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Town Hall front doors stay closed, for now

March 16, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Have you ever wondered why patrons are only allowed to enter Town Hall through the doors located at the back of the building near the parking lot?

The front doors are always locked, and they are likely to stay that way for at least a little while longer.

According to Board of Selectmen Chairman Thomas Creamer, the reason public access to the front doors has been denied is because they are not ADA compliant (Americans with Disabilities Act). The building's architect made a recommendation to Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski that the front doors be locked due to handicap accessibility issues, although he failed to provide a written explanation of what consequences might occur if the doors were to be opened or describe the proper processes town officials should use before opening them.

"The Board's knowledge does not extend beyond anything that was publicly discussed during several meetings, in that the architect informed the town administrator that the front doors were not ADA compliant and therefore could not be opened," Creamer said. "I have no reason to think there is anything more to it than what has been repeatedly shared with us."

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

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