Schend questioned Kaul’s decision to bypass the mayor, go directly to Peterson
The article in the HDN went on to say; “Schend questioned Kaul's decision to bypass the mayor and go directly to Peterson and then the state agencies. Kaul said that he had tried to contact Rice,”
What really transpired was that Schend told Kaul that the protocol was to call the mayor as the department heads answered to him. Kaul stated he called City Hall and was told the Mayor was unavailable so he asked for Peterson who told him he would send Jeff Jenson right out to get the problem corrected, which he did. In spite of this, Kaul called the complaint in to the State and the Insurance carrier.
The bone of contention was not that Kaul had called Peterson, but that Kaul had taken it upon himself to turn the City, for which he is supposed to be a representative of, into the State regulatory office as a "lone ranger" with the rest of the council not consented or informed until after the fact.
Mayor-elect Solomon was in the audience and since it is a known fact that Kaul and Solomon have been meeting together the past few weeks, the Havre Daily Corrector staff is wondering if Solomon was involved in this dumb move?
Upon further questioning we have also been told that Kaul has told numerous people he was not going to run anything past Mayor Rice as he only has a month left in his term and the person he would answer to was Mayor Solomon after he takes office. Apparently Kaul is feeling his “oats” about the Rice defeat.