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Dispute Over Pledge of Allegiance at Mitchell County Board Meeting

January 10, 2019 09:28 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Some controversy is brewing in Mitchell County, IA after a video surfaced showing what appeared to be a dispute over the Pledge of Allegiance. 

It happened Tuesday morning, January 9 at a meeting for the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors.

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The video posted publicly to facebook, shows County Supervisor Stan Walk leaving the room as a resident asked those in attendance to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

It also shows County Attorney Mark Walk calling the Chair of the Board of Supervisors Steve Smolik "unprofessional" for allowing the Pledge of Allegiance without a motion.

In an email sent to Smolik and other supervisors on January 4 and shared with ABC 6 News Wednesday, County Attorney Walk said, "A number of people have called me concerning the Pledge of Allegiance opening the board meeting. In my opinion, this is not something that can unilaterally be decided by the chair. This needs to be put on the minutes (agenda), discussed in an open meeting and then voted on."

County Attorney Walk went on to tell ABC 6 News that he has no problem with the Pledge of Allegiance being recited during the meetings but that it must be voted on.

The video has many questioning the patriotism of some in charge. Those in attendance argue the Pledge of Allegiance was done before the meeting even started.

ABC 6 News did reach out to the Chair of the Board of Supervisors for comment but have not heard back.

The Mitchell County Attorney said he's hopeful the group can come together and have a vote at their next meeting on January 15 at 8:30 a.m.

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