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September 16, 2010

JPA to get another member?

by Deena Winter

I’m hearing there’s a movement afoot to add another member to the board overseeing finance and construction of Lincoln’s $340 million arena project.
Currently, there are three people on the so-called “joint public agency” — Councilwoman Jayne Snyder, UNL Regent Tim Clare and Mayor Chris Beutler.
Funny thing about three-member boards: Where two or more of them are gathered together, there exists a quorum.
And therein lies the problem: No two members of the JPA can talk to each other outside of their meetings, or they are violating the state open meetings law. Thus the possibility of adding another person.
I’m hearing it could be another UNL regent… which would really surprise me.
Time will tell. It always does.

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