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Sturbridge boards seeking volunteers to serve

October 17, 2010
STURBRIDGE — For anyone who has an interest in working for the betterment of the town, or to become more involved in how it functions, now could be the time to get to get busy.

The Town of Sturbridge is looking for volunteers to fill spots on a variety of committees. There are openings on the Economic Development Committee, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Cultural Council. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 22. There are also five vacancies on the important Charter Review Committee and the deadline to apply for one of those posts is Monday, Oct. 25.

To apply for any of these positions, residents must contact Town Administrator Shaun A. Suhoski with a note explaining their experience and why they would like to a member of the committee. Suhoski can be reached by e-mail at ssuhoski@town.sturbridge.ma.us or by mail at 308 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566. Applicants can also drop of notes of interest at Town Hall in person.

Suhoski said it would be a benefit to the town if people step forward and donate their time and energy and fill the vacant committee seats. Suhoski said the optimal thing is for people to apply for a committee or board that are involved in issues of interest to the volunteer.

"There is a need for volunteers," he said. "We know people are busy, but volunteering for committees, especially if one of them covers an area where you have an interest, can be a rewarding experience. Any citizen engaged in the town can make a difference."

The Zoning Board of Appeals makes decisions on building and development projects and ensures applicants are in line with town zoning regulations and bylaws. The board also grants special permits and variances for projects. The committee works with the town planner, who updates members on current issues and fills in the board on the details of projects. Suhoski said people with backgrounds in planning or zoning issues would be a good fit for this board. The ZBA meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the senior center.

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

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