Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Shouting, Disagreements Mark Meeting of Trustees

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Shouting, Disagreements Mark Meeting of Trustees

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This month's meeting of the Riverview Board of Trustees began loudly, as former trustee Lynda Foster marched into the meeting room, waving a handful of papers and shouting out her objections to the minutes from the last meeting.

"These minutes are not correct as is," Foster repeatedly called out to board members, as Chairwoman Elizabeth Morris repeatedly hammered her gavel.

Specifically, Foster said that the minutes reported that the meeting began earlier than it had and that the comments from the public part of the meeting had not been included.

Morris yelled back: "You are out of order! If you do not control yourself, you are going to be removed from the meeting." She told Foster that she was entitled to voice her opinions only during the two public-comment portions of the meeting.

Morris called for a village police officer to enter the room filled with residents, several of whom were waiting to launch attacks of their own.

The officer asked Foster if she wanted to step outside for a minute.

"No, I do not," she shot back. "I am a taxpayer."

Morris then instructed the residents that if she was forced to use her gavel to quiet them twice, they would be ejected by a police officer.

Foster quieted, and resident Lynn Cowick took her turn, asking Morris if she intended to offer her an apology for the remarks she made immediately after a June meeting of the Police Commissioners Board. Cowick was a police commissioner at the time.

Cowick said that at the police commissioners meeting, Morris said she was told one of the commissioners had used their badge to gain a favor in a neighboring town. Cowick said Morris' suspicions were directed at her and fellow commissioner Mortimer Reilly. Both commissioners denied the allegation, and neither has served on the board since the incident.

Reading a prepared written statement, Cowick said: "I want my reputation and credibility clear. …

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