McWhinney Company is scheduled to provide Loveland’s City Council an infomercial at their next regularly scheduled council meeting this Tuesday January 16. While the agenda claims “no action” the booster for the event, Councilman Don Overcash, did not place it on a study session agenda (for non-action informational items) but instead a regularly scheduled council meeting which is curious.
Many of the more egregious actions by previous councils to abandon safeguards in the city’s 2004 agreement, like absolving McWhinney of their contractual obligation to fund transportation improvements from the hundreds of millions of tax dollars diverted to their privately controlled Centerra Metro District, occurred with almost no notice and to avoid public debate and proper disclosure.
Any guess on what they might propose? Historically, McWhinney only presents to council when they are seeking council actions necessary for another large and precedent setting subsidy.
Below is the only information available to the public in the city’s council agenda.
At the November 21, 2017 Loveland City Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Overcash invited the McWhinney Group to a future Regular City Council meeting for an update regarding work in progress and information on future plans. Council achieved a rule of 4 by Council Member Clark, Council Member Fogle, and Council Member Olson joining Overcash in this request.
As evidence McWhinney is more powerful than our elected leaders, city staff or any other developer or private citizen is the community is the fact their presentation and topic is being kept secret. City Manager Steve Adams will not allow any of the above mentioned people the ability to present to Loveland’s City Council (including the Mayor and members of the council) without first disclosing their topic and presentation at least three days prior to the council meeting. Instead, McWhinney’s agenda item states only,
LIST OF ATTACHMENTS:
1. PowerPoint Presentation (Will be made available on Monday, January 15, 2018.)