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RMV forum planned

Rep. Alicea's bills will get hearing

A hearing of the Joint Committee on Transportation will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7 in the MacKinnon Council Chamber, Southbridge Town Hall. File photo. (click for larger version)
November 30, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — Residents angered with the Registry of Motor Vehicle's decision to move the Southbridge branch to Charlton will finally have the opportunity to vent their frustration in an official forum.

A hearing of the Joint Committee on Transportation will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7 in the MacKinnon Council Chamber in the Southbridge Town Hall. The hearing will discuss two bills state Rep. Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton filed earlier this year about the RMV's decision to close the Southbridge branch and open an new location off the Mass Turnpike in Charlton. Since then, many residents have complained about the inconvenience and safety concerns about the Charlton site. The RMV, however, has insisted the site is safe.

RMV Spokesman Ann Dufresne said she was "unaware" of any hearing date and when asked if any agency officials would be attending, she said: "I don't know. I will have to talk to [Registrar Rachel Kaprielian] and see if she will be attending."

The hearing will specifically discuss two separate bills of a similar nature. The first, if passed, would require the RMV to hold a hearing in Southbridge, about its decision to move the branch earlier this year.

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

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