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Lazo returns as chairman of Council

Schools, Board of Health cited as year's priorities for town

Steven Lazo. (click for larger version)
July 11, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE —A divided Town Council re-elected Councilor Steven Lazo as its chairman last week.

In a 5-2 vote at its Thursday, July 8 meeting, the first since the June 29 election, Lazo again took the reins of the nine-member board. Laurent E. "Larry" McDonald was elected vice-chairman by six votes, replacing former council vice chair Albert Vecchia Jr., who lost his seat in the election.

Councilor Pamela Regis motioned for Councilor Catherine Nikolla to become chair, but it only gained the votes of Councilors David Livengood and Regis. Lazo, newcomer Laurent R. "Butch" McDonald, his father Larry McDonald, Councilors Conrad Vandal and Richard Logan all voted for Lazo. Nikolla abstained and Councilor Denise Clemence did not attend the meeting. Every councilor but two, Nikolla and Regis who both abstained, voted for McDonald.

With the council's new legislative year just beginning, Lazo cited several topics as his top priorities — including one he has recently presided over.

"I want to see the [new middle/high] school move forward," he said.

The council this year approved a plan to construct a new middle/high school on Torrey Road, to replace Southbridge High School.

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

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