The Napanee, Ontario city council accepted a report analyzing the mayor’s involvement in a controversial sale of city-owned land.

In 2019, Mayor Marg Isbester did not declare a conflict of interest following the sale of Heritage Park.

The breach of the conflict rules was due to the fact that his son owned a property in front of the park and would receive better drainage if the land was developed.

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No sanctions despite the mayor of Napanee not disclosing conflict of interest: integrity report

Isbester said she sought legal advice to help guide her through the process.

“From that advice, I understood that during the Millhouse Yard development process, I was in conflict as an adjoining property owned by a family member that could possibly benefit from the development,” Isbester said in a statement to Global News.

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The city’s integrity commissioner found that Isbester did not attempt to influence the sale of the park, but says it should have declared a potential conflict.

No sanctions were recommended and the city council endorsed the report.

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