Only one City Council person is still locking her inbox at City Hall; Max Weaver wants to know why, and if there has been a problem that has not been reported.|NorthIowaToday.com peeked in at City Hall this afternoon to check on the Council inboxes to see who still had theirs locked up.
As of Thursday afternoon, only one inbox had a locked door. That inbox belonged to Ward 4 Councilwoman Janet Solberg.
Per Solberg’s request, City Administrator Brent Trout had doors with locks installed on five Council members’ inboxes. Immediately, most Council demanded the locking doors be removed.
One Councilman, Don Nelson, never wanted a locked door on his inbox, saying “It’s the public’s inbox, I’m just a custodian.”
Councilman Max Weaver told NorthIowaToday.com that if someone is stealing from or bothering Solberg’s inbox, she should come forward and report the problem instead of resorting to secretive measures like locking doors.
Weaver has also told NorthIowaToday.com that the Mayor’s office at City Hall should never be locked, as well. “We’ve always used that office for meetings,” he said.
Weaver had recently alleged that Globe Gazette reporter John Skipper would enter City Hall and wander to the rear of City Hall near the Council inboxes and possibly look through Council’s inboxes.
“I think John Skipper has been directed to use only the front door coming and going at City Hall. Not the “employees only” door back by our inboxes,” Weaver said. “I can’t walk freely around the Globe Gazette, so hopefully the case is closed.”
Councilman Jeff Marsters told NorthIowaToday.com “I will say, in my 7 years, I’ve never seen anyone (especially Skipper) even hint or go near our mail boxes.”
Doors and locks that were removed from Council inboxes
sit in a drawer below the inboxes at City Hall