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Councilman Max Weaver gives the Chamber of Commerce a piece of his mind

MASON CITY – At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Councilman Max Weaver was the only speaker that took the podium during the public comments time that was held at the end of the meeting.

Mr. Weaver spoke about a number of topics.

The Habitat for Humanity Salvage Project was talked about. Mr. Weaver claims they told him that it has been “kind of incredibly hard” working and coordinating their efforts with the City.

Another subject he brought up was the abatement notices the Mason City Police Department is issuing to residents that may have unused cars or junk in their yards. “I want our officers to be doing more productive things.”

Also under Mr. Weaver’s microscope was the Fire Training Center that NIACC wants to build on farmland that sits very close to residential homes on Highway 122 East. “Something’s wrong with this process,” he said. “The more NIACC speaks, the more the truth comes out.”

Mr. Weaver saved his comments for the Mason City Chamber of Commerce for last.

Citing quotes from a printout of the Chamber’s November 2010 newsletter, which claims that the City Council “is a joke” and states that Mason City has “an acrimonious environment,” Mr. Weaver questioned how the dues that local Chamber members pay are allocated locally and nationally, and insinuated that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce uses dues collected from local chambers to lobby politicians in Washington who send job overseas to Mexico and India. “I said it before and I’ll say it again. I don’t want to belong to the Chamber of Commerce. Maybe Robin Anderson (Executive Director of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce) should explain herself.”

Publisher’s note, 11-5-2010: received a call from Max Weaver to report an error in the figures in his speech. He had claimed that the “National Chamber of Commerce” had given $150 million to “politicians in special interest funds.” Mr Weaver wanted it clarified that he claims the number is actually $150 thousand in special interest funds.


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