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Tornado, energy articles set for Town Meeting warrant

Selectmen mull cable services

October 05, 2011
STURBRIDGE — The Board of Selectmen continued to prepare for the upcoming Special Town Meeting, voting on Monday, Oct. 3, to place Articles 48-63 on the warrant for the Nov. 7 meeting at Tantasqua Regional High School.

One of the most heavily debated topics was Article 50, which will determine if the town supports transferring from Free Cash a sum of money to be used for expenses related to the June 1 tornado. This article would provide funds to complete additional cleanup of debris and related expenses, although the costs are currently being estimated by the town's debris consultant and FEMA and will be announced soon. Because the costs have not been presented, Selectmen Mary Blanchard, Mary Dowling, and Angeline Ellison voted to withhold supporting the article until the figures are announced, while Selectmen Priscilla Gimas and Chairman Thomas Creamer voted to express their support.

"My personal feeling is that the town should do whatever it takes to assist the people who were affected by the tornado, and voting to withhold support for this article sends the wrong message," Gimas said.

Another significant article placed on the warrant is Article 52, which will determine if voters support amending Chapter 8.30 of the general bylaws by adopting a new Section 8.31 entitled Stretch Code for the purpose of regulating the design and construction of buildings for the effective use of energy. In addition, Article 49 will determine if voters support transferring $131,000 from the Ambulance Stabilization Account to be used to fund a portion of the purchase of a new ambulance. A few other articles involved potential charter amendments.

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

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