An informational meeting for Citizens for Open Government, canceled last week due to inclement weather conditions, has been rescheduled for tomorrow evening. The 6 p.m. meeting at the Ericksen Center will allow for public input on the group's ongoing efforts to get records surrounding the city’s $4.5 million EMS billing settlement released.
The first significant snowfall of a warm winter forced Marty Nitschke, chairman of Citizens for Open Government, to cancel a meeting scheduled last Thursday. However, according to a release from the group, the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting remains the same.
Michael McCarthy, a cooperating attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa (ACLU-IA), is set to make informational remarks. McCarthy said last week that the group will likely try to ask a judge to review the records collected during a series of closed session meetings in which the settlement was discussed to determine what should be made available to public review.
The city denied the group’s initial request to review the records, citing attorney/client privilege and the section of Iowa code that allows for discussions on litigation to remain private.