Councilor Delano gives state an F in ethics reform

Marlborough – With harsh remarks about the state’s new ethics reform policies, the City Council March 22 grudgingly approved the appointment of the Personnel Director David Brumby as the city’s liaison to the state Ethics Commission.

With several councilors speaking in opposition to the staterequired appointment, the City Council also opposed the statemandated questionnaire imposed in the ethics reform bill. The questionnaire is required to be taken by all the city and state employees and volunteers. Failure to take the online test by Friday, April 2 could result in a $10,000 fine being levied on the individual.

“This is one of those laws that borders on the absurd,” Ward 2 City Councilor Paul Ferro said. “How is this going to stop a legislator from stuffin g money in their shirt?”

Continuing to speak in opposition to the ethics reform policies, Ferro criticized the law, calling it another state-issued unfunded mandate. Questioning the effectiveness of the test, Ferro asked if taking a 15-minute, online, no-fail test would actually stop someone who was corrupt.

Agreeing with Ferro, Ward 1 City Councilor Joseph Delano questioned how Beacon Hill, which was supposed to be a pool of the best and brightest, could come up with this legislation.

“This is so worthless,” Delano said. “If it was an assignment for school, [it] would get an F.”

Although the City Council did approve the appointment, Councilors at- Large, Patricia Pope, Arthur Vigeant and Michael Ossing, and Ward 7 councilor Donald Landers voted against the appointment.

“I don’t think it is necessary and it adds a lot of work for the city clerk,” Pope said.

Despite allegations made by Ferro that the state legislators did not have to take the exam, both State Rep. Danielle Gregoire, D-Marlborough, and State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, assured the council that state legislators did have to take the test.

Eldridge and Gregoire both confirmed that they have taken the test and would also have received the same financial penalty if they did not abide by the law.

In other news, the city will soon be the home of a new cell tower at the Westerly Water Treatment Plant.

Approving the special permit request from Verizon Wireless to install a monopole at 303 Boundary St., Councilor Edward Clancy, chair of the Wireless Committee, said he was pleased with the negotiation process.

The new wireless facility would benefit the city by not only increasing the city’s wireless access, but also by generating revenue by bringing in new carriers. The monopole will also be used as the new location for the city’s the emergency service communication.

Complimenting the applicant for its willingness to accommodate the city, Clancy said that Verizon has agreed to relocate the city’s existing emergency service communication equipment from the easterly treatment center to the westerly treatment center. The city’s emergency service communication will also receive top priority on the tower, as it will occupy the top spot.

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