Bio-Solids and Open Meeting Law

From the December 14, 2009 City Council Agenda:

13 Motion to Go Into Closed Session

b. Proposed purchase of land located at 6063 Mt Carmel Road Red Wing MN for the purpose of preserving land to spread Bio-solids.

Nowhere else in the agenda is the bio-solids issue discussed. So what happens is that what should be a public discussion of building a treatment facility, buying land somewhere else, etc., is swallowed up in the closed session, where only a purchase price should be discussed.  We are denied hearing council members concerns, questions, comments. The Council spent one hour in closed session.  We can only speculate as to what was discussed other than a purchase price.

It can’t be stated often enough:

The Open Meeting Law serves several purposes:

(1) “to prohibit actions being taken at a secret meeting where it is impossible for the interested public to become fully informed concerning [public bodies’] decisions or to detect improper influences”; (2) “to assure the public’s right to be informed”; and (3) “to afford the public an opportunity to present its views to the [public body].”

St. Cloud Newspapers, Inc. v. Dist. 742 Cmty. Schs., 332 N.W.2d 1, 4 (Minn. 1983)

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Filed under Accountability, Bio-Solids, Minnesota, Open Meeting Law/ Data Practices, Red Wing, Red Wing City Council

2 responses to “Bio-Solids and Open Meeting Law

  1. sueinmn

    Here are some very interesting statistics on Bio-solids.
    http://thewatchers.us/Class_A-B_requirements.html

    CLASS A & B Sludge/biosolids Requirements
    It is a little EPA joke on farmers and the public.
    Since EPA and State regulators want a cheap method of sludge disposal, farmers and the public are not informed of the potential danger to human and animal health and the lack of enforcement.
    EPA admits it did not do a human carcinogen health risk assessment for chemicals, heavy metals or pathogens in sludge biosolids.
    http://www.deadlydeceit.com/503 Riskassessment.html
    Class A or B Sludge biosolids Surface disposal
    Table 2 of § 503.23_Pollutant Concentrations_Active
    It’s very lengthy.
    Im sure there are plenty of these reports.

  2. My hat is off to the good people up on Mt. Carmel, like John Sachen and Sue Safe, who have demanded to be heard on this critical issue. Well done.

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