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Business as usual? Mason City council to hold unofficial meeting in back room of local bar


This news story was published on December 2, 2013.
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MASON CITY – Three members of the Mason City council will be holding a meeting in the back room of local bar this week.

L D’s Filling Station Bar confirmed that council members Scott Tornquist, John Lee and Alex Kuhn will be at the bar in the “back room” on Wednesday, December 4th, at 6:30 PM and will be available to talk to citizens and receive feedback.

L D’s will be offering a full menu that evening, including alcoholic beverages.

An email to John Lee seeking information went unanswered, but City Administrator Brent Trout confirmed that he was aware that a meeting was set up, although he had no other information on the meeting, which is not listed on the city’s website, MasonCity.net.

“I only know about it after reading about it in the paper,” Mr. Trout said last week. “It’s something they set up themselves.  It’s not official city business, so they are not required to announce it on our website. If they wanted maximum attendance, they would do an official press release.”

Members of the Mason City council have, for years, met unofficially at local watering holes and discussed city affairs. Mayor Eric Bookmeyer would typically join council members Travis Hickey and Janet Solberg at places like Sportsman’s Lounge, The Candy Bar, The Other Place, The 1910 Lounge, Mulligan’s Bar, Ransom’s and others.

NIT attempted to ask Alex Kuhn, Scott Tornquist and John Lee why they chose a bar for a council “meet and greet.”

“Why did you choose a bar as a meeting place for your council listening post? Did you ask any of the numerous churches, schools, or other venues like Hy-Vee if you could use their meeting rooms?”

NIT received no response from any of the elected officials.

Kuhn, Tornquist and Lee will be at LD's bar, in the back room, on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 6:30 PM.

Alex Kuhn, Scott Tornquist and John Lee will be at LD’s bar, in the back room, on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 6:30 PM, waiting for citizens.

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