Mayor Hugh Coomer raised questions Monday night about a purchase the city made earlier this month from Commissioner Janet Hamner’s interior design business and whether the transaction violated the city’s code of ethics.
At issue was the purchase of window blinds for the new city hall and police department from Cottage Interiors that was approved at the commission’s July 12 meeting, which Coomer did not attend. The commission voted to approve the bill list that included the $3,689 payment, with Hamner abstaining.
During the “state of the city” portion of the agenda, Coomer read a portion of the ethics code about city employees and officials entering into contracts with the city and long portions about the responsibility of the city to avoid even the appearance of impropriety when entering into contracts.
Hamner said Monday that when asked for a quote, she provided one, but insisted that her business did not profit from the sale of the blinds.