Beinema sees progress in Casella suit
Clark now 'flexible' on withdrawal deadline
April 11, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — It appears Board of Health member Ann Fenwick-Beinema will soon seen her name officially removed from the Southbridge landfill lawsuit.
The development comes amid controversy over Beinema's potential conflict of interest by participating in the lawsuit, in which the Board of Health is a defendant. Southbridge Town Manager Christopher Clark, who had threatened to remove Beinema from the Board of Health within 30 days if she did not remove her name, said last week he would now be "flexible" with that deadline, which is Friday, April 16.
Since last fall, Attorney Kirstie Pecci, a Sturbridge resident who represents Beinema and other members of a 10-member citizen group, has been trying to overturn the Board of Health's 2008 site assignment decision to allow expansion of trash disposal at the Southbridge landfill. Among other things, Pecci has urged Worcester Superior Court Judge Dennis Curran to include documents and recordings purporting to support, that the board was "illegally constituted" and violated various procedural requirements during its hearings.
The controversy may soon be over.
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