SHIRLEY -- After discussing at a previous meeting whether to call it quits with current town counsel in favor of Kopelman and Paige, a large, Boston-based law firm more experienced in municipal affairs, selectmen agreed Monday night to make the switch.
Having reviewed what the larger firm has to offer, the decision only makes sense, Chairman Kendra Dumont said.
When it comes to expert municipal legal counsel, there are only a few firms out there, Selectman David Swain said, some of which sent e-mails to the board after learning the town might make a change. But none of them have "the breadth and depth" Kopelman and Paige has to offer and the firm has worked for the town before, he said.
Swain said the only "negative" issue the last time around was the lead counsel, whose answers -- or more accurately, lack of answers -- at Town Meeting irked the board. The firm has assured selectmen that attorney won't be town counsel this time around.
Lauren Goldberg will represent the town, he said, noting that she once filled in at a Town Meeting and he was impressed with her performance.
More good news: Garvin negotiated a reasonable fee for town counsel services, selectmen said.
In other business, Garvin said one bid -- for $500 -- came in for a small, town-owned parcel of land on Kittredge Road that was up for sale. Valued at $400 to $500, the offer was considered too low with legal fees in the $1,500 range factored in.
"We need to cover our costs," Swain said, adding that he'd like to negotiate with the interested parties in executive session.
The single bid came from John and Ann Towne, whose property abuts the land they want to buy. Garvin agreed to contact them.