Council to consider ethics investigation report at Oct. 8 meeting

By: 
Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

KALKASKA – It could be that the Village of Kalkaska spent more than $13,000 on an ethics investigation that revealed very little evidence, as far as potential ethics violations by former Village president Jeff Sieting, current Village manager Scott Yost and retired Lt. Glenn Artress of the Kalkaska Department of Public Safety.

Council members voted unanimously, 5-0, with two members absent, at their regular monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 10, to release the results of the ethics investigation that was initiated by another council vote in April. And, that report will soon be a topic of discussion by the council.

The document, titled the “Millar Report,” is the result of a five-page letter by Village treasurer Jennifer Standerfer that was presented to the council in January – and accused Sieting, Yost and Artress of 13 alleged instances of potential ethics violations.

However, attorney Todd Millar of the Traverse City law firm of Swogger, Bruce & Millar who wrote the report, found little to validate most of Standerfer’s accusations.

“I provided you with a report on findings and conclusions regarding my investigation into the allegations,” Millar stated. “I found the remaining allegations contained in the letter to be unsupported by the evidence.”

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