The Block Island Times

Council to appoint new member Dec. 30

By Stephanie Turaj | Dec 22, 2013

The Town Council has scheduled a public meeting to fill the vacant seat of Sean McGarry, who resigned from the council last month. It will appoint a new member on Monday, Dec. 30, at 12 p.m.

Five individuals have applied for the role: Howell Conant, Mark Emmanuelle, Allan MacKay, Gary Ryan and Les Slate.

First Warden Kim Gaffett said the council is still taking names of those who would like to serve. Letters of interest for the position can be mailed to P.O. Box 220, Block Island, R.I. 02807.

According to the New Shoreham Town Charter, the remaining councilors are responsible for appointing a new member after there is a vacancy.

The charter explains the procedure in Article IV, section 403: “Vacancies in the membership of the Town Council, from whatever cause, shall be filled by the remaining members of the Council within forty-five days of the occurrence of such vacancy... such vacancy shall be filled by a qualified elector of the Town chosen by vote of the remaining members of the Council.”

There is a vacancy on the council because McGarry resigned at the end of a meeting on Nov. 20, after discovering he could not bid on new town contracts while in office or for one year after leaving office.

McGarry is co-owner of Block Island Recycling Management (BIRM), which runs the island’s transfer station. BIRM’s contract with the town expires in November 2014, and McGarry could not rebid for the job if he had kept his council seat, according to a ruling by the Rhode Island Ethics Commission.

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