NEWINGTON – Attorneys representing the town filed a motion in Hartford Superior Court Monday to dismiss a lawsuit against town officials.
Newington resident Michael Camillo and 12 other plaintiffs represented by Attorney Timothy Herbst are suing the Town Manager, Town Council, Mayor and Town Clerk for moving forward a $2.8 million cost increase to the Town Hall/Community Center renovation project without voters’ sanction. In a news release sent to local media by Mayor Roy Zartarian Monday evening, the defendants argued against the lawsuit’s claims.
“The Town’s attorney has rapidly responded to the lawsuit by moving for its dismissal and has filed a motion requesting the Superior Court to quickly move the matter to Connecticut’s Appellate or Supreme Court to expedite a final ruling on the issues,” Zartarian said.
The plaintiffs are alleging three separate violations of the town charter and seeking a court hearing to cease construction until voters weigh in on the additional money in a referendum. Voters in a 2017 referendum sanctioned a $28.8 million project.
According to the motion filed this week by Attorney Anthony Palermino to dismiss the case, the town allotted additional monies in its 2019-20 Budget and through the Capital Improvements Fund, therefore a second referendum is not required.
“The plaintiffs’ claims are moot because the results of another referendum would not negate the budget passed by the Council, nor negate the Town’s contractual obligations to the Town Hall Project, providing them with no practical relief,” the statement reads. “The Town and its attorneys seek a prompt decision from the Court after plaintiffs file their response to the Town’s Motion to Dismiss and related documents.”
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