By Bob Grand, Publisher of The Lost Creek Guide
On August 19, 2013, Weld P205 Land Holdings, LLC acquired two parcels of land for $3,650,000 which were transferred to Anadarko E&P Offshore, LLC on the same day
In today’s world of instant news, whether you like it or not, it is important to have full transparency from all of our elected officials. The recent story in the Lost Creek Guide of Commissioner Kirkmeyer and immediate family members involved with the Wright Farm on the encroachment issue on adjoining parcels of ground led to a look into the history of the properties involved. It turned up some interesting information.
The property involved with the Wrights Farm question was a recorded exemption piece owned by Kirkmeyer and immediate family members. The piece that the recorded exemption was subdivided from and an adjoining piece of property were both purchased, ultimately, by Anadarko E&P Offshore. The purchase involved a sale to an LLC that transferred the property to Anadarko, on the same day. Now one could say that Kirkemeyer and partners did not know the LLC was going to sell to Anadarko. But for ground that had been dried up, i.e., no water, possible, but it does not seem credible. Purchase date was August 9th, 2013, the first parcel for $2,700,000, with an assessed value of $46,250, and the second for $950,000, with an assessed value of $32,580, for a total purchase price of $3,650,000 dollars.
Kirkmeyer sold her interest in the $950,000 parcel to her brother and his wife, with no value identified on public documents on September 25th, 2012, according to documents filed with the Clerk and Recorders office (Document number 387943). The second piece of property also sold on August 9th, 2013 for a value of $ 2,700,000 (Document number 3957497).
Now I am a strong believer in individual property rights and what people do is their own business but one has to ask that during this time period did Commissioner Kirkmeyer disclose what she was involved with?Was she aware that Anadarko was the ultimate purchaser? Did Commissioner Kirkmeyer have an obligation to disclose her participation in these transactions or even recuse herself from votes effecting Anadarko, if she knew that Anadarko was the ultimate purchaser while this was all transpiring?
Because of the voter approval of 1B the current system in place stops the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission from investigating these transactions because the events took place greater than twelve months ago, which means they are precluded from investigating, by statute (Colorado Independent Ethics Commission; Rules of Procedure; Section 7; Paragraph G) Since it is not a criminal matter the Weld County District attorney does not get involved. So that leaves the Weld County Council which could investigate but has no authority to do anything about it.
So where does that leave the Weld County citizen in all this? Feeling a little bewildered and left in the dark.This author believes that in the interest of transparency the responsibility lies with the elected official to disclose anything that might reflect a potential conflict of interest. What do you think?