Related WestPac on hold in Snowmass
Aspen, CO Colorado
SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Town Councilman Reed Lewis and Related WestPac still are at odds over whether the elected official has made biased decisions related to the company’s development of Base Village at Snowmass.
Lewis and a representative from Related WestPac allegedly exchanged words over an overdue rent payment (Lewis runs a liquor store in Related WestPac retail space). Attorneys for the Base Village at Snowmass developer later asked Lewis to recuse himself from any vote on company business. Lewis refused.
A Related WestPac attorney called town officials shortly before the Jan. 22 Town Council meeting promising legal action. The Snowmass board then tabled any Related WestPac vote until any apparent conflict of interest could be cleared up.
Though the company attorney promised an affidavit by Jan. 25, nothing has been filed yet, town officials said.
“We had a meeting with them and we discussed it and we’re not sure where they’re going to take it. It’s their decision.” town attorney John Dresser said Wednesday. “They have not presented any evidence to the town as yet,”
Joe DeRaismes, a Boulder-based attorney for Related WestPac, said “Nothing has happened at this point.”
DeRaismes, who met with town officials Monday, said he could disclose little until he heard from his client. He said, “I’m not under any instructions to file anything.”
If there is communication or even the “perception of conflict” between an elected official and a petitioner, the rule is complete disclosure, according to Russ Forrest, Snowmass Village town manager. But both town codes and state statutes leave it up to the elected official to recuse or vote on any matter.
The Town Council faces a handful of Related WestPac decisions in the upcoming Monday regular meeting, including a vote on an affordable housing project that was delayed by last week’s question over Lewis’ alleged bias.
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