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Town meeting delay irks residents

Storm causes officials to bump meeting to Dec. 5

Thomas Creamer. (click for larger version)
November 10, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Voters supported a motion on Monday, Nov. 7, to postpone the special town meeting to Monday, Dec. 5, a decision that upset a few residents who came to Tantasqua Regional High School ready to cast their votes.

The motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Board of Selectmen Chairman Thomas Creamer after the board expressed its unanimous support of the motion due to the destructive Oct. 29 snowstorm that left much of the town without electricity for several days. Finance Committee Chairman Kevin Smith seconded Creamer's motion.

"The motion was intended to allow residents some time to recover — emotionally and physically — from the snowstorm, which left many without power for eight days," Creamer said on Tuesday. "To that end, many residents were just yesterday returning home, having departed to stay elsewhere during the power outage."

Selectmen might add an article to the Dec. 5 Special Town Meeting warrant that involves the financial impact of the snowstorm. Additional items could potentially be added if necessary. Selectmen will next discuss this meeting on Nov. 14.

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

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