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May 10, 2014

City waiting for credit card report

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Lockport city officials are awaiting a written report regarding the investigation into the Youth and Recreation director’s use of a city credit card.

Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey said the city has requested a report from Hamburg attorney Brian Doyle, who was hired by the Common Council for the investigation. Doyle met with the Council last month to give a summary of his findings, which generally said Youth and Recreation Director Melissa Junke was given the OK to use the credit card to pay expenses for a golf tournament fundraiser, but certain specific expenses were not authorized.

No criminal activity was found, Doyle reported.

There’s no expected timetable for the report, but City Attorney John J. Ottaviano said the city would like it within a week. No bill has been submitted by Doyle, so Lockport hasn’t paid him for the investigation yet. Doyle’s rate was $200 an hour, but its unknown how long he spent on the investigation.

According to 42 pages of credit card receipts and purchase orders, the card was used to make $9,080.77 in purchases related to the golf tournament, held on June 3 of last year. The receipts and orders were obtained by the Union-Sun & Journal through a Freedom of Information Law request. The expenses included $4,820 in round-trip air fares to bring six people to the event, which was a fundraiser for Junke’s department. Junke’s attorney George Muscato has said Junke was told to fundraise as a way to compensate for the major cuts in funding the Youth and Recreation department has suffered over the years.

McCaffrey said any decision about reorganizing the department — or any decision regarding Junke — will be made after the report is submitted.

In other city business this week:

• The Common Council was informed Wednesday by McCaffrey that milling for nine city streets was completed last week. Those streets were Summit, High, East High, Pine, Gooding, Locust, Willow and Washburn streets, as well as Elmwood and Lincoln avenues.

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