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February 25, 2014

In Your Opinion: Does Code of Ethics mean nothing?

In Butternuts, newly elected Town Councilman Scot Lueck had to give up the dog warden position upon taking the town councilman position.

At the December 2013 meeting, the board voted three to two not to enact a local law to allow Mr. Lueck to hold both offices. The board then advertised for a dog warden. At the January meeting, the board received three applications, one was from Mr. Lueck. He recused himself and left the room when they opened the application. Two applications were from dog wardens working for nearby towns. Both highly recommended.

However, Mr. Lueck returned during the discussion and tried to convince the board to hire him. The board voted, 2-to-2, to hire one of the other applicants. Motion defeated. The meeting adjourned with no warden.

At the February meeting, Mr. Lueck again tried to convince the board to hire him as a temporary warden. The motion failed, 2-to-2. Then in a prepared statement, a board member read a motion to appoint Mr. Lueck to an animal services committee along with a named private citizen. This motion passed, 3-to-2, with Mr. Lueck voting for himself.

The supervisor asked to be on the committee, but they said no. These meetings all took place in front of three Code of Ethics members, who did nothing even after the public complained.

So I guess we can burn our Code of Ethics.

Ken Nolan

Gilbertsville

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