Secret Meeting

Part of this letter was printed by the Omaha World Herald March 10,2007. The entire letter was printed by the Bellevue Leader the week of March 19, 2007.

March 11, 2007

Bellevue- It’s Wake- Up Time

Now is the time to hire a full-time city attorney and not keep or appoint a new contractual city attorney. Our current contractual city attorney John Herdzina is billing us $2,739 for a letter he wrote because of an executive meeting he called for which was an illegal closed-door session. Our legal bill last fiscal year was over $344,000. We deserve better legal advice at a price we can afford. Why this special meeting? Could it be that in return for their support to retain him, Mr. Herdzina would try to keep the council at 10?

In my opinion, Herdzina was wrong on his opinion about retaining S.P. Benson, wrong about not being able to impose impact fees on the developers, and not effective on the Tregaron golf course issue. We could have owned and then sold the golf course for a profit. The city of Bellevue needs a full-time city employed city attorney. Please let your voice be heard.

Chuck Fredrick