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Selectmen to Discuss Contracts, Johnson Farm at Tuesday Meeting

Tuesday's meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. inside the Flynn Building.

The Board of Selectmen meets on Tuesday night. (File Photo)
The Board of Selectmen meets on Tuesday night. (File Photo)
The Sudbury Board of Selectmen gets back to work on Tuesday night, with a meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. inside the Flynn Building.

Before the bulk of the meeting even gets underway, there are a pair of important agenda items.

Selectmen will interview Christine Nihan, who is a candidate for Town Accountant, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Then at 6:45 p.m., board members will vote to go into Executive Session in order to conduct a pair of contract negotiations. Those negotiations will be done with Town Manager Maureen Valente and Town Counsel Paul Kenny.

At the end of the agenda are potential action items that would allow selectmen to ratify the terms of Valente's contract for July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2017, and ratify Kenney's potential contract for the same time period if deals are reached in Executive Session.

Board members will also have the opportunity to vote to appoint Nihan to Town Accountant effective May 19, and also appoint Assistant Town Accountant Robin Porcella to the Acting Town Accountant until May 18.

Once members are out of Executive Session, a 7:45 p.m. agenda item is set to read a statement from the Board of Selectmen on the Johnson Farm 40B litigation, and the possibility of voting to sign a letter to the Department of Environmental Protection.

At 8:20 p.m., board members will meet with Permanent Building Committee chairman Mike Melnik, Facilities Director Jim Kelly and Police Chief Scott Nix for an update on the proposed Police Station.

Click here to view the agenda for Tuesday in its entirety.
siobhan hullinger April 29, 2014 at 02:29 PM
StephanieA - where are you getting this information on the contract?
Charles Woodard April 29, 2014 at 03:12 PM
There are truths, partial truths, and untruths in the contract details provided by Stephanie A, as you would expect from the partial disclosure of a confidential document by someone with an agenda. The contract drafts were provided to the Selectmen as confidential materials for an executive session discussion.
Sudburytoo April 29, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Could someone explain why this is in executive session and not an open meeting discussion?
Concerned Sudbury Parent April 29, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Mr. Woodard, thanks for weighing in. Let's assume the details revealed about the contracts are not entirely true. May we at least expect the following. 1) Defer action on both contracts until Pat Brown is seated, or at least provide a full explanation for why it would be necessary to execute either contract before then. 2) Explain why it would be necessary to extend their terms for multiple years. 3) Clarify whether you are aware that there are a significant number of taxpayers who believe the performance of both Ms. Valente and Mr. Kenny is unacceptable. I'm not asking if you agree, simply if you are aware. Do you understand that rushing these contracts through before Pat Brown is seated will drive a wedge further into this divided town. Please do not allow this to happen.

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