Letter to the Editor: Andriote Says Council Appointed Jaskiewicz Improperly

Letter to the Editor from Jim Andriote Sr.


The Montville Town Council may have violated their own procedure for appointing people to Boards and Commissions.  Normal procedure is to fill out an application, summit it to the Town Clerk. The town Clerk gives it to the Town Council so they can interview prospective applicants at their next meeting. The names of the applicants are on the agenda so as to allow people to comment about the applicants during remarks from the public. Most applicants are not voted on till the next meeting after their interview; however the council has been known to waive that rule.

They follow this procedure when appointing anyone to a Board or Commission, why didn't they follow it now?

Normal practice is, when a person submits a resignation, that person’s name goes on the agenda to be voted on accepting the resignation. The Chairman stated they knew in advance of Mr. Murphy’s decision to resign from the council, yet they chose not to put his name on the agenda, nor did they add it to the agenda at the beginning of the meeting where there is a place on the agenda for adding agenda items.Mr. Jaskiewicz name was also not added to the agenda in the beginning; his name was not on the agenda to be interviewed nor was his name on the agenda to be voted on for Town Council. I'm sure they also knew he was going to be voted on in advance.

Also, no one was able to make remarks about him being eligible to be voted upon for a Town Council Seat.

To sum it all up, I am claiming that in my opinion, the council violated their Rules and Procedures on appointments and Resignations.  I feel, Mr. Jaskiewicz is not officially a member of the Town Council. By violating the Rules and Procedures, it null and voids the appointment of Mr. Jaskiewicz to the Town Council.

I would suggest the Council look into this and either confirm or deny my complaint.  

I am thinking of maybe filing an Ethics complaint with the Town Clerk against all Councilors who voted in favor of Joe Jaskiewicz for the Vacating Seat of Gary Murphy.

Jim Andriote Sr. 

Michael Langly January 16, 2013 at 06:17 PM
I have to agree that the fashion in which this was done leaves one to think something shady transpired. As with all political office if you are not up front and honest how do you expect us to reelect you? My advise would be stop the back door dealings of face rejection at that polls come November.
jeanette January 16, 2013 at 07:19 PM
I agree with mr. Langly, hoping in november we get officals that do things right.
theinformant January 16, 2013 at 08:37 PM
I see Mr. Andriotes point. Maybe they didn’t violate the Charter. My question would be, what was the rush, why did they have to elect Mr. Jaskiewicz that very same night. The other question I have, why couldn’t they put everything on the agenda? What they did only proves that they are hiding something. Stay tune, I think I read a Blog where Mr. Andriote wrote about a plan for the Mayor to resign.
Tax payer January 16, 2013 at 10:31 PM
If we could only be so lucky to have the mayor resign...
Taxpayer January 16, 2013 at 10:31 PM
If we could only be so lucky to have the mayor resign...


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