Parsons approves conflict of interest policy

The Parsons City Commission added a paragraph dealing with conflict of interest to the purchasing policy it recently approved.
During a Tuesday meeting, the commissioners adopted language contained in a code of ethics written by the Kansas League of Municipalities. They later may approve a resolution adopting the rest of the code of ethics, minus the conflict of interest clause that is now part of the purchasing policy.
The commission had requested the written policy after public questions about a tree-cutting bid at Forest Park. Pro Tree Service, owned by City Manager Debbie Lamb’s husband, Terry, was hired to cut the trees. James Carson, owner of Carson Tree Service, said he submitted the lower bid for the job, but City Attorney Ross Albertini has said Carson gave a verbal bid that was higher than Lamb’s and later gave a written bid that was lower.

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