All meetings are held online. Go to Wellfleet’s town website and click on the individual meetings for instructions.
Thursday, April 30
- Town Administrator Screening Committee, 2 p.m.
- Cape Cod Commission, Herring River Restoration Project Phase 1, 4:30 p.m. (for public access: org/ccc and click on “Join Virtual Hearing”; or call in to 929-205-6099 and enter meeting ID: 426 522 224.)
Friday, May 1
- Wellfleet Covid-19 Needs Response Task Force community call, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, May 5
- Select Board with Emergency Management Team: Covid-19 updates, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 6
- Conservation Commission, 4 p.m.
As of April 27, Wellfleet has one active case of Covid-19, four cleared cases, and one death as a result of the coronavirus.
Cape Cod Commission Meeting
The Cape Cod Commission will hold a hearing on Thursday, April 30, to discuss the first phase of the Herring River Restoration Project. This phase includes plans to re-introduce tidal flow to about 570 acres of coastal wetlands in Wellfleet. “The current dam is deteriorating and will eventually fail and cause the water to flow in an unplanned manner and cause much damage,” said Herring River Stakeholders Group member Moe Barocas in an email. “Doing nothing is not an option.”
Town Meeting and Election Postponed
Wellfleet’s annual town meeting will be postponed until Oct. 5. The select board agreed not to hold the meeting online or take votes by mail but, instead, to hope that large gatherings will be permitted by the fall. The annual town election will be postponed until June 15; citizens will be able to vote by mail.
Fourth of July Parade Canceled
Wellfleet’s Fourth of July parade has been canceled by the select board. The motion passed unanimously at the April 28 meeting.
Tax Deadline Delays
The select board voted unanimously to move the deadline for applications for Wellfleet’s residential tax exemption to May 1, and the deadline for property tax payments to June 1.
Social Distancing at the Beach
You may not have to worry about overcrowded beaches this summer. Wellfleet staff are considering keeping public beaches at 25 to 40 percent capacity, though there have been no decisions yet on how to enforce such a limit, or how long it would be enforced, said Suzanne Grout Thomas, director of community services, Tuesday during a conference call.
“At this point there are no final decisions on anything; we are looking for guidance from the Commonwealth,” she later told the Independent.
Avoid Covid-19 Scams
Wellfleet Police Chief Mike Hurley asks residents to be extra vigilant for Covid-19-related scams. Do not respond to suspicious texts or emails that appear to come from the government, ignore online offers for vaccinations or test kits, and hang up on virus-related robocalls, Hurley said. If you come across what you think might be a scam, file a police report.
The Wellfleet transfer station’s annual Amnesty Day, when residents can dispose of mattresses and other household goods for free, is postponed until the fall. An official date will be announced later, said Town Administrator Dan Hoort.
Wifi Hotspots Coming Soon
Wellfleet Library Director Jennifer Wertkin is in the process of purchasing Verizon wi-fi hotspots to give to residents with poor internet connection. She will announce when they are available. —Devin Sean Martin