Barnstable Town Council Selects Mr. Princi For County Assembly Seat

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By: James Kinsella
Published: 07/13/12

The Barnstable Town Council last night selected Patrick M. Princi of West Barnstable as the town’s representative on the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates.

Mr. Princi will serve in the position at least until the November general election, when town residents will elect a representative to the assembly.

He replaces Thomas K. Lynch, recently appointed by the town council as Barnstable town manager, as the town’s representative on the assembly.

Mr. Lynch, who previously had been the town’s assistant manager, is prohibited by the town charter from serving in such a position while town manager.

He consequently resigned from the assembly.

Of the 12 councilors voting at last night’s meeting, 10 voted for Mr. Princi.

Two councilors, Ann B. Canedy of Barnstable Village and John T. Norman of Marstons Mills, voted for another applicant, former Barnstable town councilor J. Gregory Milne of Hyannis.

No votes were cast for the third applicant, Terry T. Duenas of West Barnstable.All three applicants have taken out nomination papers for the assembly seat in the November election.

In other action at last night’s meeting, the council unanimously ratified Mr. Lynch’s selection of Mark S. Ells, the director of public works in the town, as the town’s new assistant manager. After the vote, the council gave Mr. Ells a standing ovation.

The council also held a workshop on a proposed second round of solar photovoltaic installations in the town.

The installations would be placed at Barnstable Municipal Airport, a parcel in Independence Park, the Barnstable Senior Center, and on the roofs of Barnstable High School and West Villages Elementary School.

But the choosing of the assembly member was the night’s biggest agenda item.

Mr. Princi, who works as a probation officer and also does part-time work for a limousine service, is the former chairman and a current member of the Barnstable Planning Board.

A former aide to former state Senator Robert O’Leary, a past member of the town’s economic development commission, and a current member of the board of Whelden Memorial Library in West Barnstable, Mr. Princi said he is dedicated to public service.

“I’d like to serve in this post,” he told the council.

He and the two other applicants answered six identical questions from the town council covering topics such as the county’s role in economic development, the services best provided by the county, regional water protection initiatives, and balancing the interests of Barnstable town residents with those of Barnstable County residents.

All three applicants emphasized the need to pursue the protection of groundwater on the Cape.

Mr. Princi spoke of the need to bring clean industries to Cape Cod, and praised the services provided by the county Health Department and the Cape Light Compact.

He said he would represent town residents first, but understood issues faced by other Cape towns.

Mr. Milne, who is self-employed, spoke of his interest in public service.

He praised the Cape Cod Commission, and said town services such as assessing possibly could be regionalized.

Mr. Duenas, who is executive director of the Cape Cod Community Media Center, also praised the Cape Cod Commission, calling the commission an amazing “tool,” and recommended the strengthening of county administration.

In council discussion following the questions, Mr. Norman said he would cast his vote for the one applicant who previously ran for the position, Mr. Milne.

Several other councilors said all three men were excellent candidates for the post.

The council then selected Mr. Princi for the position.Ms. Canedy did not participate in last night’s questioning.

“These are not my questions,” she said.

After the meeting, she said she submitted 25 questions, but that none were selected by the council leadership.

After the meeting, council President Frederick Chirigotis of Centerville and council Vice President Janice L. Barton of Marstons Mills said the six questions were compiled from the five councilors who submitted questions.

Mr. Chirigotis and Ms. Barton said the council questions were a blend of a number of those questions, including two they said were drawn from Ms. Canedy’s list.

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