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Durant slams RMV plan

Alicea opponent urges Big Bunny Plaza return

April 04, 2010
Peter Durant, who is challenging Geraldo Alicea for the 6th Worcester District's state representative seat, is slamming the plan to bring a Registry of Motor Vehicles branch to the Casaubon Senior Center in Southbridge.

"I think the Registry needs to do the right thing and honor their commitment … with Big Bunny plaza [the branch's former location]," he said.

Southbridge and RMV officials are working on a lease arrangement to relocate the branch to the Senior Center on Larochelle Way. The conceptual idea is to sign a five-year lease for $1 a year. Both sides informally believe they can each find $25,000 to refit the site, while state Sen. Richard Moore, D-Uxbridge, is pledging to seek a reimbursement for Southbridge.

The Southbridge Town Council plans to meet in executive session Monday, April 5 "for the purposes of discussion of leases," according to Town Manager Christopher Clark.

Citing a million-plus-dollar budget shortfall, the RMV last year closed its former location, and opened a new branch at the Massachusetts Turnpike eastbound service area in Charlton. Since then, a major controversy has erupted, with residents and lawmakers saying the Charlton site neither safe nor convenient.

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

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