LYONS, Colo. — Two northern Colorado town officials have been placed on leave amid a federal investigation into how Lyons is procuring flood recovery work.
Mayor Connie Sullivan announced Tuesday that the Lyons town administrator and clerk have been placed on temporary, paid administrative leave as a precaution during the federal investigation, The Daily Times-Call reported (http://bit.ly/2drzmB5 ).
“Throughout this process, the board and town staff will work to ensure Town operations and flood recovery projects continue to move forward,” Sullivan said in a news release.
Lyons was hit by major floods in September 2013. The U.S. Office of Inspector General with the Department of Homeland Security found in April that Lyons was spending a $36 million Public Assistance grant for damages resulting from the flooding, landslides and mudslides that occurred as a result of the storms.
The audit recommended that the Federal Emergency Management Agency monitor the remaining $27 million to avoid misspending as it had found Lyons did not consistently comply with federal procurement rules when contracting for FEMA-funded work. It also found that the town incurred costs for leased equipment that it did not use consistently, had not selected at the time a proper site, had not relocated its public works facility and improperly initiated and completed work on a major parks redevelopment project before FEMA ensured environmental compliance.
“These findings occurred primarily because Town officials did not have experience with major, federally-declared disasters and were not sufficiently familiar with applicable Federal regulations and FEMA guidelines,” the report says.
It is unclear if the recent investigation is connected to April’s audit.
Information from: Daily Times-Call, http://timescall.com/