Council to Meet in Public on ARA Legal Battle

Sources say the meeting was originally supposed to be a closed session.

It appears City Solicitor Robert Mangiaratti and the Attleboro City Council will discuss in public. The agenda for the session scheduled to take place at on Monday at 7 p.m. states, "City Solicitor Robert Mangiaratti to appear before the council." It does not specify he will talk about the recent court decision, but it is widely known that this will be the topic.

Sources say the meeting was supposed to take place behind closed doors in an executive session, as most discussions of legal matters do, but some councilors demanded the meeting take place in public.

A Bristol County Superior Court judge ruled last week that the state Civil Service Commission was correct when . The judge ordered the ARA to reinstate Michael Milanoski as executive director and Meg Ross as chief financial officer and for them to receive back pay, including benefits and interest accumulated since November 2009.

Colin Confoey, attorney for Milanoski and Ross, estimated his clients are owed at least $600,000.

Mangiaratti wrote in a statement last week that the court's decision includes "several legal issues that would be the basis for an appeal." The ARA board must decide whether to file an appeal, but at least some city councilors would probably want to have input since the outcome of this case could have a financial impact on the city.

Daniel F. Devine July 29, 2012 at 11:31 AM
NO MORE APPEALS! Perhaps Kevin should receive a reprimand & have to pay a portion of this CO$TLY error out of his inflated $alary.
Sailor July 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Dumas pay for it? That would never happen. The water/sewer/trash rates would just go up to cover it.
blueskies July 29, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Angry? Perhaps! But regardless we all need to know the real details not just what we read in paper. You of all people Jerry, should know there is ALWAYS more to a situation than meets the eye.
Jerry Chase July 29, 2012 at 03:58 PM
OK, blueskies, I accept your premise. We know that much is left out in the reporting by The Sun Chronicle. It's one of the good reasons that we have Patch! If it's more information you want, why not read the Civil Service "Bowman Report"? It could be accused of a bit of bias, but it is rather interesting reading . . . citing important evidence we haven't seen, read, or heard from anyplace else.
Desiderata July 29, 2012 at 07:04 PM
For example - Robbins acknowledged that she spoke to Mayor Dumas within days prior to the October 13, 2009 meeting of the ARA’s Board of Directors and that she verbally requested the assistance of the City Solicitor in connection with the termination of the ARA’s four (4) staff members. When asked whether the Mayor knew that the three (3) Motions would be made during the October 13, 2009 Board meeting, Robbins stated that it was very likely, since they had been written by his City Solicitor. (Testimony of Robbins)


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