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City takes Myhre off CES project lead; Weaver banned from talking to her


This news story was published on December 14, 2011.
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Mason City officials have changed course in their strategy to win the approval of a waste to energy plant.

Growth and Development Director Pam Myhre has been removed as the lead on the proposed Creative Energy Systems project, and she has been ordered not to talk to City Councilman Max Weaver without City Administrator Brent Trout present.

(PHOTO: Myhre , Tricia Sandahl and Brent Trout at the December 6th, 2011 ZBA meeting.)

City Administrator Brent Trout confirmed these developments on Friday.

“Pam has been removed as lead on the project,” Trout said. “She is still assisting Tricia (Sandahl) in handling the project.”

Myhre had no comment on the development.

Myhre, in October, postponed putting the CES project on the Mason City Zoning Board of Administration’s agenda, citing that there was not enough information on the project. Then, in November and December, the ZBA rebuffed CES’s postponed a decision for a conditional use permit. At the December 6th meeting, Myhre explained in detail to the board the “health contingencies'” objections to the project.

Also on Friday, Max Weaver, who represents Mason City as an At-Large Councilman until the end of December, told NorthIowaToday.com that he is now banned from speaking with Myhre.

Trout confirmed that Weaver cannot speak to Myhre, at least “not without me present,” Trout said. “Based on how the project (CES) has been going. That’s the requirements I put on it.”

Myhre again had no comment.

Weaver pulled no punches when asked about the muzzle Trout has placed on him, and the removal of Myhre as the lead on the CES project.

“I heard Mayor Bookmeyer ordered Brent Trout to remove Pam off the ERS (project) and also had Trout ban me from meeting with her one on one,” Weaver said. “Now look who the real bully is,” Weaver said of Bookmeyer. “Ms. Myhre was doing an excellent job. I’m very concerned with her replacement.”

CES project opponents weighed in on the latest developments at City Hall.

Carol Patnode of Mason City said “I think Pam Myhre has done a reasonable and fair job in this case, and for her to be removed raised another red flag for me. Pam Myhre was removed from the lead position of managing the flow of information to the ZBA as well as chairing future ZBA meetings.  She has basically been silenced.  When government attempts to eliminate different voices in the political process in an effort to control the flow of information – that sends up a red flag which should make people question the process.”

JoAnn Hardy of Mason City said “I was very sorry to see Pam Myhre removed from the controversial CES project. She is very professional and knowledgeable and she has been working to protect the environment and the safety of the citizens of Mason City.”

Others expressed dismay and confusion as to why Myhre was removed from her role in the project for the city.

“You have to ask yourself why,” said Cindy Connor of Mason City. “Is it because she (Pam) was the only satff person to present though-provoking information? That’s what I saw at each meeting. I saw how Brent Trout glared at her when she brought up health concerns and how Tricia Sandahl rolled her eyes.”

Katy Voet of Mason City said “When I first heard of Pam’s removal, I was shocked. Then after some thought, I became appalled. I mean, how unethical can they get? (Trout, Bookmeyer, and North Iowa Corridor Director Brent Willett) Everyone says we should get involved with our government. Well I did and I’m so disappointed. Who can we trust at City Hall?

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City Administrator Brent Trout looked anything but amused on December 6th as Growth and Development Director Pam Myhre explained to the ZBA Board the “health contingent’s” side of the story regarding the possible CES waste to energy plant. Did she go too far?

Video of Pam Myhre explaining the “health contingencies'” objections and concerns to the ZBA board:


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15 Responses to City takes Myhre off CES project lead; Weaver banned from talking to her

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    Howie Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    How do you have Bookmeyer removed? It’s called an election…A bunch of us used it to have your buddy removed from office…It works great!!

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    Jim Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    How to we go about having Bookie removed?

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    Bushpilot Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    What happened to all the comments posted earlier this week?

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      Bushpilot Reply Report comment

      December 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      free society is a three-legged stool: government, the people, business. Any one of those legs gets chopped down, and the stool tips over. In fascism, the government and business carry axes.

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    Observer Reply Report comment

    December 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    “CES needs to get out of town, now!! They are no good. ”

    Can you explain why?

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    No Shock Reply Report comment

    December 17, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Don’t act surprised. This is how your city is
    run all the time.

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    Michael Servantez Reply Report comment

    December 17, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Wow, its looks like CES will be facing tougher laws to get this plant built with all the laws more strict on emmissions according to the article on KIMT. That is good. Maybe big brother will take care of this problem here in Mason City. Just sayin.

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    comment Reply Report comment

    December 17, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Another sad day for the citizens of MC. Pam works for the citizens of MC the same as Trout and Bookmeyer. The way Bookmeyer has expanded since he got on the city credit card it wont be long before he his backside catches up with his huge ego.

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    bons vivant Reply Report comment

    December 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Is there anyway we could set up some sort of method to ask how many reading this site if they would ever vote for Bookmeyer again.

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    Feo2 Reply Report comment

    December 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    oops

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    Feo2 Reply Report comment

    December 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Do you mean you loose your first ammendment rights when you conflict with city hall.

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    betty Reply Report comment

    December 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    A less risky alternative that will be a good revenue stream for us locally would be great. Now that so many people have done research scouting ideas on this subject I bet there are good ideas out there.

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    Very Bad Decison by Trout Reply Report comment

    December 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Mason City’s Mayor, Council, and City Administrator are the nothing but a big joke. Why isn’t the Globe Gazette covering this story?

    CES needs to get out of town, now!! They are no good.

    Look for another alternative to process our garbage.

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    Mr. Monochromatic Reply Report comment

    December 16, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Ditto on the new look!

    Can someone please ask The Mayor and Mr. Trout why?
    Why have they taken this action on Ms. Myhre and Max Weaver?

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    The Jackal Reply Report comment

    December 16, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Wow I love the new site, maybe there is hope for mason city.

    Back to the bozo’s at hand, bookmeyer, trout, skipper, and willett = Brain washing, censorship, and bullying.