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Mailer inquiry goes to Feds

The commissioner said the document violates a number of city policies, and he plans to challenge it ethically and legally.

Franck said he also believes the mailing, if it is to be paid with city funds, violated the city's purchasing policy. Under that policy, three written quotes must be received for any job costing $5,000 or more, or three verbal quotes for anything between $1,500 and $5,000.

No quotes were received, he said, as no one knew about the mailing before it was delivered. Commissioner of Public Works Thomas McTygue said he found it hard to believe that a document could be printed and mailed by an appointed commission without anyone knowing about it.

"Here we are, sitting here at the council table, and nobody at this table saw it before it came out?" he asked at the Nov. 6 city council meeting.

Mayor Valerie Keehn, who appointed the nine-member Charter Review Commission, said she had not seen the flier before it appeared in her mail and does not know who paid for the printing, but stated later that she would guess it was a member of the commission.""

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