Barbar Swissler: Kaminski should consider ethics |

Barbar Swissler: Kaminski should consider ethics

I am very disturbed by the situation regarding Kevin Kaminski’s seat on the City Council as reported in the Steamboat Today articles published Aug. 17 and 18.

Assuming that the situation regarding Mr. Kaminski’s new home purchase and his eligibility to stay on the City Council as a result of this change of primary residence has been accurately reported, then the fact that Mr. Kaminski is considering renting a home in District 3 in order to retain his City Council seat raises rather serious questions.

His actions, to my mind, represent a clear effort to circumvent the residency requirement of Section 3.10 of the city charter. Although technically Mr. Kaminski may not be doing anything illegal, his actions certainly raise questions regarding the ethics of such a plan.

I urge City Council members and Mr. Kaminski to consider how this situation appears to the public, particularly if Mr. Kaminski is allowed to keep his seat. As a resident and a voter, I am sympathetic to his stated dedication to “fulfilling his obligation” to the voters who elected him and his desire to continue his “purpose on the council,” but I cannot accept what I perceive to be an unethical plan to appear to be in compliance with the residency requirements of City Council representation. I expect more from those for whom I vote.

Barbara Swissler

Steamboat Springs

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