Despite a recommendation from the Bethel Town Attorney, a Board of Finance member arrested earlier this month will not recuse himself from voting on police and school budgets. The Newstimes reports that the town attorney was concerned about Republican Nick Ellis and his impartiality. Ellis pleaded not guilty to a trespassing ticket after police said he went inside the Rockwell School construction zone in December. The publication reports that attorney Martin Lawlor wrote that the appearance of a conflict or bias could taint proceedings. Lawlor noted that he wasn't implying that Ellis could not impartially deliberate or put the best interests of the Town.