Also Thursday, the Ethics Commission:
• Ruled that a police department could not accept grants from a private foundation that would be set up by a local businessman for the sole purpose of supporting the city police. The proposed foundation would solicit contributions from local businesses to support police programs that include anti-drug abuse campaigns and programs for low-income youth.
Buckalew noted that past Ethics Commission rulings have barred police departments from soliciting grants from local businesses.
"I think this foundation is something they've come up with to circumvent our rulings," he said.
• Rejected a request from municipal officials for permission to solicit local restaurants for gift certificates to be presented as awards to recognize community volunteers.
"I don't believe public officials should be able to solicit restaurants," Walker said.
• Concluded that members of a Solid Waste Authority could not be held liable for actions of a fifth authority member who refuses to recuse himself from voting on matters in which he purportedly has a private business interest.
Commissioners noted that authority members have the option of filing an ethics complaint against the individual, and said minutes of past meetings could be introduced as evidence of the potential ethics violation.
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