- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

MONTROSE, Iowa (AP) - A group of citizens has filed a lawsuit alleging three Lee County supervisors violated Iowa’s open meetings law.

The Daily Gate City reports (https://bit.ly/1tCqwel ) supervisors Rick Larkin and Ron Fedler were handed lawsuit documents at a Tuesday meeting, and the paperwork was left for Supervisor Ernie Schiller, who wasn’t at the meeting.

The lawsuit claims the three supervisors broke the law by meeting before a Sept. 2 meeting to discuss options for making Fort Madison the sole county seat.

Lee County citizens and officials have been discussing whether to end the county’s unusual status of having two county seats.

The suit asks that the supervisors be fined and forced to pay the plaintiffs’ attorney fees.

Fedler says he hasn’t read the documents and the others supervisors weren’t available to comment.

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Information from: Daily Gate City, https://www.dailygate.com

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