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Supervisors meeting abruptly ended after tough questions

Cerro Gordo County Supervisors Phil Dougherty (left) and Jay Urdahl (right) immediately before they took questions from Marquardt.

MASON CITY – A regular meeting of the Cerro Gordo County Supervisors was abruptly ended by Supervisors Jay Urdahl and Phil Dougherty Tuesday morning after questions from Publisher Matt Marquardt regarding public access to the board.

Supervisor Jay Urdahl declared that his board will “consider” changes to their meeting agendas so that they clearly indicate that the public has access to the board and may address the board.

Agendas for this week’s meetings from three neighboring counties were given to Urdahl.  Worth, Floyd and Franklin county agendas clearly indicate that the public is welcome at meetings and may have access to the board;  Cerro Gordo County Supervisor meeting agendas make no such indication.

Urdahl stated last year that the board would not attach any additional information to agenda items to help give the public background on those items, but he did say that if someone “comes by the office after the meeting” (after the agenda items are already acted upon or voted upon) they would answer questions.

In other business, the county employee handbook was revised and approved.

Supervisor Bob Amosson was absent.  It was said by a county employee that he was fishing today.

A Globe Gazette reporter in the Cerro Gordo County Supervisors’ office prior to Tuesday’s meeting.

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