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RMV contract in town's hands

Clark 'going through it with a fine-tooth comb'

The state is expected to relocate the local RMV office back to Southbridge and the Casaubon Senior Center by September. File photo. (click for larger version)
July 28, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — The Registry of Motor Vehicles move to Casaubon Senior Center took another step toward reality recently as the town received a signed contract from the state.

Town Manager Christopher Clark noted it in passing at Monday's Town Council meeting, but could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

"The lease has not been executed as yet," said Registry spokesman Ann Dufresne. "We still hope to be in the building by the end of September."

To meet that goal, Senior Center Director Michael Trombley said, a variety of work needs to be done to move his agency to the Community Center on Chestnut Street. Among other things, town staff needs to cut a door through the cinderblock wall for Trombley's office and provide carpeting. But the other side of the facility, where most senior activities will be, needs less.

"It needs no modifications whatsoever," Trombley said. It's pretty well equipped the way it is, with a bigger space and bigger kitchen [than Casaubon]. I think it's going to work pretty well."

Casaubon, however, still needs some renovations, but he said they will not change the permanent appearance inside or out.

Dufresne noted the agency plans to install "modular" counters akin to those in several other Registries.

"As we require of all landlords, the town has been asked to make the necessary ADA upgrades to bring the Senior Center into compliance," she wrote. "At this time, we have not been apprised of any traffic safety concerns regarding the site. RMV views traffic management as a local issue in this case that would be subject to municipal sign-off if necessary."

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

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