When the question of whether to reimburse four town employees for legal fees incurred during an investigation into remarks made at Pizzeria Uno in 2009 first came before the Board of Selectmen last June, then Selectwoman Bonnie Phaneuf declined to take a position on the issue saying it would be up to Town Meeting to decide.
Today the Metrowest Daily News reports Phaneuf has come out publicly in opposition of reimbursement.
“I think the investigation, although it took too long, was appropriate,” she said. “Approving this will do nothing more than prevent people from bringing reasonable concerns to the attention of an elected official.”
Phaneuf also questioned the $14,248 reimbursement figure in the warrant article, saying that, according to a May 13, 2010, letter sent to the town by a lawyer representing the employees, the total legal bill was $13,988.
You can read more about Phaneuf’s position in the MWDN.
Meanwhile, opinions on this blog have been decidedly mixed. In a recent poll, 55 percent of you said you favor reimbursing the employees, while 43 percent said you opposed the proposal.
Update: I originally wrote that the Advisory Committee voted unanimously to support reimbursement. A reader pointed out that the vote was not unanimous. One member abstained and another recused himself.