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City Solicitor Says Mayor Morriss & Councilman Frazier Should Not Vote On Future CSX Transportation Matters

January 24th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

In the opinion of the city of Cumberland’s legal council, neither Mayor Ray Morriss nor Councilman Eugene Frazier should vote on future matters involving CSX Transportation. Morriss and Frazier are both retired from CSX and both hold stock in the company. At the most recent city meeting, both men abstained from voting on a minor CSX matter to avoid any appearance of a conflict to interest.  CSX and the city are expected to finalize several transactions related to the West Side bridges sometime this year. City solicitor Mike Cohen told WCBC News that the city’s Public Ethics Law, among other things, prohibits elected officials from casting a vote on a matter in which they have an interest- which would include an economic interest…

 

5 comments on this post.
  1. Mary Anne:

    My, my, my. This very concern came up during the election. Where we were assured that the issue was not a concern. Yes they could vote, no conflict at all. Now it IS an issue and No they should not vote.

    Cumberland should have NEVER have voted Mayor Grim out.

  2. Martin:

    If they are men of honor they will abstain from anything to do with CSX, unless of course it is for the betterment of the city

  3. kevin:

    > Had Mayor Grim not treated so many people so high handedly he could still be mayor, but his personality just would not let him. Clearly he is not going too quietly. . .

  4. David:

    Didn’t Morriss say during the campaign that this wouldn’t be a problem? He had a rough set of questions at his first meeting now it’s proven that he lied during the campaign. Dear God what mistake have we elected to City Hall?!?!?!

  5. mike:

    > Grim was and is a pompous jerk, good riddance to bad rubbish.

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