Outside Counsel Sought on BCWA Votes

Bristol County Water Authority Executive Director Pamela Marchand said she has asked for "advice of outside counsel" on whether its board needs a third vote to approve a contract for legal services.


Pamela Marchand, executive director of the Bristol County Water Authority, released the following statement on Jan. 18 on the heels of the news that a third vote appears to be necessary to determine its future legal counsel.

A 4-3 vote taken on Jan. 16 by the board to retain the Cameron & Mittleman law firm appears to be one vote shy of what is needed according to the state law that set up the water authority. Two members of the board were absent from that meeting.

“The executive director of the Bristol County Water Authority is obtaining the advice of outside counsel on the interpretation of language in the existing Bristol County Water Authority Enabling Legislation and the BCWA By-laws regarding the number of votes required to take action on specific issues," Marchand said in the statement. “Further actions, if any, by the Board will depend on the findings of outside counsel. The board will take the appropriate actions to insure compliance with its current documentation.”

Lorraine F January 19, 2013 at 12:57 PM
The 4 members of the board demonstrate how little they care about rate payers and instead their own selfish interests. This has been a "skull and bones in the closet" club for too long. The councils have to get involved since they are part of the problem here.
marina peterson January 19, 2013 at 05:01 PM
I agree Lorraine. But it is easier said than done. The councils keep re-appointing the same people over and over again. Let's see what happens in February when there are three new appointments to be made.
Bob Venice January 21, 2013 at 03:13 AM
And the citizens keep electing the same councils. Go figure.
Jack Baillargeron January 21, 2013 at 04:49 AM
Bob it is the Bane of the common citizen to put up with those who have no ommon sense and will not vote for anything but the status quo. Rhode Island has been that way for over 78 years and counting. Party should not matter but in this State it is the history that Party is everything and the people be damned. Now that is a sad state of affairs and proof positive that for many politicains is is a career and not a duty. Not all but the majority, again sadly.
Jack Baillargeron January 21, 2013 at 04:53 AM
We will never see and end to this BCWA scam unless the State is made to wake up and dissolve it. That is the only solution to prevent the liabilty this BCWA has put on the Ratepayer, Tri-town area and the taxpayers of the entire State who will all be affected whether they live in the tri-town area or are are ratepayers. In the end all taxpayers in the State will have to pay for this scam under the guise of "good of the people or State taxpayers". That is the dirty large secret of all of this in my opinion.


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