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Sturbridge charter ideas discussed

Board mulls elections versus appointments

February 01, 2011
STURBRIDGE — The Charter Review Committee has made significant progress since its initial meeting in November.

The five-person committee received several suggestions for improving the town charter from Sturbridge officials and residents in the last two months, and they discussed many of those suggestions at their meeting Monday, Jan. 31.

"We received a lot of excellent input from members of the community, and we wanted to carefully discuss each suggestion as a group," said Charter Review Committee Chairman William Haggerty.

The committee engaged in a thorough discussion about a question from a resident involving why certain town officials are elected while others are appointed. Committee members also spoke about the nature of the processes of election and appointment, particularly with respect to a given candidate's credentials.

"First we need to find out if the state has rules specifying which town positions must be elected," said Committee Vice-Chairman John Kittel. "After we know that information, we need to view the pros and cons of electing and appointing officials."

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

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