Briefs: Judge orders compliance with open meetings law in city of Grant

  • Updated: July 26, 2014 - 2:00 PM
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Jim Schug, who received a Stillwater Rotary award for exceptional service, was joined by outgoing president Bev Driscoll.

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A Washington County district judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the mayor of Grant and two City Council members, but also ordered the city to become compliant with state open meetings and records laws.

John C. Hoffman’s order came after both sides met with a mediator, Don Gemberling. The judge set several conditions, including that the city’s clerk/administrator attend training covering the Minnesota Data Practices Act within a year.

After the training, the clerk must present an administrative report at a regular City Council meeting concerning data practices and the state’s open-meetings laws, Hoffman said. The report must be cablecast “without exception,” he wrote.

A Grant resident, Loren Sederstrom, had filed suit last year, claiming the city was failing to give sufficient notice of public meetings. He contended city officials routinely violated the state’s open meetings law, naming Mayor Tom Carr and Council Members Jeff Huber and Tina Lobin in the suit.

Hoffman also ordered that the city of Grant and its attorney write and print a pamphlet, for public use, that outlines access to public data and also mandatory meeting requirements under the law. It must be posted in a conspicuous location at all city meetings, Hoffman ordered.

The city attorney, Tom Lehmann, must provide a draft of the pamphlet before its final printing to Sederstrom’s attorney, Diana Longrie, for review and approval, Hoffman wrote.

Sederstrom was chairman of the Grant Planning Commission, which no longer exists.

“Basically people have no input out here,” Sederstrom said last week about the city of 4,100 residents.

Stillwater

Rotary recognizes Schug for his ‘service above self’

Stillwater resident Jim Schug received the Hank Sampson Memorial award for exceptional service at the Stillwater Rotary Club’s year-end recognition at Washington Square Park.

Hank Sampson, a Stillwater Rotarian for 44 years, was a vibrant community supporter and a model for Rotarians until his untimely death in 2008. Bev Driscoll, outgoing president of the club, said Schug has been similarly engaged as a model for “service above self” as he participated in ringing the bell for the Salvation Army fundraising, packing lunches for families in need, and leading the Rotary Club’s premier fundraiser, the Stillwater Sampler, which raised about $30,000 each of two years under Schug’s leadership.

Schug, who retired in 2012 from his job as Washington Co. administrator, chairs the Lakeview Hospital Board.

Woodbury

First lawsuit against eatery filed after E. coli outbreak

A man who said he became ill after eating a salad at an Applebee’s in Woodbury is taking the matter to court.

In what appears to be the first lawsuit against the restaurant, Keith Comstock alleged that he became ill from E. coli in late June after eating an “Oriental Chicken Salad” at the restaurant at 10150 Hudson Rd.

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