Archive for November 20, 2013

Penalty trial delayed in city’s open record case

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Today’s (Wednesday) trial on the enforcement actions related to the city of Clinton not releasing records of closed sessions has been continued.  In a summary judgment issued Tuesday, the city was found to have violated the Open Records law in not releasing the records of a series of six closed meetings held regarding the lawsuit filed over the ambulance service billing practices.  Today’s trial was to present arguments on the penalties and enforcement.

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Judge Orders the City of Clinton to Release Records to Public Regarding $4.5 Million Emergency Medical Service Lawsuit

As part of a lawsuit by Citizens for Open Government, a Clinton County District Court judge today ordered the City of Clinton to release records from meetings regarding its improper ambulance billings that resulted in $4.5 million in fines and damages.

Read ACLU statement.

Link to ummary judgement included

Cost of Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Down for 2013

From Radio Iowa By Pat Curtis

Iowans could be thankful for a smaller grocery bill as they prepare this year’s Thanksgiving feast. Dave Miller is the Iowa Farm Bureau’s Research Director. “The cost of a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner is likely to be down about 44-cents compared to a year ago,” Miller says.

The estimate is based on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 28th annual informal price survey.

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Armed robbery report in north end of town

Clinton Police are investigating a reported armed robbery on Sunday night.

Police report that at about 8:30 on Sunday night the Clinton Police and Fire Departments responded to 3242 McKinley to a report of a robbery.

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Judge OK’s release of records of closed meetings on EMS suit

An inch high stack of papers make-up the transcripts of several closed meetings held by the Clinton City Council concerning the E-M-S fraudulent billing lawsuit.

transcripts

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About 20% of registered voters in Clinton went to the polls Tuesday

Unofficial election results show the two At-Large Clinton City Council seat were filled in Tuesday’s vote.  With five candidates vying for the two seats, there was a chance for a run-off.  Elections Commissioner Eric Van Lancker reported the formula based on turnout showed 1,680 votes were needed to be elected in the race.

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