Board of Ethics
June 27, 2002
DENVER BOARD OF ETHICS
MEETING OF JUNE 27, 2002
I. Vice-chair Charles Savage called the meeting to order at 1:40 pm. Members Christopher Weimer, Carolyn Lievers and Denise Maes were also present. Chair Harry MacLean was absent.
II. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to approve the minutes of the May 23, 2002 Board of Ethics meeting. During the Vice-chair’s remarks, Charles Savage raised the issue of whether the members of the Board of Ethics should sign disclosure statements and requested Staff Director Michael Henry to draft or obtain such a form.
III. Helen Gonzales, the Director of the Department of Excises and Licenses described to the Board the operations of that Department, which deals with all licensing issues for the City, involving approximately 80 classes of licenses, many with different sub-classes. Examples are licenses for liquor stores, restaurants, night clubs, tattoo establishments, amusement facilities, security guard and taxicab drivers. Some of the licenses require background checks for applicants. The Department conducts approximately 150-200 hearings per year on the granting, suspension or revocation of licenses. The Department of Environmental Health conducts some inspections, such as for restaurant and child-care facilities. The Department of Excise and Licenses currently has three inspectors for the entire City.
Ms. Gonzales says that she has a “hard and fast rule” that the appearance of impropriety must be avoided. For example, Department employees are not to accept any free meals or drinks from liquor-licensed establishments.
IV. Staff Director Michael Henry delivered the Director’s Report, updated the Boad on the status of ethics training and presented the Budget Request for 2003. He indicated that he expected to confer with the Budget Office in the next few weeks.
V. Fire Department Captain Steve Winters and Fire Department Division Chief Nick Nuanes presented to the Board their reasons for requesting waivers in three cases to allow acceptance of travel and lodging expenses for conferences sponsored by companies which manufacture products purchased by the Fire Department. After asking some questions, the Board members deferred their deliberation to the executive session.
VI. Bruce Klein, an Associate Landscape Architect with the Department of Parks and Recreation presented reasons for requesting a waiver to allow acceptance of travel and lodging expenses for a tour of facilities in Nevada from a company which manufactures products purchased by the Department. After discussing the issue with Mr. Klein, the Board members deferred their deliberation to the executive session. Due to the fact that the requested waiver related to the Department’s need to reduce the amount of water used for irrigation in parks, Denise Maes disclosed on the record that she is a member of the Denver Water Board.
VII. Denise Maes moved and Christopher Weimer seconded to go into executive session to deliberate on cases 02-24 through 02-29.
VIII. The meeting adjourned at 4:15 pm.
Approved by Board of Ethics: July 25, 2002