The Commission issued the following advisory opinions:
A.O. 2011-11 to George O. Steere, Jr., a member of the Glocester Town Council, opining that the Code of Ethics prohibits him from participating in and voting on the Town Council’s consideration of a proposed ordinance regulating the use of outdoor wood boilers, given that he owns and operates such a boiler on his property.
A.O. 2011-12 to David A. D’Agostino, a member of the Scituate Town Council, opining that he may serve as Council President, Council Vice President, or Council President Pro Tempore, notwithstanding the fact that his son is an attorney at the law firm that serves as Town Solicitor, provided that he recuses from participating in and voting on Town Council decisions that will financially impact his son.
A.O. 2011-13 to Frederick F. Tobin, Esq., the Town Solicitor for the Town of Coventry, who is also a practicing attorney in his private capacity, opining that he may continue to represent private individuals before the Coventry School Department in special education hearings.
The Commission also considered the advisory request of Paul Gonsalves, a Senior Planner at the Rhode Island Department of Administration, Division of Planning. Due to the fact that Mr. Gonsalves was unable to attend the hearing, the Commission continued the matter to a future meeting.
The Commission also considered the advisory request of John T. Gannon, the Director of Administration for the City of Pawtucket. Due to the fact that Mr. Gannon was unable to attend the hearing, the Commission continued the matter to a future meeting.
The Commission approved a first, 60-day extension of time to complete the investigation of In re: Bradford G. Marthens, Complaint No. 2010-7.