(BIVN) – The Hawaii County Board of Ethics dismissed two more complaints filed by North Kohala resident Lanric Hyland during a meeting in Hilo on Monday, finding them to be frivolous and prompting further discussion on the board’s rules of procedure for handling such complaints.
Hyland, who is no stranger to the ethics complaint process, failed to show up at the Kohala video conferencing site that had been arranged for his use ahead of time. The agenda items had been carried over from an August meeting so that he could participate.
Hyland is perhaps best known for his ethics complaint in regards to former Mayor Billy Kenoi and his use of a government-issued purchase card.
Hyland is currently involved in litigation over the use of medical marijuana at Ainakea Senior Residences apartments in North Kohala, which he says is permitted. In his complaint, Hyland said that the federal government has indicated that the decision to terminate a lease due to medical marijuana use is up to the local public housing authority.
Ainakea is funded by HUD, federal Housing and Urban Development. The county maintains that HUD regulations obligate the Office of Housing and Community Development to set forth rules terminating federal assistance for anyone who uses a federally controlled drug.
The complaints before the ethics board on Monday stem from the Ainakea housing situation. Hyland targeted attorneys with the county Office of the Corporation Counsel, alleging that a deputy lied to the public about the federal rules governing the housing project. The county attorneys said Hyland went too far by filing the petitions.
The board members quickly dismissed both petitions and expressed their frustration with the nature of the complaints.
After a short executive session, the ethics board spent the rest of the meeting discussing possible new rules that govern the board.