Multiple sources have now confirmed that the statements made by town council Chairman Catherine Nickolla at Tuesday, May 15th’s meeting of the subcommittee on Education and Human Services are being investigated.
The matter at issue is her intervention in the disposition of a ticket issued for violation of the town’s trash collection bylaw (page 104). At that meeting she stated (substantiated by this video of the meeting) that she made a call and had it taken care of.
According to these sources, local police are looking into the matter and have been offered a copy of the video of the meeting.
In addition, at least one private citizen has raised the matter with the State Ethics Commission.
The particular matter of state law that such an action may have violated is Chapter 40, Section 21D of Massachusetts General Law.
It is also reasonable to ask whether the Massachusetts “no fix” law should have broader application to non-traffic related matters.