Ted Siefer's City Hall: Levasseur denies conflict of interest; feathers could fly
Joyce Craig Ward 1 Alderman
Levasseur replied that he was both, while identifying the proprietor, Taif Nouri, as his constituent.
Part of Rule 1.11A states that no "lawyer-official shall ... participate in any hearing, debate, discussion or vote, or in any manner otherwise attempt to influence the outcome of a matter in which the lawyer-official has an interest."
He noted that the "interest" referred to in the rule meant a "direct, personal and pecuniary" - financial - interest, and he maintained that he did not have such a relationship with Nouri, nor did he have a vote on the committee.
Edward Osborne Ward 5 Alderman
Whether there are any consequences for Levasseur will depend on whether an official complaint is lodged with the New Hampshire Attorney Discipline System.
The aldermen are set to give final approval to the regulation at their meeting Sept. 2, after the Committee on Accounts on Tuesday voted to recommend officially enrolling the ordinance.
But the regulation has had vocal detractors who have pointed out the vast majority of properties in Manchester are much smaller than a half-acre.
"You might as well keep them on the outskirts and nevermind the inner part of the city, the area I'm in," he said at the committee meeting Tuesday. "I used to live with thousands of them, so I know about this." There's an image for you.
Just over a month into the new fiscal year there is good news and bad news.
As Finance Director Bill Sanders told the Accounts Committee on Tuesday, it looks like the surplus for the 2014 fiscal year, which ended June 30, will be quite a bit larger than anticipated: close to $1.1 million.
As Sanders put it, "We expect some taper on that in the coming months."
Ted Siefer is the City Hall reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @tbsreporter.
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