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Ethics changes still under review

No action taken after lengthy discussion

“Our original thought was to promote transparency,” said Hudacs

Recommended changes to the code itself include prohibiting the accepting gifts of any kind with a few exceptions like ceremonial plaques, prohibiting knowingly using the position of a public figure for personal gain and prohibiting using municipal resources for personal use. Children of town officials would no longer be allowed to work for the town under the recommended code, even in seasonal positions.

Another recommendation would restrict town officials from seeking employment with companies that do business with the town for up to one year after they leave that position. The committee also recommended a recusal requirement for Town Board members who have private involvement with companies seeking contracts with the town and a financial disclosure recommendation for Town Board members at the request of the ethics board.

Dawson asked what power the town had to stop a former official from taking a job with a private company. Hudacs said the town could decide to longer do business with that company. Dawson said she didn’t feel the town should attempt to overreach.

The Town Board discussed several potential changes to the draft code. The changes will eventually have to be placed into a local law to be released before a public hearing.

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