While the , the topic gained new momentum Monday evening when republican town council member Lisa Boccia submitted a resident's letter concerning the claims to the council, and officially made a referral to the ethics commission.
The referral essential serves as a request for the ethics commission to meet and review claims made by some Windsor residents.
At the council's June 18 meeting, Boccia said she believed an investigation into the matter would help restore the public's faith in local government.
Members of the town council have gone back and forth over the proper handling of the claims, specifically on the republican side of the table.
It was republican Donald Jepsen who introduced the idea of an independent investigation, and it was republican Aaron Jubrey who made the issue an official agenda item at the council's last meeting.
Although Jepsen, Jubrey and Boccia have made it clear that they are not implying guilt on behalf of council members, they have all, at one point or another since the claims were filed, expressed a need to take action in an effort to restore public trust.
Deputy Mayor Al Simon, who was , has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, saying encouraging people to vote "yes'' on a budget he has helped put together is a part of his job.
Mayor Don Trinks and democratic town council member William Herzfeld have both voiced their support for Simon's actions.