Monday, June 11, 2012

Breaking News: EHS Subcommittee To Consider Changing Trash Fine


Ken O’Brien

The Southbridge town council’s Subcommittee on Education and Human Services will meet Wednesday June 13 at 7 pm in the Rice Conference Room. On the agenda is consideration of a motion to amend the town’s fine for infraction of the trash bylaw.

The subcommittee is chaired by Councilor Denise Clemence who is running for reelection in the June 26 town election.


It is worth noting that any bylaw change requires approval at three successive town council meetings.



9 comments:

  1. I, for one, have spoken out against this bylaw multiple times for awhile now and was pleased when, at a recent EHS subcommittee meeting I attended, Butch McDonald made a motion for EHS to reconsider this bylaw.

    At that meeting, McDonald advocated for a graduated fining system and Clemence indicated that she felt the $250 was a little steep. Councilors Spinelli and Nikolla have supported the bylaw as it is, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    I know which way I'll vote on the bylaw change if I'm fortunate enough to be elected to the Town Council. Depending on the election results, this change could go through no problem or it may actually be a close vote.

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  2. playing the clemonce cardJune 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Shaun, The three that are elected will have chance to vote on it because of the multiple readings that are required, it just seems to me to be alittle funny to have this on an agenda at the meeting before the election hmmm. I think this should be left up to the newly seated council. Watch how much this chair and vice chair load the agenda to get things passed before the new council sits,dirty politics at its best!

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    1. Shaun:
      I foresee two possible scenarios:
      1. The subcommittee recommends changing the fee schedule and then votes it down in full council allowing Clemence to play the martyr who fought her own team; or
      2. The subcommittee recommends a change, they vote for it in full council hoping they keep a majority and, if they do keep a majority, kill it in second or third reading after July 1.

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    2. The only guaranteed option to change this is to defeat both incumbents and elect three people who are on record as opposing the current fine.

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  3. From the cable access facebook page:

    "The Town Council debate is currently scheduled to play 9 times a day on channel 12 until elections. The School Committee debate is currently scheduled to play 7 times a day on channel 11 until elections. Enjoy!"

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    1. yeh

      Southbridge Community Television
      about an hour ago via mobile

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  4. Gosh if Denise thinks its a bad idea now could it be coincidence or an election coming? I hate to be cynical, but my money is on Denise wooing the voters with her school girl like charm and rapier like wit.

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  5. If they do amend the fine structure will we still need two hearings officers?

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    1. Well there's always:

      * Mass Citation 270 § 16 Littering Penalties:

      (Fine of not more than $5,500 for the first offense and not to exceed $15,000 for each subsequent offense).

      Source Site: ncsl.org

      * Mass Jaywalking Fine:

      (Fine of $1.00).

      Source Site: wcvb.com

      Etc...

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