By Ryan McGreal
Published December 10, 2009
At last night's meeting, Council addressed a letter they recently received from Abdul Khan that levied a series of serious accusations against senior city staff for misleading council and misusing public funds.
Mr. Khan was director of water and wastewater treatment from 2005 until he was terminated this past summer as part of a restructuring. At issue in his letter to council was Mr. Khan's charge that senior city staff had: misled Council over the real cost to upgrade the Woodward Wastewater Treatment plant; covered up the risk of lead exposure in Lynden's drinking water; and diverted money from the sale of scrap metal to staff entertainment.
At last night's Council meeting, Councillor Brad Clark moved, and Councillor Russ Powers seconded, a motion to direct the city solicitor to determine how best to address the Human Resources issues related to the charges, to investigate the wastewater upgrade cost assessment, to forward a copy of Mr. Khan's letter to the police to investigate the alleged misappropriation, and to launch internal and external audits to determine what financial implications, if any, come from the allegations.
Council approved the motion unanimously.
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