KIMT NEWS 3- We learned Wednesday an investigation is underway against the Port Authority and the Worth and Mitchell County Board of Supervisors regarding a natural gas pipeline project.
The state Ombudsman’s Office tells KIMT they are collecting information regarding the project after a complaint was brought forth by Al Winters. Winters is the same person who filed the three ethics complaints with the Worth and Mitchell County Attorney’s Offices, saying the local governments are not being transparent and also have conflicts of interest.
The Ombudsman’s Office said they cannot give us much information on where they are at in the investigation at this time.
The state group is designed for people to file grievances they have with their local governments and they will then investigate to see if there is something that is not right. They tell KIMT they will either ask the board to implement policies and procedures to remedy the issue or give the case to a legal body.
Those in the community, like Dewey Krueger, of Northwood, said they just want to figure out the truth so the communities can move forward.
“I guess if that’s what has to be done it has to be done,” said Kruger about the investigation. “There is a long way to go to get to the bottom of this, I’m sure, if there even is a bottom to it.”
The Ombudsman’s Office say they do not have a timeline on when they will finish the investigation.
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