City council runs a muni marathon
The meeting began at 6 p.m. with a standing-room-only crowd on hand to voice its concerns to the council, mostly in favor of the city creating a municipal electric utility.
The meeting ended about 1:20 a.m., with only six people in the crowd. That crew included at least four people being paid to be there, a pair of city communications staffers and dutiful scribes from the Boulder County Business Report and Daily Camera.
The late finish left council members discussing out loud whether it was their latest finish ever.
The marathon session made for some light moments.
At one point, nearing 1 a.m., Councilwoman KC Becker suggested discussion be halted for a minute to clarify a topic just in case people were watching the meeting on television or online at home. At that point, members of the crowd could be heard biting their cheeks to suppress laughter.
Municipalization is a polarizing issue, to say the least, with strongly worded opinions on both sides being whispered in the crowd from time to time and heads nodding in agreement or disagreement with the other side’s statements.
When one speaker during the open comment portion of the meeting mentioned an “off-ramp” the city could take if it decided against municipalization, one anti-muni crowd member expressed his belief that the city had no belief in off-ramps, muttering, “Off-ramp? More like runaway truck ramp.”
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