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Merrimack Valley

January 6, 2013

Methuen Council to reorg, might boot lawyer

Fountain may be named chair

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Joyce Campagnone currently serves as vice-chairman. She and Ciulla are both believed to be interested in the nomination.

Condon, who owns the Sweetheart Inn on Myrtle Street, said he’s only missed one regular meeting since returning to the council in 2012. He served as vice-chairman during a previous stint on the council that ended in 2005.

“I think I bring a lot of experience,” said Condon. “I love Methuen. I’m a townie. I’ve been here all my life.”

McQuillan, Kelly and Gagnon are all supervised by the council. Their current appointments expire Jan. 15.

Multiple councilors interviewed said Kelly and Gagnon will be reappointed. As for McQuillan, several councilors brought up the expensive lawsuits and settlements Methuen has been involved with in recent years as reasons why they are not happy with him.

“I think there will be some discussion prior to taking a vote,” said Councilor Jamie Atkinson. “(McQuillan) holds a very difficult position in the city. Some people weren’t happy with what’s happened over the years, so there may be some concerns.”

Others said they will vote to reappoint all three officials.

“They’re all in,” said Marsan. “I don’t have an issue with any of them.”

“He’s not just the city solicitor, he’s my friend,” said Condon. “There are some councilors that are not happy with Peter. ... It’s hard to keep everybody happy, especially under some difficult times and difficult issues Peter is going through. It’s been a lot of pressure on the guy.”

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