3/18/22, 4:58 PM
MAE I HAVE 10K?
On February 7, 2022, the Ranch Board held their monthly Work Session Meeting that was attended by Jefferson County Commissioner Mae Huston. As reported, the meeting was anything but routine.
President Burt opened up a can of worms when he described his and Ranch Manager Judy Lapora’s plans for a new Rodeo Arena Project. After a lively discussion Burt informed the Board: “Along about Wednesday (2/9/22), I’m going to visit Mae (Commissioner Mae Huston) and her cohorts and see if I can talk them into giving us a little support…”
(See 2/7 story & videos for more details)
Burt attended the February 9, Jefferson County Board of Commissioner’s Meeting and for about 15 minutes he pitched the Rodeo Arena Project. As part of his presentation he provided the Commission with an unsigned letter addressed to the County Commissioners, dated February 3rd, reflecting his name as the Ranch President and Judy Lapora’s name as the Ranch Manger.
Their letter dealt with the rodeo arena proposal along with a request for a donation of $10,000. It included the following quote: “Judy Lapora had a conversation with Mae Huston today and Mae enthusiastically supported the idea.”
*NOTE: The above described letter was not mentioned or included in the February 7, Work Session Meeting. Commissioner Huston, as stated above, was also in attendance and made no reference regarding her support.
Burt advised the Commission that the Ranch has “$23,000” available to invest in the promoters rodeo. He added: “We are running a little short of funds to actually pull this off” and asked for a $10,000 donation from the Jefferson County taxpayers.
After Burt completed his presentation, Commissioner Huston moved to donate the $10,000 to Bill and Judy’s rodeo project and the motion passed unanimously.
(See 2/9 story, “It’s all a secret” for video & further details)
Unsurprisingly, Commissioner Huston attended last summers Ranch Annual Meeting held on August 21, 2021. After the meeting adjourned an announcement was made regarding her re- election campaign. She produced a Candidates Signature Sheet/Petition for the May 17, 2022, Primary Election cycle and gathered signatures from many of the Ranch Membership.