EAGLE -- The Eagle City Council is now facing a complaint filed in court Thursday claiming the council violated open meeting laws. It relates to the ongoing controversy over a proposed tubing, skiing and snowboard park.
In August, after numerous public meetings, the council approved the building of the Ada-Eagle Sports Complex, which would have a terrain park and walking and biking trails. But, the land that it is supposed to sit on is leased by the city from Ada County. So last month city council members started discussing buying the land from the county.
"Basically they pushed it on through," said Joan Johnston.
She's the lead plaintiff in a complaint filed against the council on Thursday. She says the council violated open meeting laws by discussing the purchase of the land on October 8 and 9, without putting it on the agenda. She also says the council wrongfully adjourned into privileged executive session on October 22 to discuss the possibility of buying of the land. "Basically they discussed things that were not on the agenda. The agenda has to be posted with all the items and be clearly posted with whatever they're going to talk about."
She and the other plaintiffs want the city to restart the entire process of approving the park and talking about a possible land purchase. "They circumvented the processes they needed to do. They're important because these processes are put in place because they protect the public."
The City of Eagle's lawyer, Susan Mimura, says since her client was just served Friday, she hasn't been able to talk to them about the complaint or do much research. However, she says those talks will happen in executive session on Tuesday during the next council meeting. Also, the city's website says they strive to provide a high level of transparency to all public records.
In the past few months there have been delays in the project. Those have been because of concerns by the county over having concessions on public land and work on a new trail. But, commissioners say they want to work with the city to develop the sports complex into a wonderful asset.
The next Eagle City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 12.