From The Ask Joe file one of our viewers has a question about some ethical questions concerning an upcoming vote in Lyon County.
Lisa Manning wrote in on December 30, 2013 saying Lyon Ccounty Commissioners are preparing to vote on a contentious land issue this week involving Comstock Mining. She says commissioner Vida Keller's husband currently has a contract with Comstock Mining and she wants to know if it's ethical for her to vote on this issue?
Comstock Mining will be coming before the Lyon County Commission on Thursday, January 2nd to seek a zoning change for some land in Silver City. Just to clarify it is only a zoning change at this point. The company has not specified what its specific plans are.
I checked with Lyon County Manager Jeff Page about this. He says questions have been raised about commissioner Keller's husband who works for a non-profit that does receive money from Comstock Mining and another commissioner as well, Bob Hastings, who accepted $10,000 from Comstock Mining during the last election according to the Nevada Secretary of State's office.
Jeff page told me he asked the commissioners about this and they told him they had each spoken with the state ethics commission and were told they were clear to vote.
However, I checked with the executive director of the ethics commission...Caren Cafferata-Jenkins and she told me the ethics commission has not taken an official position on this issue. That may be an issue down the road if someone decides to file an ethics complaint.
Again the vote is set for thursday morning January 2nd at the Lyon County Commission chambers in Yerington. A big turn out is expected.