Kasson Mayor has Veterans Memorial Park shelter removed without council approval
“I apologize for stepping out of bounds, BUT we gotta do what we gotta to do now,” was the comment made by Kasson Mayor Steve Johnson in response to his indiscretion of having the Veterans Memorial Park shelter removed without City Council approval.
The park shelter in Kasson is once again at the forefront of discussion at the city council meetings. It was reported from the council meeting on June 8 that the removal of a park shelter had prompted a heated debate from council members. The shed was removed upon a mayoral decision without council approval.
The argument began as to whether correct protocol was followed in the removal of the shed. Council Person Dan Eggler pointed out that the removal of the shelter was not approved by the council. His statement was rebutted by Council Person Coy Borgstrom who argued that although the correct channels were not followed, the mayor’s decision to expedite the project saved the city both time and money.
The park shelter issue was again discussed at the June 22 City Council meeting. Johnson was not in attendance at the June 8 meeting and took the opportunity to address the debate that went forth at that meeting.
The Veterans Memorial Park shelter was removed by a Kasson citizen who was given permission to move the shelter by Johnson. The city had, however, voted in an earlier meeting to remove this shelter. Johnson essentially made the choice on his own to have the shelter removed on his timetable and with the resources of his choosing.
Johnson considered the money he would save the city as an important rationalization in the discussion and defending of his own actions. “Mayor Johnson saved us a thousand bucks but he didn’t do it right,” Johnson said. “And now we get him in trouble, or try to. Are you kidding me?”
Johnson then mentioned some past situations brought before the City Council such as a dog park and coffee shop, in which he believed people were not as concerned about proper city protocol. The mayor questioned where the “meddlers” were when these previous situations had arisen.
The mayor then addressed Hannah Bates of the Dodge County Independent by pointing to her and