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City Council to meet Tuesday night

The Mason City City Council will be meeting at 7 PM tonight at the Mason City Library in the Mason city Room. Some of the items on the agenda include liquor license renewals, the hiring of an electrician, a look at the budget, and another Human Rights issue.|The Mason City City Council will be meeting at 7 PM tonight at the Mason City Library in the Mason city Room.

Once again on the agenda is an issue involving the Human Rights Department / Commission. Lionel Foster, Director of the Human Rights Department, is asking that city code that spells out how commissioners are ok’d for the Human rights Commission be amended. The proposed changes would remove the Mayor from appointing candidates for approval and allow the Commission to bring candidates directly to the City Council for final approval. Foster calls the current appointment system of commission members “outdated.”

Another major item on the agenda was brought forward by Max Weaver. It is a discussion about access concerns (Business Access Plan) related to the Federal Avenue Streetscape Project Schedule. About 30 businesses affected by the Federal Avenue streetscape project submitted a petition to City Hall due to “a total lack of communication and a disregard on the City staff’s part to address business access concerns.”

The agenda item may not be addressed Tuesday night, however, even though it is listed on the agenda. Mayor Bookmeyer prefers an agenda item to carry a motion with it, not just “discussion.” Bookmeyer emailed Weaver about the agenda item this week, saying “I appreciate your efforts on behalf of the downtown businesses. It is a very difficult period for them. The agenda item reads “request for discussion” and lacks a motion. As opposed to discussing this at the table, here is a constructive motion that represents the spirit of the petition for council to discuss and vote on for specific direction to staff: “I motion to direct staff/director of engineering to construct a business access plan that mitigates the impact to our downtown businesses and report back to council in two weeks.”

Bookmeyer said there were other options as well.

When asked about whether the agenda item would make it for discussion at the meeting, Weaver told NorthIowaToday.com “I deal with this everyday with this Mayor. I assume everyone else does too. He’s different, to say the least. I respect the fact that Mayor Bookmeyer got elected. I just with he would respect the fact that I got elected, too. When the people elected me they knew what they were getting. But hen the people elected him, they didn’t have a clue.”

Other items on the Council’s agenda: liquor license renewals, the hiring of an electrician, a look at the budget, purchase of video inspection equipment, a 28E agreement between the City of Mason City and the Iowa Department of Transportation for road maintenance and the adoption of the 2012-2016 Capital Improvement Plan.|

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