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Two More Board of Health Members Resign

Seekonk’s Board of Health has two more resignations, leaving selectmen holding two of three seats on the board.

Seekonk Selectmen have two more openings to fill following the resignations of Gail Nunes and Dr. William Brown from the town's Board of Health.

The resignations also leave the board with just three members, Chairwoman Vikki Kinniburgh, and two recently appointed selectmen, Francis Cavaco and Bob McClintock.

Kinniburgh asked the selectmen to bypass the traditional interview process to hire at least one of three candidates for the opening immediately, so she would not be the only member who is not on the board of selectmen.

“I think it’s imperative that we can put someone on the board right away,” Kinniburgh said.

Selectmen Chairman Dave Parker said theyare not able to do that because they still must advertise all openings for two weeks prior to filling the positions. This by-law was changed at the recent Fall Town Meeting, but still requires a ruling by the attorney general, which it has not received.

“Even if we wanted to, we couldn’t,” said Parker on the proposed appointments.

David Saad of the group suggested the two selectmen resign tonight, which would put the board of health below the number of required members for a quorum, which would constitute an emergency under the town’s by-laws and allow the selectmen to bypass the advertisement requirement.

Dr. Brown said recently in a guest column to the Sun Chronicle that the “Brutish, bullying, uncivil, and unprofessional behaviors by one new member sully the reputation of the entire board,” and that his behavior caused him and Nunes to resign.

Kinniburgh has previously spoken to Patch about issues on the board of health and collaborated Dr. Brown’s statements, saying McClintock bullied and tried to intimidate other members of the board.

McClintock said he would be glad to address any legitimate complaints, but said much of what was said is “exaggerated.”

“The selectmen being on the board of health make it very hard to work. It’s going to affect how the health and safety of this town is maintained,” said Kinniburgh. “It’s going to keep the board of health from functioning.”

The next Board of Health meeting is next Wednesday, and as of now the only members would be Kinniburgh, McClintock and Cavaco.

paul December 08, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Dr. Brown will be missed. The BOS are out of control and could care less about health.
deb of see-attleboro December 08, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Not to defend the BOS. Frankly, there really is no defense. But prior to the self-appointments, the BOH seems to have had difficulties retaining and recruiting. I have to wonder why that is. Was their already a "brutish, bullying, uncivil" element occupying one or more of the seats?
Emcee of Seekonk December 08, 2011 at 07:55 PM
As the World of SeekonkTurns... Will these two give up their seats on the BOH? Will the new potential appointees pass the scrutiny of the BOS next week? Will our streets get plowed this winter what with only 6 pick-up trucks (one selectman's count) or 12 pick up trucks (another selectman's count) who qualify insurancewise to do the job. Everything has to be resolved by next week because the selectmen have agreed to take two weeks off because their agenda will be cleared.

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