The October 16, 2007 Loveland City Council meeting was an interesting event. Councilwoman Jan Brown came unhinged and denounced her colleagues and the City Manager for delaying the plan to purchase the "Mr. Neat" store building on 4th street in downtown Loveland.
According to Brown, everyone on Council already agreed to buy the building in closed session so there was no reason to delay the item to the next meeting. The City Manager also admitted he already signed the purchase contract to buy the building and really wouldn't bring any additional information to their next meeting thus leaving a question as to why it was being delayed.
Brown failed to catch the not so subtle hints from her colleagues that they can only give "direction" to staff for negotiations in closed session while they denied having agreed to buy the building in any non-public forum. Colorado's Sunshine Law does not allow for a City Council making any appropriation for expenditures from a closed meeting but it certainly appears that this was their intent.
Lastly, the City Manager told the Council the appraisal came in under what he already offered to pay for the property. He didn't provide any more details as to how much that difference is.
A very short video clip of the meeting is posted on the main page of LovelandPolitics.com
Feel free to post your opinions or comments on the purchase of the building downtown or Brown's tirade in public.