Ethics issues dog Malta town board

Sausville said the complaint had been forwarded to Richard Kupferman, ethics committee attorney.

"We referred the matter to council on day one," said Sausville.

Peterson said no response had been received to date.

"I don't know why we don't have a letter of opinion yet, and this board cannot act without it," said Peterson.

But Peter Klotz, new town council member, questioned why the complaint was even sent to outside council rather than following procedure and referring the matter to the ethics board.

"The system we enacted years ago was that the town board would decide whether or not to refer a matter to the ethics board; the procedure never included checking with the lawyers first," said Peter Klotz.

"This is directed at one of my employees, and I will have nothing to do with the substance of that allegation," said Peterson. "I feel absolutely conflicted. I can't offer any legal guidance on the issue."

Klotz said the board should make a decision on how to send the complaint through the proper channels at its next board meeting, Monday, Feb. 4.

"If Kupferman can respond by next week, I'd like the motion prepared that we send the complaint to the ethics committee," said Peter Klotz.""

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