NCDOT and Cintra, the private company selected to operate the proposed toll lanes on I-77, will be holding a series of closed-door meetings with elected officials from the Lake Norman towns. The meetings will be held Thursday, August 21, 2014. Times and locations are as follows:
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Mooresville Town Hall
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Davidson Town Hall
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Water Treatment Plant in Huntersville
In order to circumvent NC open meeting laws, no more than two commissioners at any one time may attend a session.
“This closed-door secrecy characterizes the entire process,” said Kurt Naas, a spokesman for Widen I-77. “If the contract is a done deal, why are meetings still held in secret? Clearly this is not as buttoned up as we have been led to believe.”
In an attempt to shine a light on the issue, Widen I-77 has submitted FOIA requests to all of the Lake Norman towns for all correspondence pertaining to the meetings.
“We believe the public has the right to know the details of a public contract between a public agency using public land,” added Vince Winegardner, also with Widen I-77. “This secrecy reinforces our contention that I-77 tolls are not about transportation solutions but rather private benefit at public expense.”
More information to come as the FOIA requests are received.