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  1. The issue is if Chuck Shields paid for the mayors expenses for the trip, we are already aware that they stayed at Shields' home there. However if the mayor's expenses were paid for by the owner of a company that recieves contracts from the city there is an obvious conflict of interests.

    These acts could be a potential violation of:
    Portage, Indiana, Code of Ordinances - MUNICIPAL CODE
    Sec. 2-178. - Standards of ethical conduct.
    Gifts or honoraria prohibited. No official shall accept gifts or honoraria (including such received by his or her dependents) that exceed an aggregate value of $500.00 in any twelve consecutive months from an individual business entity and all subsidiaries thereof, that is doing business with the agency or is in the process of bidding for a contract with an agency in which the official holds an office or position.
    November 01, 2012 6:03 pm on Mayor's stay at contractor's Florida home questioned
  2. I don't know whether or not Snyder is guilty of ethics violations or not, but these events definitely give the appearance of "back room deals". After reading today's Times newspaper it has been brought to my attention that he has recently awarded a $36,000 contract to circle R electric, as well as having Circle R perform $23,000 worth of work for the city this year.This normally wouldn't be an issue , however considering the mayors recent trip with Chuck Shields the owner of Circle R. It also seems odd that he won one of the bids by a margin of only $300, almost suggesting an inside track on the bids.I feel we need to investigate further into possible ethics violations because several questions need to be answered.

    Was this trip paid for by Chuck Shields in exchange for awarding contracts to Circle R, and did Circle R receive inside information regarding the bids in order to maximize his bid and still under bid by such a small margin. Receipts should be provided by the Mayor to prove that he paid all of his own expenses in order to clear his name and maintain the confidence of the citizens of portage.

    These acts could be a potential violation of:
    Portage, Indiana, Code of Ordinances - MUNICIPAL CODE
    Sec. 2-178. - Standards of ethical conduct.
    Gifts or honoraria prohibited. No official shall accept gifts or honoraria (including such received by his or her dependents) that exceed an aggregate value of $500.00 in any twelve consecutive months from an individual business entity and all subsidiaries thereof, that is doing business with the agency or is in the process of bidding for a contract with an agency in which the official holds an office or position.
    November 01, 2012 2:53 pm on Mayor's stay at contractor's Florida home questioned
  3. Whether he is in violation of ethics code or not there is a obvious appearance of "back room deals". After reading todays Times newspaper it has been brought to my attention that he has recently awarded a $36,000 contract to circle R electric, as well as having Circle R perform $23,000 worth of work for the city this year.This normally wouldn't be an issue , however considering the mayors recent trip with Chuck Shields the owner of Circle R. It also seems odd that he won one of the bids by a margin of only $300, almost suggesting an inside track on the bids.I feel we need to ivestigate further into possible ethics violations because several questions need to be answered.

    Was this trip paid for by Chuck Shields in exchange for awarding contracts to Circle R, and did Circle R recieve inside information regarding the bids in order to maximize his bid and still under bid by such a small margin. Receipts should be provided by the Mayor to prove that he paid all of his own expenses in order to clear his name and maintain the confidence of the citizens of portage.
    November 01, 2012 2:48 pm on Mayor's stay at contractor's Florida home questioned

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