Green River payments related to Utah inland port come under fire from critics

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At a special meeting of the Green River City Council in late October, Mayor Travis Bacon told his colleagues that he had “made a boo-boo.”

Bacon used the city checkbook to pay $17,000 to a company owned by his friend Scott Banasky — a Springville-based insurance salesman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and owner of a local hunting lodge — despite not having preapproved the deal with the City Council nor, Bacon said, having received invoices from Banasky.

“It looks very shady to be writing checks without invoices to a friend,” Councilman Bo Harrison told Bacon during the meeting, which grew heated at times as several council members expressed displeasure with the mayor’s actions.

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