A Fergus Falls resident, who’s apparently mad at local officials because his wife’s carpet store didn’t get a city contract, has been legally barred for two years from most contact with Mayor Hal Leland.
Now the mayor wants to extend the restraining order for two more years, reports the Fergus Falls Journal.
Leland got the original order in 2009 and now claims that Ron Melius has continued with threatening actions, including comparing the mayor to the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi at a City Council meeting. Melius was charged with disorderly conduct after that outburst. Melius said he’s seeking a jury trial on the charges.
Melius has been allowed into City Council meetings under the existing restraining order, provided he behave. The mayor’s new request asks to have Melius banned from the meetings.
Melius told the paper he’s got a lawyer and will fight the restraining order in court:
“Had I realized two years ago what (the city was) doing, I would have never just let it slide, and today I have an attorney and we are going to be fighting it,” said Melius.
The paper says Leland alleges continuing threats made by Melius, including yelling and finger pointing — but no actual violence, apparently related to the failed flooring bid.