You could have knocked me over with a feather. The board of select brought to the floor a letter they had drafted to hold a hearing on removing one of the finance committee members. It surprised me only because it wasn’t on the agenda. This committee member is probably doing such a lousy job that the BOS has to act quickly to maintain the integrity of both the BOS and the finance committee. I do have to wonder however, when the BOS had time to discuss this issue, was it at an open meeting? Hmmmm! Well no matter.
Now I don’t know which committee member they are talking about removing, so we’ll have to wait until all the parties are legally informed before we can find out. However, they did say it will be a public lynching, I mean hearing. I find it interesting though that the BOS would choose this time to remove a finance committee member; when the finance committee is in the middle of an investigation about tens of thousands of unaccounted for water company funds. Perhaps they are multitasking.
One astute citizen brought to the attention of the Selectboard the fact that the town bylaws had no provision for removing an appointed official once they’re appointed. They always have the option to not reappoint the member if they so choose, but they do not have the option of disappointing them; pardon the pun.
I guess not having a bylaw provision is no problem for this BOS because, according to Mary Brazie, when they consulted the town’s attorney they were told they simply have to draft a letter calling for a hearing and they could remove any appointed official. This is just what I gathered from what she said. I’m quite sure the bylaw will catch up with whatever notorious crime this unnamed finance committee member has committed. Oh wait, could that fall under the ex post facto rule. No, Article 1, Section 9, Clause 3 of the constitution does not apply here in Egremont.
Well I guess we will all have to wait until the public lynching, I mean hearing. I’ll keep you posted on all the details; that is, unless I am the unnamed finance committee member that is going to be lynched, I mean examined. I wonder, if I am the unnamed finance committee member; and I do get lynched, I mean disappointed, will I be able to attend the various public meetings and disseminate the public information that is discussed in these public meetings? I hope to see you at the lynching, I mean hearing.