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Bookmeyer, council back off charges for communicating with City Hall

City Administrator Brent Trout, by law, follows the direction of the Mayor and Council
City Administrator Brent Trout, by law, follows the direction of the Mayor and Council

MASON CITY – Mayor Eric Bookmeyer and the City Council backed off the idea of charging folks for asking City Hall for public information, at least for the time being.

The idea of making it official policy for City Hall to charge citizens for asking City Hall questions was brought forward by City Administrator Brent Trout, who is mandated by City Code to follow the direction of the Mayor and Council.

After stinging criticism was leveled here on NIT by readers in the wake of Trout’s policy idea two weeks ago, there was no agenda item on the matter this week.  The council and mayor had left Trout with feedback two weeks ago and to bring back a more polished policy that they could then re-evalute.

Council member Travis Hickey had declared at the September 3rd meeting that just like a McDonald’s, City Hall should “charge everyone” for coming to City Hall and asking for public information.

Some council members wanted two policies; one for Mason City citizens and one for persons from out of town.

The matter could be brought back in the future.

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