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Metro Council member alleges ethics violation

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Posted: Jan 9, 2014 5:17 PM by Jason Newton
Updated: Jan 9, 2014 6:47 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: ethics violation, st george fire, st george board

BATON ROUGE - A petition drive for the proposed city of St. George is drawing criticism from a Metro Council member because of where it's being held.

Councilman John Delgado charges that supporters are using St. George fire houses, which are public buildings, to hold petition drives. He said that's unethical, and he is now looking to replace three of the fire departments board commissioners.

"I'm certainly not going to reappoint someone who I believe is doing things unethical or improper," Delgado said.

Those who organized the petition drives disagree. Dustin Yates, who is president of the fire union said in a statement "the council members seeking to replace our board members have chosen to do so off of faulty information." They said the drives were held in a separate building next door, which is owned by the fire department but leased out to the fire union.

The commission appointments for the St. George fire board will be brought up again at another Metro Council meeting in a couple weeks.

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