Transparency concerns raised after Longmont councilors tour fire station with advocacy group

Times-Call (Longmont): Four members of Longmont City Council on Tuesday attended a tour of Fire Station No. 2, prompted by members of The Way Home committee who are looking at potential sites for a homeless services navigation center, which would include a shelter.

Other members of city council were unaware of the meeting until after it happened, triggering concerns over transparency.

“There’s not been a policy conversation about it in the light of day,” said Councilwoman Bonnie Finley, who was not invited to the tour despite the fire station being in her ward. “There needs to be transparency and there was none in this instance.”

Jake Marsing, chairman of The Way Home committee and the person who invited council members to the meeting, said he invited those who were interested in the issue — members Tim Waters, Joan Peck, Marcia Martin and Mayor Pro Tem Polly Christensen.

Only Martin, who arrived late to the tour, responded to a request for comment. She said the best idea she heard was that the building could be used as shelter for women with small children.

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