Showing the Love: District 2 representative angers constituents over hunting trip
LANCASTER – District 2 constituents are outraged over the recent allegations coming out about their councilman.
Todd Love was elected to serve district 2 in May 2008.
According to documents from several local city insiders, who wish to remain anonymous, Love attended the Ghost Apache Ranch in Cotulla, Texas as a guest of Allied Waste (Republic) Jan. 14-17.
Love approved the contract for Allied Waste with the city Feb. 9, three weeks after he was a guest at the 9,000 acre ranch in South Texas.
“Yes, I did go and I paid for the Taxidermy and my meat to be processed,” said Love when confronted after the Monday, Dec. 13 council meeting.
“I believe I went after, I remember us [Allied Waste employees] talking about it down there and how well their contact amendment was received.”
Allied Waste has been the trash contractor for the city since 2001. There hasn’t held any open bid processes for waste collection with the city since before 2001.
The renewals in 2005 and 2009 were considered addendums to the original contract according to city records.
When a unanimous concerned citizen asked the city why there haven’t been any bids taken out, the response given was “they aren’t required based on local government code.”
A copy of the city’s “Code of Ethics” states, the public office should not be used for personal gain and no officer or employee should have any financial interest, direct or indirect, or engage in any business, transaction or professional activity or incur any obligation of any nature which is in conflict with the proper discharge of his duties in the public interest.
All of which, Love’s constituents believe he has engaged in .
“It’s expected when you get into office to have monetary and other contributions come your way,” said Love.
“If I were to do it all over again, I wouldn’t. I would just go hunting elsewhere. My wife was very upset when this info was passed around town.”