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September 25, 2018
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Room 103
333 Washington Street
1st Floor

Brookline, MA 02445
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Human Services Subcommittee Continuation Hearing on Warrant Article 17

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Hearing Notice
Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 pm, Room 103 in Town Hall

The Human Services Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 pm, Room 103 in Town Hall to continue review of Warrant Article 17.

1. Public hearing and possible subcommittee vote on a recommendation to the Advisory Committee on Warrant Article 17:

To see if the Town will amend the General by-laws to prohibit the Select Board from entering into or authorizing nondisclosure agreements, except with respect to agreements protecting the identity of the claimant from disclosure, in connection with claims of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment against the Town, and to require the Town to publicize the amounts paid to defend and settle those claims. This proposal
requires amending Section 3.1.3 to include the following language in bold.


The Select Board may institute, prosecute, defend, compromise and settle claims,
actions, suits or other proceedings brought by, on behalf of, or against the town, provided, however, that it shall act upon advice of counsel when the amount to be paid in any settlement exceeds one thousand dollars ($1,000). It may employ special counsel in suits by or against the town whenever they deem it necessary.

The Select Board shall not enter into or authorize any agreement which has
the purpose or effect of concealing the details relating to a claim of discrimination, retaliation, or harassment against the town, except with respect to the identity of the claimant. The financial terms of any settlement agreement concerning such a claim and the legal fees associated with defending and settling such a claim shall be
published on the Town website within fourteen (14) days of the settlement and in the Annual Town Report.

2. Other business
The public is invited to attend and participate.
Subcommittee Chair:  Ben Birnbaum, 617-276-5944
This meeting is a public hearing. During the public hearing, members of the public will have an opportunity to offer comments on items under consideration. The subcommittee also welcomes written comments, which will be circulated to members of the subcommittee if they are sent to the subcommittee chair and/or no later than 12:00 noon on the day prior to meeting.