Several months ago town manager Christopher Clark informed Rinaldo Bernadone that he would not be reappointing him to either the Board of Health or the Liquor Licensing Board.
On Thursday, June 14, Clark went on record in the Worcester Telegram giving his reasons.
In an article titled “Southbridge town manager says he won’t reappoint health, liquor board member it is reported “Mr. Clark said one of the basic standards for serving on a town board or committee is having an open mind and being fair.”
The article goes on to state:
“I have not seen any of that from him,” Mr. Clark said.
Specifically, Mr. Bernardone was too lenient in his handling of dormant liquor licenses, Mr. Clark said. Also, Mr. Bernardone and a former health board member wanted the town to spend thousands of dollars on a Supreme Court case regarding the landfill, and their argument went nowhere in court, the manager said.
On a related note, a ballot question on proposed changes to the town charter will ask voters if they want the Board of Health to be a three- or five-member board. It is headed for the November election. Officials tried to include the question on the townwide annual election on June 26. But the legislative request did not make it through the state Senate in time, Mr. Clark said.
The article concludes:
Mr. Clark said he will not seek to replace Mr. Bernardone on the Board of Health, because if he did, and voters decide in November that they want a three-member board, he would have to remove a member.
The move is sure to reignite critics of the manager who had accused him of trying to stack the board with proponents of landfill operator Casella Waste Systems Inc., which converted the landfill from depositing mostly construction waste to a facility that deposits household waste. Mr. Bernardone voted against the plan.