Summary of Trustees’ Statement at Special BoT Meeting, Oct. 5
The following is a summary of the Board of Trustees’ statement related to the investigation into flood recovery procurement procedures, presented during the Wednesday, Oct. 5 special BOT meeting. The summary has been edited for this format.
On the evening of Monday, October 3, the Board was made aware of an investigation being conducted by The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). After consulting with legal counsel, the Board has made the conscious choice to cooperate with the investigation so that a full and thorough evaluation can be made by those agencies. The mayor, along with the mayor pro tem and the Town’s legal counsel have been communicating with these agencies.
Tuesday morning, agents from HUD and the FBI arrived at Town Hall and presented a consent form enabling them to search Town computers and also served a subpoena describing the documents to be obtained relative to flood recovery procurement procedures. Contents of the subpoena describing the scope of the investigation are not being made public, as the Town is still in the process of responding. During the search, non-essential staff were allowed to leave for the day to facilitate the gathering of documents without disruption of work being done by the agents or employees. Town Hall remained open and operational during this time and citizens were able to access Town services as usual.
Agents also conducted interviews with various staff members. Those employees were placed on temporary, paid leave status. The mayor reiterated that this decision should not in any way be construed as a suspicion of wrong doing by these employees; rather, this was done to demonstrate the Board’s intention to fully cooperate with the investigation, in an impartial manner.
The Board expressed its sincere thanks to the staff for how they have conducted themselves throughout the investigation. Their continued efforts to serve the residents of Lyons are greatly appreciated by the Board.