Bozeman Mayor Responds to Public Meeting's Abrupt End
A public meeting in Bozeman Wednesday night, updating residents on efforts to mitigate violate organic compounds near the Story Mill Road landfill, ended abruptly after one man began shouting at the Mayor.
"The other question is, what is happening to all of us who live in this subdivision Mr. Mayor what is happening to us,” shouted Ed Moriarty at the end of the presentation.
The outburst ultimately forced Bozeman Mayor Jeff Krauss to adjourn the public meeting.
"As presiding officer, I'm the guy in charge of keeping order and it wasn't a meeting where order was being kept,” said Krauss.
The meeting was held to update neighbors near the Story Mill Road landfill on the city's efforts to mitigate the harmful volatile organic compounds, or VOC's, leaking into people's home.
"We were there to tell the neighbors what we've been doing catch them up on any results that we had tell them what the next steps are,” said the Mayor.
Moriarty who is a property owner in the subdivision brought up legal matters that involve himself and the city of Bozeman.
Krauss said, "The issue is when you are getting into legal questions then he needs to talk to the attorney's."
Mayor Krauss says that it was not the time nor the place to discuss the legal side of this issue.
"If you are talking about where the gas was measured and what the next step is and what the Department of Environmental Quality’s next step is, that is the kinds of questions we were there to answer,” said Krauss.
When asked why he decided to end the meeting, the Mayor responded, "Well I think the meeting was over once it got disrupted that badly. There wasn't any point in going further I'm not going to provide a place where that kind of activity can happen."
The mayor did express sympathy for those who were not able to have their questions answered.
"I feel bad that the rest of the group wasn't able to ask more questions about the subject at hand,” said Krauss.
The city will now continue sampling and studying to come up with a new and more efficient way to mitigate these gases.
ABC FOX Montana did reach out to Ed Moriarty, but calls were not returned.