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Sturbridge sails through annual TM

Harold White honored for service on Board of Selectmen

Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Ted Goodwin thanked Harold White for his years of service to Sturbridge as a longtime member of the Board of Health, and most recently, for a nine-year stretch on the Board of Selectmen. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
April 27, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Only 128 voters showed up at the 2010 Annual Town Meeting Monday night, and with an agenda of only 22 relatively benign articles to cover, the 7 p.m. meeting was adjourned by 8:30.

With virtually no contentious topics to tackle, the meeting was able to roll along with little debate over any of the articles.

At the start of the meeting, newly appointed Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Ted Goodwin introduced and welcomed Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski to his first Sturbridge Town Meeting, and offering a proclamation of gratitude to Harold White who recently concluded a nine-year stint on the Board of Selectmen. White previously served the town for 13 years on the Board of Health as well.

In addition to passage of the town's budget — which including Burgess Elementary School and Sturbridge's Tantasqua assessment totals $24,595,731 — other annual housekeeping items included revolving fund allowances and financial transfers, much of which was covered in a consent agenda suggested by Moderator Michael Caplette that encompassed nine different articles.

Among the articles that did inspire some discussion was a request from the Community Preservation Committee for $15,000 from Community Preservation Act funds for administrative, legal, engineering and appraisal costs.

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

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