Commission mulls matter of ‘commerce or trade’

Published 1:16pm Monday, June 17, 2013

The Elmore County Commission is holding a special called meeting behind closed doors today, meeting with an economist who teaches at Auburn University Montgomery and a Mobile attorney.

According to the agenda distributed Monday, the commission will enter an executive session behind closed doors to discuss a matter of “commerce and trade,” one of the handful of exceptions to the Alabama Open Meetings Law.

County Attorney Patrick Pinkston affirmed during the brief open portion of the meeting that the matters under discussion fall within the list of exceptions to the Alabama Open Meetings Act.

Also on the agenda is a motion to retain the services of the Law Firm of Adams and Reese. Attorney Briton Bonner is in Wetumpka this morning representing the firm. The vote will be taken in public when commissioners return from executive session.

Commissioner Joe Faulk said the executive session and motion to retain Reese and Adams were related to the same issue. Due to the sensitive nature of the discussion, Faulk said, he could not share further details.

TKS, LLC — the consulting firm of AUM economist Dr. Keivan Deravi — was retained Jan. 14. According to the unanimously approved motion, TKS was to “perform an economic impact study on Elmore County as a result of the new (Poarch Creek Indian) gaming facility in Wetumpka.

The city of Wetumpka is also working with Deravi to assess the impact on infrastructure possible with the opening of the 20-story Wind Creek Wetumpka Casino and Resort.

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