--Was informed by City Attorney Tom Jacobson that having a council member who owns rental property in the city debating and voting on issues that involve the Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) is, in his opinion, a conflict of interest.
The council asked Jacobson
to look into the matter after Batesole objected to the HRA's proposed levy increase request at the last council meeting.
said that he
found a precident in a Minnesota Supreme Court case that determined a township board member had a conflict of interest by voting against a bar's liquor license renewal because he
believed it would devalue his
property located across the street from the bar.
recommended that Batesole should refrain from voting and debating HRA issues at council meetings.