R'dam cops called to board meeting

A total of four police cars responded to the call, arriving shortly after residents started leaving Town Hall. Rhinesmith did approach police and talk to them before driving off the property.

After the meeting, Rhinesmith said no responding officers asked her to leave the meeting or public parking lot outside of Town Hall, and she left on her own will.

"I left on my own volition, but I was under no obligation to leave unless I did something illegal, which I did not, and confronting board members with their own statements doesn't count. The police therefore had no legal grounds to force my departure, and I'm sure they understand this, just as I do," said Rhinesmith Friday, May 27.

Town Attorney David Devaprasad said there are not many options for the board to pursue in such instances, but he noted residents are allotted four minutes to speak.

"Generally speaking, there is not a lot you can do," said Devaprasad. "If at that point, if you don't want to listen and they keep going, you can have the person removed from the meeting."

Devaprasad said Godlewski calling the police was an effort to restore order to the forum.

"There is a certain amount of respect that goes into any forum," said Devaprasad.

Del Gallo said after the meeting that he did not think it was necessary to call the police.

"I think you just let them blow their steam off," said Del Gallo. "She is entitled to answers. You can say the same thing without getting way out of line."

Del Gallo said the reason DiLeva was not part of the EMS vote was because the May 11 meeting started late and the resolution for the vote was at the end of the agenda. During the May 25 meeting, Del Gallo said DiLeva should have put in writing that she wouldn't be able to attend the meeting until later due to a prior engagement. DiLeva had notified the board that she had a prior engagement on May 11.

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