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Alicea, Council meet privately

Open Meeting challenge may ensue

April 07, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — State Rep. Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton, is denying he violated the state's Open Meeting Law Monday when he participated in an executive session of the Town Council to discuss bringing a Registry of Motor Vehicles branch back to town.

Southbridge resident James Sottile said "if appropriate," he will file an Open Meeting Law complaint about the meeting, expressing concern over a decision being made "behind the veil."

Several councilors denied violating the statute, which regulates how and when meetings of a governmental body can be held.

According to Council Chairman Steven Lazo, the group met behind closed doors to discuss options to bring an RMV branch back to town, but he stressed no votes were taken, and no decisions were made. Lazo said he did not call for a vote because Councilor Pamela Regis was not there. He said she should have a chance to voice her thoughts before any decision is made.

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

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