Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm


Please Note:  Due to the circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 Pandemic, this meeting will be held on a virtual platform.  To participate in the meeting, please use this link: 

If you wish to provide written testimony on any agenda item, please send it to Lena Grant at [email protected].

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of January 26, 2021 Meeting Agenda
  4. Approval of Minutes - Meeting of October 27, 2021
  5. Work Session items:
    1. Update from FDS subcommittee if any further discussion is needed on remaining FDS questions on Arts Council members.
    2. Review and edit updated Financial Disclosure Statements 
    3. Announcement of annual election of Chair and Vice-Chair of the Ethics Commission at the April meeting

      6. Other Business

      7. Announcement of next meeting date – April 27, 2021


Meeting Minutes                                                      

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Virtual Meeting via Zoom


The Ethics Commission Meeting was called to order at 6:00 Chairman James Hester.  Chairman Hester read a statement that the Ethics Commission meeting was being held via virtual platform due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Roll was called with the following Commissioners present: Chairman Hester, Vice Chair Bardwell, and Commissioners Drake, Scaggs, Dahms, and Kole.  Also, present Dennis Whitley, Ethics Commission Legal Counsel, LouAnn Crook, Acting City Administrator, and Lena Grant, Administrative Assistant II. 


On a motion by Commissioner Drake, seconded by Commissioner Dahms, the agenda for the January 26, 2021 meeting was unanimously approved.


On a motion by Commissioner Kole, seconded by Commissioner Scaggs, the meeting minutes of October 27, 2020 were approved as amended.


The Financial Disclosure Statement Review Subcommittee stated the review of the 2019 Financial Disclosure Statements is concluded with no further matters to be resolved.


The Commission reviewed the revised Financial Disclosure Statement forms and recommended suggestions for clarification to be completed by staff.On a motion by Commissioner Bardwell, seconded by Commissioner Kole, the “long” form was unanimously approved with revisions.On a motion by Commissioner Drake, seconded by Commissioner Bardwell, the “short” form was unanimously approved with revisions.


Chairman Hester announced that the election of City of Laurel Ethics Commission Chair and Vice Chair is scheduled for the next meeting of the Commission.


The next meeting of the City of Laurel Ethics Commission will be scheduled for a date to be determined after the Financial Disclosure Statement filing deadline of April 30, 2021.


There being no further business to come before the Commission, on a motion by Vice Chair Bardwell, seconded by Commissioner Scaggs, the meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.