BCWA Appoints New Legal Counsel

The Bristol County Water Authority has hired a new legal firm.


The board of directors of the Bristol County Water Authority voted on Feb. 27 to appoint Keogh & Sweeney of Pawtucket, RI as their new legal counsel.  The vote was 6-1 with 1 abstaining. Voting for Keogh & Sweeney: Ray Palmieri, Robert Allio, Kevin Fitta, Joe DeMelo, Bill Gosselin, and Allan Klepper. Voting Against: Frank Sylvia. Abstaining: John Jannito.

The motion was made by Ray Palmieri of Warren to nominate Keogh & Sweeney as counsel, and seconded. At that point, Allan Klepper read a letter from Cameron & Mittleman asking that their firm be removed from consideration.  The vote then proceeded.

Many felt that Cameron & Mittleman had already been voted out when the firm failed to garner the five votes required in January. 

We congratulate Keogh & Sweeney on their appointment and wish them the best.



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Gary Morse March 01, 2013 at 02:13 AM
The list of reasons for replacing Ms Mack is a long one. But even if one imagines that she has done a decent job, the best reason has been stated by Chairman Klepper himself. That after 5 years, its best to get fresh eyes and new thinking. That 5 years ended back in the 1990's. Ms Mack was a BCWA fixture for too long.
Manifold Witness March 01, 2013 at 12:32 PM
So where are all the BCWA records? (See12/20/12 excerpt.) Allan Klepper: …“Total history, I guess we can all agree maybe I should have been gone a long time ago” … “And she (Sandra Mack) has all the (BCWA) records. And as she pointed out in her resume proposal they keep at no charge all the minutes, all the records kept for us at no charge. She has all the records. And I’ve gone back, I have records at home which many of you don’t. All of those ah all of those arrangements with the ah with the Anawan Club I have all those. She’s got all the rest. All the original legislation. All of those things. The details”.… (Another Director objects.) Mr. Klepper: (gets a little loud) “I know you disagree and you made your piece and so I’m making mine!”…“But by the same token in matters of annual accountants when I was a town manager my policy was to change the accountant every 5 years because I wanted a different set of eyes ‘cause it was it had a different purpose in mind and so I would change the accountant ah the auditor the auditor of the town at least every 5 years because that was the policy, but in this case that doesn’t apply I believe to this kind of a case.” Pamela Marchand:… “and she says she’s been working with Richard Licht on on what we need to do with the $6.9 million”….“Again I keep coming back to the Massachusetts problem” … “Whatever we do with it, it’s gonna be a problem over the next two years”…
marina peterson March 01, 2013 at 05:20 PM
We look forward to a "new beginning" and hopefully many unanswered questions on past issues will now be resolved. Maybe a forensic audit to clear the air once and for all. As the previous post says, there are countless BCWA records that are being held by Ms. Mack and Mr. Klepper that need to be retrieved. At a previous BCWA meeting within the last year Ms. Mack made reference to "hundreds" of records belonging to Mr. Delise that she was storing in her office. These also need to be retrieved. Mr. Klepper also refers to offsite stored records at the Dec. 20th meeting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKj7mJ8LEVg Mr. Klepper's statements start at 28 minutes into the meeting. in short: The public requests access to the BCWA records that are/were at Mr. Klepper’s house. The public requests access to all the BCWA records that Mrs. Mack has/had.. The public also requests that the minutes of the January 16th BCWA meeting be amended or contain a disclaimer stating that the Motion to reappoint Cameron & Mittleman failed 4-3. It currently states "Motion carried 4-3". This may be a snapshot of what happened at the meeting, but it must be clarified for posterity. It was later found that the motion did NOT carry as five votes are required. Note: Ms. Mack was in the room when the vote was taken and when it was announced that it "carried". She did NOT correct the board or advise them that five votes were required.
Jack Baillargeron March 02, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Is it me, "All the original legislation", I seem to remember for 3 years we tried to get a copy of the original legislation, all the MA contracts, deals, contracts, and easment on on and on from the BCWA. Funny how Klepper had access to them all the time and could not have simply made a copy for us as we were entitled too. Now all of a sudden we are told the Board had access to them all the time!!!!! They wonder why the legal Bills were so high geesh. Making ratepayers go through hoops to get records, having to go to a law firms office that we the ratepayer pay for. (one wonders if there is even a charge for keeping records by a law firm, that needs to have them inorder too ,well do their damn job they are payed to do) why is that. I Have never heard of such a thing. Maybe this all explains why Delise was able to keep saying at BCWA meetings that they could not find records, it is a long process, the records are missing etc. This just gets more and more to the underly cause of ineptitutude of cover up by the Past Board members. lets hope the new members do not allow such secretive acts to continue.
Jack Baillargeron March 02, 2013 at 05:11 PM
This also goes to many of the needless cost Mack charged the BCWA obviously. Having the records and then charging time to answer a question the Board ask when they should have had the records and could just gone to kleppers house I guess and look at them; with out the need to be told from by Mack, that yes it says this. God this is insane.
Jack Baillargeron March 02, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Oh the charging of time is obvious, because many times Mack said at meeting she would have to reseach record to answer a question I asked or even the board asked. Don't recall klepper or anyone ever saying she does not charge for research. Which of course any common sense person knows that of course she would, it is after all time spent in her position of legal council. geesh again
DownTown March 03, 2013 at 02:19 AM
A minor change. The beast still lives. Shut it down.
Please volunteer March 03, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Is it even legal for Klepper to keep records in his home? Down Town, I disgree. This is not a minor change. It's a very important step towards transparency. Kudos to the Directors who made it happen.
DownTown March 03, 2013 at 12:35 PM
It's yet to be seen that it won't be business as usual. Don't count your chickens before they hatch as the saying goes.
Bristol County Anonymous March 03, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Thanks to the new directors who initiated this significant change for the good. Klepper, Jannitto, and Silvia also need to go, as they are responsible allowing the infrastructure to deteriorate, and all the other problems, and now they are an obstacle to further progress. And Mr. Klepper needs to return the BCWA records.
Jack Baillargeron March 03, 2013 at 07:34 PM
One does wonder on your records observation. They are public records, but surely some of them are not I would think. To lose those records due to this whether by mistake or accident would be tragic. In any case I cannot understand for the life of me, how they can be so far behind in the times to not have all of this on digital. If that was the case then all hard copies I see no need for hard copies to be in a private residence, actuall even digital copies which could obviously be reviewed by board members on line. Dark ages I guess as usual for the BCWA when it comes to records.


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