Friday, July 6, 2012

Southbridge Town Council Meeting July 9, 2012

The Southbridge Town Council Meeting of July 9th, just as its School Committee counterpart, will consist of two components.

First, there will be the reorganizational meeting.

That will be followed by a regular Council meeting.

These are the posted agendas for both.

MONDAY – JULY 9, 2012 – 7:00 P.M.
1. Call to order and seating of Chairman Pro-Tem
(Town Manager, Christopher Clark)

2. Meeting turned over to Senior Councilor, Conrad Vandal

3. Pledge of Allegiance

4. Swearing-in of Councilors Elect – Town Clerk Madaline I. Daoust

5. Invocation – Reverend Peter Joyce, Pastor of Blessed John Paul II Parish

6. Roll Call

7. Election of Permanent Chairman

8. Election of Vice-Chairman

9. Adoption of permanent seating arrangement

(The newly elected Chairman will direct this procedure)

10. Adjournment

July 9, 2012 – immediately
following Reorganizational Meeting

1. Pledge of Allegiance

2. Roll Call

3. Consider and accept the Council Minutes of Monday, June 18, 2012 Meeting

4. Subcommittee Reports:

(a) General Government
(b) D.P.W.
(c) Education and Human Services
(d) Planning and Development
(e) Protection of Persons and Property

5. Chairwoman’s Announcements

6. Town Manager’s Announcements

7. Swearing In / Presentation

Swearing in of Fire Chief Mark DiFronzo – Maddie Daoust, Town Clerk

8. Citizens Forum

9. Vote to confirm the appointment of Dale Ferron to the Liquor Board for a 3-year term to expire June 30, 2015.

10. Vote to confirm the reappointment of Jose Altiery to the Airport Commission for a 3-year term effective July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015.

11. Vote to confirm the reappointment of Wendell Barthelmes to the Conservation Committee for a 3-year term effective July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015.

12. Vote to confirm the reappointment of Darlene Kulesza to the Southbridge Cultural Commission for a 2-year term effective July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2014.

13. Vote to confirm the reappointment of Kathleen Shields as Animal Inspector for a one-year term effective July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

14. Vote to confirm the reappointment of Roger Norowski as Veteran Grave Officer for a one-year term effective July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

15. Vote to confirm the reappointment of Daniel R. Charette to the Scholarship Committee for a one-year term effective July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

16. Councilors Forum

17. Discussion of next meeting date – Monday, July 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers, Town Hall.

18. Adjournment


  1. What is the business of item 1 of the reorganization agenda? The Town Manager has absolutely no role here. The Charter is quite clear:
    2-9-1: On the first regularly scheduled meeting on or after July 1 following the town elections, and after newly elected members shall have taken office, the council shall organize itself and elect one of its members to serve as chairperson of the council and a vice-chairperson of the council, both for a term expiring at the first regularly scheduled council meeting on or after July 1 following the town elections the next year. The chairperson pro tem of the organizational meeting would be the senior in point of service or if equal in service, senior in age.

  2. One other question. Who set the agenda for the second meeting?
    Now, I am willing to stand corrected, but insofar as there has been no reorganization I cannot recall an incident where there was a regular meeting immediately following the reorganizational meeting.
    Again, the Charter provides:
    2-5-2: All meetings of the council shall be public, except as provided by general law provisions respecting closed sessions. The agenda for such meetings shall be as determined by the chairperson and shall follow the order of business set forth in “Roberts Rules of Order.” The rules of the town council shall provide that inhabitants and employees of the town shall have a reasonable opportunity to be heard at any such meeting in regard to any matter considered thereat, except matters that could be subject to executive session.
    Since the meeting agenda will be determined by the chairperson, which as of July 1 could only be construed to be Councilor Vandal, who set this agenda?

  3. Interesting: Chairwomans announcements? Gee, any guess as to who the ChairMAN might be?

  4. I hear Councillor butch is working for clemonce and his good friend moriarty in that order gee its all about butchie again getting spanked by nickolla and not liking it. If thats the team god help the taxpayers of this town

  5. Now heres another intelligent appointment for the town managers file,Ferron got off the board and now wants back on this loser cant even spell and dosent even have a high school diploma what is Clark doing?Is Clark blind or is he losing it from all the stress of Clemence on him all the time? Clark your welcome here has come and gone go home your a loser like Ferron!

  6. Questioning Agenda Item #7:

    7. Election of "Permanent" Chairman
    8. Election of Vice-Chairman

    In essence; wouldn’t that be establishing a “Permanent” Councilor?

  7. Same Chair and Vice- will there be any changes? I hope so.


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