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Council aims for 'more palatable' comment rule

McDonald: 'People are watching us'

September 20, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — After listening to several citizens express concerns and debating the idea themselves for a while, the Town Council sent a proposal to alter its Rule 8, which governed how citizens comment at meetings, down to subcommittee for further study.

Several councilors indicated they're open to changing the rule, but agreed to take more time to devise something Councilor Larry Spinelli said could be "much more palatable" to both its own members and the public. It will go before his General Government Subcommittee Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.

He said he hopes to "change Rule 8 in a way that's both efficient and fair" and hopes councilors and residents come forward willing to work "with the intent to make something better."

That idea pretty much echoed what resident Javier Melendez asked for — "a negotiation between the council and the citizens." He said he could see the council wanting smooth meetings, as long as the people "have their voice," and sees both groups as wanting to improve things in town.

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

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