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Lubberts faces conflict of interest charge

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.

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  1. Dan Strugar | May 20, 2014 | Reply

    To further add to this story it should also be noted that when out external lawyer (cause we fired our internal lawyer)was asked for input on this, he stated that he along with Town staff should not recommend doing this and going down that road.

    So it seems we have 3 individuals who AGAIN think they are smarter than a lawyer.

    How did that work out last time again ??

  2. Rick | May 20, 2014 | Reply

    Are we to feel sorry for him? No! I think its about time some people learn they can’t have their cake and it eat as well. If it takes a hard lesson like this then so be it. It’s not like they have no PROFFESSIONALS ADVISING THEM. If the choose to ignore this advice then so be it.

  3. Lesley North | May 21, 2014 | Reply

    Let his friends that he has been representing for the last three years front his legal bills. They have been advising him for three years and he has been listening to them so it should not be put on the back of the tax payer. I’m sure he has a phone number in West Virginia that he could call.

  4. Mike | May 21, 2014 | Reply

    No surprises here. Same old same old. Just like Crystal Beach we see the same old beach with the relects taking the place of usable beach. The foursome should be made to tear down all the cement and buildings out of their own pockets.

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