Councillor Don Lubberts faces another allegation of conflict of interest, this time launched by Economic Development and Tourism Corporation general manager Jim Thibert.
The allegation stems from a closed door meeting held in April when councillors considered a request to purchase some surplus land connected to the Fort Erie Race Track.
Thibert filed the claim last week.
Information is sketchy at best, but it seems Lubberts’ involvement with developer David Kompson is at the heart of the matter.
Kompson is trying to put together a deal for an unknown party to purchase the racetrack with an eye to further develop the lands.
To enable this, the EDTC proposed that the Town buy a piece of racetrack property on or near Industrial Drive for an undisclosed amount of money.
Lubberts had in the past declared conflicts of interest in council deliberations dealing with Kompson who has been on the agenda a number of times for different development projects.
He noted those times that his employer, a contract electrician, “does work” for Kompson.
In closed session meetings this spring, Lubberts did not declare any conflict of interest.
In open session later, he declared a conflict of interest “out of an abundance of caution.”
The issue came to public light Monday night when councillor Paul Collard attempted to waive existing Town policy to pay Lubberts’ legal costs up-front.
With Lubberts declaring a conflict of interest, the vote was tied and lost. Councillor John Hill and Bob Steckley voted with Collard.
The existing policy calls for the Town to reimburse councillors in this situation if the court finds in their favour.