Selectmen will vote on town counsel RFP

Selectmen who have been developing a request for proposals for a redefined town counsel role decided May 16 to vote on the final draft of the document at their next meeting.

They socialized the RFP across several meetings, and decided Monday night after talking about it once more that it’s time to put it to a vote.

“I find this document to me rather muddled,” Selectmen Dick Dubow said, “and I think it reflects our muddled thinking on this project. I don’t think we’re clear on what we’re looking for.”

“My view is that we’re overthinking this,” said Second Selectman Michael Kaelin. “I’m just trying to hire a lawyer, and I’m looking for them to tell me what they can do for me and how they’re going to charge me for it.”

“Maybe less is more in this case,” Dubow said.

“A lot of this language, you have to have in there,” First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice said.

“You’ll probably get more clarity once you get the responses,” Kaelin said.

Selectman David Clune, with whom Kaelin has been drafting the RFP, said he’d add some final touches and do whatever he can to “streamline” the document before the June 6 Board of Selectmen meeting.

Vanderslice said “it’s a done deal” that selectmen will vote on the RFP then.