Carroll officials to return $500

February 09, 1993|By Staff Report

The Carroll commissioners yesterday unanimously agreed to reimburse a local home builders group $500 for financing a county employee's trip to an out-of-state convention last summer.

The Carroll County Ethics Commission ruled last month that the commissioners' acceptance of the money from the county chapter of the Home Builders Association of Maryland was a conflict of interest and the money should be returned.

In August, the commissioners had voted to accept $500 from the group to help pay for the trip of Ralph E. Green, chief of the Bureau of Permits and Inspections, to attend the National Building Officials and Code Administrators Convention in St. Paul, Minn., in September.

Mr. Green, the only Carroll person at the convention, voted on proposed national building code changes the local group favored.

"It is our opinion there was a conflict of interest involved in this matter . . . ," the commission said in its decision.

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