Opinion: Mr. Roane is awarded his fees

Pagosa Daily Post: On April 16, Durango attorney Matt Roane — formerly a resident of Pagosa Springs — was awarded $9,685.50 in attorney fees by Sixth Judicial District Judge Jeffrey Wilson, related to a lawsuit filed to obtain a recording of an Archuleta Board of County Commissioners executive session. Mr. Roane had claimed that the meeting had violated Colorado Open Meetings law.

This was not Mr. Roane’s first attempt to remind local Pagosa governments to abide by Colorado’s Open Meetings law. In fact, he and I collaborated on two previous lawsuits concerning alleged open meetings violations, one filed against the Archuleta BOCC and one filed against the Pagosa Springs Town Council.

In this particular case, Judge Wilson ruled on November 3, 2019 that the Archuleta BOCC had in fact violated the Colorado Open Meetings law, and that part of the meeting’s audio recording was properly a public document according to the Colorado Open Records Act.

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