SPECIAL RICHMOND TOWN COUNCIL MEETING - WEDNESDAY JANUARY 12, 2022
REMINDER: SPECIAL RICHMOND TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 12, 2022
RICHMOND — There will be a special Town Council meeting tonight Wednesday, January 12th at 6:00pm.
The special council meeting will take place virtually via Zoom, in accordance with Gov. Dan McKee’s latest COVID-19 directive, on Wednesday, January 12th at 6 p.m.
Please use this link to attend the zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86551222273
Earlier today, the Richmond Town Hall circulated a message that the meeting was cancelled. Then, the following message was later circulated by the town as a correction:
“Tonight's Special Town Council meeting is NOT cancelled. It is anticipated that there will not be a quorum, however. Sorry for any confusion previous messages may have caused.”
The agenda can be accessed here: https://clerkshq.com/Richmond-ri?docId=jan12_22ag...
The agenda reads as follows:
Discussion and Consideration Regarding Soliciting Proposals for Town Solicitor for the Town of Richmond
a) Establish Qualifications/Review Criteria
b) Determine Advertisement Scope
c) Determine Potential Contract Terms
Karen Ellsworth’s contract expires on January 31st. She has served as the Town Solicitor since 2005. In August 2021 and again in October, Council President Nell Carpenter took action to replace Ellsworth, when she proposed that the town accept bids for solicitor for the Town Council, as well as municipal boards. Both motions were defeated, with Lauren Cacciola and Carpenter supporting the motions and Jim Palmisciano, Ron Newman and Rich Nassaney opposed.
At the January 4th council meeting, Ellsworth’s contract was on the agenda for renewal. With councilor Richard Nassaney absent, a vote on whether to renew the contract ended in a tie. Carpenter and Cacciola voted against the renewal while council Vice President Palmisciano and councilor Newman voted in favor of renewing Ellsworth's contract.
At that meeting, Palmisciano proposed, for a second time, using a standard corporate employee evaluation procedure to measure Ellsworth’s performance, and the council agreed to continue the discussion of the proposed evaluation protocol to the January 18th council meeting. However, on Friday afternoon, notice of a special council meeting was posted on the town’s website, and the only agenda item is Ellsworth’s contract.
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