Calling gun owners "gun nuts' seems a mild comment if you look at the history of West Burlington, IA mayor Hans Trousil.
Mayor Trousil was elected in 1985 to serve on the West Burlington City Council through 1989. In 1992 he again was elected to serve as a Council Member until his election as Mayor in 1994. He has served as Mayor since 1994.(Looking for council minutes, there are none since March - odd, but seems typical given the history of Hans Trousil. See what Spike posts at Burlington Derailed - Hans Trousil. I found the T-shirt there. Another good source is Falcon at West Burlington City -Trousil)
West Burlington council
For years there have been sewer and drainage complaints to the city, but with no results. It would wise to remember Mt. Pleasant's mayor was murdered in 1986 over a sewer issue.
(From a city council meeting in October 2009) The second controversial issue was the flooding problem of the woman on WB Ave. She has had her downstairs flooded numerous times when Ruthella St. overflows, runs across her back neighbor's yard and into her house. She finally, after 26 years, has gotten an answer from the city - Too bad, it's not our fault, it's yours. Of course, Mayor Trousil dared her to take the matter to court.Trousil's violations of state law run from overreaching (West Burlington to search every renter’s home next year.) to direct violation of state code. By appointing a full-time city employee, as in the police chief, to the regional airport authority:
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Under Iowa code section 330A.5, " ... an elected official or full-time paid employee of a member municipality is not eligible for appointment to the board."Seems pretty clear to me, but the good mayor says it's okay because the appointment was "temporary". This article was 5 years after the appointment. That's temporary?
Bob Brammer, a spokesman for the Iowa Attorney General's office, said the intent of the code is clear.
"If you read that section of the code, it clearly says an employee of a member municipality cannot sit on the board. On its face, it seems they (the city) could be in violation of the code. However, I'm not in the position to make that legal interpretation," Brammer said.
State, W.B. mayor opinions at odds
The money quote:
"We all knew the code said what the code says. Now what do you want me to say, that we violated the code? If we did, we did. So what, life goes on. If we violated the code, we violated the code. What else can I say? I mean life is going to go on," Trousil said.There is no consequence to the city and their officials when in direct violation of state code. Why wouldn't he be defiant and stand up to the NRA and IFC when they pointed out their anti-gun ordinance will be challenged? He's never had his hand slapped.
Spike at Burlington Derailed refers West Burlington as Trousilgrad and with good reason it seems.
He, along with Falcon at West Burlington City have done a fine job of informing the citizens of Des Moines county of the corrupt officials in Southeast Iowa.
Too bad the citizens haven't listened to them and booted these guys out of office.
At the root is that Trousil is afraid of the residents of West Burlington and if a piece of paper (ordinance) let's him sleep at night, he's okay with that. A piece of paper won't stop people breaking the law, ask anyone at the state pen in Fort Madison. Ask Trousil, he seems to know that concept quite well.