Ex-city manager loses appeal over meeting at auto store
Was a plan to fire a city manager hatched amid motor oil and windshield wipers?
Margaret Mullendore said the Belding City Council illegally conducted city business when three of five members discussed her fate at an auto parts store in 2015.
She sued, claiming a council majority had violated the open meetings law.
But the state appeals court wasn't convinced. In a 3-0 decision, the court said there's no "competent evidence" that the three council members met for public matters.
Mike Scheid said he was working the sales floor at Belding Parts Plus, north of Grand Rapids, and wasn't part of a conversation between co-worker Thomas Jones and Dennis Cooper.
The trio voted to fire Mullendore at an open council meeting that night.