In the furious pace that sometimes follows a meeting and the requirement to file a story quickly, certain items invariably end up on the cutting room floor. I read the city’s StandstillAgreement before going into the meeting and hoped that other elements would be discussed in the open session, but they were not.
It didn’t seem out of the ordinary that an agreement such as this would stipulate that action by either party under the agreement couldn’t become evidence in future litigation — specifically paragraphs 6 and 7 and whether EagleRidge must comply with the city’s permitting process.
But it is interesting that the preceding paragraphs (4 and 5) appear to protect the operator’s right to a permit from the city fire marshal. The city recently specified the ordering of permits so that the fire marshal’s permit isn’t released to the operator before other city-required permits are secured. It would have been nice for the city to acknowledge publicly that the fire marshal’s permits seem to have a greater currency. Perhaps a fire permit is to a gas drilling operator what a certificate of occupancy is to a small business.
There was no discussion, either, of the Pitner well site, but Paragraph 9 contains more reservations for the operator of its interests along Ryan Road, even though Bob Shelton wants to build more houses there. Here’s the back story on that. The council did agree to reconsider that vote at a future meeting.
In 2010, the city had a chance to do away with the provision which allows developers to come close in, but the council walked away from the chance to fix that. Pressure from, of all places, the residents of Robson Ranch, saw to that.
The other thing I didn’t report that former Council member Joe Mulroy and city engineer Lee Allison came to speak in favor of the standstill agreement. Unusual, indeed.