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Complaint filed against Bowling over his Danville Manor vote

August 22, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

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.

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Commissioners Jamey Gay and Terry Crowley voted against the decision and said then that the city should consider it a matter of public safety.

The city had already paid engineers $2,000 to begin work on the project. It was originally approved by the previous City Commission.

"(Bowling) should have disclosed that he owned those restaurants and recused himself because he owned two competitive restaurants," Jackson said.



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