Commerce City mayor live streams Adams County COVID meetings; says closed talks flout sunshine laws

The Complete Colorado: As the Tri-County Health Department continues to increase COVID -19 restrictions for residents of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties, where the direction is coming from to enforce those changes appears to be happening — in at least one county — behind closed doors, out of the reach of the general public.

Since early October, local elected officials from across Adams County have been meeting via zoom with each other for updates and conversation about the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. The meetings are organized and ran by members of the Board of Adams County Commissioners.

Although under Colorado’s open meetings laws, it’s not illegal for mayors from multiple communities to meet without notice or fewer than three members of a given city council and from multiple communities to meet without notice, one mayor is frustrated that these meetings continue, saying Adams County commissioners are acting outside what is allowed under the law, even if just in spirit.

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