State board responds to complaints about conservation board
The Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB) discussed two complaints concerning the Washington County Conservation Board about closed meetings during the IPIB meeting on April 17.
According to a press release, the complaints were referred to IPIB staff for informal assistance.
“The IPIB accepted both complaints as legally sufficient and having merit,” the press release stated.
The IPIB negotiated with the complainants, Dan Ehl of Kalona, and Bruce Endris of Hills, and the conservation board. According to the press release, the conservation board was to develop a remediation plan.
The IPIB reviewed the mediated settlement the conservation board acted on at its April 10 meeting and modifications were made.
The conservation board will hold a special meeting about the revision to the mediated settlement agreement at the Conservation Education Center on April 23, at 4:30 p.m.
The complaints arose when the conservation board held closed sessions concerning the employment of former park ranger Bob Bellmer.