City of Grant Dictatorship or Democracy?

GRANT, MN - 

Mayor Jeff Huber runs the city as if he were appointed the King. The city council meetings no longer use generally accepted modified Roberts Rules of Order for conducting city council business. It does not follow any recognized parliamentary procedures or follow the recommendations of the League of Minnesota Cities Handbook in favor of rules and procedures of his own making.

Under his leadership public comment is restricted and is not allowed to be taped or viewed as part of the city council meeting record. Items are being placed on the consent agenda to avoid transparency without discussion. Inaccurate council minutes are routinely placed on the consent agenda so that the truth can not be exposed. 

Use of Town Hall has been denied to the citizens of Grant to organize a CERT TEAM [Certified Emergency Response Team], Citizens Road Committee, Charter Commission and a Citizens Advisory Committee to review and rewrite the City's Comprehensive Plan.

Mayor Jeff Huber will once again appoint himself to the Suburban Cable Commission so that he can receive a free premium cable and Internet package worth approximately $2,400.00 per year. During his time as an elected official he has received over $10,000.00 worth of these benefits; has he reported these benefits when filing his taxes? 

While serving on the commission he has voted to remove public access and religion from the PEG {Public, Education, and Government} programming that you pay for as a cable subscriber.

Review of both the city council and the planning commission meetings will show that open meeting violations routinely occur and decisions are determined prior to the public hearings.

The council majority has imposed a written a policy and procedures manual to restrict council minority members Lanoux and Sederstrom from representing the minority voice. They are not allowed to submit articles to your city newsletter and Mayor Jeff Huber’s distorted opinions are the only ones allowed.

Mayor Jeff Huber is responsible for filing formal complaints against the citizens of Grant that oppose him and directing the city attorney to enter into litigation (at taxpayers expense) to pursue his political opponents all the while exceeding the city’s legal budget.

The council is no longer involved in decisions to enter into litigation against citizens or local businesses. These decisions are made in closed door meetings by Mayor Jeff Huber and his city paid staff.  

In order to allow the citizens of Grant the Right to Assemble and Allow Free Speech back into the town hall, extraordinary measures have been taken. Councilmen Larry Lanoux and Loren Sederstrom have endorsed their yearly salary for serving on the city council over to Attorney Allison Eklund. Lanoux and Sederstrom have put their faith into the 10th Judicial District Court to seek relief for the citizens of Grant to meet in its own Town Hall to be allowed to speak freely without a egg timer, gavel pounding or being told to sit down by Mayor Jeff Huber as he selects the participants for public comment. 

It is Lanoux’s belief that the District Court will see the dysfunction in our city and write a Order of Mandamus which will mandate that the citizens of Grant will once again have the right to speak freely in our town hall without the fear of arrest or litigation from Mayor Jeff Huber. 

And, that the simple basic commonly recognized and accepted rules of order be restored at city council meetings. The council is no longer involved in decisions to enter into litigation against citizens or local businesses. These decisions are made in closed door meetings by Mayor Jeff Huber and his city paid staff.