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October 10, 2013

City bids radio service

City Attorney asks state ethics board to review for compliance

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

Bryson went on to recommend that if there are any other city employees that do business with the city, the council determine who they are and make these findings available for the public.

In light of the WLEX investigation, Bryson has also suggested that addition checks-and-balances be put into place when ordering radios or other equipment.

“There are (now) other safe guards the mayor has put in place,” Bryson said.  “There’s another person who is reviewing any requests for radios or radio repairs who is not a member of the police department." This person, he continued, works directly under the authority of the mayor, and not under the authority of the chief of police.

When the police department seizes any property or money following an arrest, that money can be used to purchase radio equipment.  Per the new policies, these seized funds must be kept separate from the city's general fund. 

“If any of those monies are used to purchase radios, radio repairs or radio equipment, it requires two signatures by the city clerk before those checks can be wrote out.”

Bryson has also contacted the state ethics board so they could review the relationship between the city and London Radio Service, past city transactions between the two, and make any suggestions for future compliance.

Bryson went on to suggest that the council accept bids for radio antenna rentals.  He said, if London Radio Service is the best service in the area, they will continue to do business with Walker while observing the policies outlined by city and state ethics policies.

Council Member Danny Phelps asked about the number of towers that needed to be rented.

Mayor Troy Rudder answered Phelps, stating that “the city will have to rent three radio antennas on a radio tower.  One antenna will be used for police services and two will be used for fire and emergency services.  We’ll be renting antennas, not towers.”

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