By ERIC CRUMP, Editor
The Marshall Democrat-News reported (in February) that the Marshall City Council had agreed to the termination of the employment of police Lt. Brad Bartlett upon “mutually agreeable terms.”
The newspaper recently received additional information that specifies the terms under which Bartlett and the city agreed to end his employment.
The council, meeting in closed session Feb. 16, approved a separation agreement with Bartlett and on Feb. 19 released the minutes of the closed session, as required by the Missouri Sunshine Law.
The agreement is considered confidential by both parties, but after an inquiry by Bartlett’s attorney challenging the accuracy of the newspaper story, the Democrat-News filed a Sunshine Law request with the city seeking a copy of the agreement.
On June 25 the city complied with the request and released the text of the agreement.
According to the document, the agreement was entered into at the city’s request and with the consent of Bartlett to end his employment, and it spells out a number of obligations for both parties.
The agreement requires the city to continue paying Bartlett’s salary and benefits through July 31, and to reimburse Bartlett $6,500 for attorney’s fees.
Bartlett and his attorney declined to comment, citing the confidentiality provision of the agreement.
Posted tagged ‘Missouri’
By ERIC CRUMP, Editor
The Greater Rivers Environmental Law Center lost a suit it filed against the city of St. Peters claiming the city
“knowingly and purposely” violated the Sunshine Law.
St. Charles County Circuit Judge Ted House ruled in August that the evidence did not show a “knowing violation” and that the records sought could be closed.
He also ruled the Law Center should pay court costs.
According to records, the Law Center had sued the city regarding development in St. Charles County and a river levee. The city argued that because it anticipated future litigation from the plaintiff over the levee, the city council could hold a closed meeting using the litigation exception to the Sunshine Law and keep a Federal Emergency Management Agency Letter of Map Revision a closed record.
The Law Center argued that the city could not close the record because the National Flood Insurance Act grants property owners or leasers the right to view the records and request an administrative and judicial review. (St. Charles County Business Record)
In 1960, James Reed inherited a stack of newspapers that towered over his six-foot-plus frame. He hauled them to Tulsa, Okla., where they languished in his attic for 20 years.
“I meant to look at them when I had the time,” Reed told a writer for McDonald County Newspapers.
The newspapers were printed in the 1800s by Reed’s great-great-grandfather, Claiborne “Claib” Duval, editor of the Pineville Herald, the only newspaper in McDonald County at the time.
In 1980 Reed took a closer look at the eight-foot stack of newspapers. “I got curious, and I got hooked,” he said.
For the next six years, Reed produced a hand-written, 3,000-page work called “Pineville and Its People.” It followed the lives of more than 80 families from 1883 to 1942.
Now a resident of Powell in eastern McDonald County, Reed dedicates several hours a day to reviewing the old, fragile newspapers and producing a series of books called “A Unique Little History of McDonald County, Missouri.”
Each volume is a year’s worth of news gathered from Duval’s column titled “Pineville News.”
“The newspapers I inherited are in pretty good condition and the collection is almost complete. I’m only missing a few issues from each year,” Reed said.
Now retired, his goal is to transcribe four volumes a year.
Among the entries:
“Jan. 11, 1884—The cold that struck us so suddenly last week was much more severe on our northern neighbors. At Pleasant Hill the thermometers marked 30 degrees below zero. Two children were frozen to death. A carload of 14 mules on the L&S R.R. were frozen to death and two carloads of cattle were frozen to death between Pleasant Hill and Nevada …
“Jan. 14, 1884—Last Wednesday night two girl-loving boys brought their girls to the reading society, then took them to the drug store to treat them. After setting up the cigars, a pound of candy, and various other things, they called for a dram, but the boy who kept the drug store very prudently refused to let them have it, for fear it would make them so sick they couldn’t get home, as they were already very sick from love.”
“I’m midway through with 1887,” Reed said. “I figure this endeavor will keep me busy for the next 15 years. I’ll finish this when I’m 77!”
—Southwest City Republic
(This is from a letter to the editor of the Call Newspapers in St. Louis.)
To the editor:
… Crestwood’s citizens need the reporting of the Call if for nothing else than to keep the current city government honest and from breaking the promises they made to the voters. Why?
Just recall the recent events surrounding
the excessive use of the not-open-to-the-public executive sessions, the change in the Civil Service rules regarding an employee’s freedom to speak to the press and it becomes clear to any normal thinking person that in the last three years Crestwood has stopped allowing access by its citizens to their government.
Remember the ever-changing budget numbers from week to week since September
2007. Remember Crestwood’s financial adviser … saying that it is “critical” that an actual number is agreed to for the excess in the general fund.
Remember the mayor stating that the city doesn’t need a tax increase.
Remember that and remind those in charge of that when you attend the city’s town hall meetings because I am sure the Call will in their pages.
Call Editor’s note: Mr. Trueblood served as a Ward 2 alderman for the city from 1993 to 2006. He was unable to seek re-election due to term limits.