Meetings are held remotely. Go to provincetown-ma.gov and click on the meeting you want to watch.
Thursday, April 15
- Public Pier Corp. Board, 2 p.m.
- Finance Committee, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 21
- Board of Assessors, 12 p.m.
- Historic District Commission, 4 p.m.
- Candidates Night, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 22
- Planning Board, 6 p.m.
Candidates Night Is Wednesday
Voters will have a chance to meet the three select board candidates and ask questions at a virtual candidates night at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21. It will be moderated by Florence Seldin of the League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area.
PTV, the local public access channel, is collaborating with the Provincetown Independent, the Provincetown Banner, and WOMR-FM radio to bring you this forum. The public is invited to submit questions by emailing them to [email protected]. The link to watch online is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89796850681.
Sandberg is on the PTV board of directors and King is a volunteer at WOMR, so those two organizations will not take part in gathering or developing questions from journalists or the public.
Selects Pause on Equity Office
Thirty-three people signed a petition to ask town meeting voters to raise $136,000 for the creation of a diversity, equity, and inclusion office to “close social, racial, and cultural equity gaps” in Provincetown. The select board and new Town Manager Alex Morse liked the concept, but the article as proposed needs work.
“I support the mission,” said Morse, adding that the town is 88 percent white and the government staff is 98 percent white. “I do think it will take some work for me to figure out the scope.”
Morse said there is flexibility in the wording of the article, so he could create a practical program if it passes.
Board member Louise Venden said she, too, supports the goal. But closing equity gaps in both public and private sectors is a “much broader scope than I am comfortable with … I don’t really know what it means.”
Board member John Golden said the petition came before them “about one hour before our first discussion on it. This is why petitioned articles should be fleshed out.”
All five board members voted to delay their recommendation to the town meeting floor on May 1.
The select board also voted unanimously not to recommend the other petitioned article on the town meeting warrant. That one asks voters to dissolve the Public Pier Corp. “for mismanagement.”
The board voted against that article without a single comment. —K.C. Myers