Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Is Bethlehem Township Solicitor Jim Broughal Conflicted?
Bethlehem lawyer Jim Broughal is a man of many hats, but is it one hat too many? That question will soon be answered by Bethlehem Township's Board of Commissioners as a result of a possible conflict of interest that Broughal himself has brought to their attention.
In addition to his private practice, Broughal is Solicitor to Hanover Township, Bethlehem Township, the Bethlehem Parking Authority and the Bethlehem Authority. He's also a member of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.
He gets around, but denies he is met by a paladin and servants when he reaches the Toll Bridge Commission parking lot. They do blow a trumpet.
When developer Michael Perrucci pitched a 420-unit luxury Woodmont Mews apartment complex in Bethlehem Township in a low density conservation area on September 19, it sounded very similar to a Woodmont Mews development on 8th Avenue a few years ago. Broughal would know. His firm represented Perrucci's Woodmont at that time.
Broughal has already alerted Township officials that there is a potential conflict.
Developer Michael Perrucci wears a few hats himself. His firm is Solicitor to the Toll Bridge Commission, but only serves the New Jersey contingent. Pennsylvanians like Broughal are represented by a separate firm.