City of Minneapolis Denies Jason Klohs Grievance Remedies

APRIL 30, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS NRP DENIES JASON KLOHS GRIEVANCE REMEDIES; CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS PROCESSING CITIZEN PARTICIPATION GRIEVANCE.

Jason Klohs (“Mr. Klohs”), a non-resident property owner within the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood has been denied grievance remedies under the City of Minneapolis’ Neighborhood Revitalization Program (“NRP”) for failing to waive his constitutional rights, among other remedies.  Mr. Klohs initiated grievances with the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association (“MHNA”) in July, 2009 that have not been resolved. 

In a letter dated April 14, 2010, Robert D. Miller, the director of Minneapolis’ NRP, stated “The NRP Grievance Procedure clearly requires all parties to consent to be bound by the decision reached as a result of the identified process, and is therefore, in the nature of mandatory arbitration.” 

In his request to initiate grievance proceedings, Mr. Klohs specifically refused to waive any future remedies, rights, or causes of action should he find the NRP decision unacceptable or contrary to the laws of the State of Minnesota and/or the United States. 

Mr. Klohs’ attorney, Ryan H. Ahlberg, and Ahlberg Law, PLLC are investigating whether or not a municipality or government entity may require waiver of constitutional or other rights to participate in an established administrative remedy. 

In Mr. Klohs’ related grievance regarding the City’s Citizen Participation Program requirements, The City is processing the grievance pursuant to policy and a decision is expected within the next 30 days. 

Further questions regarding this matter can be directed to Ryan H. Ahlberg, 612-373-7081 or rahlberg@ahlberglaw.com.

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