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Bricelyn review gets out of hand

July 6, 2014
By Brock Buesing - Register Staff Writer (bbuesing@faribaultcountyregister.com) , Faribault County Register

Bricelyn City Council member Rhonda Johnson walked out of a special meeting last Tuesday night due to members of the community not following proper procedures.

The purpose of the special meeting was to give Bricelyn city clerk and treasurer Kathy Lowery a 180-day performance review and decide whether or not to remove her probationary status and promote her to a senior employee level.

Bricelyn residents voiced their opinion during the review process and Johnson was not happy with the public interruptions.

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Johnson informed a member of the public that she did not have permission to speak and she could wait until the end of the meeting to voice her opinion.

After Johnson left, council members Vicky Wobbrock and Joe Charleboix also debated leaving as well.

"It's difficult to conduct any business," Charleboix?says. "Basically what happens is that the City Council sits up here and defends themselves from people who all they want to do is complain."

Mayor Tom Sens was forced to gain control by slamming his fist onto the table.

The review continued with Wobbrock and Lowery disagreeing about minor bookkeeping issues.

"We had the bookwork all messed up and the last thing we want is to have it be all screwed up again," Wobbrock stated.

Before Johnson walked out, she brought up the fact Lowery puts in more than 20 hours per week.

"It is just not possible to stay within the allotted 20 hours per week," Lowery says. "There are always incidental occurrences regarding this position. If you all want me to limit my time to 20 hours a week the work will continue to backlog."

Council member Larry Burkhow expressed his gratitude towards Lowery.

"I really think she has done a great job," he says.

After countless arguments with the public and long periods of silence, the City Council decided to approve Lowery and make her a senior employee.

"The only difference now is that I am entitled to benefits," Lowery says. "I will continue to do the job which needs to be done. I appreciate the support and encouragement I've received from the residents of Bricelyn."

 
 

 

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