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.”