Monroe County Commissioner Mark Stoops is challenging Friday’s vote of the Bloomington, Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization that re-included I-69 into the it’s long range transportation plan.
In a statement released over the weekend, Stoops says that Monroe County Public Works Director Bill Williams’ vote violated a conflict of interest law. Stoops says Williams’ son is employed as a subcontractor for a firm working on constructing I-69 in southern Indiana.
“With an actual vote of 6-6, the motion to include I-69 in the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program failed, meaning that INDOT cannot use federal funds on the part of Section 4 that is in the MPO’s jurisdiction,” says Stoops.
During Friday’s meeting, MPO President Kent McDaniel addressed the conflict of interest claim before the vote. McDaniel stated that he had spoken with legal council prior to the meeting, and Williams was eligible to vote on the measure.
INDOT had threatened to remove its discretionary spending from Monroe County road projects if the MPO had not voted in favor of I-69.