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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.

Roxanne Houghton July 27, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Unless our City Solicitor can guarantee a "win" for the city with an appeal, I would ask that our City Council members and our Mayor, forgo an appeal. Any further action amounts to "gambling" with the taxpayers money. What history does anyone have to look back on that shows that the city can win? When is the last time that the "city" won a court case? The landowners won their million dollar suit because our city officials had acted badly and tried to take private land from residents and not pay them what it was worth. The city was wrong - and the taxpayers have paid dearly for the actions of our city officials. After having read all of the Civil Service testimony regarding the firing of Michael Milanoski, it is clear that the behavior of our city officials was just plain awful - and once again the taxpayers are going to pay dearly - just a matter of how much....... This has become personal and perspective has become blurred. Stop gambling with the money of the taxpayers- many of whom have lost their jobs and their homes...... City Councilor Brian Kirby lost this case and hundreds of thousands of taxpayers dollars when he self-appointed himself as a member of the executive branch and offered money to the ARA - Max Volterra - for the firing of an employee. Absolutely shameful and there should have been serious consequences for his actions - other than the taxpayers having to pay for his arrogance.
Jerry Chase July 28, 2012 at 03:16 AM
All of a sudden, there's a "special meeting" . . . . . Does the phrase, "damage control", come to mind? Must be a lot of angry taxpayers in Attaberry right now.
Sailor July 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM
"Mangiaratti wrote in a statement last week that the court's decision includes "several legal issues that would be the basis for an appeal." Mr Mangiaratti are you willing to show confidence in your opinion by backing it up with your own money instead of OURS? There's wisdom in the words "when you find yourself in a hole the first (intelligent) thing to do is to stop digging.
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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