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More records sought in CLE councilman probe

Posted: 5:15 PM, Sep 25, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-25 21:15:12Z

A second subpoena into possible ethics violations involving Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman reveals the extent of records being sought by the Ohio Ethics Commission.

The Commission is investigating whether Cimperman may have violated state ethics regulations by steering city contracts to LAND Studio-- a company that employs his wife.

The company creates and designs public spaces throughout Cleveland.

Last month, the company said it was cooperating fully but declined comment when questioned about another subpoena that was issued in March 2015  to Ohio City Inc. which had partnered with LAND Studio on city projects.

Now, as a result of an open records request, the City of Cleveland has released a second subpoena issued at the same time and reveals the extent of the probe.

The Ethics Commission sought at least 30 contracts involving 5 streetscape projects, two fire stations and a city recreation center.

In addition to Cimperman and his staff's documents, the commission also sought city council and planning commission records as well related to LAND Studio and  its predecessor ParkWorks.

Cimperman has declined comment on the probe.