Today’s noon meeting of the Ada County Highway District became somewhat raucous after Commishes Kent Goldthorpe and Jim Hansen were recused since they were principals in an open meeting law dispute stemming from e-mails authored by Hansen a month ago.
No public testimony was allowed, but citizens shouted out during the discussion about sending a letter to the Attorney General asking for reconsideration of a decision to not prosecute Hansen. President Sara Baker ejected several people ordering, “Please leave the room!”
Commish Paul Woods spoke in opposition to sending THE LETTER and Commishes Baker and Rebecca Arnold repeated their beliefs that Hansen was guilty of the open meeting violations and “should have known better” than attempting so-called back room deals over ballot language for a vehicle registration fee hike to include transportation earmarks.
When a vote was taken, Baker and Arnold favored sending the letter to the AG and Woods opposed. As the meeting ended there were shouts from those in the audience who obviously supported Hansen.
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