Town Council to Consider Adding to Fire Dept. Repair Fund, Town Attorney’s Contract & Honoring the WHS Class of 2020

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On Tuesday night, Town Council will be asked to approve the reappointment of the Town’s attorney and to increase the amount of money for maintenance of Fire Department vehicles.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m on May 26, and will be conducted online due to the restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 outbreak.

KP Law, which has been the law firm used by Watertown since 1993, will be up for reappointment on Tuesday. The attorney assigned to Watertown since 2003 has been Mark Reich. Along with offering legal opinions to the Town Council and Town officials, the firm also provides seminars on topics such as open meeting law, public records and conflict of interest, according to the letter from Town Manager Michael Driscoll to the Town Council.

At the meeting, the Council will be asked to transfer $35,000 into an account for Fire Vehicle Maintenance to pay for repairs to an aging ladder truck.

Also, the Council will adopt a proclamation honoring the Watertown High School Class of 2020, which was supposed to hold its graduation ceremony on June 5 but cannot do so in person due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Council will hold the first reading at the meeting for the request to approve $103 million in funds for construction of the new Hosmer and Cunniff elementary schools. The Council will only hear briefly about the project Tuesday, and a full presentation and vote will be held during the June 9 Town Council meeting. See the background materials (caution: it is a large file) by clicking here.

The meeting will be televised through WCATV (Watertown Cable Access
Television) — Comcast Channel 99, RCN Channel 13, or online at https://wcatv.org/government-channel/. The public may join the virtual meeting online (https://zoom.us/j/686435824) or by audio only on the phone at (877) 853-5257 or (888) 475-4499 (Toll Free) and enter Webinar ID: 686 435 824 #

Comments and questions may also be emailed to: vpiccirilli@watertown-ma.gov

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