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Seekonk Public Works Head Likely Keeping Job

The Board of Selectmen's failure to take action on notifying him about whether he will keep his job means he will keep his job, the town's legal counsel says.

It appears Seekonk Superintendent of Public Works Bob Lamoureux's job is secure through June 2014. This status could only be changed if the board of selectmen holds a special meeting before the end of the year and the two selectmen opposed to keeping Lamoureux aboard are able to convince a third colleague to see things the way they do.

Last week, the board voted 2-2 on whether to begin contract renewal negotiations with Lamoureux, whose current contract expires at the end of June 2013. Selectman Gary Sagar voted "present." The town's legal consultant, attorney Joseph Fair, told the board Wednesday that the deadlock meant the selectmen took no action.

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Lamoureux must be notified by the end of the year whether the town plans to renew his contract. By taking no action, the selectmen have effectively not notified Lamoureux about his status, which triggers a one-year renewal of his current contract, Fair said.

There was some discussion on the board about this legal opinion, with Selectman Bob McLintock (who, along with board Chair Francis Cavaco, opposes Lamoureux's job renewal) criticizing elements of it.

Discussion of Lamoureux's contract was on the agenda for an executive session, which takes place after the public meeting behind closed doors. The selectmen decided to remove this item after the public discussion of Lamoureux's contract status.

Lamoureux's job status has been a heated topic in Seekonk in recent weeks. During last week's vote, McLintock said there were several reasons Lamoureux should not be rehired, including that he has failed with projects and cost the taxpayers extra money. Lamoureux and his supporters defended his record, and the public works chief accused Cavaco of having "a personal problem with me."

The day prior to the vote, Lamoureux filed a complaint with the police department accusing Cavaco of cursing at him at Town Hall. Cavaco told police that what Lamoureux thought was his cursing at him was actually an asthma attack, according to the police report.

Carol Bragg December 20, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Thank you, Selectman Sagar! You were superb last night. Among other things, you pointed out that the legal opinion initially given by Joseph Fair was not on the vote that took place last week. The town needs to be more careful about the information provided to town counsel when we ask for a legal opinion. Many of us will have a merrier Christmas because of your actions yesterday.
Emcee of Seekonk December 20, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I totally agree.
Paul Mac Pherson December 20, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Yes Carol I also totally agree with what you are saying.
Amy December 20, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Me too!
deb of see-attleboro December 20, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I'm sorry I missed it. It would be nice to see a selectman be "superb" Especially one who has a habit of voting "present". Does Mr Sagar's inaction secure Mr Lemoureax another year under the present contract? If that is the case, I suppose that is a good thing for the taxpayer.
Emcee of Seekonk December 20, 2012 at 03:58 PM
A yes vote from Mr. Sagar would have been better, but we're grateful for what we got. Mr. Lamoureux's contract will be extended for another year. Of course, he loses because he doesn't get a raise (assuming he were to get one), but it gives him a chance look around if that's what he thinks he should do, or hope for a more civil BOS in 2013 when the story is revisited.
Joe December 21, 2012 at 03:06 AM
I wonder how many people Mr Sagar heard from after his vote last week. It seems that every week he lets everyone know that he had a lot of calls about something but this week there was NO MENTION of any calls.

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