A showdown might be in the offing over how many proposals for leasing Memorial Health System a city task force should recommend to City Council.
Councilor and task force member Tim Leigh says he wants two to be recommended, and public meetings held in which the two bidders will face off against one another to answer questions from the public, and from one another.
He says task force chair Jan Martin, Council president pro tem, wants to choose only one, though Martin refuses to comment on that, saying, "We're going to discuss it at the task force meeting [Friday]."
Leigh also thinks it's time to take a break and not decide anything until 2012.
"I would like to call time-out, because people are getting battle fatigue," he tells us. "I think we should come back in January and take the two finalists and put them in a court of public opinion.
"This idea of rushing to judgment in such a short time is bad business," he says.
Leigh wants to have two finalists who would be featured at four public meetings. "Anything less is a travesty," says Leigh, who didn't attend the task force meeting Wednesday.
Five proposals have been received, including one from the current Memorial management.