MASON CITY – A Mason City landlord spoke to the Mason City Council Tuesday night and spoke of a “final draft” for Mason City Human Rights.
Bob Mason owns 12 rental properties. Several of them are multi-family properties. He has a total of 26 rental units registered at City Hall.
Mason thanked Council member Scott Tornquist, Mayor Eric Bookmeyer and City Administrator Brent Trout for meeting with him “a month or so ago” to listen to his concerns about Human Rights in Mason City.
“Councilman Tornquist, Mr. Bookmeyer, Mr. Trout all listened to my concerns a month or so ago when I had issues with Human Rights Commission,” Mason said.
Mason told the Council that “every time that I try to do the right thing, or try to enforce my lease or even city ordinances, I find myself in front of the Human Rights Commission.”
Mason also spoke of a “final draft” for what he seemed to reference as changes that Bookmeyer, Trout and Tornquist had promised to make to Human Rights in Mason City.
“So if something could be in the final draft, if a landlord comes forth ahead of time and makes known what he or she is trying to do without fear of ending up in front of the Human Rights Commission, I think that would be a great thing,” Mason said, “so landlords do not need to be concerned or worried too much about retaliation or being accused of something that he or she is not trying to do.”