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AYER — Retired police Sgt. Mark Coulter appeared before the Board of Selectmen seeking payment for recent court appearances.

Coulter had initially been rebuffed in his requests by police Chief Richard Rizzo.

While Coulter maintains his retirement agreement entitles him to payment, town administrator Shaun Suhoski has reported that’s only true if his presence was requested by the department, which was not the case.

Coulter was at the Aug. 15 meeting to ask the selectmen to reconsider that decision.

Since the terms of that agreement are confidential and there was the potential for litigation, Coulter was given the option to pose his request in executive session, which he took.

The executive session was also scheduled to include contract negotiations and strategies for collective bargaining. — Nathan Lamb

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