The Town Manager Contract is on the agenda again for the Selectboard meeting on August 26.
The premise is that there is no existing contract, but I dug through old Selectboard meeting minutes and “found” the current Town Manager’s terms of employment. It is not a formal signed document but more than enough to make a binding contract. Kudos to Chipper Ashley and Steve Flanders for detailing the terms in their motions to appoint Neil Fulton, as interim Town Manager on September 19, 2011, and as Town Manager on April 11, 2012.
The terms of employment as the Town Manager are as follows:
• appointment is “at-will”
• salary of $95,000 (current salary is approximately $101,000)
• same benefits as prior Town Manager except
- 5 weeks vacation
- health insurance cost to be paid as a cash benefit
Once Mr. Fulton accepted [and he did, according to the minutes], the deal was done. "Offer + Acceptance = Contract." The recent Vermont Supreme Court case, I assume, addressed a situation where no contract existed.
The key question for the Selectboard is why bother with a formal, signed agreement? Aren’t these terms good enough?
Pertinent excerpts of the Selectboard meeting minutes are available at the dailyUV:
September 19, 2011 - http://dailyuv.net/navelobserver/2011/09/19/nrfinterimtm/
April 11, 2012 - http://dailyuv.net/navelobserver/2012/04/11/fultonappointment/
You can find all Selectboard meeting minutes at the Official Website for the Town of Norwich at this link: http://norwich.vt.us/selectboard-minutes/. September 14, 2011: norwich.vt.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Selectboard20110914.pdf. April 11, 2012: norwich.vt.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Selectboard20120411.pdf
Thanks for reading