Town Council voted to reject a rule change to Requests for Information at its June 11 meeting.
The Committee on Rules and Ordinances suggested the Council change the wording to Town Council Rule 8.9. The rule lays out how counselors can make Requests for Information from the Town Manager. The rule change would require counselors to make Requests for Information by writing. It would no longer allow councilors to make the requests verbally at public meetings.
A majority of councilors vocalized their concerns about this change. Councilor Vincent Piccirilli said often the public wants to hear the Requests for Information, and it did not seem right for counselors to just hand the request off in writing without any discussion in the public.
“I think requiring something written is important,” Piccirilli said, “but I will not vote for this change if it means we cannot make verbal requests, or if it means we cannot read our requests prior to submitting them.”
Councilor Anthony Donato, who is Chair of the Committee on Rules and Ordinances, said he could understand why his fellow councilors had issues with the rule change’s wording. He said the change was intended to make the way in which Requests for Information are brought forward a little more orderly.
Councilors Donato and Kenneth Woodland, who is vice chair of the Committee on Rules and Ordinances, voted for the rule change. The rest of the councilors voted against the change.
As a result, Town Council referred the matter back to the Committee on Rules and Ordinances.