The Brainerd City Council, amid heated debate in a special meeting Tuesday, voted to keep things as they are concerning information requests
The special meeting was set after dueling memos between Council member Bob Olson and Mayor James Wallin. The meeting began with a prayer in deference to the terrorist attacks on the nation earlier in the day.
In mid-August Wallin sent a memo to the city council stating he felt too much staff time was being spent on fulfilling elected officials information requests, and asked that a policy be put into place.
In a responding memo, Olson said that, even though not directly named, Wallin's memo was directed toward him and any such policy would be censorship.
The matter was set aside to Tuesday's meeting, at which time the city council voted by a 5-1 vote to reaffirm the already existing policy, that city staffers should continue to fulfill all information requests, and if any requests are too large, the city staffer should go to the city council for direction in how it should be handled. Olson voted no because he felt the motion was redundant.
Council Member Mark O'Day was absent, working security duties at the Mall of America.
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