Mayor John W.D. Bowling's part ownership of Arby's and Popeye's on Hustonville Road created a conflict of interest when he voted to stop work on an alternate entrance to Danville Manor Shopping Center, where Long John Silvers is located, according to an ethics complaint filed Wednesday at about 5 p.m.
The complaint said that the new entrance could have increased competition between Long John Silvers and Bowling's restaurants, said Ron Jackson, chair of Danville Citizens for Good Government, which filed the complaint with the Danville Ethics Board after reviewing documents obtained through an open records request.
Bowling was in Lexington today for the birth of his grandchild and couldn't be reached for comment.
Peter Bartuska, chairman of the Danville ethics board, confirmed receipt of the complaint and said a meeting would be called.
Commissioners Chester Kavanaugh and Ryan Owens also voted for the decision to stop an engineering study on the entrance. They said at the time that city money shouldn't be spent on a private development.