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Sparks fly at Council debate

Business, public safety top issues of contention

June 24, 2009
OUTHBRIDGE — It was a sometimes contentious meeting of the minds Wednesday night as candidates for Town Council seats took part in their second debate of the campaign.

Eight of nine candidates running for three council seats squared off in the debate sponsored by the Southbridge Evening News. Incumbents David Livengood and Larry McDonald, both of whom are running, are up for re-election. Residents George Chenier and Ronald Proulx, along with Stephanie DeMartino are also running. Local blogger Dennis Martinek is also running along with Denise Clemence. All of the candidates, except for Hector Delgado, attended the debate. Councilor Robert King bowed out of the race May 29. The election is set for Tuesday, June 30.

The fireworks started early when the issue of attracting businesses to town arose. On the topic of the proposed access road that would run up to a proposed industrial park near the Casella landfill, candidates sharply disagreed.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approved the road project earlier this year. The access road would run from Route 169 to the proposed industrial access park near the Southbridge landfill. In March, the council rejected a bid from Marois Brothers to construct phase one of the road.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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