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Landfill point of 'turf' debate

Sturbridge selectmen, BoH disagree on jurisdiction

November 10, 2009
STURBRIDGE — A question of jurisdiction — on several fronts — came about during a meeting of the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Health Monday, Nov. 9, that by the meeting's conclusion had only been partially resolved.

At a Board of Selectmen work session specifically scheduled to take up issues left hanging after pervious meetings, the first dispute came when discussing possible changes to the town's trash and recycling practices.

Chairman of the Board of Health Linda Cocalis explained her board is currently investigating the pros and cons of implementing a fee, or a pay-as-you-throw system, at the landfill, saying the ultimate goal is to make that facility and the town's recycling center financially self sufficient.

The question soon came up as to who exactly is in charge of the landfill and recycling center. According to Cocalis, the oversight of those facilities has traditionally been with the Board of Health, with only the assistance of the Department of Public Works (DPW) in recent years.

According to Interim Town Administrator Michael Racicot, a notice from former Town Administrator James Malloy issued in February of this year, states the contrary.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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