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Articles narrowly nixed at delayed town meeting

Shepard Parcel, town meeting move articles defeated

Priscilla Gimas. (click for larger version)
December 08, 2011
STURBRIDGE — A controversial and heavily debated Article 48 was narrowly defeated at the special town meeting on Monday, Dec. 5, meaning the majority of voters do not believe active recreation should be an optional use for Shepard Parcel located off Route 15.

According to Town Clerk Lorraine Murawski, the article was defeated by only 10 votes, 163-153. Had the article passed, it would have enabled the Board of Selectmen to file legislation in court to clarify the intent of the vote taken at a 2004 special town meeting and confirm that active recreation was a permissible use on Shepard Parcel.

"The meeting had a few articles that ended up being very close, and I was pleased by how civil it was compared to the last meeting," said Selectman Priscilla Gimas. "Everyone handled themselves as you would hope for during a town meeting."

Article 54 was the subject of an even closer vote than Article 48, as it was defeated by a 116-115 count. The article asked voters if they supported moving the day of the annual town meeting from the first Monday in June to the first Saturday in May.

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

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