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W.Va. Ethics Commission investigates Rainelle Town Recorder

Local - 4/17/2013 6:04 PM by Rebecca Turco

(Picture Courtesy: RainelleWV.com/TownHall.html)

RAINELLE - The Town Recorder for Rainelle is being investigated by the West Virginia Ethics Commission for allegedly violating the Ethics Act.

A complaint was filed against Danny Milam, according to a source close to Newswatch. The complaint alleges that Milam violated the Ethics Act by using his public office for private gain and for having a prohibited interest in public contracts.

In addition to being the Town Recorder, Milam owns a general contractor business, "DLC Milam, Incorporated," in Rainelle. The complaint says Milam allegedly used his employees to build and work on a stage for the town, and the town paid for their labor.

Milam also allegedly hired Martin Bronkhurst who works at Flippin Paints to perform repairs on the Town Hall in 2011 and 2012 paid for by a grant totaling around $29,000, but the town did not approve of this contract. Milam and Bronkhurst agreed the town would buy the materials and deduct that cost from the contract, but the town allegedly never agreed to this, and Flippin Paints has failed to reimburse the town thousands of dollars.

For these and other reasons, the Probable Cause Review Board is investigating whether there is probable cause to believe that one or more law violations have occurred.


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