our county council approving the agreement.
The author of the agreement did say that the agreement was left vague so as to accommodate a variety of scenarios. When our Grand County Attorney said he felt Grand County may actually be in a better or stronger position without being a part of the coalition, the attorney who wrote the agreement couldn’t say that this was not so. The Grand County Council chairman then went on to berate our county attorney about not doing his job.
Is it not his job to question things that could be potentially dangerous or counterproductive to our county?
I would like to hear from the county council as they make their decision next week. I would like to hear from each “Yes” vote why they feel this Seven County Coalition is really in the best interest of our county. If they cannot say for sure why this is good for us then they should vote “No” to being a part of it, or postpone making the decision until the answers are clear.
There is no rush for this to pass, no reason not to take time and fully understand what we are getting into. We can join the coalition at any time, so why not listen to people’s concerns and get the answers we need.
The council chairman being upset because this had been before the council for 30 days is ludicrous. This is a minimum 50-year contract so it only seems prudent to take the time and do our homework.
Last, I would like to thank Grand County Attorney Andrew Fitzgerald for doing a great job and councilwoman Elizabeth Tubbs for standing up for us and letting us speak. She would be a much better chairperson for the meetings.