The Advocate-Messenger and other members of the public were asked to leave a Danville City Commission meeting this morning so the body could meet privately about a proposal involving a business entity.
Allowed to remain in the meeting were: Boyle County Community Development Council Executive Director Katie Jo Kirkpatrick, Heart of Danville Executive Director Julie Wagner, all five commissioners, the Third Street Development Corporation board, at least three unidentified men in business attire, City Attorney Ed Hays, interim city manager Bridgette Milby and City Engineer Earl Coffey.
The only building the Third Street Development Corporation owns is the Hub-Gilcher complex in downtown Danville. The corporation has been attempting to recruit businesses to lease space in the vacated former department store and hotel.
Hays cited KRS 61.810 section (g), an exemption of the open meetings law that says that a meeting between a business entity and a public agency about a specific proposal could take place in private. The exemption is only viable if the discussions would jeopardize the "siting, retention, expansion or upgrading of the business."