(BIVN) – It was a short Board of Ethics meeting in Hilo on Tuesday, as most matters where discussed in executive session. However, the commissioners did dispatch with two complaints that were discussed at an previous meeting.
Lanric Hyland was a no-show when his petitions were discussed last month.
Hyland is currently involved in litigation over the use of medical marijuana at the Ainakea Senior Residences in North Kohala. Hyland filed two ethics complaints, claiming deputies with the office corporation counsel lied to the public when they argued the federally controlled drug puts the federal-HUD funding for the housing project at risk.
The Ethics commission dismissed the complaints in short order, and later went on to discuss whether or not new rules should be considered that would curb what they consider to be frivolous complaints.
We reached out to Hyland following the October meeting, and heard back from him a few days later by email.
The 79-year-old said he never knows, from day to day, if he will physically be able to leave the house… and on the day of the ethics hearing he couldn’t. Nevertheless, Hyland said the board had all the information needed to make a decision on the matter, even without his attendance. He said he watched the video of the meeting, and opined that it is easy to conclude that the Board isn’t really much interested in the ethics exhibited by county employees.