Council meets to hire counsel

NOTE: The date and time of this special meeting has been since been changed to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 13 at town hall.

The Washington Town Council has scheduled a special meeting — for 7 p.m. next Wednesday (April 8) at town hall — ostensibly to hire a lawyer to defend the town in attorney David Konick’s lawsuit alleging the town and the Inn at Little Washington broke laws for its 2013 town-square beautification project.

The notice of the meeting lists two agenda items: “Consideration of and entering into an engagement or retainer agreement with legal counsel to represent the Town in a matter, Konick v. The Town of Washington,” and a motion to enter into closed session to discuss the litigation.

Konick’s suit claims the town and Inn owner and council member Patrick O’Connell violated state laws governing procurement, conflict of interest and church-state separation when it appropriated $20,000 toward the Inn’s renovation of the Trinity Episcopal Church parking lot and deeded the stub end of Middle Street to the Inn. Mayor John Sullivan said Wednesday the town would likely retain Robert T. Mitchell Jr., a Winchester-based attorney who specializes in civil litigation and local government law.

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