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Chairman Degen "Unhappy" With Town Counsel's Advice

"Town does not feel well served by Town Counsel"

The Board of Selectmen agreed to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for providing legal services to the Town of Groton. Currently the provider for these services has been Kopelman and Paige. The last time the town put out an RFP for legal services, there were four responses, and of them, K&P was ultimately chosen, because they had broad expertise on municipal areas. The agreement with that firm was for 18-months. Town Manager Mark Haddad reminded the Board that K&P had the broadest coverage for municipal areas.

   Chairman of the Board Josh Degen said that he “was less than happy with K&P.” In particular, he cited two specific areas where he felt that the legal advice the Board received was problematic. The first was the counsel regarding the towns discussions with Indian Hill Music and the Executive Sessions and Open Meeting law issues, and the second one involved an issue with a town department, “where we followed their lead though I think we could have been better served.” He added that “we have had some good advice from them and some bad advice.”

   Selectman Jack Petropoulos pointed out that K&P is the largest provider of these type of services in the Commonwealth but agreed that the “town does not feel well served by Town Counsel.”

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