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No violation is found: DA


Open meeting rule not broken in RMV session


May 09, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — The Town Council did not violate the state's Open Meeting Law when it met in executive session last month to discuss bringing a branch of the Registry of Motor Vehicles back to town.

In response to a complaint filed by the Southbridge Evening News last month, the Hampden County District Attorney determined Tuesday that the council did not improperly enter executive session Monday, April 5 to discuss possible lease options for a new RMV branch.

The News will not appeal the decision, according to Executive Editor Walter Bird Jr.

The RMV last year closed its branch at the Big Bunny supermarket plaza on Main Street, and opened a new one off of the Massachusetts Turnpike 5-East service stop in Charlton. Since then, controversy has continued with state lawmakers and residents arguing the Charlton location is not convenient and is unsafe.

Before the April 5 meeting, local officials had been discussing a possible move of a new branch into the Casaubon Senior Center on Larochelle Way, but nothing has yet been decided.

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

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