By Katina Caraganis
ASHBY -- Selectmen met for more than two hours in executive session Wednesday night to discuss the "discipline" or "dismissal" of two highway employees, according to the board's agenda.
The two workers, who were not identified, met with Town Administrator Bob Hanson last week. During each of those hearings, the town's labor attorney was present, as was the Highway union representative and somebody representing the employees.
On Wednesday, each employee spent well over an hour behind closed doors with the three selectmen and Hanson. Neither side had an attorney present and the union representative was also not present.
The purpose of the meeting was to review Hanson's recommendation he drafted after meeting with each employee, and they were able to ask each employee questions.
It was unclear after Wednesday's executive session whether any disciplinary action was taken, but nothing was mentioned when the meeting reconvened in open session.
All employee discipline or dismissal discussions must be conducted behind closed doors in an executive session because they are considered personnel matters, according to the Open Meeting Law.
The board also postponed signing the contract for the police and fire dispatchers because Selectman Steve Ingerson wanted to compare what was in the contract to what was discussed and put in executive-session minutes.
Selectmen will discuss the contract again at its meeting June 4.
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