CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An employee of the Kanawha County Commission sits on the board of a nonprofit agency interested in bidding on the county's senior nutrition program.
Kanawha County Engineer John Luoni was appointed by the County Commission to serve on the board of directors for EnAct Inc., a Charleston-based nonprofit group. Luoni serves as the group's secretary.
"I just take care of the minutes; that's all I do," Luoni said Tuesday, although he said he is authorized to cosign checks if other EnAct board members aren't available.
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper has been pushing to have the nutrition program put out for bid. The Putnam Aging Program has had the contract for feeding Kanawha County senior citizens since 1993.
Carper believes a Kanawha County agency can do a better job with the nutrition program than an agency from Putnam County. Officials for EnAct Inc. have said they would be interested in bidding on the nutrition program.
Neither Carper nor Luoni considers his presence on the board a conflict of interest. "It's a voluntary position," Luoni said. "I wouldn't profit from [EnAct getting the food contract] personally, and neither would the county."
Carper said the County Commission has representatives on many boards around the county. "[Luoni] is on the board because I couldn't get anyone else to serve on the board," he said. "At least he'll go to the meetings."
Carper said the idea of a conflict of interest was ridiculous.