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Mayor Bookmeyer: “Disappointed” that Prestage won’t be in Mason City


This news story was published on June 3, 2016.
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Mayor Eric Bookmeyer

Mayor Eric Bookmeyer

The following statement is from Mayor Eric Bookmeyer, released Friday morning after it was announced Prestage Foods will not be coming to Mason City:

“I want to extend our best wishes to the Prestage family and their staff. They are tremendous people and I regret the result. There is a city in Iowa that is going to get a tremendous family company and community partner.”

“I am sincerely disappointed for our City, Corridor and Chamber staffs and partners that were so invested in this project. They really did an admirable job and gave it their all, along with all of our supporters. I wholeheartedly salute them.”

“I am also thankful for the three “ayes” and Mr. Schickel for having the courage to continue to seek solutions.”

“We have six great council members that will move forward together. We are already on to the next projects and will continue to sell Mason City as a great city in North Iowa.”

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29 Responses to Mayor Bookmeyer: “Disappointed” that Prestage won’t be in Mason City

  1. sad gal Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Are the citizens of Mason City aware of the fact that Charles City turned down Prestage last Fall? Did Mayor Bookmeyer & cronies report this fact at any council meeting? Did Robin Anderson report this fact ?

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 4, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Anon I resent the used car saleman – He’s just a lieing piece shit politican like all Demorats .

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 4, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Boo Hoo ! If your unhappy it must mean the citizens of cerro gordo county are HAPPY !! HAPPY !!

  4. Lloyd Reply Report comment

    June 4, 2016 at 9:08 am

    How dumb could he be ? He knows there’s not enough workin people in this area for a place like Prestage ! We dodged a bullet here with a potential of them shipping in muslims refugees , I here there knife skills are out of this world on hogs & infidels .

    • Annie Moose Reply Report comment

      June 5, 2016 at 6:57 am

      Racists are alive and well right here in River City.

  5. Ralph Reply Report comment

    June 3, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    The word arrogant seems to come to mind.

  6. Lawsteward Reply Report comment

    June 3, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    …it is interesting that in this letter “to the people”, the mayor says nothing positive about the 3 council person…who did their jobs in looking at the proposal…and saying “NO” to it. This attitude is typical of our city leaders and the Globe Gazette in saying “if you aren’t for “us” than you are “against” us…never mind that you have brains to think on your own!

    • I Should Know Reply Report comment

      June 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      “We have six great council members that will move forward together.”

  7. Anonymous Too Reply Report comment

    June 3, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I truly believe that if the Mayor, The Corredor, The chamber, and counsel would have not been so sneaky from the beginning and tried to run this through so fast that this project probably would have gained the support of the majority of the citizens.

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 3, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Maybe a Council with an odd number of members so there wouldn’t be any ties?

  9. mndot Reply Report comment

    June 3, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    HELLO::: this town needs jobs maybe not a pork or beef plant but even if we got a nice factory that pays 15.00 an hour to start most of the lazy SOB that call MC home (IMPORTS) don’t want to work anyways. Selling dope and banging white women is easier. You people would bitch if you got hung by a new rope. All you STUMBLE BUMS get out of town or get a full time job.

    • Nada Racist Reply Report comment

      June 4, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Nope, Mason City isn’t racist, nope not at all…

    • Pee Wee Reply Report comment

      June 4, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Should of never let them D boyz from there hood’s in to MC they are the down fall of here. I say time to get some people that hate’s on them real bad here, run them out. Them from Detroit and Chicago, big city’s, they dont belong in our town, get rid of them before they take us over. Could maybe get the cops look the other way for a couple day’s, take them thug’s don’t leave when there pushed just put them in the land fill. They done this down south for them got all uppity, it worked to Yes.

      • Reggie(red) Reply Report comment

        June 5, 2016 at 7:50 am

        You write a lot like Peter C. I bet you are nominated for the NIT golden pen award. Anonymous is right. There are no racists in Mason City, I stand corrected.

  10. Anon Reply Report comment

    June 3, 2016 at 11:22 am

    I’m “Disappointed” that Bookmeyer IS in Mason City.

    Bookmeyer is a conniving weasel with no skills, aptitude or experience to be a Mayoral position. He slick talked & back-slapped his way in.
    You can tell just by listening to him that he is nothing more than a snake-oil salesman.
    He might make a good used car salesman, but then that would actually require working.

    Bookmeyer needs to go and while we are at it, that clueless & inept Janet Solberg ….. get rid of her sorry ass too.

  11. anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 3, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Well if you hadn’t been so sneaky about this whole thing maybe you would not be so disappointed now – you and your fellow cronies should be ashamed of yourself. As for Mr. Lee and Kuhn they are remarkable decent men – the rest of you are on your way out!

    • AnnaMoose Reply Report comment

      June 3, 2016 at 11:21 am

      I say “Amen!” To that. Sneaky beaky doesn’t work with this crowd. We pay attention and don’t want the wool pulled over our eyes. Be straight forward and you’ll get further. A lot of lessons learned here.

  12. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 3, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Booky doesn’t work for the people, he works for himself. Even if there was 95% against the project, he’d still find a reason to vote for it. Government belongs to the people, not to an individual.

  13. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 3, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Hang in there Mayor Bookmeyer! I may not agree with you on the benefits of Prestage, but you’ve done a lot of great things for the city over the years, and I for one are looking forward to more of that!

    • No Pork Kill Reply Report comment

      June 3, 2016 at 10:53 am

      BULL! He is the worst mayor we have ever had and doesn’t care what the people say, his way or the highway. The sooner we can vote him out, the better.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 3, 2016 at 12:01 pm

        I only claim to represent myself. You are certainly entitled to your opinion. If you believe there are better candidates out there you should campaign to unseat him when the time comes. Anonymously badmouthing him is however unlikely to accomplish anything for our community, especially at a time like this. Over the last few months, our grass-root movement has proven itself a worthy fighter. Now is the time to prove ourselves an equally worthy winner!

      • I Should Know Reply Report comment

        June 3, 2016 at 7:34 pm

        When Bill Schikel was mayor, he was the worst mayor ever. When Jean Marinos was mayor, she was the worst mayor ever. When Roger Bang was mayor, he was the worst mayor ever. When Eric Bookmeyer….

        See where I’m going with this?

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          June 3, 2016 at 7:53 pm

          Yeah and 3 out of the 4 were/are drunks…

    • Ralph Reply Report comment

      June 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Hello Mayor, It is nice to know that you read and reply on NIT.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 4, 2016 at 11:19 am

      Are you Booky???