Judge hears Herald Democrat’s suit against Lake commissioners

From The Mountain Mail (Salida):  Leadville – Fifth Judicial District Judge Wayne Patton will rule on whether Lake County commissioners violated the Colorado Open Meetings Law by holding an executive session without giving notice.

Patton heard arguments and testimony in the Herald Democrat’s lawsuit against the commissioners March 6.

The Herald filed suit in October, alleging commissioners violated Colorado Open Meetings Law by holding an executive session in February 2012 without properly providing notice. In its suit, the Herald requested the tapes from that meeting as well as its attorney fees.

The county was represented by Keith Goman of Hall and Evans, while Steve Zansberg of Levine, Sullivan, Koch and Schulz represented the Herald.

In his testimony, Commissioner Mike Bordogna said Fran Masterson, an employee of Lake County Building and Land Use Department, approached commissioners Bruce Hix and Dolores Semsack Feb. 12 and told them Tom Taylor, director of that department, was buying and selling drugs on county property.

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