Lots of puzzled e-mails asking what the Cohasset Selectmen’s strange, illegal Friday Night Special Meeting was all about.
It’s all about Michael. What else can we do for Michael?
Here’s a summary.
Selectmen appointed Mike Milanoski Town Manager. It’s an illegal contract. The cover sheet of the contract says it’s an Acting Town Manager contract but it’s really not. The entire contract states this is a Town Manager’s contract THIRTEEN TIMES.
In September the Selectmen decided to extend Milanoski’s illegal contact to June 2015, in order that the annual town election in 2013 doesn’t change the constitution of the board and interfere with Milanoski’s career. Further, Milanosk’s illegal contract says he can only be fired by a super majority of the board of selectmen – 4 of 5 members. The Town Manager’s Act says a majority can ask the town manger to leave for no cause.
This is the second illegality Selectmen have embarked upon. What is Milanoski? Is he an illegal Town Manager or an illegal Acting Town Manager? Acting Town Managers cannot be given multi-year contracts. Contracts of that duration only apply to Town Managers, which Milanoski cannot be.
According to the Town Manager Act, the Town’s constitution, any Town Manager has to be separated from the Town for the period of one year before being appointed town Manager. Milanoski was on two appointed boards, one being the governance committee of which he was chair until early summer. He was also chair of the Town Manager Search Committee.
Selectmen want the Governance Committee to prepare an article for the Dec. 10th Special town meeting with only one thing in mind – making Milanoski legal. They should not be going to a special meeting with this question.
In 1996 The Citizens of Cohasset petitioned an Annual Town Meeting, not a Special, to ask the Mass State Legislature to approve our being governed under the Town Manager’s Act. We specified that the Town Manger be professional and experienced in contract negotiations and all other municipal areas. We specified that the Town Manager should not be a crony, he or she should not arise from an appointed or elected town committee.
Governance has some very good people on board, but they are not ready to recommend anything to Town Meeting
A member of governance was recently quoted as saying we have had three town managers and three train wrecks. I disagree.
It was the board of selectmen who were train wrecks and who continue to be train wrecks.
It’s not that difficult to be a selectman.
It’s easy if you have a good town counsel and you follow his advice, respect your permitting boards because they have usually invested themselves in the laws of the land, and know the legal ropes.
None of this is about you, BOS. It’s about the citizens of Cohasset, and you have truly dissed us.© Copyright 2012 Tanna K, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tinytown Unleashed