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Concerns about last minute agenda additions at Clay County Commission meeting

It took nearly 50 minutes to approve the Clay County Commission agenda at the March 13, 2017 meeting. Commissioner Nolte was frustrated that two items were presented for both addition to the agenda and immediate action the morning of the meeting. One item was the County’s insurance renewal and the …

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Musings: Targeted Commission Mailings Legal, Still Wasteful and Wrong

The decision in the Markenson lawsuit came down last week. You can read more about that by clicking HERE. I can’t say that I was surprised by it at all. It’s an uncomfortable position for any judge to be in the middle of. As with many things in our society, …

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Judgement in Markenson Lawsuit Against Clay County Commissioners

In April, TheNorthlandNews.com reported on a lawsuit that was filed by Clay County Resident Gary Markenson against Commissioners Owen and Ridgeway. The lawsuit alleged misuse of public funds for the mailers that were sent to targeted residents. The mailers also included free passes to Jesse James Farm and Museum. Late …

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Concerns About Sheriff Funding Discussed at County Commission Meeting

True-Up for 2017 Budget Requires Over $500K from County Rainy Day Fund to Be Shifted to Sheriff’s Office Budget Every calendar year the County Commission approves a budget ordinance that is called a “true-up”. The goal of the ordinance is to reconcile the projected budget versus the carryover amount from …

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What did the latest Sunshine Request show?

Not much of anything other than the inability of the county to deliver the information in a timely fashion. As I told you recently I had filed another Sunshine Request with the County looking for something a tipster had said might be worth looking into. This individual had good reason …

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Marathon Clay County Commission meeting lasts over 5 hours, controversy continues with boat slip fees

The Clay County Commission meeting on Monday, February 6 saw more controversy as the commission adjourned early for a lengthy executive session, had two members of the public give passionate public comment without the commission present, more public comments about concerns at Smithville Lake over the ongoing boat slip fee …

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Commission modifies agenda again, public comment sees more discussion about boat slip fees

Commission heads into early executive session for second week in a row. County citizens Stacy Long and Terri Welk return to podium for public comment. For the second week in a row, the Clay County Commission modified the agenda and entered executive session for legal matters at the beginning of …

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Citizen Voices: Don Milum – I will continue to stand for what is right!

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Nolte’s items stripped from agenda, slip holding mother of 3 waits hours to speak to Commission

The ongoing struggle between Presiding Clay County Commissioner Jerry Nolte and Commissioners Owen and Ridgeway continued this Monday at the Commission meeting. Commissioner Nolte asked that four items be placed onto the Commission’s weekly agenda. Two discussion items included a concern Nolte had about a portion of a budget ordinance …

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Constituent reaches out to County Commissioners, little response, dialogue goes cold

Occasional TNN contributor and Northland community organizer Jason Withington recently reached out to Clay County Commissioners Ridgeway and Owen for a dialogue about issues at the Courthouse. He was concerned about the recent changes to the format of the County Commission meeting that was passed 2-1 at the end of …

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