Hearing set on possible removal of EDA member

A date and time for the public hearing on whether or not to remove an EDA board member from his seat was officially announced Tuesday.

The hearing concerning EDA board member Jeff Salmon will take place on Wednesday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Many of the details of the ongoing issue, which became a matter of public record on Tuesday afternoon, are contained as part of a 239-page document obtained by the Tracy Area Headlight Herald on Tuesday.

A number of allegations have been brought against Salmon by Jamie Mattson, a roofer who did work this year on Salmon’s building on Hwy. 14. Mattson filed a written complaint to the City against Salmon, alleging he made personal attacks against his character and sabotaged his business and character. It was then that Mattson requested Salmon be removed from his position on the EDA board. Charges that are being brought against the longtime Tracy businessman include violation of the Minnesota Open Meeting Law, violation of Committee Member Codes of Conduct, violation of Fair Credit Reporting Act, and violations of three city codes: 2.30, subd. 2, subd. 3 and subd. 5.

The document also detailed evidence which is said to support the written charges.

The issue was a point of contention at the July 8 city council meeting, when Tony Peterson, an employee of Salmon, was asked to abstain from any discussion on the matter. Peterson stood firm in his opinion that he did not bring any conflict of interest to the table — an opinion not shared by Mayor Anthony Dimmers.