The City Council is scheduled to meet behind closed doors Monday to discuss a lawsuit over a no-solicitation zone downtown.
Monday’s informal agenda included a closed executive session for “legal advice and consultation” with City Attorney Chris Melcher regarding the status of a complaint filed against the city by the ACLU, which says the zone violates the First Amendment.
After the closed session, the council is scheduled to reconvene in open session and have a “general discussion” about the status of the case, according to the agenda.
The lawsuit over the no-panhandling zone isn’t the only item scheduled to be discussed in closed legal session.
The council also is scheduled to receive “legal advice and consultation … regarding the processes and procedures for ethics allegations against councilmembers.”
That item may be tied to an ethics complaint filed against City Councilman Tim Leigh by David Neumann, who claims Leigh “has committed numerous wrongful acts potentially in violation of his fiduciary and other duties as a member of the Board of Directors of Utilities.”
Neumann has a $73.5 million contract with Colorado Springs Utilities for scrubbers at the Martin Drake Power Plant downtown. The contract and the scrubbers themselves are the subject of intense debate among city officials.