Two moving trucks were outside the Trumbull Monroe Health District offices Tuesday, packing up what\u2019s left of the district offices, in preparation for the official dissolution of the district July 1. But, while packing up may be running smoothly, First Selectman Tim Herbst and Monroe\u2019s First Selectman Steve Vavrek say a transition agreement between the district and both towns is another story entirely. Herbst and Vavrek sent a joint statement Tuesday, criticizing a decision made by a few members of the regional health district to sell off district assets, paid for by Trumbull and Monroe taxpayers, creating what Vavrek called a \u201ccontentious battle." According to town leaders, On June 24, the Towns of Trumbull and Monroe were notified by Health District attorney Brian Smith that the district board previously voted to provide a $32,000 severance payment to the outgoing Director Patrice Sulik, as well as granting her a Chevy Trailblazer, as part of her severance package. Trumbull and Monroe officials were told that if they did not agree to these conditions, the staff of the district was directed to liquidate assets, according to Herbst and Vavrek. On June 26, Trumbull Town Attorney Dennis Kokenos and Monroe Town Attorney John Fracassini, sent a proposed agreement to Smith. That same afternoon district Director Patrice Sulik, and three board members, scheduled a special meeting to be held on Sunday, June 28. At that meeting, a decision was made to reject the transition agreement and proceed to sell district assets, according to the town leaders. \u201cNo government agency should hold a public meeting on a Sunday afternoon, with less than two days\u2019 notice, and without a quorum of the membership\u201d said Herbst. \u201cIt\u2019s not the way government agencies should be run, especially when significant taxpayer resources are at stake.\u201d \u201cIn essence, three people made this decision,\u201d Vavrek added. \u201cIn the interest of openness and transparency, we are asking the entire health district to reconvene, and consider the terms of the transition agreement laid out by our towns.\u201d In December, Trumbull\u2019s Town Council voted to leave the regional health district, essentially disbanding it at the start of the new fiscal year. Herbst proposed the dissolution, saying it would save money and give the town greater control oversight if it formed its own health district. Since then, Trumbull and Monroe have each hired health directors and other staff to create town health departments. In Trumbull, Rhonda Capuano has been named new health director. She is a Trumbull resident and former health professional with the city of Norwalk. The Trumbull Health Department is taking up temporary residence in empty Trumbull Center office space, while a permanent location is prepared. \u201cThe job of town government is to provide quality services to residents and businesses and to do so within the confines of a budget they can afford, with openness and transparency,\u201d Herbst said in his statement today. Herbst and Vavrek criticized the few members of the board for deciding to sell assets paid for by Trumbull taxpayers. \u201cIt is disappointing for both our towns that the Health District has opted to turn what should have been a smooth transition, into a contentious battle,\u201d Vavrek said. \u201cTaxpayers should have faith that those in government service will do the right thing, and be good stewards of the people\u2019s money and their trust.\u201d Herbst and Vavrek are asking the entire Trumbull Monroe Health Board of reconvene and find a resolution. \u201cWe have worked through our towns attorneys to negotiate an agreement that would have provided both a smooth transition and restore faith in the taxpayers that town resources wouldn\u2019t be wasted,\u201d said Herbst. \u201cUnfortunately, the District has rejected that offer, but we are hoping that a reconsideration by the full board, conducted in the light of day, will yield a resolution and a smooth transition.\u201d \u201cWhen government agencies conduct secret meetings behind closed doors, and without public input, nobody wins,\u201d said Vavrek. \u201cWe are hoping that the District board and staff will realize what\u2019s at stake and make the right decision for the people they serve.\u201d When a reporter stopped by the Trumbull Monroe Health District Tuesday no staff were there. The number for the district has\u00a0 been disconnected.Trumbull departmentOn Wednesday, July 1 the Trumbull Health Department opens for business at 935 White Plains Road, Suite 210, until renovations on their permanent facility are completed.Hours of operation are: Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30. Appointments with health inspectors are requested and can be made by calling 203-452-1030.All records and files pertaining to Trumbull residents and business have been transferred to the Trumbull Health Department office and will are in the care and custody of the town's new Director of Health, Rhonda Capuano, MPH, CHES.