Thursday evening’s Muscatine City Council meeting included a time for public speaking on both the upcoming Grandview Avenue Reconstruction Project and the Park Avenue Reconstruction Project followed by an in depth look at the City Budget for the past year.

The final item on the agenda read “Request to enter Closed Session pursuant to (please see City Attorney): (a) Iowa Code Section 21.5.1.c, to discuss strategy with counsel in matters that are presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent where its disclosure would be likely to prejudice or disadvantage the position of the governmental body in that litigation; (b) Iowa Code Section 21.5.1.i, to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance, or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation and that individual requests a closed session; and (c) Iowa Code Section 622.10 to discuss attorney/client privileged and attorney work product matters with legal counsel.”

When Council Member Scott Natvig made the motion, the text that he read included the statement “The City Council finds that the Mayor’s presence at this meeting creates a conflict of interest, as the Mayor is a potential adverse party to the pending/threatened litigation and her presence could waive the City’s attorney/client privilege.  As a result of this conflict, I move that the Mayor be excluded from this closed session pursuant to the Iowa Code section 21.5.3A”

All council members were present the motion passed with all ayes except for Council Member Bob Bynum.

When asked to reflect on the vote, Mayor Broderson expressed frustration at what she explained to be an ongoing unresolved conflict, or perceived conflict between the Council and herself.

No action is scheduled to be taken following the closed session meeting.