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Monday, August 9, 2010

Gone fishing

Posted By on Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Mayor Mark Stodola and Vice Mayor Gene Fortson took off on a Canadian fishing trip last Wednesday, shortly after Stodola announced for re-election. Lucky them. It has been hot around here. They returned Sunday. A City Hall scold wonders why no public notice was given of the informal "meeting" of the two members of the City Board, as is often done by Little Rock and other government boards when members expect to be together at social and other unofficial gatherings.

Nobody knew about it at City Hall, said a spokesman who might sometimes issue such notices.

Fortson said he'd been advised that such notices weren't required for purely social occasions (an Arkansas attorney general's opinion backs him up on this), though he said he's believer in the Freedom of Information Act and always tries to comply.

The fishing? Good, said Fortson. The quest was walleye, in a lake north of Winnipeg. A group of friends — doctors, retired businessmen, "old farts" — have been making the trip for 16 years, he said. Stodola has been along on several previous outings of the stag group. Everyone pays his own way, Fortson said.

Stodola said, as Fortson did, that no city business was discussed. The mayor said he caught a 26-inch walleye. Didn't eat it. It's catch and release.

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