Closed Sessions and Hidden Agendas (Downtown Development)

The City of Fayetteville has an online registry of city council meetings with accompanying agendas and minutes.

https://cityoffayetteville.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

You can search the meetings by calendar year. If you search the year 2020, there is only one meeting that is missing its agenda and minutes: July 20, 2020.

That’s odd, right?

Well, someone sent me a copy of the minutes from the “missing” meeting. You still can’t get them off the City’s website, but you can download them with this link:

There’s a video of the meeting online. By comparing the video with the minutes, you can figure out what legislation was passed. It takes some work, too much work in fact.

At 1:25:00, the very end of the meeting, the council goes into closed session for something that is “attorney-client privileged.” The video goes out. Earlier, the mayor had mentioned there were “very expensive lawyers” present.

FAST FORWARD TO 1:25:00

The closed session with these “very expensive” lawyers lasts well over an hour.

When they get back from their closed session, they vote to approve a motion about what they discussed in the back room. They don’t even read the whole motion. The audio goes in and out. No one talks about the matter in any detail. Several people start packing up their purses and they just vote on it.

In case you’re wondering, they voted to give Prince Charles Holdings $550,000 of your tax dollars in exchange for “retail” space which you now own. This space is located in the basement of an unfinished parking deck that we already paid 18 Million to build. By the way, we don’t own the deck, we just own the parking spaces in the deck. Despite owning the spaces, we can’t use them. We are leasing them back to the owners of the deck, cheap.

Our $550,000 “retail” investment looked like this a few days ago:

Unsurprisingly, no one in the press picked this up, and it’s pretty clear that was the intended outcome.

Now you know.

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