City Commission Discusses Missing Convention Center Money and the Controversial Smoking Ban

Missing Sloan Convention Center Money

Bowling Green will now turn over its investigation of missing Sloan Convention Center money to the Kentucky attorney general.

After a closed session the night of March 20, 2007, the Bowling Green City Commission terminated its memorandum of understanding with former Commissioner Jim Bullington.

Bullington had been working with the city for the past year on the investigation. Mayor Elaine Walker said the city has recovered $250,000 of the missing money thanks to Bullington's help.

The attorney general has appointed a special prosecutor in the case who will look into whether or not criminal charges will be filed against anyone involved. The investigation concerned the monetary handling of funds for the Convention Center from 1990 to 2003.

According to Bullington, $23 million went through the Convention Center but was not managed by the City Commission.

Citizens Speak Out About the Smoking Ban

Citizens both for and against the much-talked about smoking ban stood before the Bowling Green City Commission.

Those in favor of the smoking ban wore shirts that read smoke-free community.

Mike Wilson presented the commissioners a packet of information which also contained a petition from local residents who would oppose the ban. He told the commission how the ban would hurt local businesses.

"Some people say that the smoking ban's not going to hurt their businessses, but there's things in here that show that some businesses lost up to 50 percent of their busines. Thirty percent laid off workers and some even closed down," Wilson said.

Lung cancer survivor and former smoker Lori Monroe told the commission its not about discrimination but people's health.

"It's not about my right over someone else's right; its just about my right to stay healthy," Monroe said.

A formal order has yet to be presented to the commission regarding a smoking ban. However, Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker said she expects an ordinance to be presented to the commission in the coming months.

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