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December 7, 2013

Scanlon moves rankle Cahill

Outgoing Beverly mayor makes appointments to School Building Committee

BEVERLY — Mayor Bill Scanlon has once again gone against the wishes of mayor-elect Mike Cahill by making last-minute appointments before he leaves office.

Scanlon has named 21 people to a key committee that will spend the next three years overseeing the process of designing and building a new middle school.

Cahill said he told Scanlon he wanted to play a role in the selection of committee members but Scanlon did not respond. Cahill said he will replace members as he sees fit after he takes office on Jan. 6.

“I asked him specifically, to sit with him and go over the names with me and go over it jointly,” Cahill said. “He didn’t really respond to my request.”

Scanlon said he made the appointments to comply with a Dec. 16 deadline set by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the state agency that oversees and helps pay for school building projects.

Scanlon said he informed Cahill that he was seeking people to serve on the committee. Asked if Cahill were involved in choosing members, Scanlon said, “I’ve met with him three times. There’s been an opportunity for him to ask questions.”

The city submitted the list of names to the School Building Authority on Monday. As of yesterday, Cahill said he did not know who the members were and was still trying to get a copy of the list.

Cahill said School Building Authority rules allow for changes to the committee for up to 20 calendar days after the list is approved. If the list is approved at the next MSBA meeting on Dec. 18, that should give him time to act, Cahill said.

“As I need to make changes I will do so immediately on taking office,” he said.

A spokesman for the School Building Authority did not return phone calls.

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