How can the Danville mayor and city commissioners know if they are doing things properly and according to the law when they don't even know what the law is?
That was the question that occurred to us last week when we read that city officials were not aware of new state law governing the sale of surplus real and personal property.
The question is more than speculative because the City Commission apparently is discussing the possibility of selling land on Duncan Hill that apparently was donated to the city many years ago for use as a cemetery. (Note the frequent use of the word "apparently" because all of the city's discussions have taken place behind closed doors and the public cannot really be sure what they are discussing.)
Anyhow, in an article that appeared in The Advocate Aug. 1, both Ed Hays, the city's attorney, and Terry Crowley, a city commissioner, said they had not read the new state law, which specifically points out how such transactions as the sale of the city-owned cemetery should be handled.