Have any of you ever had an out-of-body experience? Well, that is what the JeffCo hearing was today. It was nothing but a surreal, dog-and-pony show for the Commissioners. What's worse, it was truly sad for the members of the community who showed up thinking this was serious.
Sad, because so many present thought this was for real. Most of sCARE, Al, Golden Mayor Baroch, and the poor residents certainly did. But, the Commissioners, LCG, and even Deb who didn't speak saw through this and knew what was really happening. It was just so the Commissioners could get on record that they did have a public meeting.
OK, wow for the details. First, the Jeffco head, legal beagle presents this huge "Settlement Agreement" that pretty much lets LCG do whatever they want, pretty much forever. (As we all know they can do that anyway by the new law) The community is stunned and outraged at not just this, but any agreement that they didn't have input on.
Then the Commissioners take public testimony and it gets ugly. Oh, there's a new sheriff in sCAREville, ur, president of sCARE. He pretty much b!tches out the commissioners that they weren't consulted at all. And my favorite line is, he thinks that LCG will sell space to Al Qaeda. Muuuuaaaaaaaah!!! RONFLMAO. He sounded serious too.
Then, the mayor of Golden gets up and does about the same thing, Says, he had no time to consult with council, and he's going to go home right now and write a letter to Judge Jackson Waaaaa, waaaaa, waaaaa. Then, lastly, he compares this to above ground Nuclear Testing and some more about how we're all going to die.
Next, more civilians ranting about how could the Commissioners even entertain this settlement proposed by LCG. Wait! Hold the phone. Are you all sitting down...
The Legal guys interrupts and says this agreement was from him and Jeffco and not from LCG. Jeffco came up with this, as their legal staff sees no way to fight the Presidents law!!! They concede defeat and this is one quick way to end the battle.
The crowd goes nuts when they find out this lay-down agreement is not from LCG, but is from JeffCo to LCG and not the other way around!!! Commish Congrove then says, its not his doing (Had to save some face with the voters) and this agreement the best solution that the legal staff of JeffCo could come up with. Then, more hostile public testimony and why not Squaw mt. blah, blah, blah. At least the JeffCo legal beagle cut them off, as the testimony must be directly related to the proposed agreement.
Then, finally, the ranting finishes. Commish Hartman motions to a vote, Commish McCasky interrupts and comments to change the agreement, as he doesn't like it. So, they chat amongst themselves for a minute. Then they vote on this agreement, and all three vote no.
But wait, it gets better. Then McCasky wants them to vote on making this agreement not the new proposed one, but to just settle on approving the 2003, 3-0 Commissioners Approval of the LCGII application. They vote to present that to LCG.
So, in effect, they will present this agreement to LCG. Now, not that LCG has to accept this or any other "agreement" as they can do whatever the he!! they want per the President. But, at least, the best thing to come of this silly meeting was the admittance that JeffCo is screwed and are now the ones begging for crumbs.
Oh, of course, no doubt, sCARE will still play their silly games some more. It just makes it That much harder when the County is now for a settlement and the consolidation tower.