By KENDRA PEEK
11:00 AM EST, January 9, 2013
JUNCTION CITY — During Tuesday night’s Junction City Council meeting, Councilman Dewayne Taylor requested a referral to the Boyle County Ethics Commission regarding a special-called council meeting held Dec. 17. Taylor claimed he was not made aware of the meeting.
“They have been done wrong since you’ve been mayor,” Taylor told Mayor Jim Douglas. “It’s supposed to be either hand-delivered, fax, or certified mail, if I’m correct. And it has to be within 24 hours of notification of a special-called meeting. We had one … Dec. 17 is one of them that I was never notified, by phone, by person, or by fax, of course, or by letter. And this isn’t the only one that’s took place. I will go back in the records of every one I got, and I can bring them forward,” Taylor said.
Mayor Douglas asked Bill Noelker, city attorney, who is responsible for making certain members are notified.
“Ultimately, it’s the mayor, if you’re calling the session, but the clerk is obviously the conduit for that,” Noelker said.
The clerk said she was out of the state during the special December meeting.
For a matter to be sent to the ethics commission, it must be voted upon by council members. That vote was split Tuesday night, with recently re-elected members Hershel Fletcher and Kenny Baldwin, and new member Archie Coffman, voting “no.” Taylor, along with new members Troy Gammon and Jimmy Gipson, voted “yes.”
Douglas, before casting the deciding vote on the matter, asked Noelker why he shouldn’t allow it to go before the commission. Noelker stressed he could not make that decision, which was ultimately a “yes” from Douglas in favor of referring the issue to the commission.
“I don’t have anything to hide,” Douglas said, and asked the others if they had anything to hide.
Taylor responded that it was not a matter of things being hidden, but rather things being done improperly, prompting another discussion on who is responsible for making council members aware.
When questioned, Noelker responded that, since the council did approve the issue being referred to the ethics commission, “legally, the best thing is to let the ethics committee take a look at it.”
After the meeting, Noelker explained that it could take a few weeks before the commission meets to review the issue.
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