As much as the county Planning Commission issues are of importance, this is an item that perhaps raises more questions and in some respects is really a far more significant question because of the ethical concerns it raises.
Today, the La Plata County commissioners will meet in executive session to consider the purchase of the Durango Threadworks building in Bodo Industrial Park. It is clear the county has space issues in housing the staff that is required to conduct county business and keep the courts and social services offices downtown. But should the county be buying a building that they have previously moved offices into? Should they be buying a building that belongs to former Commissioner Bob Lieb?
This deal should not even be under consideration as there is only one commissioner who is not conflicted in making a decision. Of course Commissioner Bobby Lieb stands to benefit if the sale is allowed. The bigger question surrounds Commissioner Kellie Hotter. She was handed her office on a silver platter by then Commissioner Bob Lieb. The timing was such that it established Hotter as an incumbent and yet allowed her to seek two additional terms. Will her vote be a quid pro quo? The possibility makes this deal reek, and we dont even know what it may cost. It may even be a good deal.
But the fact that this building is now being sold to the county should be raising red flags. If the county has such pronounced space requirements, why are these needs not being put out to the public instead of considering a deal that will benefit one politically well-connected family?