Selectmen put out new bid for town counsel
“The new bid specs will no longer require applicants to have served as town counsel in at least five municipalities. That earlier bid specification technically made two of the six applying firms ineligible, and may have discouraged other firms from applying, selectmen said.
HICKEY: Start again on town counsel
“In a remarkable CYA (Cover Your Donkey) memorandum, Paicos put the board of selectmen on notice that they are ‘ignoring . . . Minimum Qualifications (as they) proceed to interview any or all candidate firms (2/23/12, Reporter).’
The RFP (Request for Funding Proposal) was written by Paicos, approved by selectmen and advertised. However, it appears either selectmen didn’t read all the details or town officials snuck through a couple of provisions that not all selectmen caught until too late.
But what of the RFP? Is it fatally flawed? In short, yes. The Paicos memo published in last week’s Reporter seems to give bad advice while actually giving them impetus to do the right thing. By urging selectmen to go ahead and make whatever decision they want, despite it looking “somewhat unusual to the ‘proposer community;’ (Town Counsel law firms) and may look somewhat odd to Foxborough’s citizens as well,” he is refreshingly blunt.