Lake Elmo council censures member after ‘unsustained’ allegations
In a 3-1 vote, the Lake Elmo City Council censured one of its members for a second time, despite the city attorney’s opinion that allegations against him were “unsustained.”
Councilmember Justin Bloyer was censured July 5. The censure follows a June 2 complaint related to a comment Bloyer made to finance director Cathy Bendel during a May 17 council meeting. Bloyer has been under censure by the majority of the council since Oct. 6, 2015, following a complaint by Bendel that was also determined to be unfounded by city staff.
The council voted 3-1 — with Mayor Mike Pearson dissenting and Bloyer abstaining — to reaffirm the terms of his current censure and to add additional restrictions. The second censure laid out by council member Julie Fliflet will be reevaluated in 90 days, about one month before the November election, when the seats held by Bloyer, Pearson and Councilmember Anne Smith will be on the ballot.