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Letter: Council Will Advertise Open Seat on BCWA Board of Directors

A Letter to the Editor from Raymond Palmieri Sr.

I attended last night's Bristol Town Council meeting and submitted a written request to speak on the agenda item to reappoint Mr. Sylvia to the Board of Directors. 

Prior to the meeting I was asked by Mr. Marshall what I wished to speak about. I asked if they would be voting on the reappointment or was it just for discussion. He said they would be voting, so I told him I wished to speak on the process of selection without advertising for other applicants and about getting recommendations from the leaders of the town's political parties.    

When that agenda item came up, Mr. Barboza immediately made a motion to approve, which was seconded by Mr. Marshall. Mr. Teixeira spoke up stating that he felt based on the BCWA Legislation Review Committee's recommendation and for transparency, the position should be advertised.

I was allowed to speak my concerns about not advertising that position and requested they get away from the political recommendation policy and why. Ms. Parella and Mr. Herreshoff also spoke up to support for advertisement as did others from the audience, including the Chairman of the Bristol Republican Party. Surprisingly, even Mr. Sylvia, to his credit, got up and supported advertising the position.

So, the position will be advertised and voted on in April. As far as I'm concerned if Mr. Sylvia gets reappointed that's fine, as long as it was done in an open and transparent process.

Just another small step in moving forward to build a better BCWA operation.    

Raymond Palmieri Sr.

Antonio A Teixeira March 01, 2012 at 09:30 PM
It is very important to state that anyone who wishes to be considered for a Director's position does not need to be affiliated to a particular political party. You just need to have a desire to serve and advocate on behalf of the water rate payers of our Community of Bristol. "Chapter 12 - Section 7. (a) Directors, Officers and Employees " The powers of the authority shall be vested in a board of directors which shall consist of nine members, three members each to be appointed by the local governing bodies respectively of Barrington, Bristol and Warren no more than two of such appointees from each Barrington, Bristol and Warren to be from the same political party." If any Bristol resident has the desire and fortitude to serve, please contact Mr. Louis Cirillo, our Town Clerk @ the Town Hall to express your interest. Thank you!
Gary Morse March 02, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Tony Good points! I'd like to add that it not be the main criteria in the search for a director that they come with "background or experience". The Titanic captain had decades of experience when he rammed an iceberg in the North Atlantic. What we need is capable people who have fresh ideas. We just hired a professional engineer with decades of background in the water industry. Ms. Marchand has the qualifications to lead. She is also aware of BCWA's historical problems having been Vice Chair of the RI Water Resources Board. What Ms. Marchand does not need is so called "experienced directors" telling her how to run the water authority. A board of directors role is not to run the operation, but to provide oversight at a higher level. The "we need experience" crowd has an agenda in keeping the status quo. What we need now is someone capable of thinking at the board level, not someone stuck in the past trying to run BCWA's day to day operations.
marina peterson March 02, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Thank you for posting this Ray! It is most important for everyone to know that ALL are now welcome to apply for this position, regardless of political affiliation! I am hoping that there will be "a few good men" (or women) that will want to join this group of mostly new and energetic directors who are looking to make some much needed changes in our water authority. It is a great opportunity to truly make a difference in the quality and quantity of our water!

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