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Monticello Ombud Report

Monticello Ombud Report

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Walking
 
a
 
Fine
 
Line:
 
An
 
Inves
ga
on
 
of 
 
the
 
Mon
cello
 
Mayor
 
and
 
City
 
Council
 
July
 
5,
 
2011
 
Ruth
 
H.
 
Cooperrider
 
Iowa
 
Ci
zens’
 
Aide/Ombudsman
 
 
 
Contributers
Investigator
Angela McBride, Assistant Ombudsman
Acting Legal Counsel
Andy Teas
Ombudsman
Ruth H. Cooperrider 
 
 
Table of Contents
Ombudsman’s Role ......................................................................................................................... 1
 
Complaint ........................................................................................................................................ 1
 
Investigation .................................................................................................................................... 1
 
Summary of the Facts ..................................................................................................................... 2
 
Iowa Open Meetings Law (Iowa Code chapter 21) ........................................................................ 5
 
Relevant Court Cases ...................................................................................................................... 6
 
Analysis and Conclusions ............................................................................................................... 9
 
Was the subject matter of the letter within the City Council’s policy-making duties?
............... 9
 
Was there deliberation by council members regarding the subject matter in the letter?
......... 10
 
Was there a gathering of a “majority of the members” of the City Council?
.......................... 12
 
Summary of Conclusions .............................................................................................................. 14
 
Recommendations ......................................................................................................................... 14
 
Ombudsman’s Note ...................................................................................................................... 15
 
APPENDIX A: Signed Letter of Offer ......................................................................................... 16
 
APPENDIX B: Unsigned Letter of Offer ..................................................................................... 19
 
APPENDIX C: February 9, 2010 City Council Agenda............................................................... 21
 
APPENDIX D: February 9, 2010 City Council Minutes .............................................................. 22
 
Reply from Former Council Member Russ Hodge ....................................................................... 25
 
Reply from the Monticello City Council ...................................................................................... 26
 

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