Steamboat Council’s talks about Brown Ranch have been largely behind closed doors — some members think that should change

Steamboat Pilot & Today: Since the start of Brown Ranch annexation talks on Jan. 20, Steamboat Springs City Council has met twice in executive session to talk about extending the city, but council members have only discussed the process in public for 26 minutes.

City Council met behind closed doors for nearly two hours Feb. 28 to discuss three topics, including the Brown Ranch annexation plan. On March 7, council had another discussion in executive session for an hour and seven minutes with annexation being one of two topics. Another closed-door meeting to discuss Brown Ranch annexation is on council’s agenda for Tuesday, March 22.

When council members discussed the annexation process in December, they made it clear executive sessions would be part of the process but also emphasized the need for transparency. Two council members said executive sessions should only be used when necessary.

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