A lawsuit filed by Mayor Bill Carpenter again the Brockton City Council over who should be making appointments to a city board or commission has been dropped. The mayor instructed the City Solicitor’s office to rescind the civil complaint in regards to the appointment to the Water Commission.
According to a statement released by his office on Thursday, Carpenter says he still has concerns about the status of the Water Commission, how the appointments are made and the inconsistencies with the city charter. He went on to say that he is withdrawing the civil complaint with the hopes of opening a dialog with the council.
The dispute began when Council President Robert Sullivan appointed a new member to the water commission and was poised to fill a second open seat. That’s when the mayor sought a court injunction, saying that he is the only one who can appoint to boards and commissions. Carpenter has stated that he would like to eventually disband the water commission.
Ward 5 Councilor Dennis DeNapoli and Councilor-at-Large Jass Stewart, each said it was a good move by the mayor to drop the lawsuit. DeNapoli says there are more important issues that are looming such as the upcoming budget talks for Fiscal Year 2015.