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Trout bans flash photography at council meetings



This news story was published on July 28, 2015.
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Brent Trout imposes ban on flash photography ay council meetings

Brent Trout imposes ban on flash photography ay council meetings

MASON CITY – Calling them “disruptive”, City Administrator Brent Trout has banned the use of cameras with a flash at council meetings.

At the bottom of the agenda for this week’s city council meeting, a new rule was slipped in, which reads “Please note flash photography is not allowed during the meeting”.

NIT became aware of the rule after city councilman Alex Kuhn phoned and pointed out the ban, imposed by Trout. Kuhn claimed he didn’t know how the rule came about and said he just noticed it was there as he re-read his council packet in preparation for tonight’s meeting – which could be heavily attended.

NIT questioned city hall on the ban, and Brent Trout replied, saying “In my opinion flash photography is disruptive to the conduct of the meeting”.

Trout didn’t elaborate on how the ban would be enforced.

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13 Responses to Trout bans flash photography at council meetings

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 6:17 am

    why is all this written about 11 on the page about flash photography instead of the story about the council meetings??

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Just one big pisser contest.Everyone in this town has become just a bunch on candy *ss whiners.I’ve lived here for 40yrs you idiots look like kids on elementry playground.Grow up you silly paper pushers who have never had a backbreaking job to have any kind of character and it REALLY shows, you just have your nose up so far up you can’t relate.

  3. my real name Reply Report comment

    July 28, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    So Pete, now you’re writing Matt’s stories for him. After all the names and shit you’ve done to him. Go away, and stay away. No one wants you here.

  4. Reality Check Reply Report comment

    July 28, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    When all else fails and your back is against the wall bring in the clowns (the Priest). How discusting and beneath his calling as a Priest to engage in this pi$$ing contest. Ten Hail Marys Father Joe.

    • Reality Check Reply Report comment

      July 29, 2015 at 12:18 am

      They played the race (Greek) card and they lost. Father Joe is no better than Father Al Sharpton. Baklava for all my brothers! Opa

  5. Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    July 28, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    They better make Skipper wear a hat then, so the glare off his dome doesn’t distract them then.

    • Anonymous Too Reply Report comment

      July 28, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      Good one! I needed a good laugh! Thank You!

  6. Reality Check Reply Report comment

    July 28, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    And since we are talking about photography, the picture you took of Trout (above) looks like a deer caught in headlights. Maybe that’s why flash has been outlawed. Priceless!

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 28, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Obviously trout doesn’t know to much about photography. You don’t need a flash at all unless it’s really dark. Ha too funny!

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 28, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    So if you use a flash what happens????

  9. Anonymous Too Reply Report comment

    July 28, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Matt, do you use a flash camera when you cover city Council meetings? Just wondering if they are trying to make it harder for you to cover the meetings? Love the picture of Trout by the way!

  10. my real name Reply Report comment

    July 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Most cameras and phones don’t need a flash anymore unless it’s really dark.

  11. LVS Reply Report comment

    July 28, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    I can understand why he put this in. I would think they can take pictures before and after the meeting unless they are the media and filming the meeting. Flash pictures can be disruptive.