Isn't it a conflict of interest to have a county commissioner who is vice president with a real estate company that has property for sale all over out here on Route 5 and now he's pushing to put water meters in here?
``I'm not pushing for rural water meters, I'm pushing for a reasonable policy between landowners and the city of Lawrence,'' said Douglas County Commissioner Mark Buhler, who also is vice president of Stephens Real Estate.
Buhler helped negotiate a proposed settlement with the city that would lift the cap on meter sales in exchange for tighter zoning restrictions.
Buhler also said that Stephens Real Estate merely acts as the brokerage in land sales. ``We don't own the property that's listed,'' he said.