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Complaint filed against cable panel

James Sottile. (click for larger version)
September 29, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE —A resident has filed an Open Meeting Law complaint against the town's Cable Television Advisory Committee.

James Sottile, a frequent critic of town government, submitted the complaint Tuesday to the town clerk and town manager offices alleging the cable committee had not filed its meeting minutes in a timely fashion. Sottile has requested the committee publish the meeting minutes and also asked it be disbanded.

"The violation is intentional," Sottile wrote in his complaint.

The committee's chairman, Robert Dupuis, denied there was any violation, saying the minutes are regularly filed in the TV studio in Town Hall. Dupuis said he was not aware he was supposed to file them with the town clerk.

"All he had to do was ask for them if he wanted them," Dupuis said.

Under the law, the town has 14 days to respond to Sottile, as well as file that with the state's attorney general. The AG's office only takes up the matter if the complainant feels dissatisfied with the town's response.

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

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