Town of Basalt settles open meetings, open records lawsuit for $115K

Aspen Daily News: The Basalt Town Council on Tuesday night is scheduled to approve a settlement agreement with citizen Ted Guy, who sued the town in 2016 related to claims involving the Colorado Open Meetings Law and Colorado Open Records Act.

In it, the town agrees to pay $115,000 to the attorneys for Guy, who was the plaintiff in the civil action against former Mayor Jacque Whitsitt, the former town council and town clerk Pam Schilling.

Guy’s end of the bargain includes releasing and forever discharging “Defendants, the Town and the Town’s past and present elected and appointed officers, officials, employees, agents, servants and attorneys of and from any and all liability, claims, demands, rights, controversies, damages, compensations, costs, expenses, attorney fees, penalties, interest and causes of actions of any kind whatsoever arising out of and in any way related to Plaintiff’s claims under the Colorado Open Records Act, Colorado Open Meetings Law and all claims of Plaintiff which have been or could be asserted in the above-described lawsuit,” according to a section of the agreement.

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