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City officials shall not:
(a) Participate or vote in matters in which they have a direct or indirect financial interest in any contract with the city;
(b) Participate or vote in matters in which they may be directly or indirectly financially interested in the sale of land to the city, or in which they may have rights or interests in the sale of any materials, supplies or services to the city;
(c) Participate or vote in any other matters in which they may have a direct or indirect financial interest, or in which an immediate family member has a direct or indirect financial interest;
(d) Except when acting in an official capacity, appear on behalf of any private person before any city agency. An official may appear at any place on behalf of constituents in the course of their duties as representatives of the electorate or in the performance of public or civic obligations. Officials shall not receive compensation for those appearances, unless specifically authorized by action of the city council. However, this section shall not apply to any official who has fully informed the city agency of his or her private interest in a matter and he or she does not participate in any decision related thereto;
(e) Directly or indirectly solicit any gift, or accept any gift whether in the form of money, services, loan, travel, entertainment, hospitality, thing or promise, or any other form, under circumstances in which it could reasonably be inferred that the gift was intended to influence, or could reasonably be expected to influence the officer, in the performance of their official duties, or was intended as a reward for any official action:
(1) Legitimate political contributions are not gifts under the provisions of this subchapter; and
(2) It is not a conflict of interest for any official to receive a gift or gratuity that is an unsolicited item of nominal intrinsic value.
(f) Participate or vote in matters having a financial interest in any property within 300 feet of property involved in a zoning matter before the city council; and
(g) Participate or vote in matters that come before the city council directly or indirectly involving the interest of a present business client or customer of any official or the interest of a person or entity who has been a business client or customer of any official within the prior 12 months. A business client or customer is any person or entity for which the official is employed or if in the past 12 months payment has been received by the official from the person or entity in the amount of $5,000 or greater and that fact is or should be known by the official.
(1992 Code, § 12.5-30) (Ord. 24-09, passed 3-16-2009) Penalty, see § 35.999