After addressing concerns to the RMV, Heroux received a letter from Registrar Rachel Kaprielian.
The letter, a .pdf of which is attached, assured Heroux that there is no current plan to close branches and "this is the beginning of what will be a very long conversation about the future vision of RMV operations."
The letter also addressed Heroux's concern about layoffs, stating that most employees would be reassigned to regional centers.
Still, Heroux said he will work to keep the Attleboro branch open.
"I know the RMV and DOT are looking for ways to cut costs," he said in an email to Patch. "That is a
good thing. My issue with Attleboro is that this has been described as a
'model operation' by then
Lt Governor Murray. I don't see the need for our local branch to close.
Additionally, some nuanced words in this letter say 'will' rather than
'would'. This is reason for concern."
"I am working with the local state delegation on ways to keep the Attleboro RMV open," he added.
According to the RMV, the conceptual consolidation would correlate with eliminating some in-person functions, improving technology, and creating third-party partnerships.
Under the conceptual consolidation, the closest regional centers to Attleboro would be in Raynham and New Bedford.