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Here’s The Scoop … Settlement Between LBTS & Former Town Manager Esther Colon …Part 1 …

July 28, 2010 by Barbara

RESOLUTION….LITERALLY ….

Dear Readers …the LBTS Commission met for a shade session today at 4 pm to discuss a possible resolution for a settlement with former Town Manager Esther Colon… They came back into the hall at 5:11 pm and waited for the Town Manager and Town Attorney to come to the dais at 5:22 pm…The Mayor then asked the Town Atty. to speak and she stated a resolution was considered and discussed and would be available … Town Atty. Brett Schneider spoke at the podium and stated the case number 102630 being a disputed payment based on the immediate payout provided to Ms. Colon … The agreement will be for Colon to reimburse the Town $43,215.10 of the $69, 380 she was overpaid …… Also Ms. Colon will be allowed to participate in the Town’s health insurance for approximately 2 years due to her paying for it before she left …Both parties agree to release liability or liens from the beginning of time to when this is signed… Comm. Sasser stated this amounted to 62%¬† of what the Town was requesting back and again asked so the taxpayers were assured the insurance was pre-paid by Colon and taxpayers would not be paying for it…Mr Schneider agreed with both …Comm. Vincent asked about the Fl. statutes for retirement if she wanted to continue and Mr. Schneider stated she was not entitled to that and does not qualify as a retiree in our Town’s criteria… Commissioner Clottey¬† made the statement we agreed to it was equivalent the overpayment for sick leave being reimbursed and Mr. Schneider said that was so …Commissioner Sasser wanted to clarify Clottey’s remark because they had not agreed to anything until a vote was taken …The Atty. agreed …The Vice Mayor made the statement that in any litigation there are not winners or losers and it was time to move forward …He thanked the Interim Town Manager and The Mayor agreed with all he stated also thanking the Int. Town Manager and the Town Attorneys..The motion was made by Vice Mayor Dodd to approve the agreement and it was seconded by Comm. Clottey…Town Atty. Brett Schneider stated it was the agreement they had on the dais and that Esther Colon had signed on page 9 and the joint statement was attachment Exhibit A…

It passed 5-0…

Next up …the settlement agreement…

more to come….

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