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IPIB Board Meeting - Electronic Meeting

Date: 
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 1:00pm
Location: 
502 E. 9th Street
Wallace Building - 3rd Floor IPIB Office Conference Room
Des Moines, IA 50319
Agenda: 

IOWA PUBLIC INFORMATION BOARD

MEMBERS

Joan Corbin, Pella (Government Representative, 2020-2024)
E. J. Giovannetti, Urbandale (Government Representative, 2018-2022)
Barry Lindahl, Dubuque (Government Representative, 2020-2024)
Keith Luchtel, Clive (Media Representative, 2018-2022)
Monica McHugh, Zwingle (Public Representative, 2018-2022)
Frederick (Rick) Morain, Jefferson (Media Representative, 2018-2022)
Julie Pottorff, Des Moines (Public Representative, 2020-2024)
Suzan Stewart, Sioux City (Public Representative, 2018-2022)
Stan Thompson, Clive (Public Representative, 2020-2024)

STAFF

Margaret Johnson, Executive Director
Brett Toresdahl, Deputy Director
Zach Goodrich, Legal Counsel

Electronic Meeting
(Pursuant to Iowa Code section 21.8)

Dial-in number: 866-685-1580     Conference Code: 2841441953

Agenda   

January 21, 2021 1:00 p.m.

Wallace Building
502 East 9th Street, Des Moines
3rd Floor IPIB Conference Room

 

1:00 PM – IPIB Meeting

                        Electronic meeting pursuant to Iowa Code section 21.8 – In circumstances where an in-person

                        meeting is impossible or impractical due to concerns about COVID-19 and social distancing

                        for the safety of board members and the public.

I.          Approval of agenda*

II.        Approval of the December 17, 2020 minutes *

III.       Public Forum (5 minute limit per speaker)

IV.       Comments from the board chair.  (Pottorff) 

V.        Advisory Opinion

  1. Brick, Matthew (20AO:0007 – Chapter 22 – Request for AO re: Public Records 12/10/20) *

VI.       Cases involving Board Deliberation/Action.  (Johnson)

  1. Beatty, Troy (20FC0087 – Chapter 22 – Evansdale WaterWorks 8/27/20) * Report
  2. Choate, John (20FC:0108 – Both Chapters – Manly City Council 10/20/20) * Report
  3. Evans, Randy (20FC:0133 – Chapter 21 – BCLUW Community School Board 12/29/20) * Dismiss
  4. Fichter, Clint (20FC:0131 – Chapter 22 – City of Avoca 12/22/20) * Dismiss
  5. Healey, Sharon (20FC:0129 – Chapter 22 – City of Parkersburg 12/20/20) * Dismiss
  6. Healey, Sharon (20FC:0130 – Chapter 22 – City of Aplington 12/20/20) * Dismiss
  7. Henely, Eric (20FC:0132 – Chapter 21 – Gilbert Community School Board 12/28/20) * Dismiss
  8. Kilgore, Kevin (20FC:0119 – Chapter 22 – Ringgold County 11/15/20) * Dismiss
  9. Kilgore, Kevin (21FC:0004 – Chapter 21 – Ringgold County 1/10/21) * Dismiss
  10. Kuhn, Mark (20FC:0128 – Chapter 21 – Floyd County Board of Supervisors 12/17/20) * Dismiss
  11. Shook, Julie (20FC:0099 – Both Chapters – City of Tama 9/29/20) * Report
  12. Smith, Casey (20FC:0125 – Both Chapters – City of Blue Grass 12/1/20) * Dismiss

VII.        Matters Withdrawn, No Action Necessary. (Johnson)

  1. Krivachek, Maxwell (20FC:0110 – Both Chapters – City of Fort Atkinson 10/27/20) * Withdrawl

VIII.       Pending Matters.  (Johnson)

  1. Aude, Dan (21FC:0001 – Chapter 21 – Davenport Community School Board 1/4/21) Intake
  2. Belin, Laura (20FC:0095 – Chapter 22 – University of Iowa 9/17/20) Intake
  3. Bergren, Kay (21FC:0003 – Chapter 22 – City of Otho 1/7/21) Intake
  4. Corry, Robert (20FC:0127 – Chapter 22 – Iowa City Police Department 12/4/20) Intake
  5. Dominick, Michael (20FC:0085 – Chapter 22 – Benton County Sheriff Department 8/26/20) Pending
  6. Janke, Lori (21FC:0002 – Chapter 21 – Davenport Community School Board 1/5/21) Intake

IX.      Committee Reports                                                                             

  1. Communications –
  2. Legislative –
  3. Rules – * Rule Notice

X.         Office status report.

                  1.  Contacts and activity * (Johnson)                                                       

                  2.  Financial/Budget Update (FY21) * (Toresdahl)

                  3.  IPIB Annual Report * (Toresdahl)

                  4.  Update on District Court cases (Johnson)

                                                1. Klein

                                                2. Ripperger

                                                3. Kilgore

                  5.  Presentations/Trainings (Johnson) -

                                                ISAC: January 13, 2021

                                                Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals: January 28, 2021

                                                ISU Extension and Outreach staff webinar: February 1, 2021

                                                Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Board: April 22, 2021

                  6.  COVID-19 update (Johnson/Toresdahl)

XI.       Next IPIB Board Meeting will be held in the Wallace Building, 3rd Floor, E/W Conference Room (or electronic) February 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

XII.      Adjourn                                                                                                                      * Attachments

 

Electronic Meeting Guide/Outline:            

  1.  Each agenda item will be called in order.
  2.  IPIB staff will introduce the agenda item.     
  3.  Other parties to the agenda item will be asked for comment -- complainant, then respondent.
  4.  Chair will ask IPIB members for comment -- called upon alphabetically.
  5.  Chair will request a motion and second.
  6.  There will be a roll call vote on each agenda item to be voted on.
  7.  We request that speakers other than IPIB members identify themselves before speaking. Only speak when the chair acknowledges you.
  8. Place phones on mute, not on hold.
  9. Speak directly into your phone (please no speaker phones).

 

Minutes: 

 

IOWA PUBLIC INFORMATION BOARD

January 21, 2021

                                                            Unapproved Minutes

The Board met electronically on January 21, 2021 for its monthly meeting at 1:00 p.m. by conference call originating from the 3rd floor IPIB Office Conference Room in the Wallace Building with the following members participating by telephone: Joan Corbin, Pella; E. J. Giovannetti, Urbandale; Barry Lindahl, Dubuque; Keith Luchtel, Clive; Monica McHugh, Zwingle; Rick Morain, Jefferson; Julie Pottorff, Des Moines; Suzan Stewart, Sioux City; and Stan Thompson, Clive.  Also present were IPIB Executive Director Margaret Johnson; IPIB Deputy Director Brett Toresdahl; IPIB Legal Counsel Zach Goodrich. A quorum was declared present.

Others identified on the call: Randy Evans, Susan Patterson-Plank, Matt Brick, Eric Henely, Mark Kuhn, and Clint Fichter.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

The IPIB held an electronic meeting pursuant to Iowa Code section 21.8 – In circumstances where an in-person meeting is impossible or impractical due to concerns about COVID-19 and social distancing for the safety of board members and the public.

Johnson reviewed the electronic meeting rules and procedure.

On a motion by McHugh, second by Morain the agenda was unanimously adopted.

On a motion by Lindahl, second by Stewart, to approve the December 17, 2020 minutes. Unanimously adopted.

Public Forum -       No comments.

Items Discussed

  1. Board Chair – Thanked the board and public for their patience as the board has held electronic meeting over the past several months.
  2. The board was briefed, and discussed, and took action on advisory opinions as indicated:
    1. Brick, Matthew (20AO:0007 – Chapter 22 – Request for AO re: Public Records 12/10/20). A motion by Luchtel and second by Corbin to table matter until the next meeting.  Unanimously approved, roll call 9-0.

   3)  The board was briefed on cases and took action as indicated: 

  1. Beatty, Troy (20FC0087 – Chapter 22 – Evansdale WaterWorks 8/27/20). A motion by Giovannetti and second by Stewart to approve the informal resolution report. Unanimously approved, roll call 9-0.
  2. Choate, John (20FC:0108 – Both Chapters – Manly City Council 10/20/20). A motion by Lindahl and second by Luchtel to approve the informal resolution report. Unanimously approved, roll call 9-0.
  3. Evans, Randy (20FC:0133 – Chapter 21 – BCLUW Community School Board 12/29/20). Speaking on the matter Randy Evans. A motion by Corbin and second by Giovannetti to approve the dismissal order.  Unanimously approved, roll call 9-0.
  4. Fichter, Clint (20FC:0131 – Chapter 22 – City of Avoca 12/22/20). Speaking on the matter Clint Fichter. A motion by Giovannetti and second by McHugh to approve the dismissal order.  Unanimously approved, roll call 9-0. Mr. Fichter will submit a request to staff for an informal advisory letter.
  5. Healey, Sharon (20FC:0129 – Chapter 22 – City of Parkersburg 12/20/20). A motion by Morain and second by Stewart to approve the dismissal order as amended.  Unanimously approved, roll call 9-0.
  6. Healey, Sharon (20FC:0130 – Chapter 22 – City of Aplington 12/20/20). A motion by Corbin and second by Giovannetti to approve the dismissal order as amended.  Unanimously approved, roll call 9-0.
  7. Henely, Eric (20FC:0132 – Chapter 21 – Gilbert Community School Board 12/28/20). Speaking on the matter Eric Henely. A motion by McHugh and second by Giovannetti to table matter until the next meeting.  Approved, roll call 8-1 with Luchtel opposed.
  8. Kilgore, Kevin (20FC:0119 – Chapter 22 – Ringgold County 11/15/20). A motion by Luchtel and second by McHugh to approve the dismissal order.  Unanimously approved, roll call 9-0.
  9. Kilgore, Kevin (21FC:0004 – Chapter 21 – Ringgold County 1/10/21). A motion by Luchtel and second by McHugh to approve the dismissal order.  Unanimously approved, roll call 9-0.
  10. Kuhn, Mark (20FC:0128 – Chapter 21 – Floyd County Board of Supervisors 12/17/20). Speaking on the matter Mark Kuhn. A motion by Luchtel and second by Morain to table matter until the next meeting.  Approved, roll call 8-1 with McHugh opposed.
  11. Shook, Julie (20FC:0099 – Both Chapters – City of Tama 9/29/20). A motion by Thompson and second by Giovannetti to approve the informal resolution report. Unanimously approved, roll call 9-0.
  12. Smith, Casey (20FC:0125 – Both Chapters – City of Blue Grass 12/1/20). A motion by Giovannetti and second by Lindahl to continue this matter until the next meeting at the request of the complaintant. Unanimously approved, roll call 9-0.

  3)   Matters Withdrawn. No Action -

  1. Krivachek, Maxwell (20FC:0110 – Both Chapters – City of Fort Atkinson 10/27/20)  Withdrawl

  4)  Pending complaints that required no board action.  Informational

  1. Aude, Dan (21FC:0001 – Chapter 21 – Davenport Community School Board 1/4/21) Intake
  2. Belin, Laura (20FC:0095 – Chapter 22 – University of Iowa 9/17/20) Intake
  3. Bergren, Kay (21FC:0003 – Chapter 22 – City of Otho 1/7/21) Intake
  4. Corry, Robert (20FC:0127 – Chapter 22 – Iowa City Police Department 12/4/20) Intake
  5. Dominick, Michael (20FC:0085 – Chapter 22 – Benton County Sheriff Department 8/26/20) Pending
  6. Janke, Lori (21FC:0002 – Chapter 21 – Davenport Community School Board 1/5/21) Intake

5)  Committee Reports

  1. Communications – Toresdahl reported on activities of the office. Meeting in February.
  2. Legislative – Johnson reported waiting for our bills to be introduced.
  3. Rules – Notice of Intended Action – ARC 5377C. Public comment deadline is February 2, 2021. The Administrative Rules Committee meets on February 5, 2021. A motion by Luchtel and second by Stewart to approve the Notice of Intended Action.  Unanimously approved, voice vote.

6)  Updates for the board.

            a. Johnson provided an overview of the December website use and YTD case totals.

            b. Toresdahl shared the FY21 financials and budget appropriation update.

            c. Toresdahl presented a draft IPIB Annual Report for 2020 which is statutorily required

                   in chapter 23.  A motion by Lindahl and second by Luchtel to approve the Annual Report.

                   Unanimously approved, voice vote.

            d. Johnson provided an update on the District Court Cases.

                        Klein – Ready List Date.

                        Ripperger – as of 12/28/20 – fully briefed.

                        Kilgore – Hearing held January 7, 2021. Order issued – motion to dismiss granted.

e. Johnson shared completed and future presentations/trainings

            ISAC New Officer training - January 13, 2021

            Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - January 28, 2021

            ISU Extension and Outreach staff webinar: February 1, 2021

            Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Board on April 22, 2021. 

            e. COVID-19 impact on IPIB – Discussed future Board meetings and office status.

The next IPIB meeting will be in the Wallace Building, 3rd floor E/W Conference Room, (or by electronic meeting if necessary), February 18, 2021, at 1:00 p.m.  

At 4:11p.m. the meeting adjourned on a motion by Giovannetti and a second by Luchtel.Unanimously approved.

Respectfully,
Brett Toresdahl, Deputy Director 

 

__________________________
IPIB, Chair
Approved

Printed from the website on January 26, 2021 at 2:46pm.