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City Council approves Alliant franchise agreement

The Mason City City Council on Tuesday night approved a gas and electric franchise agreement with Alliant Energy.

The council refused to hire for a meter repair position that City Administrator Brent Trout and City Engineer Mark Rahm perviously had recommended.

There ensued a back and forth between Max Weaver, who brought the item forward, and Scott Tornquist and Travis Hickey, who accused Weaver of “micro-managing.” Tornquist told Weaver “I guess you’re saying it is OK to put things on the agenda to make a point?”

“These are guys that want to create jobs,” Weaver said. They are willing to create 22 trash sorting jobs at 10 bucks an hour. They are creating poverty. This (meter repair) job is paid for out of water bills, the enterprise fund. Wouldn’t have raised taxes one penny. He (Hickey) has a chip on his shoulder for city workers.”

Weaver went on to question the motives of Council member Hickey. “I’m not sure what Hickey is up to. What has he really done for his ward in his 2 years on the council? He got his 2000 square foot garage, manipulated the system. He wants to downsize everything. It’s irksome how these guys speak with a forked tongue.”


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