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Sturbridge officials begin charter review process

November 23, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Change seems to be the political watchword lately, so it seems fitting that area communities are now due for their periodic charter reviews.

The Sturbridge Charter Review Committee held its organizational meeting Monday, Nov. 22, at Town Hall.

Every five years, a committee empanelled for just that purpose reviews the Sturbridge Town Charter. This most recently created board consists of several new faces, including Heather Hart, Peter Levine, John Kittel, and Kirstie Pecci. William Haggerty is the lone veteran who served on the last Charter Review panel, and Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski will help the committee facilitate meetings, provide relevant information, and help distribute notifications to the public.

First up? The Charter Review Committee established each person's role within the body including leadership. Since Haggerty is the only person with past experience on this committee, he was the unanimous choice as chairman. Kittel will serve as the vice chairman and would take over as the chairman if Haggerty is absent from a meeting. Pecci will serve as secretary.

The committee dedicated most of their meeting to establishing an understandable definition of the word charter and defining exactly how they will communicate their messages to Sturbridge residents.

"We would like to send an invitation to members of other committees to attend our next meeting, but we first have to inform everyone about how this charter affects the town government," Levine said.

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

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