Missoula City Council issues bevy of approvals after meeting disruptions

Bret Anne Serbin

After a heated disruption of city proceedings, the Missoula City Council on Monday issued a hodgepodge of approvals.

Early in the Monday meeting, two public commenters stormed out of City Council Chambers after Mayor Jordan Hess instructed one of the men to refrain from making personal attacks in accordance with city rules.

Travis Mateer, who bills himself as an independent journalist, incited Hess to speak out by maligning the executive director of the Poverello Center. Mateer previously worked at the homeless shelter.

Missoula resident Travis Mateer impugned the Executive Director of the Poverello Center Monday before Mayor Jordan Hess interrupted.

“… As long as you (the director) keep your mouth shut about people that were murdered inside your facility and some of the sexual assaults that are happening and some of the other violence, you might be able to ascend…,” Mateer said loudly during a public comment opening Monday.

He claimed his attacks were directed at an organization, not an individual, despite directly citing the executive director position.

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Following Hess’ reminder of the rules, Mateer left chambers along with frequent public commenter and

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