Colorado Springs council members rip one of their own for walking out of executive session

The Gazette (Colorado Springs): Several Colorado Springs City Council members chided one of their own Monday, accusing Councilman Bill Murray of grandstanding and turning negotiations on Banning Lewis Ranch into a media sensation.

Murray walked out of an executive session last week, saying he will boycott closed sessions on the ranch’s 30-year-old annexation agreement, which long has been blamed for stymying development of the 24,000-acre ranch.

Murray asked his colleagues Monday to consider voting during their Tuesday meeting to make negotiations on that issue public instead of continuing the closed sessions.

Only council members Don Knight and Yolanda Avila backed Murray’s proposal to change the Tuesday agenda.

But Knight told Murray not to misunderstand his support. Knight said he favors keeping the negotiations in executive sessions but voted to hear Murray’s proposal as a courtesy, which he would extend toward any council member.

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