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May 10, 2013

NASH: Lessons from a council meeting


He clearly just wanted to make sure that the records were properly kept and that all receipts and expenditures were properly documented and accounted for. He never accused anyone of any specific wrongdoing, to me he just seemed like he wanted to do the best job possible as the treasurer and he wasn’t able to do that because there were too many hands in the proverbial cookie jar.  

 He told of specific steps that he took to try to rectify the situation so that he could do his job properly. He brought his concerns up the chain of command on the Bicentennial Committee, members of the city administration and the mayor himself. Before he was able to get the answers he was looking for he was set to be fired as the board’s treasurer, at which time he resigned.

When he had finished speaking, Mr. Coffey gave a vote of confidence to Councilman Bob Caesar as co-chair of the committee, and said that the council had been given every piece of information that they asked for. No one else had any comments and the meeting was adjourned.

Mr. Megenity’s comments raise some very important concerns. Has the all the money that has been collected for the bicentennial events been accounted for? Why was the treasurer not in charge of depositing all monies? How many people had the ability to write checks on the committee’s account?  

We are nearly halfway through our bicentennial year and I think that it is important that all of these questions are answered soon. With public money being used to fund some of these events, it is important that there is as much transparency as possible. 

The books need to be opened up so that everyone knows that things are as they should be. If everything is as it should be there should be nothing to hide.

— Matthew Nash can be reached at 

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