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Pros, cons seen in Town Hall closing


November 22, 2009
CHARLTON — Residents appear to have little problem with Town Hall closing for two weeks, but there are those who disagree.

"I don't mind it. I go with the flow," said Irene Langevin, during an interview last week outside the Charlton City Post Office.

Others, however, are critical of the move, calling it an inconvenience.

"I am very dismayed at the lack of thought that has gone into the decision to close the [Town Hall]," wrote resident David J. Delano in a recent letter to the editor to the Southbridge Evening News.

Selectmen Chairman Rick Swensen rebutted any concerns, while acknowledging the closing would inconvenience some residents.

"Our goal is to have minimal impact on the residents," he said.

To save money after several rounds of cuts in local aid from the state, both Town Hall and the Charlton Public Library are scheduled to close Monday, Dec. 21 and reopen Monday, Jan. 4, 2010.

Selectmen recently negotiated the closing with the Clerical Union, which represents some Town Hall employees, and have created a plan to continue certain municipal operations. All Town Hall employees — union, non-union and department heads — will on a paid furlough.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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