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Here’s The Scoop…# 7… 9/12/08 Commission Meeting…ETHIC(AL)

ETHICS….IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER………

Well here we go again…another month…another Ethics complaint aimed at the LBTS Commissioner-VFD members…

This time according to Vice Mayor McIntee during his Commissioner comments…it came from former Mayor Pro-Tem Clark…HMMM…maybe he was not so fond of hearing the accounts of the election time investigations aimed at certain OG candidates by McIntee’s wife…Moe?….

According to McIntee ….a Press Release with an opinion clearing him and his sidekick is online…and all is well…no bullets here…

Bullet-proof again?….

They are uncompensated …and as reportedly often heard from the Vice Mayor…”They can’t touch us”….so look for their VFD voting to carry on…….business as usual….

A look at the 9/5/08 Press Release…the release itself….dated 9/10/08…on page 6….shows it is actually an advisory opinion concerning employment and voting conflicts with no names or specifics…leaving it open again for interpretation and leaving room for it to repeat the path of the prior Ethics findings that did find probable cause…due to a lack of the specifics being given for an opinion…

Here’s what the Commission adopted…

“Finally, the Commission adopted an advisory opinion concerning employment and voting conflicts. The opinion states that a Town Commissioner can also serve as an uncompensated member of the volunteer fire department which contracts with the Town without creating a prohibited employment relationship or an impediment to his public duty. A voting conflict is not created where a commissioner is uncompensated and is not an officer or director of the department, and the measure being voted on would not inure to his special private gain or loss”…..

BCbythesea…a few questions…about the VFD-Commissioner advisory opinion….

Do the Commissioners still receive the retirement benefits?….

Is Vice Mayor McIntee training the members…in the capacity as a Training Officer?….

If he is …the opinion states….”uncompensated AND is not an OFFICER or director of the department.”…

The rest of the advisory opinion….PAC-Commissioner advisory opinion….

“The Commission opinion also states that no prohibited conflict of interest is created by the Commissioner’s membership in a political action committee, where he is not an officer or director of the organization, and there is no litigation or other relationship between the committee and the Town.”

BCbythesea…the last sentence…….

“AND there is no litigation or other relationship between the committee and the Town.”….

So does this mean…Mayor Minnet and Comm. Dodd…a former member of the CIC are safe…from any recall or any other legal action by the CIC…along with the Town…due to 3 members of the CIC sitting on the dais?….

They would need to “get out” of the CIC before the “hint” of any action …and that would be an iffy public relations moment for each….with questions of what they were involved in and when….possibly leading the current CIC dais members deciding recuse themselves from the vote required…. leaving only 2….just not feasible….so it’s safe to say….expect no legal action from the CIC…for the next 2 years….

Are there more specifics in the Clark Ethics Complaint…recently filed…which may pan out?…..time will tell…..

more to come….

full press release below….

http://www.ethics.state.fl.us/

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