Hardy said Hutchinson had been in trouble with ethics officials once before for not reporting merchandise to the Ethics Commission.
The parks director is also a PGA golf pro, and is often sent equipment for testing or evaluation. The equipment is later sent back or donated.
Hardy said he thought the parks director should have been suspended without pay for a few days.
Hutchinson himself did not attend Thursday's meeting. "He's afraid you're going to defund the park," Dailey offered.
Carper and Hardy made it clear they wanted to be better informed about parks business in the future.
Also Thursday, county officials distributed a letter being sent to the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services asking that the contract for the Kanawha County senior services lunch program be rebid. Putnam Aging has had the contract for the nutrition program since 1993, but Carper said some seniors in the county are unhappy with the quality of the program and the food.
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