Council to Consider Financial Disclosure Policy for Bidders

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Establishment of a financial disclosure policy for contractors responding to requests for proposals of the City of Oklahoma City will be considered today by the City Council.

The proposed policy, requested by Ward 4 Councilman Pete White, grew out of a potential conflict of interest involving Charles E. Lampkin, whose engineering firm, Lampkin, Walker & Co., had been involved in OKC Waterfront Consultants Inc., which is developing a master plan for the city's three lakes. Lampkin and three partners own 115 acres of undeveloped land below the Lake Hefner dam.

Lampkin's interest in the land had been disclosed at city staff level, but that interest was not immediately made public.

Last month, Lampkin resigned his position with OKC Waterfront Consultants, which had been hired to develop the master plan by the Oklahoma City Municipal Improvement Authority.

White, chairman of the municipal improvement authority, said he proposed the policy to avoid surprises in the future. The policy's current wording is open to change, White said, and is being proposed in its current form mainly to get it before the council.

"What I hope it will do is avoid surprises involving relationships and interests," he said. "I hope it's not too broad that it will keep people from doing business with the city. …