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Council set to talk tense topics in exec session

By Riley Morningstar

The Journal

WESTMINSTER — Westminster City Council is set to meet tonight, with discussions on two contentious topics set to happen exclusively in executive session.

The issues could come to a head tonight, and the public will have to wait until after executive session to find out whether city council will elect to try to appoint a new city clerk to replace Jennifer Adams, the wife of Councilman Reid Adams, and if the city will remain faithful in its contract to make another payment for the Hall Road property designated for recreation.

Last week, The Journal reported Mayor Brian Ramey emailed fellow council members calling on them to elect a new city clerk tonight “due to several recent events, actions and controversies.”

He referenced two city ordinances that require all officers and employees mentioned under a specific chapter of codes — including the clerk and treasurer — to be elected by council for a term of two years.

Since former administrator Chris Carter’s departure in May, allegations of nepotism from Ramey and some members of the public have surfaced based on the Adamses serving the city at the same time. 

As to the Hall Road decision, council has stalled for months about whether it will make another $40,000 payment by the end of next month. 

In October, officials decided they would try to renegotiate a previous lease-to-purchase agreement for the 62-acre property designated for recreation. Council will need to decide whether to pay the $40,000 to owner Joel Thrift by the end of the year and determine if it will pay the remaining $120,000 on the deal over the next four years. A down payment of $40,000 was made in 2018.

On Sunday, Ramey publicly addressed “some of the negative and misleading information” being spread about the Hall Road property throughout the city, arguing the resources are there to build out the project.

Tonight’s meeting will also be the first one for interim city administrator Kevin Bronson. The first item set to be discussed in executive session will be about electrical supervisor and interim utility director Leigh Baker, who started in August. Baker has impressed council with updates on various electrical projects in the city and could be made the permanent utility director if he receives a successful job performance review tonight after 90 days of employment.

Want to go? 

What: Westminster City Council meeting

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Westminster Fire Department

Attendees are required to comply with social distancing and wear a face mask

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